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• WOMAN GIVES 3 ILLINOIS WAITRESSES $5,000 EACH: ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Three waitresses at an Illinois restaurant say they could only stare in disbelief when a woman over the weekend handed them each a $5,000 check.

February 03, 2014 | | Nation


US abortion rate at lowest since 1973

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Actor found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other characters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world's finest actors, was found dead in his apartment Sunday with what officials said was a needle in his arm. He was 46.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Steroid use much higher among gay and bi teen boys

CHICAGO (AP) - Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Film explores ‘Kids for Cash’ scandal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Charlie Balasavage, a baby-faced boy of 14, landed in juvenile detention after his parents bought him a stolen scooter. Hillary Transue was sent away over a MySpace parody of her vice principal. Justin Bodnar was locked up for mouthing off to a woman at his school bus stop.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Marriage: Romance sizzles at bacon fest

ES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two Iowa couples decided to tie the knot at this weekend's bacon festival at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Religious leaders, farmers pray for water

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Religious leaders of multiple faiths and farmers in Nevada and Utah turned to prayer this weekend for help easing severe drought conditions gripping the West.

February 02, 2014 | | Nation


Brewer’s drone delivery of beer put on ice

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Citizenship for illegals? Obama eases insistence

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new declaration that he's open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


More than legal woes for Bieber?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star's jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors,

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Teen gets probation in leaf-pile deaths

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a leaf pile, killing two young girls playing in it, has been sentenced to three years of probation.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Woman put fecal matter in husband’s IV?

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona woman has been accused of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line, police in suburban Phoenix said Friday.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


10 Super Bowl Ads to watch out for

NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Scarlett Johansson gives SodaStream some sex appeal in a controversial spot, Kia revives actor Laurence Fishburne's "Matrix" character Morpheus in its commercial. And cute puppies and kids abound in ads for Cheerios to Anheuser-Busch.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Anthem to raise some premiums up to 25 percent

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers whose policies were unchanged by the nation's new health care law could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent unless California regulators step in.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart, Amazon show changing shopping habits

NEW YORK (AP) - The financial strains and shifting shopping habits of Americans have led to uneven fortunes for retailers.

January 31, 2014 | | Nation


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Calif. AG: 18.5 million residents’ info exposed from data breaches

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - Personal information about more than 18.5 million Californians was hacked, stolen or otherwise exposed last year and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday in a new report on data breaches in the nation's biggest state.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Now in aisle 3 at Lowe’s: robots

NEW YORK (AP) - The robots are coming.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Flying drones near stadiums could end in jail

WASHINGTON (AP) - Operators who fly drones or model planes near or over large sports stadiums and auto racetracks are breaking the law and can be fined and imprisoned for up to a year, the Federal Aviation Administration warned in a notice posted on the agency's website.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success

LAGUNA BEACH. (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook’s advertising revenue soars in 3Q

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Family sues over school’s Ebola fears

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The father of a Connecticut third-grader filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Girls trying to join jihadis confused

DENVER (AP) - One of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria was confused about what her role would be if she had actually made it there, the girl's father said Tuesday.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Flawed casino tower at center of Vegas trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Harmon Hotel tower was designed to soar 48 stories over MGM Resorts International's massive CityCenter complex, offering hotel guests and condominium owners unparalleled views at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Group wants review of Diablo Canyon

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked a federal court Tuesday to review its claim that California's last operating nuclear power plant is violating federal law and should be shut down at least temporarily.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona officer kills inmate who fled restraints

PHOENIX (AP) - A sheriff's detention officer shot and killed a jail inmate in Phoenix who slipped out of his restraints, ran away and struggled with another officer over a gun Tuesday, authorities said.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Rocket headed to space station explodes

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Deputy charged with shooting colleague

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff's deputy was charged with an open count of murder Tuesday after he allegedly fired several rounds from his handgun as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel, police said.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some state governors and even the Army are carving their own paths.

October 27, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff: School shooter invited victims to lunch

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday.

October 27, 2014 | | Nation


After weeks of watching, Hawaii lava nears home

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials will make arrangements for those living in the path of a lava flow to watch the destruction of their homes.

October 27, 2014 | | Nation


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