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Obama mocks GOP for 'crazy' predictions

LARGO, Maryland (AP) - With just five days to go before Americans can begin signing up for health care under his signature law, President Barack Obama on Thursday ridiculed Republican opponents for "crazy" doomsday predictions of the impact and forecast that even those who didn't vote for him are going to enroll.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


School team calls it quits after football death

BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) - It was a question with no right answer that tugged heavy at the hearts of Damon Janes' teammates when the 16-year-old died after a hit in a high school football game: Should the season go on?

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. farmers arrested in fatal listeria outbreak

DENVER (AP) - The owners of a Colorado cantaloupe farm were arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a 2011 listeria epidemic that killed 33 people in one of the nation's deadliest outbreaks of foodborne illness.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


CDC says more kids protected from flu

WASHINGTON (AP) - More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families Thursday to do even better this time around.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Online sign-up delayed for small firms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Days before the debut of new online insurance markets, a couple of last-minute technical glitches with President Barack Obama's health care law are making supporters anxious and giving opponents a new line of attack.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Justice spent nearly $5M on drones

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has been using drones to support its law enforcement operations since 2006 and has spent more than $3 million on the unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


NY probes driver's license scam

NEW YORK (AP) - New York drivers apparently cheated on hundreds of tests to operate the most vulnerable vehicles on the road - from trucks hauling hazardous materials to school buses - and eight commercial drivers have been charged so far, state and federal officials said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Strange for effort to target sex ads hits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source - conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Haunted house puts underwear on 'naked event'

READING, PA (AP) - Naked and scared has turned into semi-clothed and kind of spooked.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Comic assaulted man over tweet

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - A standup comedian faces assault charges after a physical altercation with a journalist in the audience that was documented on Twitter.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN, 102, GETS HONORARY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA : PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


US citizen gets 25 years in Taliban case

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. citizen convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and acquire anti-aircraft missiles was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-shutdown bill advances; fight still looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Twitter launches emergency alerts for smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Union Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17% by hauling 8% more freight

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday that its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Workforce layoffs are becoming rare

WASHINGTON (AP) - The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


General Motors profit falls 85% on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) - Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama slams company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


California AG to help illegals get lawyers

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Los Banos man gets 14 years for raping men in bathroom

LOS BANOS (AP) - A Central California man has been sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison following his conviction on charges that he drugged and raped two men.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down in Cotati

COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Fire season in expected to get much worse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


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