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TRYING TO SPREAD CHEER, SANTA IN NH SCARES INSTEAD: HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. governor signs school mascots bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that will make it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames, pushing aside opponents' charges that the measure is racist.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned soon

NEW YORK (AP) - Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


US Rep. Radel will not resign after coke bust

MIAMI (AP) - A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges, Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida refused to resign Thursday, saying he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


NYC Council passes plastic foam ban

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City lawmakers paved the way Thursday for an eventual ban on plastic foam containers, added electronic cigarettes to the city's already stringent smoking bans and approved the creation of a website that will help the public track federal dollars budgeted for Superstorm Sandy-related damages.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Suicide note found at home of hospital shooting suspect

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A suspect in a deadly hospital shooting in Reno left a suicide note at his home and claimed he had botched surgery three years ago before killing a doctor and himself this week, police said Thursday.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Efficiency not good case for cameras

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Government assisting child smuggling

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in South Texas said in a recent order that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country when it helps reunite them with parents who are known to be in the U.S. illegally.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Obama commutes sentences for 8 convictions

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

OKLA. MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND DURING ARREST: ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) - Talk about a marriage proposal to remember.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Study looks at pot demand in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Figuring out how much marijuana people use has been one of the trickiest, and most important, questions facing the bureaucrats who are setting up Washington state's new legal pot system.

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


Wildlife advocate pleads guilty to poaching

Wildlife advocate pleads guilty to poaching

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


US: Man held in Reno supported India terrorism

RENO (AP) - A 39-year-old man who received asylum in the U.S. from India has been arrested in northern Nevada and accused of helping to plot terror strikes in the Punjab region of his home country on the border with Pakistan, federal officials said Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


Christmas is more cultural than religious for many

NEW YORK (AP) - For a significant number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Cops: Boy, 10, fatally beat woman, 90, in her bed

TYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly punched her, killing her in her bed, prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Beachgoers form human chain to rescue swimmer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Beachgoers in Oregon pulled a struggling swimmer to shore by forming a human chain after she and seven others were stranded on a rocky outcropping during high tide.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Too soon? How about not at all for Ebola Halloween

NEW YORK (AP) - No holiday screams pop culture controversy quite like Halloween.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Ala. pastor knew he had AIDS, had affairs with parishioners

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - After listening to his sermons for 24 years, parishioners of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church probably thought they knew the Rev. Juan D. McFarland.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


2 accused of attacking Vegas elderly school crossing guard for doing his job

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 21-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend are accused of attacking a Las Vegas school crossing guard who witnesses told police waved them to a stop in an Audi sedan as it sped through a school zone, according to an arrest report made public Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged in drug overdose of boy, 9

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man was charged with child endangerment after police said a 9-year-old boy who was staying at his home died of an apparent drug overdose.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Bus driver accused of DUI during field trip

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah school bus driver was arrested Monday on suspicion of DUI after driving erratically and nearly hitting a car on a busy stretch of highway while taking 67 elementary-school students on a field trip, authorities said.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Donor sperm mix-up triggers suit

NEW YORK (AP) - What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby?

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Man just freed from prison kills mom

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Just two days after a convicted murderer had been released from prison, he was arrested and charged in the beating death of his 64-year-old mother, authorities said.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bear hunters will get cookbooks in New Jersey

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - Hunters who bring in a bear to be weighed in New Jersey once the season starts will receive a cookbook that includes such recipes as "bear on a satay stick" and "grilled bear loin with brown sugar paste" to remind them that the animals are edible.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Police: More than 50 arrested in protests

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Infant trapped under dead father leaving hospital

PLEASANT HILL, La. (AP) - A 10-month-old girl trapped underneath the decomposing body of her father for up to three days could be released Monday afternoon from a Shreveport hospital, a deputy coroner said.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

JUDGE REJECTS BID FOR CONCEALED GUNS AT NC FAIR: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A judge rejected an effort on Monday to force the North Carolina State Fair to allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring handguns, saying it would be "unwise and imprudent" to let weapons into the event.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Another Dallas Ebola case

DALLAS (AP) - A "breach of protocol" at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially be exposed, federal health officials said Sunday.

October 12, 2014 | | Nation


Teen used as bait in school sex sting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Some facts of the case aren't in dispute: A teacher's aide asked a 14-year-old girl to go into a middle school bathroom as bait so a 16-year-old eight-grader with a history of sexual harassment could be caught trying to have sex with her and disciplined.

October 12, 2014 | | Nation


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