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Chemical spill brings W.Va. capital to standstill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A chemical spill left the water for 300,000 people in and around West Virginia's capital city stained blue-green and smelling like licorice, with officials saying Friday it was unclear when it might be safe again to even take showers and do laundry.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska governor unveils new plan for gas pipeline

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday announced a new way forward on a long-hoped-for natural gas pipeline that includes scrapping the terms of a 2007 law he says no longer works well for the situation.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Damage-control follows NJ lane closings

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials squabbled over media leaks and worried about bad publicity in the days after lane closings near the George Washington Bridge caused huge traffic jams that now appear to have been politically orchestrated by a member of Gov. Chris Christie's administration and key allies, documents released Friday show.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate raises suffocation concern

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With time running out, the condemned killer of a pregnant woman has launched two federal appeals, arguing both that his original attorneys never got the chance to lay out the extent of his chaotic and abusive childhood, and that if executed, he would experience "agony and terror" from the state's untried execution process.

January 10, 2014 | | Nation


Firms: No record of insurance orphans

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

January 09, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists: Americans are weather wimps

WASHINGTON (AP) - We've become weather wimps.

January 09, 2014 | | Nation


Deep freeze may have cost about $5B

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hunkering down at home rather than going to work, canceling thousands of flights and repairing burst pipes from the Midwest to the Southeast has its price. By one estimate, about $5 billion.

January 09, 2014 | | Nation


Trapped trucker survives hours in subzero temps

Trapped trucker survives hours in subzero temps

January 09, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

TEXAS FIREFIGHTER USES BEER TO PUT OUT TIRE BLAZE: HOUSTON (AP) - An off-duty Houston firefighter made the best of his resources when trying to put out a truck tire fire: He used beer the rig was hauling.

January 09, 2014 | | Nation


Most school discipline need not mean court

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Wednesday pressed the nation's schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal's office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the country have been taking action to adjust the policies that disproportionately affect minority students.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Mom to give birth to daughter's daughter

PROVO, Utah (AP) - A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks - to her first grandchild.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

MOM WHO LOST 'STAND YOUR GROUND' CASE IN TROUBLE: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville woman who spent 21 months in jail after unsuccessfully invoking Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law as a defense for firing a gun at her husband is facing parole violation charges.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Messages tie Christie aide to NJ traffic jam

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town last September to punish its mayor.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Man suffocated by underwear he was wearing

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) - A 33-year-old man in Oklahoma allegedly killed his stepfather after a fight over the holidays by yanking underwear up the stepfather's back and over his head so that the waistband was around his neck, authorities said.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Lawmaker fires gun in Capitol office, calls it mistake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


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Obama seeks bigger area in Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

MIAMI (AP) - Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


‘Historic’ blizzard may slam Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) - A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Abortion foes express renewed hope at SF rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Anti-abortion activists attending a march in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Clerk killed over cigarettes

PHOENIX (AP) - A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Man who drove through checkpoint killed

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for inspection, Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Purse-snatcher can’t shake grandma off car

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland thief trying to make a getaway Friday had a hard time seeing his way clear, given that 53-year-old grandmother Tammy Elliott was on the hood of his car, hanging on to the windshield wipers and screaming at him to give back her purse.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump across USA

NEW YORK (AP) - At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero.

January 23, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Online storage provider Box stock price soars during Wall Street debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Box's shares soared 66 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the online storage provider's decade-long history of losses, a showing that may encourage more unprofitable technology startups to go public this year.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280M

NEW YORK (AP) - Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Powerful Saudi Arabia King Abdullah, 90, dies

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

DENVER (AP) - A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


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