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Rover confirms Martian air is mostly CO2

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Curiosity rover has tasted Mars' air: It's made mostly of carbon dioxide with hints of other gases.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Suspect in drag racing deaths on bail in US case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who allegedly struck and killed a Philadelphia woman and her three sons while drag racing in Philadelphia had been out on bail this year in a $3.6 million ambulance fraud case.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Texas abortion restrictions now law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the state's clinics that provide the procedure, a final step for the Republican-backed measure after weeks of sometimes raucous protests at the state Capitol.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Police bypassed trunk where dead child found

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) - Police on Thursday expressed regret that investigators taking part in an exhaustive all-day search amid blistering heat did not force open the trunk of a car where a missing western Wisconsin toddler was later found dead.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Trayvon's parents shocked by verdict

MIAMI (AP) - Trayvon Martin's parents made appearances on network news shows Thursday, saying they are still shocked that jurors acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of their 17-year-old son.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Watchdog 'disturbed' agency withheld documents

WASHINGTON (AP) - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is "disturbed" the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out for additional scrutiny.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Once-mighty Detroit files for bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) - Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Lightning strikes injure 10 in Colo., 3 in Montana

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) - Nine people working at a Colorado farm were injured by a lightning strike Thursday, two of them critically and four seriously, a fire official said.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

POLICE: SHOPLIFTING FLA. MOM THREW BABY AT DEPUTY: PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida woman she threw her baby at a deputy as she tried to escape when he tried to confront her about shoplifting.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Teen faces aiding terrorists charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teen accused of traveling to the Middle East to train with terrorists is facing federal charges.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Mitsubishi blamed in nuclear plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison took an initial legal step Thursday to try to collect millions, or possibly billions, of dollars in damages from the company that built defective equipment that pushed the seaside San Onofre nuclear power plant into early retirement.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


3-legged donkey: A lesson for veterinarians

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Emma the miniature donkey runs around the barnyard and kicks playfully like most any animal her size. But she lacks one thing: A right hind leg.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) - If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Not forcing nursing care isn't neglect

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the guardian of an elderly Pierce County woman was not negligent when she didn't force her into a nursing home against her wishes.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Dead stars colliding eons ago forged all of the gold found on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A strange glow in space has provided fresh evidence that all the gold on Earth was forged from ancient collisions of dead stars, researchers reported Wednesday.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


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Some banks reissuing cards over Home Depot breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot.

September 24, 2014 | | Nation


Middle-class squeeze: Day care to health care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son - so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

September 24, 2014 | | Nation


New iPhones run into complaints

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's newest iPhones ran into some glitches Wednesday after users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending.

September 24, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart’s mobile account nixes fees

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don't have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases.

September 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama opens a new front against al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. decision to strike the Khorasan Group to stop a possible terror attack represents a significant expansion of the largely secret war against core al-Qaida, a group President Barack Obama has proclaimed was "a shadow of its former self."

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Students walk out of school in protest

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) - Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU sues over ‘revenge porn’ bill

PHOENIX (AP) - A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Police deliver pie after Pizza Hut driver hurt

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police officers often deliver citations, and in urgent circumstances they've been known to deliver a baby. Now, here comes pizza.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Meters eyed as possible cause of fires

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada utility officials said Tuesday they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


UPS gunman said ‘troubled’ over work

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The man who killed two former co-workers and then himself at a UPS shipping center Tuesday had told some people that he was having problems at work but never suggested the situation might turn violent, his pastor said.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Teen pleads innocent to rape during outing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young offender accused of raping a woman during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Eugene.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

DETROIT (AP) - Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Soda makers pledge to help reduce calorie consumption

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Feds, California release roadmap for solar projects

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Big new iPhone brings more profit

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


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