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Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Air Force helicopters help search for missing 5-year-old boy in forest

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) - Air Force helicopters and ground crews with dogs searched unsuccessfully Friday for a 5-year-old Arizona boy who wandered off from a remote forest campsite the day before while chasing grasshoppers.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Trump jolts first GOP debate

CLEVELAND (AP) - A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign by warning he might run as an independent if denied the GOP nomination. His startling declaration left his onstage rivals scrambling to compete for attention the rest of the night.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

FCC voting on new phone rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

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Michelle Obama to release memoir

NEW YORK (AP) - Michelle Obama's memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out Nov. 13.

February 25, 2018 | | Nation

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic ...

February 25, 2018 | | Nation

More firms end ties with NRA

NEW YORK (AP) - Three more companies said Friday they had ended discount programs with the National Rifle Association, as U.S. corporations take a closer ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Teen battling cancer dies weeks after marrying high school sweetheart

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teen who had been battling a rare form of cancer has died less than a month after marrying his ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Parents of two teens killed during ‘Nerf wars’ sue school

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota school district is being sued by the parents of two high school students killed in a 2015 car crash who ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Woman charged in three infant deaths from the ‘80s

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin woman has been charged with suffocating three babies more than 30 years ago - cases that investigators initially attributed to sudden infant ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

US weighs offer to fund Jerusalem embassy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

White House locked down over after vehicle strikes barrier

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House was on lockdown for about an hour Friday after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. Local media reported that ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Parents face new charges in torture case of 13 kids

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling some of their 13 children pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges of child ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Senator seeking Democratic backing endorsement days after resigning

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California Democrat plans to seek his party's endorsement for a state Senate seat at Saturday's convention just days after ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Interior makeover would diminish Washington’s power

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disclosed Friday in an Associated Press interview that he's revamping a sweeping overhaul of his ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV, dies at age 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nanette Fabray, the vivacious actress, singer and dancer who became a star in Broadway musicals, on television as Sid Caesar's comic ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rick Gates' guilty plea to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges turns him from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Friday expanded their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting gifts from foreign ...

February 23, 2018 | | Nation

States look to lower drug costs, consider Canadian imports

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Lawmakers in more than two-thirds of the states are considering ways to reduce prescription drug costs, including importing them from Canada, as ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation

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