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Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Judge says he broke ethics code

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old student rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama’s uncle allowed to stay in U.S.

BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Worker presumed dead after silo collapse

ROY, Wash. (AP) - A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said Tuesday.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Asian nations dominate international test

WASHINGTON (AP) - American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Gay weddings become reality in Hawaii with new law

HONOLULU (AP) - Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since they met at the University of Hawaii in 1977. On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day their home state allowed same-sex couples to form such unions.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


NYC train was going too fast at curve

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sister: Deadly shooting was over Alabama loss

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Oklahoma adopts California-style quake precautions

PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) - It's become a predictable routine at Matt Pryor's insurance agency: An earthquake rumbles through Oklahoma, rattling dishes and nerves. Then the phones light up with calls and text messages from desperate residents asking if it's too late to buy a policy to cover any damage.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Amazon’s delivery drones: An idea that may not fly

NEW YORK (AP) - Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


UN in Iraq worried about uptick in bodies found

BAGHDAD (AP) - An alarming number of Iraqis killed "execution-style" last month signaled an increase in targeted killings as the overall death toll in Iraq so far this year rose above 8,000, the U.N. said Sunday. The bodies, usually dumped on the street and mutilated, have heightened fears that the country is sliding back toward all-out warfare between Sunni and Shiite factions.

December 01, 2013 | | Nation


Worst tech bugs over for Healthcare.gov

WASHINGTON (AP) - The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.

December 01, 2013 | | Nation


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Daughter due benefits gives retiree options

Q: I am about to turn 62. I am trying to decide if I want to retire and take my Social Security now; or wait until age 66 to get higher benefits. I know everyone has to make a similar decision. But I have a bit of a twist. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and I know she is due benefits on my account until she is 18. I am wondering: Can I file for her Social Security now and defer my own until age 66? Or can I "file and suspend" my benefits so that she can get hers?

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Sprint now sets up new phones at your home

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A new customer strategy for Sprint: Phone setup in your house.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Google shaking up search formulas on smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Verizon slices up bundle, customers cam choose

NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Barbie shows signs of life

NEW YORK (AP) - Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Car accident starts events that leave 4 dead

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road - right into the path of an oncoming van.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutors: NY office worker posed as dentist, pulled teeth

NEW YORK (AP) - An office manager was arraigned Thursday on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


SEC questions LA Unified on use of bonds for iPad project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


Louisiana deputy shot while directing traffic near school

LULING, La. (AP) - In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


California vaccine revision bill stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Snow falls behind in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Snow pack is well below normal, but close watchers of water, weather and fire in Colorado are heartened by healthy reservoir levels and short- and long-term forecasts of precipitation.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Girl Scout troop starts at gay pride center

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


School for strippers might have kept going, if not for noise

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion on Florida's Gulf Coast might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


ORGANIC SALES GROW

WASHINGTON (AP) - The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


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