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Lee U. students apologize for blackface costume

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two students at Lee University in Tennessee have apologized for wearing blackface when they dressed up for a rap-themed party last week.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Duke lacrosse accuser found guilty of murder

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


'Monster' cosmic blast zipped harmlessly by Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


More drivers positive for pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - More drivers have been testing positive for marijuana since Washington legalized the drug last year, according to new figures from the State Patrol.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


Board member-elect apologizes for Newtown comment

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A newly elected school board member in a Connecticut town neighboring the one where 26 people were killed at an elementary school has apologized for saying on Facebook that he'll observe the anniversary of the Newtown shooting by distributing ammunition.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


Is there a knockout game epidemic?

NEW YORK (AP) - In New York, a 78-year-old woman strolling in her neighborhood was punched in the head by a stranger and tumbled to the ground. In Washington, a 32-year-old woman was swarmed by teenagers on bikes, and one clocked her in the face. In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after someone sucker-punched him and he struck his head on an iron fence.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


NYC residents squawk about nuisance turkeys

NEW YORK (AP) - Say "wild" and "New York City," and few might fill in these blanks: a flock of feral turkeys causing a flap in a city that defines urbanism.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

DEMOCRATS VOTE TO CURB FILIBUSTERS ON APPOINTEES: WASHINGTON (AP) - Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Honoring the legacy of John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday. Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans - including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey - with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by Kennedy.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


Animal welfare group accuses school of cruelty

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Animal welfare officials on Wednesday accused Georgia Regents University of performing unnecessary and painful dental implant procedures on dogs, then euthanizing them.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


Shopping cart destruction campaign ends

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii legislator said he will no longer use a sledgehammer to smash stolen and abandoned shopping carts used by homeless people to carry belongings in Waikiki.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


Reagan's role in Google, Yahoo hacking

SAN JOSE (AP) - Back when Yahoo was something hollered at a rodeo and no one could conceive of Googling anything, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing broader surveillance of non-U.S. suspects. At the time, no one imagined he was granting authority to spy on what became known as Silicon Valley.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


Macy’s ballooning animal controversies

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


Regular almond eaters slimmer, healthier

DALLAS (AP) - Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease - in fact, were less likely to die of any cause - during a 30-year Harvard study.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


Utah town forgets to hold election

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A tiny Utah town had to skip an election earlier this month because part-time officials forgot to advertise or prepare for it - and it wasn't the town's first election flub.

November 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Missing plane carrying 9 found on cliff-side in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a plane carrying nine people has been discovered on a cliff-side in southeast Alaska after it was reported missing Thursday afternoon.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Fewer Happy Meal orders opting for soda

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says fewer people are picking soda for Happy Meals after it stopped listing the drinks as an option on its menu boards.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


15 emails missing from Clinton cache

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Driver going 95 mph before killing 2 kids

DETROIT (AP) - The driver of a Chevy Camaro being pursued by police pushed the muscle car's average speed to 95 mph in a Detroit neighborhood where children were playing before striking and killing two and injuring several others, the city's police chief said.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Court rejects law that aided NRAchallenges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Defense begins in theater shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes began presenting their case Thursday by calling a psychiatrist who said Holmes was so psychotic that he could not tell right from wrong when he killed 12 people during a packed movie premiere.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Macnee, star of ‘The Avengers,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Markleeville fire closer to structures

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - A wildfire has grown to 26 square miles in hazardous and inaccessible terrain south of Lake Tahoe and is moving closer to structures, officials said.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Governors of 10 Western states meeting about drought

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - The governors of 10 Western states are meeting in Lake Tahoe to tackle a problem that doesn't respect state boundaries - drought.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is doing business with tax delinquent contractors despite a federal law th

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's casino regulators are laying the groundwork for what could turn gambling halls into adult arcades to appeal to a younger generation of would-be gamblers.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


IRS does business with tax delinquents despite ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is doing business with tax delinquent contractors despite a federal law that bars the tax agency from awarding contracts to these companies, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Airbnb looking to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans

HAVANA (AP) - Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first major U.S. business to enter the island in decades.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Apple smartwatch rivals have strengths

NEW YORK (AP) - As much as I wish the Apple Watch could do more, I find it the best smartwatch available, given its polished design and wide range of apps.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Vin Diesel test drives new ‘Fast & Furious’ ride

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) - "Fast & Furious" star Vin Diesel traded the franchise's signature muscle cars for a new kind of ride.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


‘Hazzard’ actor defends Confederate flag

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Confederate flag is not a hateful symbol but instead a banner with positive historical context despite "the few thousand people that run around wearing sheets and committing atrocities," said Ben Jones, the "Dukes of Hazzard" actor and former Democratic congressman.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


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