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'BREAKING BAD' WINNER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" with the cast has been charged with running a drug distribution operation.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Citizens come to aid of shot officer

PHOENIX (AP) - Police on Thursday commended the actions of citizens who offered help after an officer and another man were shot following the armed robbery of $18,000 from employees of a strip club.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bid to reduce Saudi man's sentence denied

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge on Thursday denied a Saudi man's request to return to his home country to complete his prison term for sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Is shale oil more explosive?

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Some workers set to reach $100K pay in Boeing deal

SEATTLE (AP) - Some machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely see their annual base salaries top $100,000 in the coming years under a proposed contract offer from Boeing Co., according to an Associated Press analysis of the deal.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Confusion, relief mark start of new reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Real world study shows texting, & dialing while driving raises crash risk

ATLANTA (AP) - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


James Avery of ‘Fresh Prince’ television fame dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Marketing efforts target ‘young invincibles’

MIAMI (AP) - The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Legal recreational pot industry opens

DENVER (AP) - Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


HP confirms higher layoffs expected

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• THIEF CARRIES 250-POUND SAFE OUT OF MASS. EATERY: WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


‘Selfie,' 'twerk' top annoying word list

DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan university has issued its annual list of annoying words, and those flexible enough to take selfies of themselves twerking should take note.

December 30, 2013 | | Nation


Federal sign-ups pass 1 million mark

HONOLULU (AP) - The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

December 30, 2013 | | Nation


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Man convicted in ‘death pills’ plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A Manhattan man looking to acquire ricin so he could sell "simple and easy death pills" and guarantee "risk-free" murder was convicted ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Events mark Emmett Till slaying

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Pro gambler: Borgata uses booze, sexy servers to distract gamblers

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


SHARK ATTACK VICTIM

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Forty years ago, "Jaws" thrilled Al Brenneka like any other moviegoer, but he figured his chances of encountering a shark in ...

August 27, 2015 | He turns into a hunter and then an advocate | Nation


On-air shooter vowed to make ‘headlines’

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - On the day he was fired from a Virginia TV station, Vester Flanagan pressed a wooden cross into his boss' hand as ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer accused of coaching clients to lie

CHICAGO (AP) - The question of when lawyers cross the line from zealously defending their clients to fabricating evidence is the focus of a rare trial ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Plague claims 4th life this year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher tardy 111 times, keeps job

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of cell phone service

NEW YORK (AP) - Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphone service in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Apple shipped 3.6M watches last quarter

CUPERTINO (AP) - A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter - more than some analysts have estimated and enough to ...

August 27, 2015 | | Nation


Police investigate Chicago cop’s Ferguson shooting comment

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police said Wednesday that the head of the department has ordered the investigation of an incident in which a white officer tells ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation


Feds take case of ‘dark’ humor preschool threat on Facebook

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation


Mormons will keep affiliation with Scouts despite gay leaders

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation


Fate of Nebraska’s death penalty likely to go to voters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's death penalty won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a group fighting to keep the punishment announced that it has ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation


Pot tax may fund county scholarships

DENVER (AP) - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation


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