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Warm West offsets cold East in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation

Ice storm causes another traffic jam

ATLANTA (AP) - Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


uHUSBAND CITED FOR BASE JUMPING AFTER WIFE'S DEATH: ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Officials are citing the husband of a Utah woman who died when her parachute failed to open at a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Ranks drop after year of policy change

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Barbie to feature in this year’s SI Swimsuit issue

NEW YORK (AP) - After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Navajo president blocks tax on junk food

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president has vetoed a proposal to impose an additional tax on chips, cookies and sweetened beverages on the country's largest reservation, but the legislation could be resurrected later.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation

Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation

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Hollywood studio pays off ‘Barefoot Bandit’s’ restitution

SEATTLE (AP) - A Hollywood studio has paid more than $1 million to settle the "Barefoot Bandit's" court-ordered restitution in exchange for the rights to ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation

College presidents defend importance of free speech

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - As debates about race and other social issues flare on campuses, college presidents are increasingly intervening to draw a line when cultural ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation

Utilities see potential in drones

BLENHEIM, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation


CARSON CITY. Nev. - A project to link Las Vegas and Southern California with a high-speed train got a boost this week when the newly formed ...

November 22, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS | Nation

Gunmen attack hotel killing 20

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages Friday at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Trump rivals decry his call for registering US Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential rivals rushed Friday to condemn Donald Trump's support for a government database to track Muslims in the United States, drawing ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Obama visits Asian refugee center amid raging debate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Pushing back against efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Week after attacks, defiant Parisians honor the dead

PARIS (AP) - A week after the deadliest attacks on France in decades, shell-shocked Parisians honored the 130 victims with candles and songs Friday, knowing that ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Democrats push to prevent gun sales to those on terror list

WASHINGTON (AP) - People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Pregnant woman fatally stabbed; baby survives

NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed to death on Friday in a New York City apartment and investigators have a suspect into ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Clinton wants tax credit to help with heath care

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending the coming weeks promoting a series of tax benefits that she says will help boost the take-home ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation


EASTON, Pa. (AP) - From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Turlock latest E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle

NEW YORK (AP) - An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Zuckerberg to take 2 months paternity leave

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said Friday he's planning on taking two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born.

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Can ‘The Force Awakens’ Become biggest movie ever?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new "Star Wars" movie is already setting records for pre-opening ticket sales, with still a month to go ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

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