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Report: Most women need Pap smears every 3 or 5 years

ATLANTA (AP) - Most women can wait three to five years between checks for cervical cancer, depending on their age and test choice, say guidelines issued Monday.

October 22, 2012 | | Nation


FDA: 5 reported deaths with Monster drink link

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink has been cited in five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack, according to reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating.

October 22, 2012 | | Nation


Teen gets 20 years in severe stomping and kicking of girl

Teen gets 20 years in severe stomping and kicking of girl

October 22, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Costumed girl mistaken for skunk, shot by relative

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) - Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Dairy farm safety net dies with federal farm bill’s expiration

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) - Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Get ready for tax hike in 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama isn't talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel the pinch of a big tax increase regardless of who wins the election.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Strange but true news

CLERKS RIP CLOTHES OFF SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT IN NYC: NEW YORK (AP) - A worker at a 7-Eleven in Brooklyn has lost his job after he and other store employees were recorded ripping the clothes off a suspected shoplifter.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Earlier puberty seen in boys, just like in girls

CHICAGO (AP) - When it comes to the birds and the bees, some parents may want to have that talk with their boys a little sooner than they expected.

October 20, 2012 | | Nation


Freezing eggs for fertility works, caution urged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility - but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Side Briefs

ILLINOIS AMTRAK TRAIN HITS 111 MPH IN TEST RUN: JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm fields and blowing past cars on a parallel highway.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Texas Bar sues ex-DA in wrongful murder conviction

HOUSTON (AP) - The State Bar of Texas is suing a former prosecutor who is now a state district judge, accusing him of withholding memos and other written evidence in the case of a man who served nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Colo. fans upset after Madonna uses guns in show

DENVER (AP) - Some Colorado fans are upset after music superstar Madonna used guns during a performance in a community that is still raw from a mass shooting at a local theater and a violent summer that includes the unsolved slaying of a 10-year-old girl.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Scout abuse files release sparks interest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The online release of files showing the Boy Scouts of America's cover-up of decades of sexual abuse has created interest among Americans who want to know who the alleged abusers are and whether people who molested them as Scouts are in the files.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run between St. Louis & Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph on Friday.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


3.4 percent of USA adults are LGBT

NEW YORK (AP) - A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


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Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

CHICAGO (AP) - "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


‘Guilty plea in man’s Craigslist killing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of Honor gets OK for WWI hero

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Rare Superman comic book fetches $3.2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Gold thief offers to pay for nugget

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple charged in scheme to get girl pregnant

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama couple who wanted a baby repeatedly sexually assaulted an underage girl in hopes she'd get pregnant and give them the infant, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon teenager’s drone worried firefighting crews

BEND, Ore. (AP) - It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAINE LOBSTERMAN CATCHES RARE BLUE LOBSTER: SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

ATLANTA (AP) - The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man fatally struck by arrow in south state

LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Southern California home.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians’ Rx for schools: Later start times

CHICAGO (AP) - Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


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