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NY JUDGE: POKER'S NOT GAMBLING UNDER FEDERAL LAW: NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Day care workers urge then videotaped 3-year-old boys to fight

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three Delaware day care workers videotaped a fight between 3-year-old boys in their care and encouraged the toddlers to pummel each other as they laughed about it, according to court documents.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Farmers could face jail time for heat violations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmers could be tossed in jail and fined thousands of dollars if they fail to provide field workers with adequate water and shade under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Biden: Wall St. reform critics 'squealing pigs' as he continues attack rhetoric

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Florida as Republicans gather to nominate their presidential ticket, on Tuesday compared GOP critics of the Obama administration's Wall Street reforms to "squealing pigs."

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Woman found dead in Ariz. home with 4 dozen cats

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A woman has been found dead in her suburban Phoenix home, where she lived with about 50 cats.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before a trial over a new law that bans state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Lawmaker urged to step aside amid scandal of having sex with teen boy at rest stop

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders Monday to give up his re-election bid.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Nude dip in holy sea puts Kansas Congressman in political spotlight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas congressman's 10-second naked plunge into the sea where the Bible says Jesus walked on water prompted apologies Monday from him, head-shaking from other Republicans and the kind of international attention that no politician wants.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Austria's hills alive with sound of yodeling

VIENNA (AP) - In one part of Austria, the hills are again alive with a particular sound of music - yodeling.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Court says Alabama can't check students’ immigration status

ATLANTA (AP) - Part of Alabama's immigration law that ordered public schools to check the citizenship status of new students was ruled unconstitutional Monday by a federal appeals court that also said police in that state and Georgia can demand papers from criminal suspects they have detained.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Vatican win: Judge says priests aren't employees

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Listen to radios? Watch TVs? Not for Class of '16

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Remember when suitcases had to be carried instead of rolled? Or when an airline ticket was a booklet of pages separated by carbon paper? Maybe you remember when Lou Gehrig held the Major League record for consecutive baseball games played.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Missouri congressman fights to save GOP Senate bid after rape remarks

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rep. Todd Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off in outrage over the Missouri congressman's comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Scott McKenzie, singer of 'San Francisco,' dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Singer Scott McKenzie, who performed "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" - which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" - has died.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Military budget deal unlikely by November

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he doesn't believe Congress can reach a deal before the November elections that avoids deep cuts in military spending, but says he is optimistic that the reductions won't occur.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


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Texas marijuana fields valued at $175M

GOODRICH, Texas (AP) - Authorities in East Texas said Tuesday that they have cleared more than two dozen marijuana fields that were discovered over the weekend in the woods and which contained about 100,000 plants worth an estimated $175 million.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


2 charged in death of teen who stole bike

CLEVELAND (AP) - Two northeast Ohio brothers used separate cars to fatally hit a 17-year-old boy who had robbed them of a dirt bike at gunpoint in Cleveland, police reports said.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Girl struck by plane on beach dies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he's an amazing father and she forgives him.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


School sued over death inside gym mat

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged in teen’s 9-month disappearance

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Beach town ban prompts battle over shave ice

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Abuse suspect dead; 3 officers hurt

NEW YORK (AP) - A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Furor engulfs red-light cameras

CHICAGO (AP) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Police charge 2 men in fatal carjacking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: Times Square characters should be licensed by NY City

NEW YORK (AP) - Cookie Monster may soon need a license.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

SARAH PALIN LAUNCHES ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION CHANNEL: NEW YORK (AP) - Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Man seeks Oklahoma City bombing video

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Judge strikes down DC handguns ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


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