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Indiana soldier appears as Santa, surprises mom

BRUSHY PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana soldier surprised his mother Friday with an early return home, masquerading as Santa Claus while she sat on his lap at a school staff Christmas breakfast while she gave a wish list of gifts.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Gay couples marrying in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that marks a drastic shift toward gay marriage in a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada gunman had botched vasectomy

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities on Friday were trying to determine whether a Northern California man's anger over complications he suffered from a 2010 surgery prompted him to go on a shooting rampage at a Nevada urologist's office, killing one doctor and critically wounding another before committing suicide.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


SeaWorld runs ads after performers cancel

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld on Friday posted ads in a handful of newspapers around the nation in response to a critical documentary that inspired eight musical acts to cancel performances at the company's Orlando marine park.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mormon church explains polygamy in early days

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new historical narrative posted by the Mormon church on its website officially acknowledges that some plural marriages were performed following an 1890 ban and that polygamy was widely practiced in the late 19th century.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Usher: Bieber's mishaps are part of growing up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Usher says though Justin Bieber had a wild year, people shouldn't count the pop singer out just yet.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

TRYING TO SPREAD CHEER, SANTA IN NH SCARES INSTEAD: HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.

December 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. governor signs school mascots bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that will make it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames, pushing aside opponents' charges that the measure is racist.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned soon

NEW YORK (AP) - Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


US Rep. Radel will not resign after coke bust

MIAMI (AP) - A month after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges, Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida refused to resign Thursday, saying he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


NSA debate shifts in favor of surveillance limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in the National Security Agency's expansive spying powers at home and abroad.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


NYC Council passes plastic foam ban

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City lawmakers paved the way Thursday for an eventual ban on plastic foam containers, added electronic cigarettes to the city's already stringent smoking bans and approved the creation of a website that will help the public track federal dollars budgeted for Superstorm Sandy-related damages.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Suicide note found at home of hospital shooting suspect

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A suspect in a deadly hospital shooting in Reno left a suicide note at his home and claimed he had botched surgery three years ago before killing a doctor and himself this week, police said Thursday.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Efficiency not good case for cameras

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio judge rebuffed an argument Thursday that traffic cameras make law enforcement more efficient, stating sharply that violating motorists' rights isn't the American way.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Government assisting child smuggling

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in South Texas said in a recent order that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country when it helps reunite them with parents who are known to be in the U.S. illegally.

December 19, 2013 | | Nation


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Makeshift memorial springs up on highway for rancher

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Decades-long search for Mr. Wonder ends with arrest

BONITA (AP) - Neighbors in a well-to-do section of this San Diego suburb knew him as Frank Szeles, a friendly Cub Scouts leader who frequently gave ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Treasure hunter disappears searching for $2M in gold

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


District: Athletes had ‘fight club’ at Dallas-area school

PLANO, Texas (AP) - Baseball players at a Dallas-area high school had a "fight club" in the batting cages, according to a school district investigation that ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


Obama: More to do to close pay gap for women, minorities

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought to showcase progress on his watch on closing the pay gap for women while keeping up the pressure on ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


Prosecutors use occupiers’ own words against them

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Ammon Bundy and his followers made ample use of social media and videos to summon armed recruits to join their takeover of ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen can stay in juvenile facility

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck won't be moved to an adult jail ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


Fugitive found in ‘elaborate tunnel’

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an "elaborate ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


22 Clinton emails ‘top secret’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton's home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


BARBIE’S NEW LOOK

NEW YORK (AP) - Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don't like her.

January 28, 2016 | | Nation


McDonald’s to test expanded all-day breakfast with McGriddle

NEW YORK (AP) - Basking in the fanfare over its all-day breakfast menu, McDonald's is pushing its operational limits by testing the addition of another ...

January 28, 2016 | | Nation


Coffee named ‘Death Wish’ wins a Super Bowl commercial

NEW YORK (AP) - A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50.

January 28, 2016 | | Nation


Apple’s iPhone slumping. What’s next?

CUPERTINO (AP) - The bloom may be off Apple's iPhone, at least for now. So now the pressure is on the iconic Silicon Valley company ...

January 27, 2016 | | Nation


New home sales soar in December

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this ...

January 27, 2016 | | Nation


7.1 quake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


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