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• AIR MARSHAL PROGRAM A MODEL FOR SCHOOLS?: WASHINGTON (AP) - The former congressman who's heading the National Rifle Association's school emergency response program that would include volunteers to help guard children says it makes sense because it's similar to placing air marshals on planes.

December 23, 2012 | | Nation


Obama and family fly to Hawaii for Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family are spending the Christmas holidays in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.

December 22, 2012 | | Nation


NRA calls for federal funding of armed police officer in every school

WASHINGTON (AP) - Guns and police officers in all American schools are what's needed to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings," the National Rifle Association declared Friday, taking a no-retreat stance in the face of growing calls for gun control after the Connecticut shootings that claimed the lives of 26 children and school staff.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


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PHILLY TEEN SUES SCHOOL OVER ROMNEY T-SHIRT FLAP: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The family of a Philadelphia teenager who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to class has sued the teacher and the school district.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


If you are reading this, the world didn’t end

NEW YORK (AP) As the sun rose from time zone to time zone across the world on Friday, there was still no sign of the world's end - but that didn't stop those convinced that a 5,125-year Mayan calendar predicts the apocalypse from gathering at some of the world's purported survival hot spots.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


Iowa court: Bosses can fire workers they find 'irresistible'

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


Students lose 756 pounds at SC boarding school

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sixteen-year-old Jason Alexander weighed 326 pounds four months ago when he and 13 classmates boarded a plane for a weight-loss boarding school in South Carolina.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


Obama and family fly to Hawaii for Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family are spending the Christmas holidays in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


Still time to dodge the cliff, Obama, Boehner say

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Congress in gridlock and stocks taking a fall, President Barack Obama issued a stern summons to lawmakers Friday to pass legislation to prevent year-end fiscal cliff tax increases on millions and avoid an imminent expiration of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


A week after school massacre, new details emerge about gunman Adam Lanza

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - As the nation paused to mark a week since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, new details emerged Friday about the gunman, Adam Lanza, who acquaintances said was able to take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of minutes but rarely spoke to anyone.

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


Clinton absent from Kerry nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who contracted a stomach virus in early December, became dehydrated, fainted, fell and hit her head, according to aides and doctors. She was diagnosed with a concussion on Dec. 13 and hasn't been seen in public since as she follows orders to rest and recover. That has meant, among other things, canceling an overseas trip to deal with Syria and North Africa issues, the release and congressional hearings about an independent panel's report on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and on ...

December 21, 2012 | | Nation


Solo stars at higher death risk than bands

LONDON (AP) - Rock 'n' roll will never die - but it's a hazardous occupation.

December 20, 2012 | | Nation


Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns after school shooting

HARROLD, Texas (AP) - In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school - mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

December 20, 2012 | | Nation


New Miss Universe says win shows confidence is all it takes

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The 20-year-old Rhode Islander who brought the Miss Universe crown back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years is hoping that her quick rise through the beauty contest ranks and an onstage stumble will show women that anything is possible.

December 20, 2012 | | Nation


Hot rhetoric, tiny numbers separate Obama, Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite all the hot fiscal cliff rhetoric, the differences between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner seem relatively narrow. So why haven't they shaken hands already? One answer: Both sides need to keep - or get - their own troops behind them.

December 20, 2012 | | Nation


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Debate rages over color of photo of cress in rare light

LONDON (AP) - It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Gunman kills 7, commits suicide

TYRONE, Mo. (AP) - A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Mom let 2-year-old daughter sip margarita

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl's sippy cup.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Nevada signs off on Olympic betting

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Pot fight with Congress could cost DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new mayor of the nation's capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Bonds reduced for staged kidnapping

TROY, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri judge on Thursday reduced the bond for four people accused of staging a kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy in hopes of teaching the child about potential dangers.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Man who beat wife to death with frying pan gets 30 years

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A man convicted of beating his wife with a frying pan and strangling her said that he misses her daily before he was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison before parole.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Man guilty of setting up wife’s death while on walk with son

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A New York City man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while the couple was on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


3 accused in Islamic State plot

NEW YORK (AP) - Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Did mom poison her child with salt?

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook adds new gender option for users: Fill in the blank

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Vandalism shows Internet’s vulnerability

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions - all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Calling for cooperation, Obama confronts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline - a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Spacewalking astronaut safe after leaks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


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