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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


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Poverty Law Center seeks exchange program reforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on the U.S. government to reform cultural exchange programs, saying those have left some foreign participants vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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Senate panel to vote on Trump’s health secretary pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans have scheduled a Tuesday vote by the Senate Finance Committee on President Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary.

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Netanyahu says US embassy should be in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the American embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, injecting himself ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension of ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Governor to get further prostate cancer reatment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown will undergo further radiation treatment for prostate cancer first treated in 2012, his office announced Saturday.

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Brown: Driver’s license penalty harms the poor

SARAMENTO (AP) - When Aaron Cutchon was laid off from his job at an auto body shop, he could no longer afford to pay for two ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Koch political network to spend $300M to $400M over two years

INDIAN WELLS (AP) - The conservative Koch network plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million to influence politics and public policy over the next ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Deal reached to close down Santa Monica’s airport

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city and the federal government on Saturday said they reached a deal to close Santa Monica's airport, ending ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


$7 billion legal pot economy?

SACRAMENTO AP) - The future of California's legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Pioneering TV actress Mary Tyler Moore dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Attorney: Florida never helped girl who livestreamed suicide

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl who broadcast her suicide on Facebook never got the help she needed from Florida's foster care system, an ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Idaho man admits to federal hate crime in gay man killing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man has agreed to plead guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of a gay man in exchange ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


NASA displays Apollo capsule hatch 50 years after fire that killed 3

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A relic from America's first space tragedy is finally going on display this week, 50 years after a fire on ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Trump moves to ‘build that wall’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Mexico’s president may scrap United States trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's president is "considering" canceling next week's visit to Washington following President Donald Trump's order to begin construction of ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Congressional Republicans sketch ambitious agenda

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Congressional Republicans laid plans Wednesday to act on a health care repeal bill by the end of March and rewrite the tax code ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


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