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John Glenn reunites with 50-year-old Mercury team

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.

February 19, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• ARIZONA SHERIFF FACING LONG ODDS AFTER GAY OUTING: FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hardline stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration and appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in a 2010 re-election ad in which McCain urged federal officials to just "complete the danged fence."

February 19, 2012 | | Nation


Woman finds euthanized dog alive with new owner

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman who was told months ago that her Chihuahua needed to be euthanized after it was viciously attacked by another dog has discovered that the dog is alive and has been living with another owner.

February 19, 2012 | | Nation


NM woman heads to trial for stealing $2 pumpkin

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 23-year-old college student from New Mexico is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly stealing a small pumpkin worth two dollars.

February 19, 2012 | | Nation


Emu escapes from Vt. farm, on the lam for 5 weeks

SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) - An elusive emu on the lam in Vermont has been amusing residents in communities on Lake Champlain.

February 19, 2012 | | Nation


PAPERS: FED BOAT BOUGHT WITH FINES USED FOR FUN : BOSTON (AP) — A luxury undercover boat purchased w

PAPERS: FED BOAT BOUGHT WITH FINES USED FOR FUN : BOSTON (AP) - A luxury undercover boat purchased with fines collected from fishermen was used by federal fishery police to visit dockside restaurants with friends and for high-speed "pleasure cruising," according to documents released Friday.

February 17, 2012 | | Nation


Man tries to evict his 98-year-old mom

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Peter Kantorowski wanted his 98-year-old mother to move into a nursing home or live with him. She wouldn't go; she didn't want to leave her home of nearly 60 years.

February 17, 2012 | | Nation


Terror suspect arrested near Capitol in FBI sting involving fake suicide vest

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old Moroccan man who believed he was working with al-Qaida was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest that undercover operatives gave him, officials said.

February 17, 2012 | | Nation


Utah pays $388K to resolve roadside crosses case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is paying nearly $400,000 to resolve a lawsuit over roadside crosses honoring Utah troopers killed in the line of duty, officials said Friday.

February 17, 2012 | | Nation


Government to auto manufacturers: Curb growing car dashboard technology

WASHINGTON (AP) - Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and web surfing, the government says, and it's asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving.

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


MSN adds new feature to take Internet's pulse on hot topics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is hooking up MSN.com with a hipper sidekick to broaden its appeal and stay on top of the Internet's hottest topics.

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


Arizona police officer scrutinized after 6th fatal shooting in 10 years

PHOENIX (AP) - Is James Peters one trigger-happy cop? Or just an aggressive police officer who happens to find himself in more than the usual number of explosive situations?

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


Stepbrother charged with sexual abuse of Wisconsin teen who was kept locked up

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday charged the stepbrother of a severely malnourished Wisconsin teen with repeatedly sexually assaulting her beginning around her 10th birthday, in the same year she claims her father and stepmother began confining her to the basement.

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


Hottest pepper? Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


No cussing in class for teachers, is goal of new law being considered in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A teacher's role may be to expand a student's vocabulary, but one Arizona lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn't include four-letter words.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


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School bus driver killed during safety drill

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

CHICAGO (AP) - The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures - the most dangerous kind of obesity - has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man fed up with barking kills neighbor dog

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state man fed up with barking fatally shot his neighbors' dog in front of them. But the corgi apparently wasn't the one barking, authorities said.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting victim’s parents sue ammo seller

DENVER (AP) - The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Threat conviction tossed in violent poem case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has tossed the conviction of a Utah man who was found guilty of threatening to kill a professor by sending an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Smoking rates on rise in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


EPA wants to expand water control

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inspector blasts asteroid protection

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family praying for girl in range accident

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting-range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

DENVER (AP) - Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

CHINESE CITY CREATES CELLPHONE SIDEWALK LANE: BEIJING (AP) - Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

DENVER (AP) - The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


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