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Salt Lake City elects its first openly gay mayor amid setbacks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski on Tuesday became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City, the capital of the conservative state where the Mormon church and a small town judge delivered setbacks last week to the LGBT community.

November 17, 2015 | | Nation


Foreign students in US up 10%

BOSTON (AP) - The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges increased by 10 percent last year, marking the largest single-year gain in 35 years, according to new federal data. Meanwhile, the number of Americans studying abroad grew by only 5 percent, falling short of expectations.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Oregon man’s rampage Leaves dad, 2 pedestrians dead

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man attacked his parents before torching the home they all shared, stealing their SUV and intentionally running down pedestrians in a rampage that left three people dead, authorities said.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


NJ mall frees up Santa’s lap: No more $35 to $50 fee

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Santa Claus is free again.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


Wisconsin convent says prayer has gone on nonstop since 1878

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire - any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed

CHICAGO (AP) - Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


Mainer who shot intruder sues his landlord to keep gun for protection

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A disabled former lobsterman who shot an intruder after buying a gun to defend himself sued his landlord Monday over a policy that prohibits him from keeping a gun in his subsidized apartment.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


Viral review triggers run on Wal-Mart pies

NEW YORK (AP) - Two million pounds of sweet potatoes. That's what it's going to take to get Patti LaBelle's suddenly famous sweet potato pie back onto shelves at Wal-Mart.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation


Clinton goes after Sanders on taxes

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Fresh from the second Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Sunday that Bernie Sanders would raise middle-class taxes and "scrap" President Barack Obama's health care law, in an escalating critique of the Vermont senator.

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


Hog manure fuels natural gas project

ALBANY, Mo. (AP) - One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material and let it bake until gas from the manure rises. Then, use special equipment to clean the gas of its impurities and ship the finished product out.

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


3 student leaders called on to resign

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Racial tensions are growing at the University of Kansas with a call for three top Student Senate leaders to resign and a recent graduate initiating a hunger strike.

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


Student leader: School has racism, unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri - a school now known for one student's hunger strike and other protests against the administration's handling of racial bias and hostility on campus - he promised to "ignite Mizzou."

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


Donations drop after gay leader decision

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down - possibly a side effect of tension between the Scouts and the Mormon church over this summer's decision to allow gay Scout leaders.

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


France bombs Islamic State HQ

PARIS (AP) - France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned.

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped thru police dragnet

PARIS (AP) - Hours after the synchronized attacks that terrorized Paris, French police questioned and released the suspect who is now the focus of an international manhunt, officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

November 15, 2015 | | Nation


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Judge Scalia draws rebukes for comments about black students

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, famous for his blustery rhetoric from the bench and beyond, finds himself in controversy again after suggesting that ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


University of Texas could allow concealed handguns in class

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Concealed handguns would be prohibited among students in University of Texas dorms - but allowed in classrooms - under recommendations given to the school ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Judge says police improperly using phone tracking data

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge says police have been improperly using data from cellphones to track the location of suspects.

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Jewish residents upset when town removes menorah, but keeps tree

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Some residents of a Jewish enclave in New Jersey are upset that officials removed a menorah from the town square and ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Christmas comes early to 8-year-old disfigured by fire

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) - A little girl who lost her family and suffered disfiguring burns in an arson fire is having an incredible Christmas, thanks ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Moscow authorities to offer free Wi-Fi service at cemeteries

MOSCOW (AP) - As part of their campaign to bring Wi-Fi to crowded public spots in the Russian capital, Moscow authorities are connecting up an unlikely ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Boy, 6, killed in knife attack in bedroom

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) - A kindergartner was killed in his bed before dawn Monday morning, when a stranger from Indiana broke into his home, grabbed a ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


Survivors return to Pearl Harbor 74 years after attack

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - A few dozen elderly men who survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor 74 years ago gathered Monday at the site ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


Navy preparing to open SEAL screening process to women

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is preparing to open its screening process for Navy SEAL training next year to women who are ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


Diocese’s posting of nun’s trophy deer draws backlash

ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) - A Roman Catholic diocese has taken down the Facebook photo of a nun with a 10-point buck she bagged after the ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


FBI: Killers had been radicalized ‘for quite some time’ before spree

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The San Bernardino killers had been radicalized "for quite some time" and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


Murder charge filed against dog owner in boy’s death

DETROIT (AP) - The owner of pit bulls that dragged a 4-year-old Detroit boy from his mother and killed him was charged with second-degree murder, a ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


Man flees from police, gets haircut before arrest

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a man wanted for failing to signal a lane change ran from Tulsa police and stopped to get a haircut ...

December 07, 2015 | | Nation


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