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Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill for storm victim relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


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APPLE UPDATES IPHONE, IPAD SOFTWARE: NEW YORK (AP) - Apple has released a software update for iPhones and iPads that speeds up data downloads on some major overseas telecom networks and a handful of small U.S. carriers.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Fraud concerns linger over new license law

CHICAGO (AP) - As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to give illegal immigrants permission to drive, nagging concerns remain about whether there are enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls other states faced.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


North Carolina fish story and fight over $910,000 prize will get trial

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A lower-court judge's summary decision agreeing to disqualify the $910,000 winner of one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments didn't smell right to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which is ordering a trial to air whether the prize is justifiably lost for lack of $15 fishing license.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Help! Too many crocodiles

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Calling all crocodile experts - South African police say you're needed to help capture thousands of crocs out on the lam.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Budget crisis could hurt war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. sheriff urges residents to get gun training to defend themselves until police arrive

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Video shooting games pulled after massacres

BOSTON (AP) - It was 10 days after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn., when Tracey Hyams and her family came upon a teenager firing a lifelike toy rifle on a video game at a Massachusetts highway rest stop.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


College shooting prompted by 'idiocy'

HOUSTON (AP) - A young man accused of opening fire at a college after someone "bumped into" him was arrested Friday about 250 miles away from the Houston campus, authorities said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Armstrong to help "clean up cycling"

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


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FDA WON'T REGULATE PA. BIRTH CONTROL MACHINE: SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won't take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion foes march in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


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• PREMIUMS MAY RISE FOR 11 MILLION WORKERS: NEW YORK (AP) - The new health care law may raise insurance premiums for 11 million small business employees and lower rates for 6 million others.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Climate case looks at EPA’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) - The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Wood burning rule prompts backlash

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to propose changes to federal wildfire funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include a proposal to change the way the federal government pays to fight wildfires, a White House official said Saturday.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Town is reconsidering its dry status

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Guzman not likely to be in US court soon

WASHINGTON (AP) - After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

STOWE, Vt. (AP) - Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 99.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


1 dead, babies ill from listeria linked to cheese

WASHINGTON (AP) - One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to award Medal of Honor to 24 veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Court rules against Notre Dame

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21

DENVER (AP) - Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Men tried to buy bombs for attack

ATLANTA (AP) - Three Georgia men tried to buy pipe bombs and other explosives and discussed attacking power grids, water treatment plants and other infrastructure in a plot to incite other militias to fight the federal government, authorities said.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor faces flap over speeding video

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio faced more questions Friday about why his official vehicles were videotaped breaking traffic laws only two days after he rolled out a sweeping traffic safety plan.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Foul-mouthed Pa. police chief ‘voluntarily retired’

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) - A small-town Pennsylvania police chief who gained notoriety for his profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals has left the department - and could star in his own reality TV show.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


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