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PROSECUTORS ATTACK ZIMMERMAN STORY SEVERAL WAYS: SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A judge tossed out a detective's statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that benefits prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant's self-defense claims.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Mom settles suit over poppy seed drug test

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsuit over the case.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Obama delays major health law requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until 2105, in a central requirement of the new health care law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Hotshot who survived Ariz. fire served as lookout

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The lone survivor on an elite Arizona firefighting crew was serving as a lookout and relaying key information to his colleagues when a raging wildfire trapped and killed them, officials said Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Investigators to examine why Ariz. blaze killed 19 firefighters

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - Fire crews battling a wildfire should identify escape routes and safe zones. They should pay close attention to the weather forecast. And they should post lookouts.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women in USA

ATLANTA (AP) - Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Philly dad is convicted in baby's drug death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia man charged with putting heroin and methadone in his infant son's bottle to quiet him, but instead killing him, was convicted Tuesday of third-degree murder.

July 02, 2013 | | Nation


Intuit sells financial services unit for $1.03B

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Intuit is selling a division that provides software to financial institutions in a deal worth about $1.03 billion as it focuses on products for consumers and small businesses.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


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6-YEAR-OLD BOY RIDES 3 MILES ON VAN ROOF IN ALASKA: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a 6-year-old boy climbed on top of his parents' minivan and rode it for three miles down a highway before he fell off and suffered cuts and bruises.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Lady Liberty reopening July 4, months after Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) - Months after Superstorm Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio woman cites diet pills in sex abuse

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio woman blamed diet supplements after police accused her of filming herself sexually abusing her young daughter and emailing the videos to others, police records showed Monday.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


McDonald's franchise to offer more pay options

NEW YORK (AP) – A McDonald's franchise promised to give employees more payment options after it was sued by a former employee who said she was charged a fee to access her wages from a debit card.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Tarps couldn't save 19 firefighters

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - With no way out, the 19 elite firefighters did what they were trained to do when trapped by a wildfire: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves on the ground.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Chalk protester acquitted of vandalism in SD

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A jury on Monday acquitted an activist of vandalism charges for chalking anti-bank slogans on San Diego sidewalks, delivering a swift verdict on a prosecution that the city's own mayor said was "stupid."

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


Crater Lake vows to truck in water if it's shut off

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Crater Lake National Park plans to stay open by whatever means necessary as water shutoffs that have been drying up irrigated pasture for tens of thousands of cattle extend to the creek that serves as the park's sole source of drinking water, the park superintendent said Monday.

July 01, 2013 | | Nation


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Weather may help wildfire fight

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


Iraq vet cited for owning 14 pet ducks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


CHOOSING PHYSICIANS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


Film actor, TV legend James Garner, 86, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


Tips for choosing a doctor

Referrals from another physician or family and friends are a first step in choosing a doctor, but specialists advise doing some research to finalize your choice.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


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