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$5.6 MILLION BUDGET GAP FOR SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Schools could be shuttered and positions could be eliminated as the Sacramento City Unified School District seeks to close a $5.6 million budget gap next school year.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


New pope revives question: What is a ‘Latino?’

NEW YORK (AP) - He is being hailed with pride and wonder as the "first Latino pope," a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the South American nation of Argentina. But for some Latinos in the United States, there's a catch: Pope Francis' parents were born in Italy.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gun debate heating up as critical Senate vote on gun control nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes ‘Let’s make a deal’ as alternative plans pop up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea training teams of ‘cyber warriors’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Winning $338M Powerball ticket sold in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - When Teddy Jackson heard Sunday morning that the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, the Toms River resident combed through his 40 tickets and hoped for the best.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Federal defenders face deep cuts, case delays

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices, delay criminal cases and jeopardize the fairness of the criminal justice system.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mom of boy killed by Ala. airport sign is still unconscious

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As airport officials tried to figure out how a 300-pound arrival-departure panel fell off the wall and onto a family, the mother of a boy who was killed by the sign lay in a hospital with her own injuries, still unaware of what happened.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


• Case dropped against woman in university bomb hoax: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors dropped the c

MIAMI (AP) - Two Icelandic skydivers who died during weekend jumps at a popular southwest Florida camp did not deploy their main parachutes, the co-owner of the facility said Sunday.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• Case dropped against woman in university bomb hoax: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors dropped the charges against a former Texas State University student accused of threatening to bomb the campus this past fall.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Unlucky home hit twice by 2 different drivers

ALOHA, Ore. (AP) - One unlucky Aloha home has been the crash-landing site of two different people suspected of drunken driving.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Record crop payout stirs subsidy debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mom accused of tying daughter to bed held on $620K

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - A single mother made an initial court appearance Friday after being accused of locking her 4-year-old daughter in an apartment bedroom for up to 12 hours a day - tethered to a bedpost and left with a plastic tote bin to use as a toilet.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


'Embarrassed' ex-Pittsburgh police chief to plead guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Former city police Chief Nate Harper will plead guilty to charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized police credit union accounts and failed to file federal tax returns from 2008 to 2011, his attorneys said Friday.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Police arrest 2 teens in Georgia baby's killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A pair of teenagers was arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a leafy, historic neighborhood in southeast Georgia.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


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Stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mindfulness helps teens cope stress, anxiety

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


W. Virginia gunman angry over ex’s trysts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation's most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND (AP) - Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Hershey explores removal of corn syrup

NEW YORK (AP) - Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to see more police wearing cameras to record events like the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, but is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to dispel the resulting racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

WASHINGTON (AP) - The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Supreme Court asked to halt execution

HOUSTON (AP) - Attorneys who contend a condemned Texas inmate set to die this week is too delusional for execution asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to halt his lethal injection and determine whether mentally ill people should be exempt from the death penalty because it is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Magnitude-4.7 quake shakes Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona - a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Air Force pilot killed in crash in Mideast

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 crashed late Sunday night while returning to its base in the Middle East.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Cosby resigns from Temple board

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby resigned Monday as a trustee of Temple University following string of allegations that accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting women over many years.

December 01, 2014 | | Nation


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