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GOP: Voters will have final say on health care law; White House says bring it on

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican congressional leaders said Sunday that voters - not the Supreme Court - will have the final word on President Barack Obama's health care law come November. And they are betting that the law's unpopularity will be enough to drive Democrats from power.

July 02, 2012 | | Nation


Mexican old guard leads, ruling party concedes

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's old guard prepared to sail back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the president of the country's long-ruling party said that exit polls "irreversibly" favored its presidential candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto.

July 02, 2012 | | Nation


Connecticut. inmate saw oysters as way out from death row in bizarre scheme

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man on death row for the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion says he came up with a bizarre plan to end his own life by lying about killing others in a spree of violence.

July 02, 2012 | | Nation


Police: NM deputy stole panties while on duty

MORA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police says a Mora County Sheriff's deputy has admitted of stealing a pair of women's panties from a home while on duty.

July 02, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• MID-ATLANTIC POWER OUTAGES COULD LAST DAYS: FRANCONIA, Va. (AP) - A day after seeking refuge at shopping malls and movie theaters, hoping the lights would be back on when they returned, nearly 2.7 million residents faced a grim reality Sunday: stifling homes, spoiled food and a looming commute filled with knocked-out stoplights.

July 02, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

JUSTICE WON'T PROSECUTE HOLDER FOR CONTEMPT : WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Remains of 2nd person found amidst Colorado fire wreckage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters searching for bodies in the roughly 350 homes burned by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found a second body Friday at a residence where earlier another person was discovered dead.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


More changes coming as Obamacare phases in

Lots of big changes in the 2010 health care law have yet to take effect. Here's how they are to unfold:

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


:What does the health care law mean for you?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Free vaccines for kids, cheaper drugs for the elderly and many other benefits of President Barack Obama's health care law are already out there. More are coming, like a guaranteed right to buy health insurance even for patients with serious medical troubles. Many businesses and wealthy taxpayers, however, will see their costs go up.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season bragging rights on what may be their biggest economic achievement before the November elections.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Effort to boost governor's tax hike on ballot draws lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An effort to give Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot has drawn a lawsuit by a rival tax campaign.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NM MOM JAILED FOR OVERDUE 'TWILIGHT' BOOK, DVDS: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book "Twilight" and two-DVD set "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" back to the library on time.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


A look at the ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul affects nearly every American, because the law itself is so vast. A look at what it does and what's to come:

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Small biz: questions, waiting after health ruling

NEW YORK (AP) - A big worry for small businesses that were against the Obama administration's health care law was that it would increase their costs. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld it, some small companies could opt to go a route that will save them thousands of dollars each year.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


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Government warns against minors using tanning beds & sun lamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google steps up efforts for more racial diversity

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google building truly driverless car

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Maya Angelou, celebrated poet dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou's story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


3-year-old kills younger brother

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - A 3-year-old Payson boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment and took it to another room, the eastern Arizona town's police chief said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Male student named prom queen

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has been named prom queen at his high school and says he's making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Disabled man is killed; estate billed nearly $12M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two years after a 33-year-old mentally disabled man died at a state institution in Queens, and one year after his sister filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him, New York officials have sent her an $11.67 million bill.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hatch: Gay marriage will become law of the land

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it's only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn't think that's the right way to go.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BURN VICTIM DOUSES SELF WITH SLURPEES AT 7-ELEVEN: GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Things were quiet at a convenience store in Southern Oregon when a tattooed man came in and started dousing himself with Hawaiian Punch Slurpees.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Bill seeks to restrict vehicle-tracking tech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday was considering a bill that would place some restrictions on vehicle-tracking technology to protect people's privacy.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


What shopping will look like in the future

NEW YORK (AP) - One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Reality TV show seeks young teen rebels

NEW YORK (AP) - A television producer is seeking teenagers as young as 13 who like to make their own rules and "party like a rock star" to participate in a reality television series about their lives.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Man shoots police officer with rifle

PHOENIX (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of an Arizona police officer carefully balanced a semi-automatic rifle on the roof of his vehicle during a traffic stop and fired two shots, striking the officer in the head before he even got out of his patrol car, according to court documents released Tuesday.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


ND tornado prompts safety discussion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


First lady responds to school meal critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


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