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Obama stance adds fuel in marriage battlegrounds

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage has emboldened activists and politicians on both sides of the issue, setting off a flurry of political activity in a number of states and serving as a rallying point in others where gay marriage votes are being held this fall.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


Stabbed woman hits child with car, both dead

CLEVELAND (AP) - A woman allegedly stabbed by her best friend during an argument while sitting behind the wheel of a car tried to drive away and struck her attacker's 2-year-old daughter, authorities said Friday. The woman and the toddler both died.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse visible from China to Texas on Sunday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they'll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


House OKs continued war in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House endorsed the continued war in Afghanistan on Thursday despite acknowledgment from Republicans and Democrats that the American people are war-weary after more than a decade of conflict.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Kentucky weighed politics, medicine in whether to OK death row inmate's surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A condemned killer's fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Documents: Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range. George Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CUBAN PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER GETS US VISA: HAVANA (AP) - Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend events in San Francisco and New York, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Cuban-American politicians who called her an enemy of democracy and a shill for the Communist government her family has led for decades.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Romney's April money suggests GOP rallying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney and his Republican Party raised $40 million in April, an unexpectedly strong haul in the first month of the general campaign that illustrates enthusiasm within the GOP and threatens President Barack Obama's overwhelming cash advantage.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Reno air race organizers get OK to continue

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races cleared a major hurdle Thursday in their bid to continue the annual event this fall, winning approval of a special one-year permit and moving closer to securing the necessary $100 million in insurance in the aftermath of last year's tragic mass-casualty crash.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HOUSE OKS GOP'S ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BILL: WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans set up a showdown Wednesday with the Senate and President Barack Obama over legislation to protect women from domestic violence, a fight that's become as much about female voters this election year as cracking down on abuse.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later - and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archives - he was honored by President Obama on Wednesday with the nation's highest award for gallantry.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Scientists hunt ways to stall Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Look for a fundamental shift in how scientists hunt ways to ward off the devastation of Alzheimer's disease - by testing possible therapies in people who don't yet show many symptoms, before too much of the brain is destroyed.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Obama assets valued between $2.6M and $8.3M

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold assets worth between nearly $2.6 million and nearly $8.3 million, according to financial disclosure reports released Tuesday by the White House.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


NY boy can play on girls field hockey team

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The biggest goal of Keeling Pilaro's field hockey career happened far from an athletic field on Tuesday.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Female farmworkers suffer sex abuse , don’t report due to being illegals

FRESNO . (AP) - Farmworker women across the United States are commonly sexual harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


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30 teens escape from detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Groom charged in brawl during wedding cruise

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A groom became "handsy" with a pregnant waitress at his wedding reception and tried to pour alcohol down her throat, then resisted arrest after getting into a fight with her boyfriend, police said.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Expelled black students’ parents sue Ohio district

CINCINNATI (AP) - The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos and targeted because of race sued a suburban school district in federal court on Tuesday, charging violations of constitutional rights including free speech.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

CENTERPLATE: CEO RESIGNS OVER DOG'S MISTREATMENT: STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sports catering business Centerplate has announced the resignation of its chief executive after video from an elevator security camera posted online shows a man kicking a puppy and yanking its leash.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Infamous speed trap investigated over tickets

WALDO, Fla. (AP) - The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Los Angeles jury convicts man of three 3 serial murders in 1980s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Study yields bad news for tiny desert pupfish

FURNACE CREEK (AP) - For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters - and its lack of mobility - are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Electorate poised to ‘keep the bums in’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Obama calls for higher wages

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Burning Man festival draws crowd of 66,000

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Our eating habits improve a bit

CHICAGO (AP) - Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Action-packed TV might make you snack more

CHICAGO (AP) - Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

POLICE ZAP GIRL WITH TASER AT MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR: MONTEREY (AP) - Police say they used a Taser on a 14-year-old girl after she attacked an officer at the Monterey County Fair.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Government wants nuclear waste train

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


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