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The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint.

More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decision set for Monday for election recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Balloons steal the show

NEW YORK (AP) - Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Quiet holiday for first family

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Manager fired over holiday dispute

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the manager of a northern Indiana restaurant who was fired over his refusal to open up on Thanksgiving Day.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

• MORMON BISHOP DRESSES IN DISGUISE TO TEACH LESSON: TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) - Members of a Mormon congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville were greeted by what they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. At least five people asked him to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. What they did not know is that the man was David Musselman, a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Musselman told the Deseret News he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his Taylorville congregation ...

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NYPD optimistic Macy's parade balloons will fly

NEW YORK (AP) - The weather is looking up for Snoopy, Spidey and the rest of the giant balloons that take to the skies for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Health law business insurance site delayed year due to woesDelete - Merge Upbodycopy

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman had 5 guns, ammo when arrested

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Alec Baldwin's show ending on MSNBC

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - When George Loegering saw a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River while out hunting with relatives, the retired engineer couldn't believe his eyes.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

IND. OFFICER GETS 13 YEARS IN FATAL CRASH: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A former Indianapolis police officer who killed a man and seriously injured two others when he was driving drunk and crashed his police cruiser into two motorcycles stopped at a traffic light was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nasty weather for holiday travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targets tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Adopted boy's abandonment stirs worry

CINCINNATI (AP) - When an Ohio couple recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, prosecutors said they committed a crime. People within the adoption community say giving up a child after so much time is rare and undermines the lifelong commitment that adopted children require.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


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He’s back: Schwarzenegger’s on high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine - Arnold Schwarzenegger - are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own - the publicity kind.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) - A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn't be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it's difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) - A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school's May 15 commencement ceremony.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show "good cause" beyond self-defense.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

PARIS (AP) - Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (AP) - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Councilman’s petitions named famous non-residents, ends bid

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year Allegheny County councilman has withdrawn his nominating petitions - and thus ended his last re-election bid - in grand style.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Vietnam War veteran gets dying wish to visit Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. With just less than two months to live, Joseph Hooker realized his longtime dream on Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Trooper killed in shootout

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just three months out of the academy and working the first solo patrol of his "dream job" died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed a motorist.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


US conducts airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher obsessed with pupil, 11

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An elementary school teacher who resigned this month was obsessed with one of her 11-year-old students, encrypting her phone number on the girl's math homework, exchanging thousands of text messages with her and even talking of running away with her, authorities said Wednesday.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


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