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Feds appeal tax sentence of Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said Thursday that it's appealing a sentence that included no prison time for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Warm West offsets cold East in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - For those who shivered through January, this may be hard to believe: Nationwide, the average temperature for the month was about normal because a warm West offset a cool East.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


‘Waltons’ patriarch Ralph Waite dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Dems hope to force minimum wage vote

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) - House Democrats said Thursday they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bar honors wish, hosts employee’s funeral

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) - A friend, bouncer, father and four-time husband was remembered Thursday in the suburban Detroit watering hole he considered his second home - and the place he had requested for his funeral.

February 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ice storm causes another traffic jam

ATLANTA (AP) - Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars Wednesday in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uHUSBAND CITED FOR BASE JUMPING AFTER WIFE'S DEATH: ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - Officials are citing the husband of a Utah woman who died when her parachute failed to open at a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Ranks drop after year of policy change

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Barbie to feature in this year’s SI Swimsuit issue

NEW YORK (AP) - After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Navajo president blocks tax on junk food

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president has vetoed a proposal to impose an additional tax on chips, cookies and sweetened beverages on the country's largest reservation, but the legislation could be resurrected later.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


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Sparks school shooter’s parents help fight bullies

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The parents of a 12-year-old Sparks boy who shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before turning the gun on himself have donated nearly $14,000 to an anti-bullying program in a partnership with the school district.

February 25, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine brings tough challenge to Putin

MOSCOW (AP) - A successful Olympics behind him, President Vladimir Putin is facing what may become the most dramatic challenge of his rule: how to respond to the turmoil in Ukraine, a country he has declared vital for Russia's interests, which is home to millions of Russian-speakers and hosts a major Russian navy base.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Is preschooler obesity falling?

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study may be another signal of a national decline in childhood obesity.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Court seems divided in climate case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over the sole Obama administration program already in place to limit power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Longest-serving congressman to retire

SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) - Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Polio-like illnesses called ‘rare’ occurrence

STANFORD (AP) - More than a dozen children in California have developed an extremely rare, polio-like syndrome within the past year that within days paralyzed one or more of the children's arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after daughter’s first-date death

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 12-year-old Pittsburgh girl who got out of her father's SUV to pose for photos with a boy after her first date was struck and killed by the vehicle, police said Monday, and her father was charged with DUI.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• PREMIUMS MAY RISE FOR 11 MILLION WORKERS: NEW YORK (AP) - The new health care law may raise insurance premiums for 11 million small business employees and lower rates for 6 million others.

February 24, 2014 | | Nation


Climate case looks at EPA’s power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means of trying to limit power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Governors: ‘Obamacare’ here to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) - The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Wood burning rule prompts backlash

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to propose changes to federal wildfire funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include a proposal to change the way the federal government pays to fight wildfires, a White House official said Saturday.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Town is reconsidering its dry status

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Guzman not likely to be in US court soon

WASHINGTON (AP) - After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

STOWE, Vt. (AP) - Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 99.

February 23, 2014 | | Nation


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