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After 51 hours, man finishes swim hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama calls off Putin summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


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INDIANA COMMUNITY HANDS OUT DRUG TESTING KITS: LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) - A southeastern Indiana school is distributing kits so parents can test their children for drug use.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Biker gang leader convicted of casino murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease - by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


More players seeking big jackpots only

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The allure of capturing the estimated $425 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Hasan intent on getting death sentence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Publishers object to Apple remedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government objected Wednesday to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc., saying it will hurt publishers rather than the personal electronics giant.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Attempted murder charge in alleged Oregon tattoo war

North Bend, Ore. (AP) - David Wonnacott qualified for a tattoo license on July 5 and wasted little time establishing a business in a small, coastal Oregon community. Problem is, police said, he did it with a gun.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Retailer drops girls' math shirt after complaints

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Children's Place has stopped selling a T-shirt that sparked complaints of sexism.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Maine candidate in swimsuit video defends self

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A candidate for Maine Senate who's getting heat for appearing in Brazilian-style swim trunks in an online video says his acting background is the kind of experience Mainers should want from their lawmakers.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Research disputes links between combat, suicide

CHICAGO (AP) - Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war's effects on the psyche.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Rising tax revenue eases pressure for cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


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Obama, Congress avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Avoiding the high drama of recent year-end budget fights, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday keeping government agencies open into next week, giving ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


FBI continues probe of California lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Specialized divers with the FBI searched a San Bernardino lake for a second day Friday, looking for a computer hard drive and ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


ACLU leader out after Trump Facebook post

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union resigned on Friday after posting on Facebook that ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


ACA co-op losing millions

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges is now losing ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Chipotle CEO ‘deeply sorry’ about customers who fell sick

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells says he is "deeply sorry" about the customers who were sickened after eating at the chain ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart launching own mobile pay system

NEW YORK (AP) - The mobile payment wars are heating up.

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Drones smuggle contraband into N. Korea

NEW YORK (AP) - Activists who are determined to give North Koreans a glimpse of the outside world have started using drones to smuggle banned information ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s executive actions may open door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) - While the White House has condemned Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as "disqualifying" and "toxic," President Barack Obama ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Criminal charges dropped for Nevada driver who killed 2 kids

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The case against a 66-year-old Nevada man accused of driving despite feeling a seizure before a crash that killed two young children ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Judge Scalia draws rebukes for comments about black students

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, famous for his blustery rhetoric from the bench and beyond, finds himself in controversy again after suggesting that ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


University of Texas could allow concealed handguns in class

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Concealed handguns would be prohibited among students in University of Texas dorms - but allowed in classrooms - under recommendations given to the school ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Judge says police improperly using phone tracking data

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge says police have been improperly using data from cellphones to track the location of suspects.

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Jewish residents upset when town removes menorah, but keeps tree

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Some residents of a Jewish enclave in New Jersey are upset that officials removed a menorah from the town square and ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Christmas comes early to 8-year-old disfigured by fire

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) - A little girl who lost her family and suffered disfiguring burns in an arson fire is having an incredible Christmas, thanks ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Moscow authorities to offer free Wi-Fi service at cemeteries

MOSCOW (AP) - As part of their campaign to bring Wi-Fi to crowded public spots in the Russian capital, Moscow authorities are connecting up an unlikely ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


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