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Lobbying justices, Obama makes his health law case, slams ‘unelected/ court

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday issued a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul, weighing in with a vigorous political appeal for judicial restraint. He warned that overturning the law would hurt millions of Americans and amount to overreach by the "unelected" court.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Coming up with a new menu is a whopper of a task for Burger King

MIAMI (AP) - When Burger King set about to fix its ailing empire, the fast food giant started by scrutinizing everything on the menu - even the mayonnaise.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


1940 census record release includes more than 21 million American who are still alive

NEW YORK (AP) - When the 1940 census records are released today, Verla Morris can consider herself a part of living history.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Democrats sharpen attack as GOP rallies behind Romney

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama's administration launched a multi-pronged assault on Mitt Romney's values and foreign policy credentials Sunday, while a fresh set of prominent Republicans rallied behind the GOP front-runner as the odds-on nominee, further signs the general election is overtaking the primary season.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Thousands gather at Miami rally for Trayvon Martin

MIAMI (AP) - Political leaders, sport stars and entertainers were among several thousand people who gathered Sunday at a Miami rally to call for an arrest in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news in brief

• BUS INSPECTIONS GET LAX OVERSIGHT DESPITE CRASHES: HOUSTON (AP) - Months after their state-certified vehicle inspection station was cited by federal authorities for failing to notice defects in a bus that crashed in North Texas, killing 17 passengers, brothers Alam and Cesar Hernandez shuttered their firm. But that didn't mean they were out of the vehicle inspection business.

April 02, 2012 | | Nation


Official: Winning lottery ticket sold in Maryland

CHICAGO (AP) - Maryland lottery officials announced early Saturday that their state sold what could become the world's largest lottery payout of all-time, but it wasn't immediately clear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640 million jackpot or have to split it with other winners.

March 31, 2012 | | Nation


Americans bet nearly $1.5B to win record $640M jackpot

CHICAGO (AP) - Across the country, Americans plunked down an estimated $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: an infinitesimally small chance to win what could end up being the single biggest lottery payout the world has ever seen.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DON'T CRY OVER SPILLED MILK IN PA. _ SPRINKLE LIME: YORK SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) - Officials in central Pennsylvania aren't crying over a few thousand gallons of spilled milk. They're sprinkling some lime on it.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama could face election-year jam on gay marriage position

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Old photos may be deceptive in Fla. shooting case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Defense secretary blasts budget cuts

ABOARD THE USS PELELIU (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told U.S. Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts.

March 30, 2012 | | Nation


Spike Lee settles for retweeting wrong address of killing suspect; apologizes to elderly couple

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - An elderly couple has reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the pair said they had to leave their Florida home after the director help spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen.

March 29, 2012 | | Nation


New video raises doubts about Florida gunman's story in fatal confrontation

MIAMI (AP) - Newly released police video of a handcuffed George Zimmerman may be important for what it doesn't show: No obvious cuts, scrapes, blood or bandages. No clearly broken nose. No plainly visible evidence of a life-and-death struggle with Trayvon Martin.

March 29, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

JURY NOW HAS TEXAS BLEACH INJECTION DEATHS CASE: LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - Five kidney dialysis patients who authorities allege were killed when a former Texas nurse injected them with bleach had trusted the woman with their care but instead had their lives abruptly cut short by her, a prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments Thursday.

March 29, 2012 | | Nation


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Internal review: CIA spied on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Gas blasts kill 25, injures 267 in Taiwan port

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) - At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Dow index plunges by 317 points

NEW YORK (AP) - For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Signed ticket from Gehrig’s last game: $95K

NEW YORK (AP) - A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


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