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At public meetings, fights over prayer drag on

WASHINGTON (AP) - It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner's 'Plan B'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with their own tax plan on a separate track from the one he's been pursuing with President Barack Obama.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


McCain rejects torture scene in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" suggests the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick - because it's wrong.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Prayer policies for city councils school boards in South County

The following is a recap of prayer policies at South County public government meetings:

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


FBI: Fake bars found after high-rise jail escape

CHICAGO (AP) - The FBI says window prison bars were found inside a mattress in the cell belonging to two bank robbers who escaped from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas exhumes bodies of 'In Cold Blood' killers

LANSING, Kan. (AP) - The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Rifle found during search of Okla. teen's home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A small-caliber rifle and notes about a possible attack on a northeast Oklahoma high school were found at the home of a teenager accused of plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs, police said Monday.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut after school massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

AUSTRALIAN COURT: WORKER'S COMP COVERS SEX MISHAP: CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian court has ruled that a bureaucrat who was injured while having sex on a business trip is eligible for worker's compensation benefits.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio governor spares condemned 450lb killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Hollywood hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

2 HURT WHEN TRUCK VEERS OFF I-280, CATCHES FIRE: MILLBRAE (AP) - Two men are hospitalized with what a California Highway Patrol spokesman describes as "major burns" after the delivery truck they were in ran off the side of a San Francisco Bay area freeway, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


TV network aimed at millennials set to start this summer

NEW YORK (AP) - Participant Media plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with programming it describes as inspiring and thought-provoking.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating talks with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


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Teen pleads innocent to rape during outing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young offender accused of raping a woman during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Eugene.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

DETROIT (AP) - Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Soda makers pledge to help reduce calorie consumption

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Feds, California release roadmap for solar projects

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Big new iPhone brings more profit

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


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