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BEAGLE-BOXER-BASSET WINS WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG: PETALUMA (AP) - A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner Friday at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Less abortions with hospital consolidations

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - By joining with a much bigger Catholic health system, a prominent Orange County hospital hopes to enhance patients' access to a host of services - except one.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested - charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


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SUPER FULL MOON SHINES BRIGHTLY THIS WEEKEND: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A "supermoon" rises this weekend.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-teacher guilty of telling students to hit bully boy

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former San Antonio teacher accused of directing students to hit a schoolmate for being a bully has been convicted of official oppression.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Montana leaders held illegal hunts for musicians

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Three former Blackfeet tribal leaders will serve three years of probation for holding illegal big-game hunts for country musicians that were filming an outdoors television show on the northwestern Montana reservation.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Leaker charged with espionage, theft

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property in the NSA surveillance case.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


DA won't prosecute man who put boys in closet

CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man who corralled four boys in a closet when he found them vandalizing a relative's home won't be prosecuted on child endangerment charges, a prosecutor told The Associated Press on Thursday.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Flooding may force 100,000 from west Canada

HIGHWOOD RIVER, Calgary (AP) - As many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes by heavy flooding in western Canada, Calgary city officials said, while mudslides forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway, isolating the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Demos press ahead on spending bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - With efforts on a broader budget deal foundering, Senate Democrats moved ahead Thursday with spending bills that ignore a second year of spending cuts mandated under the 2011 budget and debt deal.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Dying blinks leads to 38 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator after he was shot in the face and neck could only communicate by blinking his eyes, but those blinks helped lead to what could end up as life in prison for the man convicted of murdering him.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Christian group apologizes to gays

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The leader of Exodus International, a Christian ministry that worked to help people repress same-sex attraction, has apologized to the gay community for inflicting "years of undue suffering." He plans to close the organization while launching a new effort to promote reconciliation.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


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\TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT APOLOGIZES TO VALEDICTORIAN: JOSHUA, Texas (AP) - A North Texas school district has apologized to a high-school valedictorian whose microphone was switched off during a graduation ceremony when he deviated from prepared remarks.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Numbers game muddies NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe - in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security - the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


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1 dead, babies ill from listeria linked to cheese

WASHINGTON (AP) - One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to award Medal of Honor to 24 veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Court rules against Notre Dame

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21

DENVER (AP) - Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Men tried to buy bombs for attack

ATLANTA (AP) - Three Georgia men tried to buy pipe bombs and other explosives and discussed attacking power grids, water treatment plants and other infrastructure in a plot to incite other militias to fight the federal government, authorities said.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor faces flap over speeding video

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio faced more questions Friday about why his official vehicles were videotaped breaking traffic laws only two days after he rolled out a sweeping traffic safety plan.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Foul-mouthed Pa. police chief ‘voluntarily retired’

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) - A small-town Pennsylvania police chief who gained notoriety for his profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals has left the department - and could star in his own reality TV show.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cuts for Medicare Advantage plans?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuts are on the table next year for Medicare Advantage plans, the Obama administration said Friday. The politically dicey move affecting a private insurance alternative highly popular with seniors immediately touched off an election-year fight.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


IPO looms, GoPro enjoys media spotlight

SAN MATEO (AP) - GoPro isn't exactly a household name, but anyone who's spent a little time on YouTube is surely familiar with the thousands of snowboarding, surfing and even skateboarding baby videos that its cameras produce.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Review: Picking up Glass, Google style

NEW YORK (AP) - The first time I was in the proximity of Google Glass was nearly a year ago at a technology conference. The people wearing the device were like cyborg members of an elite club I couldn't join.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask Uncle Sam

WASHINGTON (AP) - It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


No sign of injury on body in snowed-over car

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Countless pedestrians near Philadelphia's main train station walked by a snow-covered sedan with dark windows and a slew of parking tickets before police this week found the body of a young mother inside.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Bitcoin ATM arrives at Boston rail hub

BOSTON (AP) - A Bitcoin ATM has landed at a Boston rail hub, allowing commuters to learn about the digital currency.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Eisenhower Memorial unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Architect Frank Gehry is maintaining key elements of his design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall in a revised concept presented Thursday, despite recent criticism from a federal arts panel and outside groups.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor: Do as I say, not as I do?

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's official vehicles were spotted breaking several traffic laws on Thursday, just two days after he laid out a sweeping traffic safety plan that included harsh restrictions on reckless drivers.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


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