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SHAKE ON A PLANE? DANCE CRAZE BRINGS FAA INQUIRY: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest craze to sweep the Internet is bringing college students the wrong kind of attention - from the Federal Aviation Administration.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Boston fraternity raises funds for pledge surgery

BOSTON (AP) - A college fraternity in Boston has raised more than twice the money needed to pay for a new pledge's gender transition surgery.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


NY to exempt TV, movies under new gun law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Strong passwords and other security tips

NEW YORK (AP) - Rarely does a week go by without news of another hacking incident, whether it's Chinese hackers accused of breaking in to The New York Times' computer systems or Burger King finding its Twitter account taken over by pranksters.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Vt. lye victim gets new face in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - Loved ones knew it was her at the hospital when they saw her teeth.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. transgender first grade girl can't use school bathrooms that other kids use

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - At first, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis didn't think much of their son's behavior. Coy took his sister's pink blanket, and shunned the car they gave him for Christmas.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Suit: 185K spyware images sent from rental computers to Aaron’s computers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Spyware installed on computers leased from furniture renter Aaron's Inc. secretly sent 185,000 emails containing sensitive information - including pictures of nude children and people having sex - back to the company's corporate computers, according to court documents filed Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

JOHNS HOPKINS: GYNECOLOGIST HID CAMERA INSIDE PEN: BALTIMORE (AP) - A Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist accused of secretly videotaping patients wore a pen around his neck that may have been used to conceal a camera, according to the employee who reported the doctor.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Billionaire buildingTitanic ship replica, 40,000 want tickets for maiden voyage

NEW YORK (AP) - What could possibly go wrong?

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


NJ's highest court hears 'joking judge' side job appeal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - It may have been his toughest crowd yet.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Utah liquor bill aims to take down 'Zion curtains'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Wine spritzers are a favorite at Rovali's near Salt Lake City. Behind the bar, in full view of patrons, waiters siphon soda and syrup into glasses of ice - then they duck behind a fake olive tree and a barricade to add the chardonnay.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


World's postal services struggle with lower demand in the age of email, social media

OTAKI, New Zealand (AP) - Sandra Vidulich is so excited about the leather boots she ordered through Amazon that she rips open the box in front of the postman and tries them on.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Homeland Security releasing illegals before sequester even go into place

WASHINGTON (AP) - A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


For the aging, a commune-like alternative :Paid for what they need not what they do

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - At the Fellowship Community's adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Email, voicemail, & text: No response so what gives?

CHICAGO (AP) - Technology is supposed to make us easier to reach, and often does. But the same modes of communication that have hooked us on the instant reply also can leave us feeling forgotten.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Ticket sold in Milpitas wins $425M jackpot

MILPITAS (AP) - The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in central California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Google expanding broadband service

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google wants to offer ultra-fast Internet service in 34 more cities scattered across eight states in the company's boldest challenge to cable and telecommunications providers.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


FBI confirms activist was killed in SD in 1973

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The FBI says a black civil rights activist was killed during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, and it suspects militant members of the American Indian Movement are responsible, according to recently released documents.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Harsh winter creates menace: Ice from high-rises

NEW YORK (AP) - City dwellers facing one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uGAP RAISING MINIMUM WAGE FOR ITS US EMPLOYEES: SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Clothing chain Gap says it will raise the minimum hourly wage for its U.S. employees to $10 in 2015.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Is he third generation of murderer?

CANBY, Ore. (AP) - His grandfather sits on California's death row, and his father avoided a death sentence by pleading guilty to killing two Oregon girls.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


NSA drops plan to collect license tag data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Biden: Health care sign-ups may fall short

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that it would be a good start for the federal health care law if 5 million to 6 million people sign up by the end of March, an acknowledgement that enrollments might fall significantly short of the Obama administration's unofficial goal of 7 million.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Coach charged in Missouri girl’s death

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A middle-school football coach was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched off a street just blocks from her southwest Missouri home as several residents watched in horror.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Entrepreneur gifts Bitcoins to Washington college

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - In what may be the first college donation of the new electronic currency, a Bitcoin entrepreneur has donated $10,000 worth of the digital money to a Washington state liberal arts college.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Pizza worker caught urinating in sink fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia pizza restaurant has been shut down after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19B

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Visa, MasterCard offer more smartphone payment options

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa and MasterCard are introducing Internet-based technologies to make it easier for shoppers to buy things at retail stores without pulling out a credit card.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Marlboro maker Altria taking e-cigs nationally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to expand its MarkTen electronic cigarette brand nationally in the second quarter.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


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