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The fight for votes in Pennsylvania: Is it a pivotal state?

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) - Rip Scott regrets his 2008 presidential vote for Barack Obama. The 60-year-old real estate company owner is going home to his Republican Party this year. Here in Philadelphia's suburbs where Pennsylvania political fights can be won or lost, Scott's reversal is the evidence Mitt Romney is looking for to merit his sudden, eleventh-hour sortie into the state.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85M

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury on Friday ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

NEW YORK (AP) - Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Fuel shortage means gridlock in lines for gas

NEW YORK (AP) - When it came to fuel supplies and patience, the New York metro area was running close to empty Friday.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


Pastor charged with killing fiancee's daughter

BROOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - As police frantically worked to figure out how his fiancée's 24-year-old daughter had vanished, a Michigan pastor who had turned to God to shed his violent past went to his flock with a request: pray for her.

November 02, 2012 | | Nation


US officials: No delays in rescue effort in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - CIA security officers went to the aid of State Department staff less than 25 minutes after they got the first call for help during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday, as they laid out a detailed timeline of the CIA's immediate response to the attack from its annex less than a mile from the diplomatic mission.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Storm-wracked states prepare for Election Day

NEW YORK (AP) - Election officials were ordering generators, moving voting locations and figuring out how to transport poll workers displaced from coastal areas as Tuesday's presidential election became the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Exasperation builds on in storm-stricken NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Frustration - and in some cases fear - mounted in New York City on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy. Traffic backed up for miles at bridges, large crowds waited impatiently for buses into Manhattan, and tempers flared in gas lines.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE CALLED FOR SHOT WOMAN FIND HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama were called to what looked like a woman shot dead in her car but found a Halloween reveler they described as drunk and passed out in a bloody-looking zombie costume.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


NYC boys found dead, swept away from mother by raging storm waters

NEW YORK (AP) - Two young brothers swept from the arms of their mother by the violent sea at the height of Superstorm Sandy were found dead in a marsh Thursday, a tragic exclamation mark on an epic storm.

November 01, 2012 | | Nation


New York struggles back 2 days after killer storm leaves72 dead in its wake

NEW YORK (AP) - Flights resumed, but slowly. The New York Stock Exchange got back to business, but on generator power. And with the subways still down, great numbers of people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan in a reverse of the exodus of 9/11.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Insurer won't cover armed Pinal posse

PHOENIX (AP) - An insurance pool that covers sheriff's volunteers in 11 of Arizona's 15 counties is changing its policies to exclude an armed volunteer posse that the state's second most famous sheriff plans to deploy to scan the desert for smugglers.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Justice Dept.: OK with new review of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it does not object to reopening a Christian college's challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Man has stroke at work at university, spends 5 days alone before dying in office

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A computer specialist had a stroke in his office but wasn't discovered until five days later, then died at a hospital, relatives and authorities said Wednesday.

October 31, 2012 | | Nation


Wind kicks up 100-year-old volcanic ash

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska's Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption - 100 years ago.

October 31, 2012 | | 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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