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Taco Bell to launch Cool Ranch tacos on March 7

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell fans can finally mark their calendars: Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch flavor will be launched March 7.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

NEW YORK (AP) - About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Minimum wage plan renews economic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. Ten states make similar cost-of-living adjustments, including Washington state, where workers earn at least $9.19 an hour, the highest minimum in the country.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Calif. man killed NJ man for laughing at sandwich

TORRANCE (AP) - A Southern California man has been convicted of killing a New Jersey businessman who laughed at him when pastrami fell out of his sandwich at a doughnut shop.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Serial killer wrongly issued razor before suicide

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes was mistakenly issued a razor before he committed suicide, according to a report released Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Corrections that also said "it appears that razor was not retrieved."

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent automatic budget cuts from happening

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PILOT OF SMALL PLANE DEAD AFTER PLANE LOSES WING: WINTERS . (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Hackers use alert system for zombie warnings

DETROIT (AP) - Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation's public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Grad student sues Leigh University, says C-plus cost her $1.3 million

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - Talk about grade inflation.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


3 arrested in NJ videotaped stripping, whipping of man

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The haunting video, shot on a hot summer night, starts with a young man being ordered to strip naked as he is berated by a group around him.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Seattle barista fired over snarky blog

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle barista says it was all satire, but his anonymous blog that made snarky comments about his boss and the customers he didn't like got him fired.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: GOP should back his plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Study questions kidney cancer treatment in elderly

ATLANTA (AP) - In a stunning example of when treatment might be worse than the disease, a large review of Medicare records finds that older people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years if doctors monitored them instead of operating right away.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

HACKER WARNS OF ZOMBIES ON 2 MICH. TV BROADCASTS: MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - No, zombies aren't attacking northern Michigan.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems, GOP clash over need for new gun curbs during latest hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The toll of gun violence and the widespread disgust it has generated makes it time for new federal gun curbs that balance public safety with gun rights, Democrats said Tuesday at the Senate's latest hearing on restricting firearms.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


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Cheap drug boosts prostate cancer survival

CHICAGO (AP) - A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported Sunday.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Cure possible for puppies’ parvo

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota company that discovered an antibody technology while trying to cure flocks of dying geese is using its research for a more warm and fuzzy purpose: saving puppies.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Shinseki resigns amid VA problems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


No charges in death of BART officer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transit police detective who shot and killed a fellow officer in January accidentally mistook him for an armed assailant and won't be charged, California prosecutors said in a report released on Friday.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher ridiculed autistic student

DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan teacher humiliated a student with Asperger's syndrome by videotaping him after he became wedged in a chair and showing the footage to his fifth-grade class and her colleagues, the school's superintendent wrote in a letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police officers indicted in large chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - Six officers in Cleveland's troubled police department were indicted Friday in a November 2012 car chase that ended with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 shots, was decried as a racially motivated execution and is part of a wide-ranging federal investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Toddler severely burned in drug raid

ATLANTA (AP) - Officers raiding a Georgia home in search of a drug suspect used a flash grenade not knowing children were inside, severely burning a toddler who was sleeping just inside the door, authorities and the boy's family said.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Judge orders ‘affluenza’ records turned over

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas judge ordered attorneys for the North Texas teenager who killed four people in a deadly wreck to turn over the records of the psychologist who claimed the teen had "affluenza."

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Google closing smartphone factory in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cross-country flight diverted after dog poops

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Students upset about altered yearbook photos

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) - A group of Utah high school students said they were surprised and upset to discover their school yearbook photos were digitally altered, with sleeves and higher necklines drawn on to cover bare skin.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Shinseki fights for his job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki eroded quickly Thursday, especially among congressional Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns, even as Shinseki continued to fight for his job amid allegations of delayed medical care and misconduct at VA facilities nationwide.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Brazen heroin ring wore ‘Bricks R Us’ shirts

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forty-four people were accused of participating in a Pittsburgh-area heroin ring in which investigators say some members brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


‘The Weed Fairy’ visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


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