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Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

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December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Amish girl won't be forced to renew chemo treatment

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A court-appointed guardian is dropping her attempt to force an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia to resume chemotherapy after she and her parents fled their home to avoid treatment.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation

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X-Rays, inside out

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Did you know that Marie Curie, the discoverer of radium and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, designed mobile X-ray vehicles ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

2 men found guilty of murder in 2010 border agent’s death

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Two men were convicted of murder Thursday in the killing of a Border Patrol agent whose death brought to light the bungled ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Man who tortured, killed dogs gets up to 28 years

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 25-year-old former presidential scholar and psychology major convicted of torturing, killing and dismembering seven dogs was sentenced to up to 28 ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Rains drench East Coast; woman drowns in her vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Drenching rains along an already-saturated East Coast caused major flooding Thursday, drowning a woman whose car quickly filled up with water ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Gunman kills 9 at college

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Casinos: We’re the good guys

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The industry group representing casinos, racetracks and sports books in 40 states where gambling is legal wants there to be no confusing ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

Convicted of cigarette-smuggling

NEW YORK (AP) - A Maryland man accused of spearheading the smuggling of more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes into New York state was ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

Mom accused of tossing baby to death from window

NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who apparently hid her pregnancy from her boyfriend, gave birth in his home and then tossed her newborn daughter out ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

Officer’s gesture brings homeless man to tears

ROELAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Touched by the plight of a homeless man forced to walk several hours a day to his job, a Kansas police ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

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