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Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season bragging rights on what may be their biggest economic achievement before the November elections.

June 29, 2012 | | Nation


Effort to boost governor's tax hike on ballot draws lawsuit

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An effort to give Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot has drawn a lawsuit by a rival tax campaign.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NM MOM JAILED FOR OVERDUE 'TWILIGHT' BOOK, DVDS: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book "Twilight" and two-DVD set "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" back to the library on time.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

Colorado Springs fire destroys 346 homes

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


A look at the ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul affects nearly every American, because the law itself is so vast. A look at what it does and what's to come:

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Small biz: questions, waiting after health ruling

NEW YORK (AP) - A big worry for small businesses that were against the Obama administration's health care law was that it would increase their costs. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld it, some small companies could opt to go a route that will save them thousands of dollars each year.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Health care law survives with conservative Justice Roberts' help

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's historic health care overhaul, certain now to touch virtually every citizen's life, narrowly survived an election-year battle at the Supreme Court Thursday with the improbable help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Highways-student loan deal poised for votes today in House of Reps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders pushed a sweeping highways-student loans package salvaging millions of construction jobs and maintaining low interest rates on millions of new college loans toward a House vote Friday even as conservative groups mounted a last-minute and likely futile campaign against it.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


It’s official: Stockton is largest city in US history to file bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Stockton has filed for Chapter 9 protection, making it the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy.

June 28, 2012 | | Nation


Heat wave: 1,000+ records fall in a week

NEW YORK (AP) - Feeling hot? It's not a mirage. Across the United States, hundreds of heat records have fallen in the past week.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF STARTING TO EAT DOG ARRESTED: WACO, Texas (AP) - Bond has been revoked for a Texas man who police say killed and starting eating his housemate's dog after chasing a neighbor on his hands and knees while growling.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


FDA clears first weight-loss pill in 13 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


Colleges move toward absolute bans on smoking on all areas on campuses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As a political science major at Ohio State University, Ida Seitter says, she lit up many a cigarette to help her through the stress of exam season. Right or wrong, they were her security blanket as she toiled through college.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


Debby floods neighborhoods in northern Fla.

SOPCHOPPY, Fla. (AP) - Debby destroyed homes and businesses, washed away roads and flooded neighborhoods in Florida before the once-large tropical storm drifted out to sea Wednesday, leaving behind a sopping mess.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


Wildfire victims crowd Colorado shelters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Fire crews fought to save the U.S. Air Force Academy and residents begged for information on the fate of their homes Wednesday after a night of terror sent thousands of people fleeing a raging Colorado Springs wildfire.

June 27, 2012 | | Nation


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Reynolds expanding e-cigarette production

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Professor sues student over postings

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) - A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor is suing a former graduate student who posted online comments and videos that the teacher considers defamatory.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Wrong meal led to NYC wife’s death

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City prosecutors say a 75-year-old man beat his wife to death because she served him lentils for dinner instead of the goat he was craving.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


For food poisoning probes, officials look at Yelp for help

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is using a novel way to uncover cases of food poisoning - reading Yelp restaurant reviews.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Adorable bear cub charms police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police in southern Oregon held an unlikely suspect overnight: an adorable black bear cub.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Rescued calf gets high-tech prosthetics

HOUSTON (AP) - Hot and tired from a three-hour drive inside a trailer behind a pickup truck, the 600-pound English Charolais calf was content to lay on the grass behind a south Houston building while a team of technicians worked on its hind legs.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Tennessee brings back electric chair

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Jet lands with cracked windshield after hailstorm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A US Airways jetliner flew through a hailstorm on its descent into Philadelphia on Thursday landed with a cracked windshield, the airline said.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor sorry for ‘crack hoes’ post

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida prosecutor apologized Thursday for social media posts that included him referring to drug addicts as "crack hoes" and suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appointment was due to affirmative action.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


30 years’ solitary OK for convicted killer

DENVER (AP) - An appeals court on Thursday denied a request by a federal prisoner convicted of killing three people behind bars to be released from solitary confinement, where he has been held the past 30 years.

May 22, 2014 | | Nation


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