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Poor advice from GPS unit leads man into harbor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Poor advice from a car's GPS unit led a man to drive off the ferry in Whittier and straight into the small boat harbor.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Police say teen held captive 2 years escapes

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - A teenage girl reported missing more than two years ago escaped from a home in southwestern Illinois where she said she was held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted, police said Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


What a whopper! Woman reels half-ton marlin

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii tournament angler fought a 12-foot, half-ton marlin in the Pacific Ocean for more than four hours before she and her teammates got the monster fish out of the water - but she missed out on the glory and thousands of dollars in prize money.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


$478M judgment against infomercial marketers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have won a $478 million court judgment against the infomercial marketers of three "get-rich-quick" schemes said to have caused losses for nearly all the million or so consumers who bought the programs.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Romney, Ryan pulled into abortion debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate Wednesday over hot-button social issues and answering for differences between their personal positions on abortion, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified Republican party. The discussion lingered while President Barack Obama and Romney tangled from afar over issues like education and the deficit.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas as celebrities find out hard way

LAS VEGAS - What happens in Vegas ... doesn't stay in Vegas. It is a marketing ploy, people. Really.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Cousins receive 48 hours jail for Ariz. wildfire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Two cousins who admitted starting the largest wildfire in Arizona history were sentenced Wednesday to spend a weekend in jail and perform 200 hours of community service.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: PA. WOMAN CITED NONEXISTENT TWIN IN THEFT: BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Police say a western Pennsylvania woman blamed her nonexistent twin sister for stealing items from a hotel room.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Seagate Technology agrees to buy Solyndra plant

FREMONT . (AP) - Seagate Technology has reached a tentative deal to buy the former headquarters of solar company Solyndra.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


NJ mom who once lost custody decapitates son, 2 , puts his head in freezer then kills self

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The 911 call from Chevonne Thomas was rambling and incoherent, but authorities said she made one thing clear: Her 2-year-old son had been stabbed, and "I did it."

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

Washington Monument didn't sink after earthquake

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NY JUDGE: POKER'S NOT GAMBLING UNDER FEDERAL LAW: NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Day care workers urge then videotaped 3-year-old boys to fight

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three Delaware day care workers videotaped a fight between 3-year-old boys in their care and encouraged the toddlers to pummel each other as they laughed about it, according to court documents.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Farmers could face jail time for heat violations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmers could be tossed in jail and fined thousands of dollars if they fail to provide field workers with adequate water and shade under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


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300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


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