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Reality TV, religion give birth to top baby names

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reality TV is giving birth to some of the most popular baby names. No, not Snooki. But Mason, as in Kourtney Kardashian's son, jumped 10 spots to become the second most popular name for newborn boys in 2011.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

• Teen arrested after homework left at crime scene : OREM, Utah (AP) - An 18-year-old Utah man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after police say he left his homework at the crime scene.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DOG CUSTODY BATTLE COSTS NYC MAN MORE THAN $60,000 : NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man has spent more than $60,000 in lawyers' fees trying to win custody of his dog after his ex-girlfriend took the pooch to California.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Obama trying to undermine Romney's record on jobs in campaign blitz

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama tried Monday to tarnish Mitt Romney as a corporate titan who got rich by cutting rather than creating jobs, opening a new effort to undercut the Republican's claims that his background of business success is just what America needs in a time of deep economic uncertainty.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Minnesota grand jury indicts right-to-die group

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota grand jury has indicted a national right-to-die group and several members for their actions in the 2007 suicide of a suburban Minneapolis woman, prosecutors announced Monday.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


NJ airport: Security supervisor used dead man's identification for 20 years

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Nigerian man used the identity of the victim in an unsolved murder to hide his status as an illegal immigrant while working undetected for two decades as a security guard and then a security supervisor at one of the United States' busiest airports, authorities said Monday in announcing his arrest.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Native American women seek protections from domestic abuse on reservations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Diane Millich's ex-husband was never arrested for any of the more than 100 times he slapped, kicked or punched her before showing up at her Colorado workplace and firing a 9 mm pistol, wounding the co-worker who pushed her out of the way.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ivy League school janitor graduates with honors

NEW YORK (AP) - For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ala. farmers cut back crops, citing crackdown

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Wedding chapel owner: Gay marriage would help Nev.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - With his city no longer the marriage capital of the nation, a Reno wedding chapel owner says Nevada is missing out on a golden opportunity with its ban on same-sex marriage.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• FACEBOOK CEO TURNS 28, IPO COULD BE $100B GIFT: NEW YORK (AP) - Don't let the hoodie and sneakers fool you. Mark Zuckerberg is no wet-behind-the-ears CEO.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd news briefs

• Man makes amends for stealing plants in 1958: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No matter how much digging investigators did, the crime remained open until a thief turned himself in and returned the fruits of his theft.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Mitt Romney’s ‘hijinks’ seen as bullying today

NEW YORK (AP) - When Mitt Romney was a good-looking teen in the buttoned-up '60s, corporal punishment was the norm and bullying had a different, more acceptable name: hijinks.

May 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘Girl Scouts under scrutiny from bishops

NEW YORK (AP) - Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

May 12, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AUTHORITIES: KIDNAPPED GIRLS DIDN'T EAT FOR DAYS: GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - Hope was fading that two young sisters abducted from their Tennessee home would be found alive two weeks after they vanished: Their kidnapper had already killed their mother and sister, and he was armed with a pistol as officers closed in.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Amazon vows to fight FTC on kids in-app purchases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon said Wednesday that it is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


UK opens probe into Facebook’s psych experiment using 700,000 individuals

LONDON (AP) - British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Venture capitalist snaps up bitcoins worth $19M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is betting that bitcoins will bring more financial stability to countries with shaky economies, even though the digital currency faces an uncertain future itself.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Hotels get overhauls in sign of upswing

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Target: Please leave your firearms at home

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


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