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District after taking student lunches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Erica Lukes and other Utah parents were outraged when their children had their deep dish pizzas and other food taken and thrown away at their elementary school after a cashier said they owed money on their lunch accounts.

January 30, 2014 | | Nation


9 family members killed in house fire

GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The bodies of eight children and their mother were found huddled together in or near a master bedroom, victims of an early-morning fire Thursday from which only the father and an 11-year-old daughter escaped after it ripped through a modest home in western Kentucky.

January 30, 2014 | | Nation


Biting cold puts a freeze on restaurants

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The homemade matzo ball and beef barley soups are lost on customers walking into Rascals' NY Deli - because there just aren't very many of them.

January 30, 2014 | | Nation


20-term Congressman Henry Waxman retiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Henry Waxman, one of Congress' fiercest negotiators and a policy expert on everything from clean air to health care, will retire at the end of the year after four decades in the House.

January 30, 2014 | | Nation


Defense in terror case can see secret docs

CHICAGO (AP) - The government can't keep secret its request to conduct clandestine surveillance of an accused attempted terrorist, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday in a potentially far-reaching decision that gives defense attorneys unprecedented access to records filed with a secret intelligence court.

January 29, 2014 | | Nation


Want a McHigh? Then say ‘I’d like to order a toy’

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An employee of a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh was charged Wednesday with selling heroin in Happy Meals to customers using the coded request "I'd like to order a toy."

January 29, 2014 | | Nation


Kids' obesity risk starts before school age

ATLANTA (AP) - Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.

January 29, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FARM BILL PASSES HOUSE AFTER YEARS OF DISAGREEMENT: WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

January 29, 2014 | | Nation


Bieber turns self in on assault charge

TORONTO (AP) - Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.

January 29, 2014 | | Nation


NJ airline groper sentenced to 8 years

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who sexually abused a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.

January 29, 2014 | | Nation


Obama will flex presidential powers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal contract workers and making it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Girl falls 3,000 feet and survives

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident survived and is recovering from her many injuries, a doctor said Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hemp growing going legit after ban

DENVER (AP) - The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis - at least the kind that can't get people high.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Officer shoots teen at Hawaii school

HONOLULU (AP) - A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist Tuesday morning at a Hawaii high school after the teen cut one officer with a knife and punched two others, authorities said.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Stradivarius stolen from concertmaster

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 300-year-old "priceless" Stradivarius violin was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


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1 dead, babies ill from listeria linked to cheese

WASHINGTON (AP) - One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to award Medal of Honor to 24 veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Court rules against Notre Dame

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21

DENVER (AP) - Two Western states with some of the nation's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Men tried to buy bombs for attack

ATLANTA (AP) - Three Georgia men tried to buy pipe bombs and other explosives and discussed attacking power grids, water treatment plants and other infrastructure in a plot to incite other militias to fight the federal government, authorities said.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor faces flap over speeding video

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio faced more questions Friday about why his official vehicles were videotaped breaking traffic laws only two days after he rolled out a sweeping traffic safety plan.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Foul-mouthed Pa. police chief ‘voluntarily retired’

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) - A small-town Pennsylvania police chief who gained notoriety for his profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals has left the department - and could star in his own reality TV show.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cuts for Medicare Advantage plans?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cuts are on the table next year for Medicare Advantage plans, the Obama administration said Friday. The politically dicey move affecting a private insurance alternative highly popular with seniors immediately touched off an election-year fight.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


IPO looms, GoPro enjoys media spotlight

SAN MATEO (AP) - GoPro isn't exactly a household name, but anyone who's spent a little time on YouTube is surely familiar with the thousands of snowboarding, surfing and even skateboarding baby videos that its cameras produce.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Review: Picking up Glass, Google style

NEW YORK (AP) - The first time I was in the proximity of Google Glass was nearly a year ago at a technology conference. The people wearing the device were like cyborg members of an elite club I couldn't join.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Cellphone calls on planes? Don’t ask Uncle Sam

WASHINGTON (AP) - It looks like the government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


No sign of injury on body in snowed-over car

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Countless pedestrians near Philadelphia's main train station walked by a snow-covered sedan with dark windows and a slew of parking tickets before police this week found the body of a young mother inside.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Bitcoin ATM arrives at Boston rail hub

BOSTON (AP) - A Bitcoin ATM has landed at a Boston rail hub, allowing commuters to learn about the digital currency.

February 21, 2014 | | Nation


Eisenhower Memorial unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Architect Frank Gehry is maintaining key elements of his design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall in a revised concept presented Thursday, despite recent criticism from a federal arts panel and outside groups.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor: Do as I say, not as I do?

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's official vehicles were spotted breaking several traffic laws on Thursday, just two days after he laid out a sweeping traffic safety plan that included harsh restrictions on reckless drivers.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


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