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Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill for storm victim relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


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APPLE UPDATES IPHONE, IPAD SOFTWARE: NEW YORK (AP) - Apple has released a software update for iPhones and iPads that speeds up data downloads on some major overseas telecom networks and a handful of small U.S. carriers.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Fraud concerns linger over new license law

CHICAGO (AP) - As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to give illegal immigrants permission to drive, nagging concerns remain about whether there are enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls other states faced.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


North Carolina fish story and fight over $910,000 prize will get trial

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A lower-court judge's summary decision agreeing to disqualify the $910,000 winner of one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments didn't smell right to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which is ordering a trial to air whether the prize is justifiably lost for lack of $15 fishing license.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Help! Too many crocodiles

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Calling all crocodile experts - South African police say you're needed to help capture thousands of crocs out on the lam.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Budget crisis could hurt war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. sheriff urges residents to get gun training to defend themselves until police arrive

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Video shooting games pulled after massacres

BOSTON (AP) - It was 10 days after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn., when Tracey Hyams and her family came upon a teenager firing a lifelike toy rifle on a video game at a Massachusetts highway rest stop.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


College shooting prompted by 'idiocy'

HOUSTON (AP) - A young man accused of opening fire at a college after someone "bumped into" him was arrested Friday about 250 miles away from the Houston campus, authorities said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Armstrong to help "clean up cycling"

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


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FDA WON'T REGULATE PA. BIRTH CONTROL MACHINE: SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won't take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion foes march in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

ISTANBUL (AP) - Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for a "constructive dialogue" with Muslims, capping the pontiff's three-day visit to Turkey with a strong show of Christian unity in the face of suffering and violence.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Bahrain’s pro-government bloc dominates vote

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Pro-government candidates took the majority of contested seats in Bahrain's parliamentary election on Sunday, although 13 independent Shiite candidates won mandates despite a boycott by the main opposition group, official results showed.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


China urges Taiwan to keep ties after poll loss

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China urged Taiwan to protect the gains of landmark cooperation between the mainland and the self-ruled island after Taiwan's pro-Beijing ruling party was routed in local elections.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Iberia corruption, austerity fuel anger at leaders

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - In Spain, citizens are fuming over tales of a secret political slush fund. In Portugal, people are aghast that a former prime minister has been jailed awaiting a possible trial for corruption. In both austerity-hit countries, mounting revelations of graft among the political class are fueling the emergence of new parties that have captured the mood of disaffected voters by offering a message of change.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-president wins Uruguay election, pot plan safe

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) - Ruling party candidate Tabare Vazquez easily won Uruguay's presidential election on Sunday, returning to power a left-leaning coalition that has helped legalize gay marriage and moved to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Black Friday slows down as allure fades

NEW YORK (AP) - Black Friday fatigue is setting in.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police: 3 South Africans killed in Afghan attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban suicide attackers killed the South African leader of a foreign aid group, his son and daughter and an Afghan worker in an assault on the agency's Kabul offices, authorities said Sunday, as the city's police chief resigned in the wake of the latest insurgent attack there.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles

NEW YORK (AP) - For Kathy Murphy, the difference between being gay or straight is $583 a month.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cyber Monday gears up to get online shoppers hyped

NEW YORK (AP) - After a busy holiday weekend in shopping malls, millions of Americans are expected to log on and keep shopping on the day dubbed Cyber Monday.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


No bomb found on Spain-to-NY flight after threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport said they found nothing dangerous Sunday on an American Airlines plane after a bomb threat was phoned in and the aircraft arrived from Spain.

November 30, 2014 | | Nation


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