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Groups offered $67M to sign up uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) - With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Toddler dies after ingesting liquid laundry packet

MIAMI (AP) - A 7-month-old Florida boy has died after swallowing a candy-colored liquid laundry packet, raising concerns about the access that young children have to the increasingly popular products.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Digital era threatens drive-ins

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - Through 80 summers, drive-in theaters have managed to remain a part of the American fabric, surviving technological advances and changing tastes that put thousands out of business. Now the industry says a good chunk of the 350 or so left could be forced to turn out the lights because they can't afford to adapt to the digital age.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Obesity very high in 13 states; many in southern states

ATLANTA (AP) - Adult obesity still isn't budging, the latest government survey shows.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Drug tests for public housing challenged

CHICAGO (AP) - A policy forcing residents in Chicago's public housing developments to submit to annual drug tests violates privacy and other constitutional rights, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday that seeks a court order halting the practice, which critics say is rare nationally.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Fire destroys 13 homes near resort town

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) - A wildfire threatened hundreds of homes Wednesday after destroying more than a dozen others outside the resort town of Park City.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


NYC officials cool to judge’s order for police body cameras

NEW YORK (AP) - Police officers around the country have been able to protect themselves against citizen complaints by wearing tiny body cameras, but a federal judge's plan to force some New York officers to start wearing the devices has angered the city's mayor and police unions.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for Jesse Jackson Jr.: a 2 ½-year sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison Wednesday for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, the judge scolding the son of the famed civil rights leader for using the money as a "piggy bank" and sentencing his wife to a year as well.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Manning takes stand, says he’s sorry

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


NY prosecutor, Judge Judy's son, sues sheriff for $5M

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor who's the son of TV's Judge Judy sued the local sheriff for $5 million on Wednesday for saying the prosecutor had interfered in a child rape case.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


NY prosecutor, Judge Judy's son, sues sheriff for $5M

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor who's the son of TV's Judge Judy sued the local sheriff for $5 million on Wednesday for saying the prosecutor had interfered in a child rape case.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MAN TRIED TO ROB PA. GIRL, 8, WITH KNIFE: READING, Pa. (AP) - A man has been jailed on charges that he tried to rob an 8-year-old girl who was on her way to buy vegetables at an eastern Pennsylvania market with $5 from her grandmother.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Fort Hood victims shot while lying down

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - At least four people killed during a gunman's rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 were likely shot while lying on the floor inside a building at the Texas military base, experts testified Wednesday during the accused shooter's trial.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Farmer's corn crop yields 4-headed ear

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) - When farmer Ben Klunk tells people about the mutant corn he found, they're all ears.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Bank gunman kills hostage

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) - Fuaed Abdo Ahmed was angry and hearing voices, authorities said, when he wrote the letter detailing his plan to take employees hostage at a rural Louisiana bank.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• MARYLAND GIRL PLEADS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR BULLYING: LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A 17-year-old Maryland girl accused of assaulting an autistic boy pleaded "responsible" to two misdemeanor charges after her case was transferred from adult to juvenile court.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest fined $200,000 for deception

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Government warns against minors using tanning beds & sun lamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google steps up efforts for more racial diversity

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google building truly driverless car

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Maya Angelou, celebrated poet dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou's story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


3-year-old kills younger brother

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - A 3-year-old Payson boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment and took it to another room, the eastern Arizona town's police chief said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Male student named prom queen

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has been named prom queen at his high school and says he's making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Disabled man is killed; estate billed nearly $12M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two years after a 33-year-old mentally disabled man died at a state institution in Queens, and one year after his sister filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him, New York officials have sent her an $11.67 million bill.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hatch: Gay marriage will become law of the land

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it's only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn't think that's the right way to go.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BURN VICTIM DOUSES SELF WITH SLURPEES AT 7-ELEVEN: GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Things were quiet at a convenience store in Southern Oregon when a tattooed man came in and started dousing himself with Hawaiian Punch Slurpees.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Bill seeks to restrict vehicle-tracking tech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday was considering a bill that would place some restrictions on vehicle-tracking technology to protect people's privacy.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


What shopping will look like in the future

NEW YORK (AP) - One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Reality TV show seeks young teen rebels

NEW YORK (AP) - A television producer is seeking teenagers as young as 13 who like to make their own rules and "party like a rock star" to participate in a reality television series about their lives.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Man shoots police officer with rifle

PHOENIX (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of an Arizona police officer carefully balanced a semi-automatic rifle on the roof of his vehicle during a traffic stop and fired two shots, striking the officer in the head before he even got out of his patrol car, according to court documents released Tuesday.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


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