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Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Air Force helicopters help search for missing 5-year-old boy in forest

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) - Air Force helicopters and ground crews with dogs searched unsuccessfully Friday for a 5-year-old Arizona boy who wandered off from a remote forest campsite the day before while chasing grasshoppers.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Trump jolts first GOP debate

CLEVELAND (AP) - A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign by warning he might run as an independent if denied the GOP nomination. His startling declaration left his onstage rivals scrambling to compete for attention the rest of the night.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation


FCC voting on new phone rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation


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Wife killed husband after fight over burned casserole

TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) - Police in Pennsylvania say a woman fatally shot her husband after arguing about a casserole she burned, then took a photo of ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Former Montana Rep. Zinke takes helm of Interior Dept.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of the Interior Department, assuming oversight of 400 million acres of public ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Colorado pot club plan clears 1st hurdle

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is moving ahead with a first-in-the-nation attempt to allow marijuana clubs.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Widow: Rodney Dangerfield gets ‘no respect’ with mural

NEW YORK (AP) - Rodney Dangerfield made a career out of getting "no respect." His widow contends he's not getting much in death, either.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Oprah for president? Winfrey rethinks a run after Trump win

NEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey says President Donald Trump's victory has her rethinking whether she could be elected to the White House.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


White House staff told to preserve Russia- related materials

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House lawyers have instructed the president's aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Trump idea to expand health care competition across states faces hurdles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Allowing insurers to market health care policies across state lines is one of President Donald Trump's main ideas for bringing down costs.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


75% of USA population within three miles of a McDonald’s

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's acknowledged that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012, and said it plans to use ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Scant demand for California carbon emission permits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California saw another three months of weak demand for pollution permits amid persistent uncertainty about the future of the state's cap on ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100 workers, citing Philadelphia tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pepsi says slumping sales from Philadelphia's new sweetened-beverage tax are prompting layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Yahoo punishes CEO in fallout from security breakdown

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is punishing CEO Marissa Mayer and parting ways with its top lawyer for the mishandling of two security breaches that exposed the ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


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