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THAI COUPLE SETS NEW RECORD FOR LONGEST KISS: PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) - For the second time in three years, a Thai couple has set a new record for the longest kiss, locking their lips for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds in a Valentine's Day "kissathon."

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Papal conclave largely European club

ROME (AP) - The face of the Roman Catholic Church has changed profoundly in Pope Benedict XVI's lifetime. Congregations in the West are smaller and older, while those in Africa, Latin America and pockets of Asia are booming, bringing youth and energy to the Catholic world.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Space rocks hours apart underscore danger

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And Hollywood to the contrary, there isn't much the world's scientists and generals can do about it.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Talking bird report led to arrest of kidnapper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 19-year-old daycare worker was formally charged Friday in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school last month, an arrest aided by the little girl's memory of a talking bird in the home where she was taken, authorities said.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Delay gives foes time to hone attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The weeklong Senate recess gives outside interest groups opposed to Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary more time to sharpen their attack against President Barack Obama's choice. And they're not wasting any of it, promising to redouble their efforts to scour Hagel's record and to pressure senators to vote against him.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


What happed to $100M spent on Job Corps?

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate lawmakers are investigating a nearly $100 million shortfall at the federal Job Corps program that has prompted the Labor Department to freeze enrollment at all 125 job centers around the country.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr., wife agree to plead guilty to fund misuse

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio mom accused in teen fight defends her actions

CINCINNATI (AP) - A woman accused of helping her 15-year-old daughter beat another teenage girl at a high school is countering a police department's version of the fight and says she and her daughter are the ones who were attacked.

February 15, 2013 | | Nation


FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in United States

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


Las Vegas amps up gun promotions

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One Las Vegas shooting range was selling "take a shot at love" packages that include 50 submachine gun rounds. Another offered wedding packages in which the bride and groom can pose with Uzis and ammunition belts. And a third invited lovebirds to renew their vows and shoot a paper cutout zombie in the face.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


Nation Side

MAN BITES OFF SWALLOWS EAR: STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man accused of biting off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowing it during a fight over loud music has pleaded not guilty to assault and other charges.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


Mayor's push for bilingual city gets rebuffed

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - In many parts of Miami, Spanish is used as frequently - or more often - than English.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


Hundreds of students brawl at high school

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A food fight quickly turned into a brawl involving hundreds of students at a Minneapolis high school on Thursday, forcing police to use chemical spray to break up the melee.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


NYC plans to stop many marijuana arraignments, issuing, appearance tickets

NEW YORK (AP) - Many people arrested on low-level marijuana-possession charges in the nation's largest city will no longer be booked and held hours for arraignment, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


Obama pushes preschool plan but won't discuss cost of implementation

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Raising hopes among parents who want preschool for all, President Barack Obama on Thursday rolled out a plan to vastly expand government-funded early childhood while keeping the price tag a secret.

February 14, 2013 | | Nation


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12-year-old girls charged in stabbing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.

June 02, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher reinstated after segregation lesson

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - A southeast Michigan public school teacher who was removed from the classroom while district officials looked into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate has been reinstated, his lawyer said.

June 02, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS NATION

• POLICE CONFISCATE $3M WORTH OF SHOES FROM KY. HOME: RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - Police are investigating after finding $3 million worth of missing shoes at a central Kentucky home.

June 02, 2014 | | Nation


Whooping cough cases are up in California

SAN JOSE (AP) - The number of whooping cough cases is up in California again and state health officials say they expect them to keep rising.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Medical pot farms making drought worse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California's coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say - an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


California GOP governor’s primary race a dead heat

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown heads into Tuesday's gubernatorial primary with a huge lead, while his top two Republican challengers have pulled into a dead heat, according to a poll released Sunday.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


HBO’s Silicon Valley finds around high tech water coolers

PALO ALTO (AP) - When HBO rolled out a mockumentary poking fun at high tech this spring, Silicon Valley checked it out.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Turlock police shoot suspect in killing of 2

TURLOCK AP) - Police in Northern California have shot and killed a man suspected of fatally shooting two women.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man survives 5-story fall in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say a man survived a five-story fall from the top of a parking structure in San Diego.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Rocklin fire chief rescues baby left at firehouse

ROCKLIN (AP) - A fire chief in Placer County says his midnight hunger pangs likely saved the life of a baby boy left on the grounds of the firehouse.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


FBI issues alert for SF suspect with explosives

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI has issued a nationwide alert to law enforcement agencies about a San Francisco social media consultant they consider armed and dangerous who is wanted on suspicion of possessing explosives.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


BART service resumes after death

HAYWARD. (AP) - Bay Area Rapid Transit service from the East Bay into San Francisco has resumed after a death on the tracks led to a temporary shutdown.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Cancer survivors: More than 14.5M in US

CHICAGO (AP) - It's National Cancer Survivors Day, and chances are good that you know at least one of them.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


‘Brady Bunch’ actress Ann B. Davis dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


Bieber apologizes for racial slur joke

NEW YORK (AP) - Justin Bieber is apologizing after a years-old video surfaced showing the then-teenager telling a racist joke with the N-word.

June 01, 2014 | | Nation


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