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TEXAN WINS 'WACKY WARNINGS' CONTEST WITH GLOBE: WINONA, Texas (AP) - A decorative globe not meant for use in getting from here to there has helped a Texas woman win the 15th Annual Wacky Warning Labels contest.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Study: State pension shortfalls ballooned in 2010 across USA

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Recession-plagued states diverted scarce money away from pensions to pay for more immediate concerns, leaving a $757 billion hole in the retirement funds covering millions of public employees, according to a study released Monday.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Jury begins deliberating in burned Fla. teen case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A teenager accused of orchestrating an attack that left his classmate in flames was trying to sidestep the blame when he offered others money to hurt the boy, prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


New Asian immigrants now surpass Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, the influx of Asians moving to the U.S. has surpassed that of Hispanics, reflecting a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Wildfires claim 189 homes in Colorado

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Firefighters faced dangerous conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain region Monday, as they toiled in hot, dry weather to battle a wildfire that has charred nearly 92 square miles in northern Colorado.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Veterinarians may give NC zoo elephant contacts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - After C'sar the bull elephant lost weight, grew depressed and underwent surgery because of eye trouble, his keepers at a North Carolina zoo began to consider a pioneering move in pachyderm medicine: giving him a set of king-size contact lenses.

June 18, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio police: Car into crowd appears accidental

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, likely did so accidentally, authorities in northwest Ohio said Sunday.

June 17, 2012 | | Nation


Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

DENVER (AP) - Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown.

June 17, 2012 | | Nation


Chowchilla 'busnapper' wins release from prison

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of three young men from wealthy families who kidnapped and hid a busload of California schoolchildren in a 1976 ransom attempt that captured the nation's attention has gained his freedom after more than 35 years in prison, officials announced Friday.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


US reveals accusations against Secret Service

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service agents and officers have been accused of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior, according to internal government reports reviewed by The Associated Press on Friday. It wasn't immediately clear how many of the accusations turned out to be true.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Texas teacher had kindergarten kids hit alleged bully on class

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas teacher will lose her job after ordering more than 20 kindergartners to line up and hit a classmate accused of being a bully, a district spokesman said Friday.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Catholic hospitals reject birth control compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation's Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama's compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Conn. man calls 911 over beef about sandwich order

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A man angry that a deli had fouled up his sandwich order decided to take his beef to police.

June 15, 2012 | | Nation


Pentagon to mark gay pride month

WASHINGTON (AP) - Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.

June 14, 2012 | | Nation


Senate panel boosts spending on IRS, Pell Grants

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel divided along party lines Thursday to approve legislation funding President Barack Obama's health care and financial services overhaul laws and boosting spending on the IRS and Pell Grants for low-income college students.

June 14, 2012 | | Nation


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Motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

DETROIT (AP) - When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Diner plans fundraiser after ‘show more skin’ post

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - After a customer suggested that servers at a West Virginia restaurant needed to "show more skin," the owner became offended and decided to do something about it.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers sued over cult allegations

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut couple alleges in a federal lawsuit that their three daughters were "indoctrinated" into a cult by public high school staff and suffered severe personality changes, including becoming "flat and distant."

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona wildfire expected to nearly triple

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire burning in a scenic Arizona canyon is expected to nearly triple in size as crews scramble to get the upper hand in less rugged terrain.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Son stopped mom from drowning 2 children

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman who tried to drown her two young daughters after the girls pleaded for snacks was stopped by her 18-year-old son, who grabbed his drenched sisters and carried them from the apartment, police say.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Woman among world’s oldest turning 115 years

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area woman, a member of a select group of the living to have been born in the 19th century, is celebrating a birthday on Friday.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Superintendent accused of destroying evidence

CLEVELAND (AP) - The superintendent of the eastern Ohio district where two high school football players were found guilty of rape in a high-profile case last year wiped computer hard drives, erased emails and lied to investigators about his knowledge of the allegations against the boys, newly released court documents say.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Visa, MasterCard push for chip cards

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week's revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay's computer systems.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


FDA approves new antibiotic for skin infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new antibiotic from Durata Therapeutics Inc. to treat adults with common skin infections often acquired in U.S. hospitals.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


Reynolds expanding e-cigarette production

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.

May 23, 2014 | | Nation


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