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EQUIPMENT OPERATOR TO BE CHARGED IN PA. COLLAPSE: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A felon who was allegedly high while operating demolition equipment when a downtown building collapsed and killed six people will be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a top city official said Friday.

June 07, 2013 | | Nation


Swimmer and movie star Esther Williams dead at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As a teenager, Esther Williams dreamed of Olympic glory on the U.S. swim team.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Girl gets on lung donor list; boy also sues

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A dying Pennsylvania girl has been placed on the adult waiting list for donated lungs amid a court fight over the nation's transplant rules with help from a judge who granted another petition Thursday from a boy at the same hospital.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

DENVER (AP) - A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honor their Massachusetts ceremony, and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher accused of taping student to chair

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A suburban San Antonio school district said it's reviewing training guidelines after a teacher allegedly duct taped an 8-year-old student to a chair - a year after another teacher was accused of ordering kindergartners to take turns hitting a classmate.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


North Fla. county to allow atheist monument

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The courtyard outside the Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon become home to a monument to atheism.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


McDonald's courts night owls with breakfast items

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is taking a small step toward offering breakfast items outside of its usual breakfast hours - at least if you're a night owl.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington dies in crash

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Whistleblowers say agency casts wide net

NEW YORK (AP) - Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


IRS: So sorry for lavish conference

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a lavish $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a "Star Trek" parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Senate defeats college student loan plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - College students faced increasing uncertainty about the cost of new student loans after senators failed Thursday to advance partisan proposals to keep interest rates from doubling on July 1.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


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NC WOMAN'S SPIN ON 'PRICE IS RIGHT' LEADS TO PLEA: FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV's "The Price is Right" even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Churches split on Scouts' welcoming of gay youth

ATLANTA (AP) - In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Committee passes bill on sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) - With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee Wednesday approved legislation to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Building being torn down collapses, killing 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A building that was being torn down collapsed with a thunderous boom Wednesday, raining bricks on a neighboring thrift store, killing a woman and injuring at least 13 other people in an accident that witnesses said was bound to happen.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal would give vets discount on name-brands

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods - a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


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