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Ohio man who killed 6-month-old girl seeks mercy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Condemned killer Steven Smith's argument for mercy isn't an easy one. Smith acknowledges he intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter but says he never intended to kill the baby.

April 02, 2013 | | Nation


Customers pack Conn. gun stores before deal on laws goes into effect

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Customers packed gun stores around Connecticut on Tuesday ahead of a vote expected to bring sweeping changes to the state's gun control laws, including a ban on the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown shooting and a new classification for more than 100 types of guns as banned assault weapons.

April 02, 2013 | | Nation


Obamacare credits could trigger surprise tax bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don't accurately project their income.

April 02, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

CHIPS ARE DOWN AND OUT: PHILLY SNACK TRUCK TAKEN: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The chips are down - and out - after Philadelphia police say someone drove a snack truck away from a city convenience store.

April 02, 2013 | | Nation


Possible human remains found in new 9/11 debris

NEW YORK (AP) - Jim Riches pulled his son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.

April 02, 2013 | | Nation


Car towed from NC crash scene with body inside

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The body of a missing North Carolina woman was found inside her wrecked car, three days after it was ordered by a state trooper to be towed away from the crash scene.

April 02, 2013 | | Nation


Safeway CEO's pay dips slightly as bonus falls

PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway CEO Steve Burd took a slight pay cut in 2012 as the grocery store operator cut his performance-based bonus.

April 01, 2013 | | Nation


Did white supremacists kill DA?

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - Suspicion in the slayings of a Texas district attorney and his wife shifted Monday to a violent white supremacist prison gang that was the focus of a December law enforcement bulletin warning that its members might try to attack police or prosecutors.

April 01, 2013 | | Nation


City council votes to require gun ownership

NELSON, Ga. (AP) - The city council in a small north Georgia town voted Monday night to make gun ownership mandatory - sort of.

April 01, 2013 | | Nation


Scouts reject troop sponsored by gay rights group

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America have rejected an application for a scouting troop sponsored by a Utah gay rights organization.

April 01, 2013 | | Nation


'BUCKWILD' star, 2 others found dead in W.Va.

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Shain Gandee lived for the outdoors, often going on muddy, off-road thrill rides in the hills near his West Virginia home. A recent late-night escapade ended in tragedy for the MTV reality show cast member and two others.

April 01, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

EASTER EGG HUNT AT SEATTLE ZOO TURNS VIOLENT: SEATTLE (AP) - One of usually peaceful springtime rituals of childhood - the Easter egg hunt - turned nasty at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

April 01, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

3 TEXANS ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO SELL STOLEN AMBULANCE: CONROE, Texas (AP) - Three Houston man have been charged with stealing an ambulance and trying to sell the emergency vehicle for scrap metal recycling.

March 29, 2013 | | Nation


Obama pitches public works spending

MIAMI (AP) - Trying to show that the economy remains a top priority, President Barack Obama promoted a plan Friday to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

March 29, 2013 | | Nation


Zumba teacher pleads guilty to prostitution

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A dance instructor accused of using her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts in a scandal that captivated a quiet seaside town.

March 29, 2013 | | Nation


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Fire empties another town

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) - A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes Friday, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community in the scenic Methow Valley, a sheriff said.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Toyota makes it easier to yell at kids

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


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