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NY school's blackface assault skit criticized

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A pep rally skit by three white high school students who wore blackface and parodied Chris Brown's arrest for assaulting Rihanna has officials in a largely white New York district vowing to set clearer expectations for school events.

October 16, 2012 | | Nation


Aerialist plans tightrope walk near Grand Canyon

SARASOTA, Florida (AP) - Aerialist Nik Wallenda says he's planning a tightrope walk near the Grand Canyon, but he won't be wearing a safety harness like he used at Niagara Falls.

October 16, 2012 | | Nation


Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.

October 16, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN 'BATMAN' SAYS HE HAS GOOD INTENTIONS: PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man whose efforts to keep an eye on his community while wearing a Batman outfit landed him in court said he has good intentions with his crime-fighting work.

October 16, 2012 | | Nation


Clinton trying to take heat off White House over criticism over security after fatal attack

LIMA, Peru (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is answering Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last month's attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying she - not the White House - is responsible for security at all of America's diplomatic missions.

October 16, 2012 | | Nation


Political ads blitz viewers, risk voter turnoff

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Is there any escape from all those political ads in the most hotly contested states in the three weeks before the presidential election?

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Ex-Kansas soldier gets 10 months for sham marriage to get more benefits

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A former Kansas soldier will spend 10 months in federal prison for entering into a sham marriage so he could get additional military benefits and his Jamaican bride could become a legal immigrant, a federal judge ruled Monday.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Lathrop-Manteca Firefighters take "Yes on C" Campaign for Nov. 6 vote to Facebook

LATHROP - The Lathrop-Manteca Firefighters Association have taken their campaign for the passage of Lathrop's Measure C to Facebook, where Lathrop voters can get the latest news and updates on Measure C, and how it will benefit Public Safety in the City of Lathrop.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Ex-presidential nominee McGovern in hospice

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Longtime former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in a historic landslide, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota, his family said Monday.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Pharmacy's other drugs may be causing illness

NEW YORK (AP) - Two more drugs from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak are now being investigated, U.S. health officials said, as they urged doctors to contact patients who got any kind of injection from the company.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Pizza Hut rethinks presidential debate stunt

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is rethinking its contest daring people to ask "Sausage or Pepperoni?" at the presidential debate Tuesday.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Skydiver breaks sound barrier in record jump

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier Sunday while making the highest jump ever - a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


Specter dies as Congress is at its most polarized

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Arlen Specter, who spent much of his pugnacious 30-year career in the U.S. Senate warning of the dangers of political intolerance, lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at a time when Congress is more politically polarized than anyone serving there - or living in America - can remember.

October 15, 2012 | | Nation


With 0-32 record so far, gay marriage forces seek 1st win at polls in Maryland

BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Irene Huskens has the wedding venue picked out: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland. But the wedding is no sure thing.

October 14, 2012 | | Nation


Yeager re-enacts historic sound barrier flight

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) - Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise.

October 14, 2012 | | Nation


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Internal review: CIA spied on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Gas blasts kill 25, injures 267 in Taiwan port

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) - At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Dow index plunges by 317 points

NEW YORK (AP) - For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Signed ticket from Gehrig’s last game: $95K

NEW YORK (AP) - A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


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