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Va. girl is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away - the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Witness says naked attacker was chewing man's face

MIAMI (AP) - A witness says a naked man chewing on the face of another naked man on a downtown highway ramp kept eating and growled at a police officer who fatally shot him to make him stop.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

VALLEJO POLICE SHOOT, KILL SUSPECT IN CAR CHASE: VALLEJO (AP) - Vallejo police say an officer shot and killed a man after he pulled what appeared to be a gun - but was actually a metal wallet - from his waistband.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


New approach tested for hard-to-treat hypertension

WASHINGTON (AP) - "Maxed out on the medications," is how Bill Ezzell describes his struggle with blood pressure. It's dangerously high even though the North Carolina man swallows six different drugs a day.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Experts: Remedial college classes need fixing, mostly bloating student loan costs

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Each year, an estimated 1.7 million U.S. college students are steered to remedial classes to catch them up and prepare them for regular coursework. But a growing body of research shows the courses are eating up time and money, often leading not to degrees but student loan hangovers.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Almost half of new vets seek disability

America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.

May 28, 2012 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Nation


Woman shot by homeowner in his home in the dark will face trespassing charge

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A 21-year-old woman who was shot in the hip by a Colorado homeowner after police said she drunkenly wandered into a house now faces a felony trespassing charge, prosecutors said.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Nation nation briefs

• SENATOR ASKS AIRLINES TO DROP SEAT FEE FOR KIDS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is urging airlines to allow families with young children to sit together without paying extra.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Descendant: Capones paved way for Nevada gambling, not Bugsy

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Move over Bugsy Siegel. A descendant of Al and Ralph Capone says in a new book that the two gangsters played a much bigger role in creating Nevada's gambling empire.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Gay students graduate openly at military academies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gay students at America's military service academies are wrapping up the first year when they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation, benefiting from the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that used to bar them from seemingly ordinary activities like taking their partners openly to graduation events.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Driving season begins as does griping about gas

NEW YORK (AP) - It's Memorial Day weekend and our national obsession with the price of gasoline is in focus once again.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Dragon makes history with space station docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The private company SpaceX made history Friday with the docking of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, the most impressive feat yet in turning routine spaceflight over to the commercial sector.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


Calif. defies order to turn over execution drug

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California on Friday joined other states in defying a federal government order to turn over a key execution drug.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

50 YEARS ON, FIRE STILL BURNS UNDERNEATH PA. TOWN: CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) - It's an anniversary the few remaining souls who live here won't be celebrating.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


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Teen pleads innocent to rape during outing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young offender accused of raping a woman during a supervised group outing to a University of Oregon football game pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Eugene.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address

DETROIT (AP) - Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Soda makers pledge to help reduce calorie consumption

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper said Tuesday they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Feds, California release roadmap for solar projects

PALM SPRINGS (AP) - State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


Big new iPhone brings more profit

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's largest iPhone is selling for $100 more than its other new model, but an outside research firm estimated Tuesday that it costs Apple only $15.50 more to make the more expensive version.

September 23, 2014 | | Nation


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