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Obama: 'No excuse' for health care website signup problems

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday offered "no excuses" - and little explanation - for the computer bugs still frustrating Americans who are trying to enroll online for insurance plans at the center of his health care law. But software developers tasked with building the site said they saw signs a year ago that the debut could fail.

October 21, 2013 | | Nation


Carbon dioxide pollution down 3.8%

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday.

October 21, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

MAN CALLS COPS FOR THEFT FROM PA. WORKERS' FRIDGE : BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - If you ever had your lunch disappear from the office refrigerator, consider what one southeastern Pennsylvania man did: He called the cops.

October 21, 2013 | | Nation


For Obama, a frustrating health care rollout

WASHINGTON (AP) - Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day One.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Death threats over rock toppling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah Boy Scout leaders who purposely knocked over an ancient desert rock formation in a state park say they've received death threats since a video of the toppling went viral.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Largest destroyer going into water

BATH, Maine (AP) - After embarrassing troubles with its latest class of surface warships, the Navy is hoping for a winner from a new destroyer that's ready to go into the water.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher’s aide tapes mouth of autistic student

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A high school teacher's aide in New Mexico is back from administrative leave following an investigation into her taping the mouth of a special needs student.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Worker saw woman prone in hospital stairwell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Investigators looking into the death of a woman found in a stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital are looking into reports that an orderly told hospital authorities that he saw an unconscious woman there a week before her body was found.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Man pleads guilty to shooting golfer who hit his home

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada man accused of shooting a golfer who broke a window at his home with an errant ball has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet

CHICAGO (AP) - Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.

October 20, 2013 | | Nation


Charges possible for toppled ancient Utah desert rock

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are mulling whether to press charges against a Boy Scouts leader who purposely knocked over an ancient Utah desert rock formation and against the two men who cheered him on after they posted video of the incident online.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


Suspect in deadly bank robbery has long rap sheet

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The suspect in a deadly Reno bank robbery has a lengthy criminal record with 62 arrests dating back to 1967 and five felony convictions, federal prosecutors said.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


Plane laser attacks probed by terrorism unit

NEW YORK (AP) - The FBI announced Friday it has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead a probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching LaGuardia Airport this week, inviting help from the public as well to fight a growing threat against the nation's air transportation.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


Artist Christo faces opposition to project

DENVER (AP) - Installation artist Christo has said opposition to his planned "Over the River" project on the Arkansas River in Colorado is part of the art, and he welcomes debate over what is appropriate for his displays.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


Stepmom of teen accused in bullying arrested

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon teenager’s drone worried firefighting crews

BEND, Ore. (AP) - It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAINE LOBSTERMAN CATCHES RARE BLUE LOBSTER: SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

ATLANTA (AP) - The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man fatally struck by arrow in south state

LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Southern California home.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians’ Rx for schools: Later start times

CHICAGO (AP) - Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Police chief in small Texas town killed

ELMENDORF, Texas (AP) - The police chief of a small Texas town was killed Saturday while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Biologists plan to re-collar wandering Oregon wolf

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Biologists plan to recapture and re-collar OR-7, Oregon's famous wandering wolf that is now a settled father of pups.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Caregiver stepped on tot, who died

NEW YORK (AP) - A child care worker charged with killing a toddler in her home told police she threw the boy to the floor and stepped on him three times, and after that, he could no longer walk on his own, authorities said.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama takes less vacation than predecessors

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sex charges for teacher of the year

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels for DUI

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher suspended after shooting lesson

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Reid makes off color joke at Asian event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


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