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Christie's to appraise Detroit museum collection; city may have to sell it

DETROIT (AP) - International auction house Christie's will appraise some pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts collection as a federal judge considers a state-appointed emergency manager's request to push the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Drunk walking leads to fatalities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as drinking and driving can be deadly, so can drinking and walking. Over a third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving, according to government data released Monday.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Concern about Hawaii's fly homeless home plan

HONOLULU (AP) - A program that would help fly homeless people in Hawaii back to the mainland is being greeted with skepticism by the state's human services officials and groups that help the homeless.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Recession helps higher, ed innovation blooms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool of the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix. The occasion? A high-profile gathering of education innovators, and as guests sipped cocktails, the mood was upbeat.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Briefs

WRECK KILLS 3 YOUNG BROTHERS: PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say three young brothers are dead after a minivan and a car collided in southwest Phoenix.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty in Utah soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A teenager charged with killing a Utah soccer referee because he didn't like the man's call during a game pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of homicide by assault in a case that brought new attention to the issue of violence and sportsmanship in athletics.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Killer hangs self days before execution

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary was found hanged in his cell Sunday just days before his Wednesday execution.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Police kill armed 14-year-old boy

NEW YORK (AP) - A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early Sunday after he refused to drop his gun and pointed it in the direction of officers, authorities said.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Powerball jackpot at $400M after no weekend winner

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - No one hit the Powerball jackpot this weekend, so the money will roll over and create a roughly $400 million prize for Wednesday's drawing.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Sand dunes engulfing ‘Star Wars’ set

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Time may be running short for hardcore "Star Wars" fans to see the real-life set used to portray Anakin Skywalker's childhood home of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydiving teacher killed in tandem jump

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) - A skydiving instructor from Pensacola, Fla., died in a remote swamp after a tandem jump that hospitalized his student, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Sunday.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Great Bull Run coming to US cities

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Rescuers find body of Mt. Hood snowboarder

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) - A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to the recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


8th grader claims ‘Jeopardy!’ spelling him over spelling

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut eighth-grader who misspelled the correct answer to a "Jeopardy!" question and lost money over it says he was cheated.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• TAWANA BRAWLEY BEGINS MAKING DEFAMATION PAYMENTS: NEW YORK (AP) - A black woman who set off a racial firestorm as a teenager after alleging she was raped by a group of white men in 1987 has begun making defamation payments to one of them.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


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Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Thieves got into StubHub accounts for $1.6M payday

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU may fight for California shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it was mulling legal options after a north San Diego suburb's planning commission rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Crews make gains on massive wildfire

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters were making progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt on for possible anaconda in lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) - Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake - possibly an anaconda - slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Convicted of starving 10-year-old stepson

DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas jury took less than an hour to find a woman guilty Tuesday in the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DRIVER STOPS TO HELP DUCKLINGS, GETS TICKET: NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Use of growth hormones up

NEW YORK (AP) - Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Many think they’re normal weight

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight - most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Teens beat homeless to death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hopkins pays $190M for pelvis exam videos, photos

BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Perry sending Guard to border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Weather to aid in wildfire fight

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State and is the largest in state history.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


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