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NSA program is likely unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration's arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Obama’s health care promise is 2013 top quote

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - President Barack Obama's acknowledgement that his promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan turned out to be inaccurate topped this year's list of best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Probation for golf course shooting

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno man has been placed on probation and fined $1,000 for shooting a golfer whose errant ball broke a bedroom window at his home.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor of Ohio girl found dead in trash arrested

SMITHVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A 9-year-old Ohio girl last seen playing in the mobile home park where she lived was found dead in a nearby trash bin after a frantic search, and police on Sunday arrested a neighbor they've described as a family friend in the killing.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher disciplined for ‘Santa’ remark

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Effort pitches health care to students

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The image projected before the classroom at California State University, Los Angeles showed a pair of gleeful sky divers plunging through the air.

December 15, 2013 | | Nation


Mega Millions jackpot swells to $425M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Superstition didn't deter players hoping that Friday the 13th would bring them good luck in the recently revamped Mega Millions game, as heavy sales prompted lottery officials to boost the jackpot from $400 million to $425 million.

December 13, 2013 | | Nation


Budget legislation prospect solid

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.

December 13, 2013 | | Nation


KANSAS AIRPORT WORKER ARRESTED IN CAR BOMB PLOT: WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who prosecutors s

KANSAS AIRPORT WORKER ARRESTED IN CAR BOMB PLOT: WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man who prosecutors say sympathized with violent terrorists was arrested Friday as part of an FBI sting after he drove a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives to a Wichita airport.

December 13, 2013 | Nina Frisby | Nation


'Sister Wives' family wins ruling in bigamy suit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that key parts of Utah's polygamy laws are unconstitutional, handing a legal victory to a polygamist family that stars in the TV reality show "Sister Wives."

December 13, 2013 | | Nation


Dog helps Alaska woman survive three nights in cold

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A woman survived nearly three nights in bitter interior Alaska cold by burning her snowmobile and huddling with her small dog, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


Did ‘affluenza’ get teen a break for killing 4?

HOUSTON (AP) - "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, experts said Thursday.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


221 sickened by synthetic pot in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


'I'm walkin' here!' Sidewalks in NYC turn sour during holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - For sharp-elbowed New Yorkers accustomed to walking where they need to go at a big-city pace, the holiday season is hardly the most wonderful time of the year.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. professor suspended after silent protest

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado university has suspended a religious studies professor whose silent protest against racial bias led to complaints about his refusal to speak during classes.

December 12, 2013 | | Nation


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Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months, parents abroad

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


MLK estate drops licensing lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) - With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Four bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Powerful NY state politician arrested on bribery charges

NEW YORK (AP) - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York's most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Toddler fatally shoots self with dad’s gun

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father's .380-caliber handgun in the family's car Wednesday afternoon and shooting himself, officials said.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Apple’s Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014

CUIPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


No-tip restaurant offers food for thought on pay, benefits

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Customers to Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie might be in for a surprise when they read the note attached to their bills: "Tipping is not necessary."

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


T-Mobile to offer new phone deals to people with bad credit

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile says it will offer deals on new smartphones to customers with bad or no credit, regardless of how they pay, and charge no interest.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Social Security extends field office hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration says a budget increase this year will allow it to keep field offices open an extra hour on most weekdays, starting in March.

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Got Battery? Lots of low batteries but no quick fix

NEW YORK (AP) - At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?

January 22, 2015 | | Nation


Boehner defies Obama on Iran sanctions, invites Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday that he's invited Israel's prime minister to stand before Congress and push for new sanctions against its archenemy Iran.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Man raising his hands shot by police

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) - With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. But things suddenly turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner that he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon hospital patients burned by lights in operating rooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - About 10 patients at an Oregon hospital - and possibly more - suffered burns because staff didn't replace filters on lights in three operating rooms, officials at the medical center said Wednesday.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


Snapchat message sparked teen’s stabbing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A 16-year-old fatally stabbed a fellow student because he was upset about a Snapchat message sent to his girlfriend, according to police.

January 21, 2015 | | Nation


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