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‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation

65% of senior VA execs got bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Murder charge still pending against woman at 102 in death of roommate

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Great white shark numbers surging

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline - bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this summer.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

California, Amtrak end joint train bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and lure advanced train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Hiker, ‘guru of trails’ missing on Mount Rainier

SEATTLE (AP) - Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday while she researched a story.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Report: Apple smartwatch to come this fall

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Governor signs $108 billion budget

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Panel OKs 2 percent raise for California lawmakers, officials

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens' commission on Friday cited California's improving economy as it approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Californians warned of perilous peak fire season due to drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the first day of summer Saturday and the Fourth of July coming up, Southern California officials are warning residents to prepare for what's expected to be one of the most dangerous fire seasons the state has seen in years.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Berkeley pursues gas-pump warning labels

BERKELEY (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Market pushes toward milestones

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is back to setting records.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Starbucks hiking prices on drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Congresswoman proposes e-cigarette rules

SAN MATEO (AP) - A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

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Some states monitor alcohol offenders with twice-daily tests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Every day before sunrise, people stream through a nondescript door behind the county jail in South Dakota's largest city.

September 27, 2015 | | Nation

Pope wraps up visit with open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open ...

September 27, 2015 | | Nation

Pope mingles with high & LOW

NEW YORK (AP) - Sweeping through the landmarks of America's biggest city, Pope Francis on Friday offered comfort to 9/11 victims' families at ground ...

September 25, 2015 | | Nation

School board debates ‘In God We Trust’ posters

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Franklin County School Board has decided to seek public input before permitting posters that say "In God We Trust" in local ...

September 25, 2015 | | Nation

Lawsuits filed against Volkswagen

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least two lawsuits have been filed in California over Volkswagen tampering with emissions testing on VW and Audi models to deceive ...

September 24, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Nation

Experts question safety of Essure device linked to pain

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 13-year-old birth control implant came under new scrutiny Thursday as federal health experts discussed a host of problems reported by women implanted ...

September 24, 2015 | | Nation

Hollister to remove steps from entrances

DENVER (AP) - The clothing chain Hollister will get rid of steps at its trademark entrances at dozens of stores across the U.S. to make ...

September 24, 2015 | | Nation

Pope denies he’s a liberal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world's wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

New duck-billed dinosaur found

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Fossils from a unique plant-eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, say Alaska ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

Gunman kills deputy outside lawyer’s office

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a sheriff's deputy outside a lawyer's office Tuesday and then barricaded himself inside a motel, where ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

Whistleblowers: VA inspector general a ‘joke’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to retaliate against whistleblowers despite repeated pledges to stop punishing those who speak up, a group of ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

Alabama city leaders target sagging pants

DADEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Leaders of an Alabama city fed up with sagging pants on young men and hemlines on women's skirts creeping higher are ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

2 arrested in Reno after commission meeting evacuated

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A man set off a panic and evacuation of the county commission chambers in Reno on Monday when he spilled an unknown ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Navy fighter jet crashes near Lemoore

LEMOORE (AP) - A Navy fighter jet crashed near a California military base Monday, but the pilot ejected and safely parachuted to the ground, authorities said.

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Suspended student poured gasoline on security guard

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A suspended student poured gasoline from a soda container onto a school security guard on Monday when she was denied entrance to ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

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