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Senator Reid retiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Teen girl locked in basement

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin couple is accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter in a cold basement with no toilet or sink, forcing her to wear diapers and refusing to allow her to sit on furniture in the family home, according to criminal charges filed this week.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Racist chant learned during cruise

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


22-day-old baby girl starved to death

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A baby who was found dead in her car seat in a Florida restaurant parking lot had lost more than one-third of her body weight in the 22 days since she was born, a medical examiner testified Friday.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer says kidnapping wasn’t a hoax

VALLEJO (AP) - The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


He’s back: Schwarzenegger’s on high-octane ‘Terminator: Genisys’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine - Arnold Schwarzenegger - are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own - the publicity kind.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher union objects to disabled student using faculty restroom

MUNHALL, Pa. (AP) - A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn't be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it's difficult for the girl to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Talent agency wants Matt McConaughey speaking fee secret

HOUSTON (AP) - A celebrity booking agency has told the Texas attorney general's office it is not all right to make public how much the University of Houston is paying actor Matthew McConaughey to speak at the school's May 15 commencement ceremony.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Chicago-area cousins planned terrorist attack, hoped to kill 150

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in announcing the men's arrests. Both are also accused of hatching a plot to attack a U.S. military facility.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Teen: Mom killed siblings found in freezer

DETROIT (AP) - A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Life sentence for grandmother in girl’s running death in Alabama

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A jury recommended life without parole Thursday for an Alabama woman convicted of running her granddaughter to death.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Federal appeals court to look at concealed gun permit ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court agreed Thursday to reconsider its decision to strike down a California law that requires applicants for a concealed-weapons permit to show "good cause" beyond self-defense.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI agents

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a former Los Angeles police officer was charged Thursday with lying to FBI agents to help his son escape after the officer was charged with killing a man during an off-duty fight.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps

PARIS (AP) - Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

March 26, 2015 | | Nation


Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel ‘Watchman’

NEW YORK (AP) - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

March 25, 2015 | | Nation


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Man errantly texted DA about drug swap

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin.

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


No promises and no one above law, Supreme Court pick says

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he's made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he'll vote ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Trump signs NASA bill for Mars

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission. Could sending Congress into space be next?

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Halfway house officials paid for alcohol, strip club

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southern Ohio halfway house illegally spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, hotels, travel costs for family members and ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


High pesticide level spurs 1st recreational marijuana recall

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued its first recall of recreational marijuana after samples of a type of pot were found to ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Utah teens plotted to shoot girl over texts

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Two teenage boys accused of shooting a girl in the head in small-town Utah concocted the plan while playing video games and ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases new red iPhones

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Supreme Court sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox owners’ suit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with disgruntled owners of the Xbox 360 video-game ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Google opens ‘shortcuts’ to info, tools on phones

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Target celebrates stretch marks in swimwear ads

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Pepsi pulls 12-packs, 2-liters from shelves over soda tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pepsi is pulling 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of its products from Philadelphia grocery store shelves over the city's new tax on sweetened ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) - Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


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