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BELGIUM'S CHOCOLATE STAMPS OFFER LICK WITH A KICK: BRUSSELS (AP) - Feel like having chocolate at Easter in Belgium? Well, send a letter and really lick that chocolate-flavored postal stamp.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


High court gay marriage tickets cost money

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most expensive ticket to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year's Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week's gay marriage cases: about $6,000.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Woman gets prison time in 'total ID theft'

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - For almost 12 years, a Houston elementary school teacher and an illegal immigrant living in Topeka have engaged in a tug of war to claim the identity of Candida L. Gutierrez in a case that has put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the United States.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nearly $3.7M spent on ex-presidents in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Being the leader of the free world is an expensive proposition. And the costs don't stop once you leave the White House.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Spring snow closes schools, cancels flights

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) - Five days into spring, warm weather and budding flowers were just a rumor Monday as the East Coast endured another blast of winter.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


$338M Powerball winner says he'll help family

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - The winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot told several media outlets Monday that his first priority will be helping his family.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Rallies held to protest ND anti-abortion move

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 300 abortion-rights activists carried signs and chanted, "Veto! Veto! Veto!" in a demonstration Monday at the state Capitol protesting a package of measures that would give the state the toughest abortion restrictions in the nation.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$5.6 MILLION BUDGET GAP FOR SACRAMENTO SCHOOLS: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Schools could be shuttered and positions could be eliminated as the Sacramento City Unified School District seeks to close a $5.6 million budget gap next school year.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


New pope revives question: What is a ‘Latino?’

NEW YORK (AP) - He is being hailed with pride and wonder as the "first Latino pope," a native Spanish speaker born and raised in the South American nation of Argentina. But for some Latinos in the United States, there's a catch: Pope Francis' parents were born in Italy.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gun debate heating up as critical Senate vote on gun control nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


GOP’s ‘no’ on Medicaid becomes ‘Let’s make a deal’ as alternative plans pop up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea training teams of ‘cyber warriors’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Winning $338M Powerball ticket sold in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - When Teddy Jackson heard Sunday morning that the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey, the Toms River resident combed through his 40 tickets and hoped for the best.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Federal defenders face deep cuts, case delays

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices, delay criminal cases and jeopardize the fairness of the criminal justice system.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mom of boy killed by Ala. airport sign is still unconscious

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As airport officials tried to figure out how a 300-pound arrival-departure panel fell off the wall and onto a family, the mother of a boy who was killed by the sign lay in a hospital with her own injuries, still unaware of what happened.

March 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Man gets life in loud music killing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Detroit museum defends 6-figure salaries

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is defending the six-figure salaries of its two top executives, saying Friday that it didn't anticipate a backlash when raises were granted a few years ago, before the city filed for bankruptcy.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama offers plan to tighten card security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s under- used credit card declined in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 8, who was slain lived in drug den

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The home of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was abducted and killed apparently was a nest of drug abuse and sales, police said.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


FBI director Comey warns against cellphone encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Second nurse contracts Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Legislator who foiled robbery credits his gun

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near Pennsylvania's Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Air tanker wing may have hit tree

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The wing of a firefighting aircraft might have hit a tree and broken off before the tanker crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, federal investigators said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: More families freed than deported

ARTESIA, NM (AP) - One of three centers used for detaining Central American families who have entered the U.S. illegally this year has started releasing many more detainees than it deports, a New Mexico city official said.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


CDC: It could have done more on Ebola

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The nation's top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas to the nurse who treated him.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Cops: Boy, 10, fatally beat woman, 90, in her bed

TYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly punched her, killing her in her bed, prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Beachgoers form human chain to rescue swimmer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Beachgoers in Oregon pulled a struggling swimmer to shore by forming a human chain after she and seven others were stranded on a rocky outcropping during high tide.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


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