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FINE WHINE? BILLIONAIRE CRIES FOUL IN VINTAGE SALE: NEW YORK (AP) - As experts can testify, super sleuths in the wine business must study the cork, glass, sediment, wrapping, labels and how full a bottle of wine is to ascertain whether it's the real deal. And as two uber-wealthy wine collectors can tell you as they square off in federal court over some questionable bottles, even that sometimes is not enough.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ariz. lawmakers consider softened transgender bill

PHOENIX (AP) - Faced with an outcry from advocacy groups, an Arizona lawmaker has changed his proposed legislation that would have made it a crime for a transgendered person to use a bathroom other than his or her birth sex.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


BOY, 4, found with dead mom was living on sugar

UNION, N.J. (AP) - A naked, malnourished 4-year-old boy found inside an apartment with the body of his mother, dead for days, had resorted to eating from a bag of sugar and weighed only 26 pounds, well below normal, police said Wednesday as adoption offers poured in from around the world.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon cuts number of furlough days

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will be forced to take over the next several months from 22 to 14, defense officials said Wednesday, reducing the impact of automatic budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea

DENVER (AP) - Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty - a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Washington island landslide affects safety of 34 homes

SEATTLE (AP) - Residents of a hillside overlooking scenic Puget Sound heard the thunder of a large landslide early Wednesday that knocked one home off its foundation, and isolated or threatened more than two dozen others on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Jury hears closings in Vegas hep C insurers case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury was asked Wednesday to hold the state's largest health management company responsible for up to $1 billion in damages because two women contracted incurable hepatitis C during treatment at a Las Vegas outpatient medical clinic later blamed for an outbreak called the largest in U.S. history.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Effort in Arizona would give residents who live in high crime areas free shotguns

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of crime-prone areas with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


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MAN WINS $8K AFTER DISNEY 'SMALL WORLD' BREAKDOWN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for three hours while the theme song played continuously.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


North Dakota signs nation’s most restrictive abortion law, expects fight

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Judge Judy's son, a DA, embroiled in NY rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - A suburban district attorney who is the son of TV's "Judge Judy" is being accused of interfering in a child rape case in which the suspect is his personal trainer and recently lived with him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Administrators armed in Colo. school district

DENVER (AP) - As lawmakers across the country debate arming teachers and administrators to prevent another deadly school shooting, one Colorado school district has voted to let its superintendent and a high school principal carry concealed semi-automatic pistols on campus - a move some say sidesteps laws meant to keep schools gun-free.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


SD Sen. Johnson to retire, cites age

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Entering the auditorium on a motorized scooter and delivering remarks in halting speech, South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson announced Tuesday that he would retire next year at the end of his term and acknowledged he remains limited by a 2006 health crisis that nearly killed him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Sidestepping major ruling on gay marriage?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America's gays and lesbians have a right to marry.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Man didn’t think gun was loaded when he shot boy

POLSON, Mont. (AP) - A 3-year-old Montana boy who died of a bullet wound last week was shot in the back by an intoxicated man who said he didn't think the gun was loaded as they played together, prosecutors said.

October 27, 2014 | | Nation


School gunman was Homecoming prince

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


NBC Universal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Lava threatening homes

HONOLULU (AP) - A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK (AP) - Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Google exec sets near-space leap reCords

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms without parole in the killings of two girls and his fiancee, but his punishment was delayed about an hour because he attacked one of his defense attorneys with a razor blade.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud - even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


UPS expects double- digit surge in shipments

DALLAS (AP) - UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


What you need to know about massive auto air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. investigators, automakers and a parts supply company are trying to figure out why some automobile air bags inflate with too much force, blowing apart metal canisters and sending shards flying at drivers and passengers.

October 24, 2014 | | Nation


Officers in Arizona shoot man armed with machete

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police in a Phoenix suburb fatally shot a machete-wielding man Thursday after he rammed a patrol car in a stolen truck, injuring an officer.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


Hatchet-wielding suspect killed by New York officers

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police shot and killed a hatchet-wielding man on Thursday after he suddenly attacked a group of patrol officers without warning in broad daylight on a busy commercial district in Queens.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


3 dead, 1 hurt in Maryland air crash

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - An airplane and a helicopter collided in the air near a Maryland airport before crashing into a line of trees and a self-storage business Thursday afternoon, killing three people but sparing two men in the plane, who deployed a parachute attached to the aircraft before it hit the trees.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


Gunman wanted Mideast passport

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - He seemed lost, "did not fit in," had drug problems, and went more than five years without seeing his mother. In recent weeks, he had been living at a homeless shelter and had talked about wanting to go to Libya - or Syria - but became agitated when he couldn't get a passport.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


Border deaths drop to 15-year low

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

October 23, 2014 | | Nation


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