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$2 billion price tag for presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday. The reports detailed a last-minute cascade of money from mega-donors and an onslaught of spending by the Obama and Romney campaigns and "super" political action committees.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Man pleads guilty in Seattle terror plot

SEATTLE (AP) - A man pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting an attack on a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


For Washington state, marijuana is now legal but what happens next?

SEATTLE (AP) - People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle's sidewalks - then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to "get baked," the city's police department suggested pizza and a "Lord of the Rings" movie marathon.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Death toll now at 420 people in Philippines typhon

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine government's geological hazard maps show why this farming community was largely washed away by a strong typhoon: "highly susceptible to flooding and landslides." That didn't stop some villagers from rebuilding even with bodies still lying under the mud.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Obama seeks to put personal touch on cliff talks

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on "fiscal cliff" negotiations, visited a northern Virginia family's basement apartment Thursday to press his hard line on tax rate increases for the wealthy.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Leading conservative DeMint resigning Senate seat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Jim DeMint, patron saint of the tea party and a would-be Republican kingmaker, announced suddenly Thursday he would resign his South Carolina seat to head Washington's conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, a shift that reverberated through a soul-searching GOP.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MAINE MALL SACKS SANTA AFTER RUDENESS COMPLAINTS: SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A mall in Maine has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


George Zimmerman sues NBC and reporters

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AUTOPSY: BORDER PATROL AGENT FIRED GUN 10 TIMES: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Border Patrol agent in Southern California who shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her vehicle fired his gun 10 times from the hood of her car as he tried to get the woman to stop, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead buried in Punchbowl

HONOLULU (AP) - Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Snooki, hosting MTV's New Year's Eve show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New York's Times Square is getting a little bit Jersey for New Year's Eve.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Gay Washington couples get marriage licenses

SEATTLE (AP) - Hundreds of same-sex couples across Washington state started picking up marriage licenses Thursday as a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage took effect.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Mormon church seeking more compassion for gays

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon leaders made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website Thursday that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


At 450 pounds, killer fights execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - At about 450 pounds, Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post is so fat that his executioners won't be able to find veins in his arms or legs for the lethal injection, and he might even break the death chamber gurney, his lawyers say.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Woman killed after car, motorized wheelchair bump

ATLANTA (AP) - An elderly man opened fire on a woman after her car came into contact with his motorized wheelchair at a central Georgia service station, authorities said Wednesday. She died shortly afterward at a hospital despite the efforts of a crowd of people to aid her.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


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School sued over death inside gym mat

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged in teen’s 9-month disappearance

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man was arrested Monday and charged with kidnapping 15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Beach town ban prompts battle over shave ice

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Abuse suspect dead; 3 officers hurt

NEW YORK (AP) - A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustling neighborhoods, officials said Monday.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Furor engulfs red-light cameras

CHICAGO (AP) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city's red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Police charge 2 men in fatal carjacking

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two men who carjacked a woman and sexually assaulted her in her SUV before plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, were charged with murder on Monday, police said.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: Times Square characters should be licensed by NY City

NEW YORK (AP) - Cookie Monster may soon need a license.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

SARAH PALIN LAUNCHES ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION CHANNEL: NEW YORK (AP) - Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

July 28, 2014 | | Nation


Man seeks Oklahoma City bombing video

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Judge strikes down DC handguns ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Blue whales at risk of hitting ships

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Cops: ‘Spider-Man’ slugged officer

NEW YORK (AP) - A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


No arrests in hunt for carjack killers of three

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The hunt for two Philadelphia carjackers who rammed a stolen SUV into a family, killing three children, entered its third day Sunday as officials offered a $110,000 reward for information leading to their capture.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital suspect charged with murder

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


No arrests yet in scam targeting illegal kids

HOUSTON (AP) - Scammers have been preying on the relatives of unaccompanied young migrants being held at two U.S. military bases by conning them into paying nonexistent fees to be reunited with their loved ones, officials said.

July 27, 2014 | | Nation


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