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Democrats ‘consultant slams Romney’s wife for not working; Obama defends rival’s wife

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House - and President Barack Obama himself - rushed into a damage control campaign Thursday to blunt the impact of a Democratic consultant's suggestion that Ann Romney isn't qualified to discuss the economy because she "hasn't worked a day in her life."

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


West prepares for dangerous fire season

DENVER (AP) - The West's 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. It took a 700-strong federal firefighting team a week of labor, day and night, to tame the blaze - and other states throughout the West took notice.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


GSA interns treated to conference at resort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional interns often work out of storage areas or even in hallways, but the General Services Administration interns fared much better.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘White House: Failed NKorean launch 'provocative'

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a rocket launched by North Korea failed moments after being fired, but the Obama administration still described the launch as a "provocative action" that threatens regional security. It said it has lost confidence in Pyongyang and would carry out its threat to halt a planned delivery of food aid to the communist country.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored police dispatcher warning to not confront teen

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer followed and confronted the black teenager after a police dispatcher told him not to.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


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MARC ANTHONY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM JENNIFER LOPEZ: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marc Anthony has made his breakup from Jennifer Lopez official by filing for divorce months after the superstar couple announced their separation.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GOP lawmaker: 75-plus Dems are communists

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Rep. Allen West said he believes 75-plus House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, a claim that echoed Joe McCarthy's unsubstantiated 1950s charges that communists had infiltrated the top ranks of the U.S. government.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GSA spent millions in relocation costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The General Services Administration inspector general was told the agency spent as much as $330,000 to move an employee from Denver to Hawaii, an example of millions of dollars wasted in relocation costs.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Second degree murder charge brought in Trayvon Martin case against Zimmerman

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Court says Texas sperm donor owes no child support for woman’s kids

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - For four years, a North Texas bodybuilder and former police officer has waged a court battle in California against a woman who sued him for support of children born to her from sperm he donated.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Tennessee bill on evolution and teaching to become law 87 years after Scopes trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennesee's Republican governor says he will let a bill become law effective April 20 that protects teachers who allow students in their classrooms to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum drops out, clearing the way for Romney for GOP nod

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rick Santorum cleared the way for Mitt Romney to claim victory in the long and hard-fought battle for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, giving up his "against all odds" campaign as Romney's tenacious conservative rival.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


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CONN. BOY, 6, KILLED HELPING DAD WITH WOOD CHIPPER: SALEM, Conn. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy helping his father on a landscaping job during school vacation was killed Tuesday after getting pulled into a wood chipper, state police said.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Michigan teacher: I was fired over Trayvon family fundraiser along with hoodie protest

Michigan teacher: I was fired over Trayvon family fundraiser along with hoodie protest

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case; says he is ignoring them

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The Trayvon Martin case took a bizarre turn Tuesday when George Zimmerman's attorneys quit, complaining that they have lost all contact with him and that he called the prosecutor and talked to a TV host after they told him not to speak to anyone.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


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Arrest in webcam blackmail that led to teen girl’s suicide

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

April 19, 2014 | | Nation


Deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

DENVER (AP) - A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Half of jailed New York City youths have serious brain injury

NEW YORK (AP) - About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Deputies: Man smothered crying son so he could play video game, watch TV

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff's deputies said Friday.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher fired over comment on black president

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio teacher has been fired after a black student who said he wanted to become president claimed the teacher told him the nation didn't need another black commander in chief.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sues over ‘8THEIST’ license plate

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Late sign-ups improve outlook for health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

April 18, 2014 | | Nation


Student ate more pot than recommended

DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show - a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Man ate pot candy before shooting killing wife during 911 call

DENVER (AP) - A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack, according to search warrants released Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man avoids $525 fine for refill at hospital

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-honor student gets 5 years

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Flier warning: ‘Don’t tattle’ on bullies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


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