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Cousins receive 48 hours jail for Ariz. wildfire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Two cousins who admitted starting the largest wildfire in Arizona history were sentenced Wednesday to spend a weekend in jail and perform 200 hours of community service.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: PA. WOMAN CITED NONEXISTENT TWIN IN THEFT: BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Police say a western Pennsylvania woman blamed her nonexistent twin sister for stealing items from a hotel room.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Seagate Technology agrees to buy Solyndra plant

FREMONT . (AP) - Seagate Technology has reached a tentative deal to buy the former headquarters of solar company Solyndra.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


NJ mom who once lost custody decapitates son, 2 , puts his head in freezer then kills self

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The 911 call from Chevonne Thomas was rambling and incoherent, but authorities said she made one thing clear: Her 2-year-old son had been stabbed, and "I did it."

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

Washington Monument didn't sink after earthquake

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NY JUDGE: POKER'S NOT GAMBLING UNDER FEDERAL LAW: NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Day care workers urge then videotaped 3-year-old boys to fight

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Three Delaware day care workers videotaped a fight between 3-year-old boys in their care and encouraged the toddlers to pummel each other as they laughed about it, according to court documents.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Farmers could face jail time for heat violations

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Farmers could be tossed in jail and fined thousands of dollars if they fail to provide field workers with adequate water and shade under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Biden: Wall St. reform critics 'squealing pigs' as he continues attack rhetoric

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Florida as Republicans gather to nominate their presidential ticket, on Tuesday compared GOP critics of the Obama administration's Wall Street reforms to "squealing pigs."

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Woman found dead in Ariz. home with 4 dozen cats

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A woman has been found dead in her suburban Phoenix home, where she lived with about 50 cats.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before a trial over a new law that bans state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers.

August 21, 2012 | | Nation


Lawmaker urged to step aside amid scandal of having sex with teen boy at rest stop

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders Monday to give up his re-election bid.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Nude dip in holy sea puts Kansas Congressman in political spotlight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas congressman's 10-second naked plunge into the sea where the Bible says Jesus walked on water prompted apologies Monday from him, head-shaking from other Republicans and the kind of international attention that no politician wants.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Austria's hills alive with sound of yodeling

VIENNA (AP) - In one part of Austria, the hills are again alive with a particular sound of music - yodeling.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


Court says Alabama can't check students’ immigration status

ATLANTA (AP) - Part of Alabama's immigration law that ordered public schools to check the citizenship status of new students was ruled unconstitutional Monday by a federal appeals court that also said police in that state and Georgia can demand papers from criminal suspects they have detained.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


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Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Thieves got into StubHub accounts for $1.6M payday

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU may fight for California shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it was mulling legal options after a north San Diego suburb's planning commission rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Crews make gains on massive wildfire

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters were making progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt on for possible anaconda in lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) - Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake - possibly an anaconda - slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Convicted of starving 10-year-old stepson

DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas jury took less than an hour to find a woman guilty Tuesday in the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DRIVER STOPS TO HELP DUCKLINGS, GETS TICKET: NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Use of growth hormones up

NEW YORK (AP) - Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Many think they’re normal weight

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight - most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Teens beat homeless to death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hopkins pays $190M for pelvis exam videos, photos

BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Perry sending Guard to border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Weather to aid in wildfire fight

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State and is the largest in state history.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


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