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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pizza Hut testing ‘skinny slice’

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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S. Koreans burn Kim’s photo as N. Korean band leader passes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Conservative activists burned a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North's extremely ...

January 22, 2018 | | Nation


Philippine volcano explodes, authorities raise alert level

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines' most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge gray column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Sequel to Trump’s first year opens with investigations, crises, unease

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sequel to President Donald Trump's first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Small-town hurt from loss of mini Walmarts

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) - Luther sold its youth football field to Walmart about three years ago so that the company could build one of its Express ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - With just three students left attending high school here, junior Kimberly Taylor moves from one empty classroom to the next, taking mostly ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Your dog can get a flu bug

DEAR DIDI: Can my dog get the flu? -Senior Citizen in Manteca

January 21, 2018 | Didi McElroy | Nation


Massachusetts debates safe sites for drug users

BOSTON (AP) - The idea may seem jarring at first: Creating safe spaces where drug users can shoot up under the watchful eye of staff trained ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Court to hear arguments on DC sniper’s sentence

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Bob Meyers doesn't want partial justice for his brother. He wants full justice. And to him, that means leaving D.C ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Oklahoma lawmaker sues investigator in spying case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma lawmaker who found a tracking device attached to his pickup truck last month is suing a private investigation company and ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Same-sex active-duty couple marries at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) - Two Army captains who met at West Point returned there to be married, in what is believed to be the ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Amazon opens store without cashiers

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store?

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Despite the shutdown, troops get football, Lady Liberty to open

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. government shutdown amid a congressional dispute over spending and immigration has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn't mellowed much as director of the Office ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over ...

January 21, 2018 | | Nation


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