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At public meetings, fights over whether to allow opening prayers still drag on

WASHINGTON (AP) - It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


Drought worsens after weeks of improvement

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


Economy makes for tougher journeys

CHICAGO (AP) - Millions of Americans piled their families into cars, hopped on buses and waited out delays at airports Wednesday as they set off on Thanksgiving treks that many said required financial sacrifice, help from relatives to come up with airfare and hours searching online for deals.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


Drivers pay more for gas, but still give thanks

NEW YORK (AP) - Many drivers are giving more at the pump than a year ago but they still have reason to be thankful. Prices in many parts of the country have fallen recently, and AAA says gas prices could end the year lower than where they started.

November 21, 2012 | | Nation


US, Mexico sign rules on sharing Colorado River

CORONADO (AP) - The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how to spread the pain of drought and reap the benefits of wet years.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Boy charged in fatal shooting on Florida bus

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida teen was charged with fatally shooting a girl in front of her younger sister and several other students while riding the bus to school Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade police said.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Hostess says talks to stave off shutdown fail

NEW YORK (AP) - Hostess Brands Inc. lived to die another day.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Rubble cleanup a massive task in NY, NJ

NEW YORK (AP) - Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City's Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is home to a mountain of misery from Superstorm Sandy - a growing pile of garbage containing everything from mangled appliances, splintered plywood and sodden drywall to shreds of clothing and family photos.

November 20, 2012 | | Nation


Israel, Hamas trade fire, tough truce proposals

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers traded fire and tough cease-fire proposals Monday, and threatened to escalate their border conflict if diplomacy fails. No deal appeared near.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MASS. TRANSGENDER INMATE SEEKING ELECTROLYSIS: BOSTON (AP) - A transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery has no medical need for further electrolysis treatments, a prisons department psychiatrist testified Monday.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Officer pleads not guilty in cannibalism case

NEW YORK (AP) - A city police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he plotted to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses authorities say he pulled from a confidential law enforcement database.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Bay Area nurses set to strike early today

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Union officials say thousands of San Francisco Bay area nurses are set to walk off the job early today in what will be the second strike this month by nurses represented by the California Nurses Association.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Appeals court attorney fired over tweet

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas appeals court attorney was fired Monday after using foul language about the state's former attorney general in comments she posted to Twitter last week.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Home explosion now homicide investigation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed two people and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

November 19, 2012 | | Nation


Construction begins on Cold War memorial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday in southern Nevada for a $100,000 monument recognizing American military members who served during the Cold War against the former Soviet Union.

November 18, 2012 | | Nation


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Song to dying infant captures heart of many via Internet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Surgeon with Ebola coming to US

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Improper disability claims cost $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska’s most active volcano starts erupting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations. But unlike Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, where there's been spectacular images of lava encroaching on a community and burning a home, there's no property at risk in Alaska because of the eruption of Pavlof Volcano.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft surpasses Exxon as 2nd most valuable company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vet has government letter declaring him dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he's alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Justice Department deploys planes to gather cellphone data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


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