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Obama selects gay athletes for delegation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


DA tries again to put drunken teen behind bars

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - North Texas prosecutors are trying a second time to imprison a teen who was sentenced last week to 10 years' probation for drunkenly driving his truck into four pedestrians, killing them all.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Federal budget heads to final passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Year-end legislation to ease Congress' chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong Republican complaints about slicing into military retirement benefits.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Why do lottery players think they can defy gambling odds?

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck - really extraordinary luck - you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Jealous Fla. man shot at co-worker's car

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Wal-Mart employee faces charges after officials say he shot a co-worker's car window because she won an employee-of-the-month award.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Florida school named for South general, honorary KKK member to be changed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida school board has decided to end a decades-long controversy and rename a high school now named for a Confederate general and honorary Ku Klux Klan leader that some historical records say ordered the execution of hundreds of black Union soldiers.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN TICKETED FOR TRYING TO TRADE GATOR FOR BEER: MIAMI (AP) - Florida wildlife officials say a man tried to trade a live alligator for beer at a Miami convenience store.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

NEW YORK (AP) - Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty.

December 17, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada family describes wilderness ordeal

RENO (AP) - Family members rescued after spending about 48 hours in the frigid wilderness of northern Nevada last week spoke out publicly for the first time Monday, saying they don't think they would've lasted two more days out in the cold.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Yellowstone magma much bigger than thought

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The hot molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is 2 ½ times larger than previously estimated, meaning the park's supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens, according to a new study.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Congress targets fed workers' pensions

Congress targets fed workers' pensions

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Influential country singer Ray Price passes away at 87

DALLAS (AP) - Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winner for 'Suspicion,' dies at age 96

CARMEL (AP) - Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray, died Sunday. She was 96.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $568M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Mega Millions jackpot inched toward a U.S. lottery record Monday as it soared to $586 million amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, raising the possibility that the prize could pass the once-unthinkable $1 billion mark by Christmas Eve should nobody win before then.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


Cat-mouse game might explain how felines got tame

NEW YORK (AP) - A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village some 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines transformed into the tame pets we know today.

December 16, 2013 | | Nation


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Reversing course, Trump admits Obama was born in the USA

WASHINGTON (AP) - After five years as the chief promoter of a lie about Barack Obama's birthplace, Donald Trump abruptly reversed course Friday and acknowledged ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation


Daredevil successfully powers rocket over Snake River Canyon

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Professional stuntman Eddie Braun successfully jumped over the Snake River Canyon Friday afternoon in an ode to his boyhood idol, Evel ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation


13-year-old with BB gun killed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A black boy. A white Ohio police officer. A pellet gun that looked like a real weapon. And a deadly shooting.

September 15, 2016 | | Nation


Senate candidate assembles gun blindfolded in TV ad

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri assembles an AR-15 assault rifle - blindfolded - then dares the incumbent Republican to do the ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation


Reflective Clinton returns to campaign trail after pneumonia

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Back on the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation


Spokesman: Trump now believes President Obama was born in US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's campaign spokesman says the Republican presidential candidate now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States, despite the ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation


Prosecutor explains suspended sentence for Iowa child sex assault

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor in the case of an Iowa teen who was given a suspended 10-year prison sentence for molesting a 1-year-old girl ...

September 15, 2016 | | Nation


Trump stands up for backers as rally scuffle breaks out

BALTIMORE (AP) - Donald Trump stood up for his supporters Monday against Hillary Clinton's remark that half of his supporters belonged in "a basket of ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton feels good, says she didn’t pass out during stumble

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday that she's feeling better since falling ill at a 9/11 memorial ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation


Homeless man dies as car crashes into tent

SEATTLE (AP) A car went off a freeway ramp in Seattle on Monday morning, killing a 19-year-old man inside a tent at small homeless encampment ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation


Mosque where gunman worshipped set on fire

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - The mosque that Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen attended was heavily damaged in an arson fire that Muslim leaders said was ...

September 12, 2016 | | Nation


Nuclear plant for sale at fraction of cost

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (AP) - After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama, the nation's largest ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation


National Park status for Fort Sumter?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the first black U.S. senator from the deep South since Reconstruction, is proposing that the ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation


Firefighter left son in hot truck

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - There was no evidence that a Tampa-area firefighter deliberately left his toddler son in a hot pickup truck for eight hours ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation


Tesla improving Autopilot radar

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation


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