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Chess, rubber duck inducted into Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Math, reading scores up slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gay rights bill gets Senate OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


One final toast for surviving Doolittle Raiders this weekend

CINCINNATI (AP) - Military and history buffs will be able to watch online as surviving Doolittle Raiders make a final toast Saturday to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights denial of 'COPSLIE' vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police stun stepdad trying to save son from fire

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Third fire in Tesla Model S reported

DETROIT (AP) - A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher back in class after suspension over requiring student that’s a Jehovah’s Witness to recite p

MIAMI (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11, school district officials said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Holmes’ on dating website: ‘Will you visit me in prison?’

DENVER (AP) - Records from two dating websites where Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked "Will you visit me in prison?" can be used as evidence in his trial, the judge ruled Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Rulings move Ohio child \killer closer to execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Back-to-back rulings Thursday pushed a condemned child killer closer to being executed next week by a lethal two-drug combination never used in the U.S.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Cat used for target practice shot by arrow

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - A cat that Connecticut officials believe was used for target practice has survived being shot by an arrow.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama ‘sorry' people are losing insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a growing furor, President Barack Obama said Thursday he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Chicago hiring 970 more cops

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's police department will add 970 new positions over the next two years, its superintendent announced Wednesday, saying the move will help ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Girl, 15, pepper sprayed, charged after bike crash

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Charlotte under state of emergency for 2nd night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Missouri man accused of sexually attacking, killing teen daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his high school honors student daughter and leaving her body in a ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


‘Potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators of last weekend's bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city ...

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Comcast plans to launch wireless service next year

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Senators heap bipartisan criticism on Wells Fargo CEO, who apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Wells Fargo faced calls for his resignation Tuesday from harshly critical senators over allegations that bank employees opened millions of ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Mylan CEO defends high EpiPen prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens and is signaling the company has no plans to lower ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


FedEx beats Street forecasts with 1Q profit of $715 million

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx is raising prices, boosting earnings and making plans for handling the crush of holiday packages.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton struggles with traditional playbook

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - For months, Democrats argued that voters would get "serious" about the campaign once it reached the fall and would reject ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Judge says inmate’s decades in solitary to end

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered prison officials to end a convicted murderer's stay in solitary confinement after 36 years, saying ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


School cafeteria worker quits in ‘lunch shaming’

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A school cafeteria worker has quit over what she considers a "lunch shaming" policy in a Pennsylvania school district.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Trump skips swing-state cities; opts for rural town

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Donald Trump is spending a lot of time in this critical presidential swing state, but he campaigned Tuesday evening far from ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Court papers: Suspect vowed ‘bombs will be heard’ in streets

NEW YORK (AP) - Ahmad Khan Rahami vowed to martyr himself rather than be caught after setting off explosives in New York and New Jersey, and ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Federal court OKs Christian prayers at county board meetings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don't pressure observers to ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation


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