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ROMNEY SAYS HE PAYS US TAXES _ ABOUT 15 PERCENT : FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - His wealth and taxes suddenly a campaign focus, Mitt Romney said Tuesday he pays an effective federal tax rate of about 15 percent. That's far less than if his earnings were wages rather than gains from investments and dividends, and the disclosure under pressure triggered a sharp response from the Democratic White House as well as one of his GOP presidential rivals.

January 17, 2012 | | Nation


Chef Paula Deen hid diabetes for over three years as she pushed high-fat food

NEW YORK (AP) - Paula Deen, the Southern belle of butter and heavy cream, makes no apologies for waiting three years to disclose she has diabetes while continuing to dish up deep-fried cheesecake and other high-calorie, high-fat recipes on TV.

January 17, 2012 | | Nation


Mount Rainier snowshoer burned money for warmth

TACOMA, Washington (AP) - A snowshoer who was lost in a blizzard for two days on Washington state's Mount Rainier said he stayed alive by digging out a snow tunnel and burning dollar bills for warmth.

January 17, 2012 | | Nation


Wikipedia editors question site's planned blackout over legislation, say it undermines site’s neutra

NEW YORK (AP) - Can the world live without Wikipedia for a day? The planned shutdown of one of the Internet's most-visited sites is not sitting well with some of its volunteer editors, who say the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.

January 17, 2012 | | Nation


Obamas mark King's birthday with volunteer outing to paint King’s quotes on school library’s walls

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama evoked Martin Luther King Jr.'s own words about public service Monday as Obama and his family celebrated the life of the late civil rights leader with a volunteer project.

January 16, 2012 | | Nation


Fresno Murder-suicide suspect videotaped herself doing meth beforehand on iPad

FRESNO (AP) - A woman who shot her two children, their father and a cousin in California's Central Valley before committing suicide took video of herself on her iPad as she smoked methamphetamine prior to the killings, police said Monday.

January 16, 2012 | | Nation


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MISSING COLO. MAN FOUND DEAD IN THEATER RESTROOM: FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado man who was missing for five days was found dead in a locked movie theater restroom after workers noticed an odor and forced their way in, authorities said.

January 16, 2012 | | Nation


Huntsman departs race, backs Romney,impact in South Carolina primary unclear

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Days before the South Carolina primary, Jon Huntsman dropped out of the presidential race Monday and endorsed Mitt Romney for the party's nomination, becoming the latest Republican to call the GOP front-runner the strongest candidate to beat the Democratic incumbent.

January 16, 2012 | | Nation


Minn. couple missing after Italian ship capsized

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota couple missing after a cruise ship capsized off the west coast of Italy are devout Catholics who spend part of almost every day at church, where he teaches religious classes and she hands out baked goods and other sweet treats to parishioners.

January 16, 2012 | | Nation


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BOXING GREAT MUHAMMAD ALI GETS 70TH BIRTHDAY BASH: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - At 70, Muhammad Ali is "still the greatest" to friends and admirers worldwide.

January 15, 2012 | | Nation


Attacks on Romney getting personal

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - The criticism of Mitt Romney is getting personal.

January 15, 2012 | | Nation


Project to pour water into volcano in Central Oregon to make power

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.

January 15, 2012 | By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press | Nation


In SC, Perry steps lightly on GOP rivals

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry aimed his sharpest criticism at President Barack Obama rather than his GOP rivals as he campaigned Friday in coastal South Carolina, eight days ahead of the state's primary.

January 14, 2012 | | Nation


San Jose financial analyst wins $208M

MIDDLE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) - A Silicon Valley financial analyst came forward Friday on New York's Long Island to claim a $208 million lottery jackpot, saying he had to repeatedly check his winning ticket before realizing he had won.

January 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ex-Gov. Barbour 'very comfortable' with

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) - Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday he's "very comfortable" with his final-days decisions to grant pardons or other clemency to more than 200 people, including convicted killers - decisions that outraged victims' families and dismayed even some of his most devoted supporters.

January 14, 2012 | | 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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