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Woman sentenced to prison for fire that killed her teen son

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri woman who admitted scheming and setting a string of arson fires with her ex-husband to bilk hundreds of thousands of dollars from insurers was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison for her role in a 2001 blaze that killed their 15-year-old son.

July 24, 2015 | | Nation

Scientists: We have a taste for fat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Move over sweet and salty: Researchers say we have a distinct and basic taste for fat, too.

July 24, 2015 | | Nation

Did teen brothers stab five family members to death?

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma police responding to a 911 call in which no one spoke found a gruesome scene at a suburban Tulsa home - five members of a family dead or dying from stabbing and a sixth wounded but alive near the front door.

July 24, 2015 | | Nation

Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have identified a "close cousin" to Earth that's orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life.

July 24, 2015 | | Nation

Belt, Posey gang up on Padres’ pen in Giants win

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Cain knows he doesn't have time to settle in after returning to the San Francisco Giants following a long layoff.

July 23, 2015 | | Nation

Ex-deputy indicted after ‘no-knock’ raid injures child

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia deputy sheriff was indicted Wednesday on federal charges for her role in setting up a "no-knock" drug raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Blackface performer planning fundraiser for 6 indicted officers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Teacher: Health issues led to student sex

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' aggressive behavior, her lawyer said.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Man pleads not guilty to recording fatal accident scene

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who posted a cellphone video of a grisly car crash that killed one teenage boy and critically injured another pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Court hearing set for inmate seeking abortion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Black official ‘overwhelmed’ by response

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Manteca Kaiser among top hospitals

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Manteca and Modesto were ranked 40th best in California for one or more specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual report on hospitals that excel in treating the most complex cases.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

Diet Coke sales slim down more

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says sales of Diet Coke are still sliding as people continue gravitating toward foods they feel are fresh.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation

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Some states monitor alcohol offenders with twice-daily tests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Every day before sunrise, people stream through a nondescript door behind the county jail in South Dakota's largest city.

September 27, 2015 | | Nation

Pope wraps up visit with open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open ...

September 27, 2015 | | Nation

Pope mingles with high & LOW

NEW YORK (AP) - Sweeping through the landmarks of America's biggest city, Pope Francis on Friday offered comfort to 9/11 victims' families at ground ...

September 25, 2015 | | Nation

School board debates ‘In God We Trust’ posters

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Franklin County School Board has decided to seek public input before permitting posters that say "In God We Trust" in local ...

September 25, 2015 | | Nation

Lawsuits filed against Volkswagen

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least two lawsuits have been filed in California over Volkswagen tampering with emissions testing on VW and Audi models to deceive ...

September 24, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Nation

Experts question safety of Essure device linked to pain

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 13-year-old birth control implant came under new scrutiny Thursday as federal health experts discussed a host of problems reported by women implanted ...

September 24, 2015 | | Nation

Hollister to remove steps from entrances

DENVER (AP) - The clothing chain Hollister will get rid of steps at its trademark entrances at dozens of stores across the U.S. to make ...

September 24, 2015 | | Nation

Pope denies he’s a liberal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world's wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

New duck-billed dinosaur found

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Fossils from a unique plant-eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, say Alaska ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

Gunman kills deputy outside lawyer’s office

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a sheriff's deputy outside a lawyer's office Tuesday and then barricaded himself inside a motel, where ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

Whistleblowers: VA inspector general a ‘joke’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to retaliate against whistleblowers despite repeated pledges to stop punishing those who speak up, a group of ...

September 22, 2015 | | Nation

Alabama city leaders target sagging pants

DADEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Leaders of an Alabama city fed up with sagging pants on young men and hemlines on women's skirts creeping higher are ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

2 arrested in Reno after commission meeting evacuated

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A man set off a panic and evacuation of the county commission chambers in Reno on Monday when he spilled an unknown ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Navy fighter jet crashes near Lemoore

LEMOORE (AP) - A Navy fighter jet crashed near a California military base Monday, but the pilot ejected and safely parachuted to the ground, authorities said.

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Suspended student poured gasoline on security guard

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A suspended student poured gasoline from a soda container onto a school security guard on Monday when she was denied entrance to ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

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