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35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Air Force helicopters help search for missing 5-year-old boy in forest

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) - Air Force helicopters and ground crews with dogs searched unsuccessfully Friday for a 5-year-old Arizona boy who wandered off from a remote forest campsite the day before while chasing grasshoppers.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Trump jolts first GOP debate

CLEVELAND (AP) - A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign by warning he might run as an independent if denied the GOP nomination. His startling declaration left his onstage rivals scrambling to compete for attention the rest of the night.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

FCC voting on new phone rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The copper network behind landline phones, a communications mainstay for more than a century, is going away, as cable and fiber-optics lines come along with faster Internet speeds.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

Hotel trade group blasts proposed sale of Orbitz

NEW YORK (AP) - The hotel industry is objecting to the acquisition of Orbitz by one-time rival Expedia, saying that it would lead to higher prices for vacationers and larger fees for hotel owners.

August 06, 2015 | | Nation

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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

Ex-peanut exec gets 28 years in prison

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A former peanut company executive was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak, the ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Apple withdraws some China apps

BEIJING (AP) - Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its App Store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added malicious ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Macy’s plans to add 85K seasonal holiday workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Inc. plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers for temporary jobs ahead of the holidays to meet expected higher ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

VW rocked by emissions scandal as stock plunges

BERLIN (AP) - Volkswagen, the world's top-selling automaker, lost a stunning 17.1 percent of its value Monday after admitting that it intentionally rigged nearly ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

Apple moving forward on cars

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is speeding up work on a project that could lead to the California tech giant building its own electric car, according to ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

JPMorgan head: CEOs don’t have all it takes to be president

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The CEO of one of America's most powerful financial companies said Sunday that CEOs have some attributes that would serve ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

3 dozen Alaska villages lack plumbing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Flush toilets and running water are elusive dreams for Paul Dock and other residents of impoverished Alaska villages where indoor plumbing has ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

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