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Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

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

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Trump support vital as Congress tackles immigration issue

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation

School science fair project tying race, IQ sparks outcry

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento school district is investigating how a science project correlating low intelligence with racial groups was on full display at a science ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation

Cyclist killed, another injured in Tour de Palm Springs

INDIO HILLS (AP) - A car seen driving down a road at twice the speed limit barreled into cyclists racing in California's Tour de Palm ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation

Crisis drives harder look at aging dams

OROVILLE (AP) - One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California's half-century-old ...

February 11, 2018 | | Nation

All sides claim budget win; immigration fight looks tougher to resolve

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders, top Democrats and President Donald Trump are all claiming big wins in the $400 billion budget agreement signed into law Friday ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

USA’s flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

Trump won’t declassify Demo memo on probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing national security concerns, the White House on Friday formally notified the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is "unable" to declassify ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

99-year-old in fatal crash passed eye, road tests

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A 99-year-old man who investigators say killed two teenagers this week by driving his RV on the wrong side of a Florida ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

Firefighter arrested in burglaries of fire stations

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix firefighter was arrested Friday after authorities said he broke into fire stations and stole from colleagues, sometimes after setting fires to ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

US stocks swing back to gains

NEW YORK (AP) - A late-afternoon rally reversed steep losses for U.S. stocks Friday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average more than 300 points and ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

Equifax hack put more info at risk than consumers knew

ATLANTA (AP) - The Equifax data breach exposed more of consumers' personal information than the company first disclosed last year, according to documents given to lawmakers.

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

Shipping shakeup? Amazon may deliver own packages

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon has already shown that it can rattle the retail, grocery and health insurance industries, and now it is doing the same in ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

Citing fraud, LL Bean puts limits on its return policy

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean's generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 ...

February 09, 2018 | | Nation

Desert in bloom? Wildflowers could sprout along storm’s path

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Outdoor enthusiasts looking for wildflowers in the Mojave Desert this year are likely to encounter the blossoms only along the path of ...

February 04, 2018 | | Nation

Hawaii police officers accused of making man touch urinal

HONOLULU (AP) - The FBI is investigating four Honolulu police officers who are accused of forcing a man to place his mouth on a urinal inside ...

February 04, 2018 | | Nation

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