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Gay flap mars St. Patrick’s parades

NEW YORK (AP) - A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Evidence spotted for universe’s early growth spurt

NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Designer Scott, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, found dead

NEW YORK (AP) - L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• JUDGE ORDERS CHRIS BROWN TO REMAIN IN JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Food pantries on rise at colleges

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Goodyear unveils next-generation blimp

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the company moves toward replacing its old fleet of airships with a new trio.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Study to test ‘chocolate’ pills for heart health

ATLANTA (AP) - It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Review of deportations has risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new promise to seek ways to ease his administration's rate of deportations aims to mollify angry immigrant advocates but carries risks for a White House that has insisted it has little recourse.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Campaign to save dog in mauling

PHOENIX (AP) - A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, no longer a fugitive, is set free

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fugitive charges were dropped against a 60-year-old woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities discovered she had surrendered decades ago and already been sentenced to time served.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


General’s deal drops sex assault charge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Defense attorneys said Sunday that the Army will drop sexual assault charges against a general under a plea deal that marks the end of a closely watched case that unfolded as the military grapples with sex crimes within the ranks.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Leading California GOP candidates are contrast in style as well as form

BURLINGAME (AP) - A conservative state assemblyman and gun rights enthusiast was the crowd favorite among the party faithful on Sunday as the Republican candidates seeking to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown for the governorship addressed delegates at the state party's convention in the San Francisco Bay Area and promised to get the government out of their way.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Final words came after systems shutdown

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - When someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777's communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance of the flight.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


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Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen states

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.

June 26, 2015 | | Nation


Health care law survives Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Did Oregon man kill parents, found in freezer?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man was accused of killing his parents after their bodies were found in a freezer at their Oregon home by police who twice checked on them but were deterred by notes saying the family was away, authorities said Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Hundreds attend 1st funerals for church shooting victims

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A choir and band launched into one of Ethel Lance's favorite gospel tunes and roused hundreds of mourners from their seats Thursday in a crescendo of music at the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate heritage group loses its Southern influence

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Sons of Confederate Veterans knew an attack on their cherished symbols would come after seeing photos of the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers displaying Confederate battle flags. They just didn't expect it from their right flank.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

NEW YORK (AP) - A Univision network is dropping the Miss USA pageant and the company says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Arrested prison guard denies knowing of inmates’ escape plot

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Missing plane carrying 9 found on cliff-side in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a plane carrying nine people has been discovered on a cliff-side in southeast Alaska after it was reported missing Thursday afternoon.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Fewer Happy Meal orders opting for soda

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says fewer people are picking soda for Happy Meals after it stopped listing the drinks as an option on its menu boards.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


15 emails missing from Clinton cache

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Driver going 95 mph before killing 2 kids

DETROIT (AP) - The driver of a Chevy Camaro being pursued by police pushed the muscle car's average speed to 95 mph in a Detroit neighborhood where children were playing before striking and killing two and injuring several others, the city's police chief said.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Court rejects law that aided NRAchallenges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state court on Thursday struck down a law designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge local firearms ordinances in court.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Defense begins in theater shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes began presenting their case Thursday by calling a psychiatrist who said Holmes was so psychotic that he could not tell right from wrong when he killed 12 people during a packed movie premiere.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Macnee, star of ‘The Avengers,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," has died. He was 93.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Markleeville fire closer to structures

MARKLEEVILLE (AP) - A wildfire has grown to 26 square miles in hazardous and inaccessible terrain south of Lake Tahoe and is moving closer to structures, officials said.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


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