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Rent in Williston, North Dakota highest in USA, exceeds NY, LA

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The rapidly growing North Dakota oil patch city of Williston has the highest average rent in the United States, a national study from an apartment renting guide shows.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Prisoners’ use of smuggled cellphones on rise nationally

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - They're hidden in babies' diapers, ramen noodle soup packages, footballs, soda cans and even body cavities.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uPOWERBALL ESTIMATED JACKPOT SURGES TO $400M: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Without a Powerball winner this weekend, the prize has climbed to $400 million - one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


Verdict in Florida again raises self- defense issue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.

February 16, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAMMOTH TUSK LIFTED FROM SEATTLE CONSTRUCTION PIT: SEATTLE (AP) - A fossilized mammoth tusk discovered in a Seattle construction site was retrieved Friday evening from a 30-foot-deep pit to the sound of cheers and clicking from people taking pictures.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years

NATICK, Mass. (AP) - They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for as long as three years and still remain good to eat.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Big, runaway snowball slams into college dorm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two math majors at Reed College lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Rare stamp could bring millions

NEW YORK (AP) - It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could."

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest warmed by record heat

PHOENIX (AP) - With much of the Northeast gripped by snow and ice storms, the Southwest is riding a heat wave that is setting record high temperatures and sent people to beaches and golf courses in droves Friday.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Airlines scrap record number of flights

NEW YORK (AP) - The relentless snow and ice storms this winter have led to the highest number of flight cancellations in more than 25 years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Utah may put Breathalyzer-type devices in bars

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Bargoers weighing whether they're sober enough to take the wheel could soon have a tool to help make that decision.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Comcast-TWC merger worries consumers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cable subscribers don't give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn't take long for consumers to start venting their frustrations over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Few eligible patients can get weight loss surgery via insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


Feds let banks, marijuana sellers do business

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday gave banks a road map for conducting transactions with legal marijuana sellers so these new businesses can stash away savings, make payroll and pay taxes like any other enterprise. It's not clear banks will get on board.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


VW workers eject union

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.

February 14, 2014 | | Nation


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Dog that saved patrol retires with honors

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldn't move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


No known target in stabbing rampage

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn't talking and many victims remain hospitalized, a police chief said Friday.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


Casino: Gambler cheated, won $9.6M

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge for teen in officer’s death

NEW YORK (AP) - A 16-year-old boy accused of setting a mattress fire that led to the death of a veteran police officer was indicted on a murder charge on Friday.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


911 outage leaves woman facing intruder

SEATTLE (AP) - Dispatchers who couldn't answer the 911 call of Washington woman facing an intruder are deeply troubled by the statewide system failure but relieved she wasn't injured, the dispatch center's executive director said Friday.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


Judge refuses to halt Wal-Mart proxy distribution

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge in Delaware refused on Friday to issue an injunction prohibiting Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include a Manhattan church parish's proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


Authors asks court to rule against Google

NEW YORK (AP) - Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.

April 11, 2014 | | Nation


Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Peter Gabriel, Kiss lead new class into Rock Hall

NEW YORK (AP) - Kiss, thumbing their noses at critics who disdained them, entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in a class that included Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Flashing headlights is free speech

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Hauling a truckload of logs to a Southern Oregon mill last fall, Chris Hill noticed a sheriff's deputy behind him and flashed his lights to warn a UPS driver coming the other way.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Did ex-college instructor lie about degrees?

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) - A former instructor at the University of Rhode Island has been charged with forging his credentials to get a consulting deal, then lying under oath about them.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Five charged in kidnapping of North Carolina prosecutor’s father

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man whose daughter prosecutes violent crimes was rescued by an elite FBI team after he was kidnapped and terrorized for five days in what authorities described as an act of retaliation involving the Bloods street gang.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech before recyclers

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A woman was taken into federal custody Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Russia withheld Boston attack intel

WASHINGTON (AP) - A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies' inspectors general said it is impossible to know whether anything could have been done differently to prevent the attack.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


Washington state sewage plant invites weddings

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A sewage treatment plant near Seattle is advertising its availability as a wedding venue.

April 10, 2014 | | Nation


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