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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the "fiscal cliff."

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MINN. SODA SHOP REBUKED FOR STOCKING CANDY SMOKES: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff looms: Kicking the can, Washington-style

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to the nation's budget challenges, congressional leaders are fond of saying dismissively they don't want to kick the can down the road.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FILM FANS HAND HOLLYWOOD RECORD CASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush in intensive care

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Colleges help students scrub online footprints

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Samantha Grossman wasn't always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


More meth labs showing up in cities, suburbs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in the nation's cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Politics: Many 2012 fights to carry over

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is slowly digging out of its deepest economic hole since the 1930s. And if nothing else, the next four years should be better than the last four.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


2012 fashion styles that turned our heads

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Health care tax hikes may be just a start

WASHINGTON (AP) - New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Gun support runs far deeper than politics

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Adam Lanza's mother was among the tens of millions of U.S. gun owners. She legally had a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and a pair of handguns, which her 20-year-old son used to kill 20 children and six adults in 10 minutes inside a Connecticut school.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Firemen’s killer left chilling note, deaths at 3 after Christmas Eve attack

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Christmas storms blamed for two deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


LA-area homeless man set on fire as he sleeps

NORWALK (AP) - Authorities say a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a donut shop in southern Los Angeles County.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Obama likely to curtail holiday trip

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


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Q&A about Heartbleed bug

NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week.

April 09, 2014 | | Nation


HP to pay $108M to end graft inquiry

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.

April 09, 2014 | | Nation


At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

NEW YORK (AP) - The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

April 09, 2014 | | Nation


Bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

April 09, 2014 | | Nation


Male stripper at nursing home sparks suit

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) - An 85-year-old nursing home patient was the victim of "disgraceful sexual perversion" when a male stripper gyrated in front of her against her will at the suburban New York facility, an attorney for the woman's family said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


726 killed by trains during 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Railroads are launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of being near train tracks after a spike in rail deaths last year.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year- in color.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon County considers volunteer CSIs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is understaffed and desperate for help, so they're mulling whether to turn to local volunteers to help process crime scenes.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


FBI: Radio-controlled plane bombs plot

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Moroccan man in Connecticut who allegedly expressed interest in using remote-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building has been arrested by the FBI and detained without bail, federal authorities said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Woman guilty in hammer-beating death

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Tech, biotech stocks take a beating

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Regulators require stronger bank capital

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Target pushes sustainable products

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is upping the game on organic and sustainable products.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Construction worker shortage feared

DENVER (AP) - The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Donations pour in for mom facing charges

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


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