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Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Poverty Law Center seeks exchange program reforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on the U.S. government to reform cultural exchange programs, saying those have left some foreign participants vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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I-10 California bridge passed inspection, failed in flash flood

DESERT CENTER (AP) - The interstate bridge that washed out in the desert between Los Angeles and Phoenix easily withstood its daily load of thousands of cars and trucks, but the pounding of a powerful flash flood scoured away the land where the bridge was anchored, officials said Monday.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Child hurt when SUV rolls off freeway, into cars

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Authorities say an 8-year-old child was seriously injured when an SUV carrying seven people careened off a Southern California freeway and into a car dealership, damaging a dozen other vehicles.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Gold falls to lowest level in 5 years

NEW YORK (AP) - Investors are running out of reasons to own gold.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Fed directs 8 biggest banks: Hold more

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses and reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Apple has cash cow in iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - Smartphone sales may be slowing for some tech companies, but not for Apple.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Cost of insurance forcing many in Detroit to ‘drive dirty’

DETROIT (AP) - Like most Americans, the drivers of Detroit are required to carry auto insurance whenever they get behind the wheel, but many law-abiding residents can't afford the Motor City's highest-in-the-nation auto premiums, which top $5,000 a year in some neighborhoods.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


New legal marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety

DENVER (AP) - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


House to take up bill blocking money for ‘sanctuary cities’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House will take up a bill this week blocking funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" that resist turning over immigrants to federal authorities.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Indiana agency: No action is planned over card game prizes

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana senior center has stopped offering prizes like cookies and toilet paper in euchre card games in which residents paid a few dollars to play after state officials warned them the practice constituted gambling.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Diner owner defends yelling at toddler to stop crying

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The owner of a Maine diner says she's not sorry for yelling at a 21-month-old child for crying in her restaurant because it got the girl to be quiet.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Worked as woman, collected disability as man

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male identity, fraudulently raking in $250,000.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Families face tough calls as cost of elder care soars

"Within the first year most people are tapped out. Middle-class families just aren't prepared for these costs." - Joe Caldwell, director of long-term services at the National Council on Aging

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Nixon’s library museum gets makeover

YORBA LINDA (AP) - A museum dedicated to Richard Nixon's presidency is getting a makeover that will include interactive exhibits appealing to younger, tech-savvy visitors, officials said Monday.

July 19, 2015 | | Nation


Tesla adds power to already-fast Model S

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors says it's adding a new "Ludicrous Mode" to high-performance versions of its Model S electric car.

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


MGM Resorts saves 2 billion gallons

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions.

July 17, 2015 | | Nation


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