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Obama considers weighing in on gay marriage case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is quietly considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage, a step that would mark a political victory for advocates of same-sex unions and a deepening commitment by President Barack Obama to rights for gay couples.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Adults get 11 percent of calories on an average day from fast food

ATLANTA (AP) - On an average day, U.S. adults get roughly 11 percent of their calories from fast food, a government study shows.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Student desk chairs ditched for yoga balls

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - In 11 years of teaching, ditching students' desk chairs in favor of yoga balls is one of the best decisions Robbi Giuliano thinks she ever made.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Live Twitter surgeries hit with public

HOUSTON (AP) - Amy Shireman logged into Twitter early Wednesday to join thousands of people from 60 countries watch live something she had experienced but never seen: a baby boy delivered by cesarean section, in all its graphic imagery.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Numbers taking, passing AP exams move up

NEW YORK (AP) - As Advanced Placement exams have expanded to a more diverse group of high school students, more failures and lower average results seemed almost inevitable. But recent high school graduates seem to be bucking the trend: For the first time on record, average scores, the percentage passing and top scores are all increasing.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty in campaign case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., holding back tears, entered a guilty plea Wednesday in federal court to criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He faces 46 to 57 months in prison, and a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, under a plea deal with prosecutors.

February 20, 2013 | | Nation


S. Ind. School to apologize for racist costumes

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - Administrators at a southern Indiana school district planned to apologize for costumes students at a predominantly white middle school wore to a basketball game, sparking allegations of racism.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Striking back against China cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Panel: Detroit is in financial emergency

DETROIT (AP) - A state-appointed review team has determined Detroit is in a financial emergency, paving the way for Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to appoint an emergency manager who would need to come up with a new plan to get the city out of its fiscal crisis.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Defense seeks new trial in Chandra Levy case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for the man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy said in documents unsealed Tuesday that his prosecution was "predicated on a lie," and that they intend to file a motion for a new trial.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Drug overdose deaths up 11th straight year; mostly from painkiller accidents

CHICAGO (AP) - Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Traffic deaths surged in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traffic fatalities rose 5 percent last year, according to an analysis of preliminary state data, reversing a seven-year decline in which the number of annual traffic deaths reached their lowest level in more than six decades.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


State news briefs

10- MONTH-OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN SALINAS FARM FIELD: SALINAS (AP) - Monterey County authorities say a 10-month-old girl's body has been found in a farm field near Salinas, just days after she was reported missing.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

CHICAGO (AP) - Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


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Southern Cal port truckers demonstrate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach staged the latest in a string of demonstrations Thursday against what they call unfair labor practices.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sales up ahead of holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Banks fined billions for rigging currency market prices

LONDON (AP) - Traders with nicknames like the "Three Musketeers" and the "A-Team" plotted over Internet chat rooms to manipulate currency markets for years, profiting at the expense of clients - and then congratulating themselves for their brilliance - regulators said Wednesday, as they fined five banks $3.4 billion.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


House, Senate to vote on Keystone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Pot patient sues after firm won’t hire her

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Drone sightings up dramatically

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


GOP win in Alaska adds to party’s sweep

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race, beating a first-term incumbent as voter disapproval of President Barack Obama swept Democrats out of office and allowed the GOP to seize control of the Senate.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


District scraps religious names on calendar

BALTIMORE (AP) - Presented with the opportunity to recognize a Muslim holiday on the school calendar for the first time, leaders of Maryland's largest school district went a different direction: They removed all mention of religious holidays from the calendar.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Gas to average under $3 in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the government predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Dangling workers rescued from WTC

NEW YORK (AP) - Two window washers were trapped on a dangling scaffold nearly 70 stories up the new 1 World Trade Center tower for nearly two hours on Wednesday before firefighters sawed through a thick double-layered window to reach them.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Major federal lab misused contract funds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Managers at one of the nation's premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab's $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General said in a report Wednesday.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Man accused of hit-and-run, victim in windshield

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a man accused of driving under the influence struck and seriously injured a pedestrian and then kept going, even though the victim was lodged in the vehicle's windshield.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Pot shops on the block not always so popular

DENVER (AP) - The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public - but with other businesses.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Honolulu may expand sit-lie sidewalk ban to deal with homeless

HONOLULU (AP) - The Honolulu City Council may expand a ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks in commercial districts throughout Oahu, just two months after imposing a similar law in its tourist Mecca.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Port woes endanger apple exports

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


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