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Justices signal deep trouble for health care law during 2nd day of arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fate of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was cast into deeper jeopardy Tuesday as the Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply and repeatedly questioned its core requirement that virtually every American carry insurance. The court will now take up whether any remnant of the historic law can survive if that linchpin fails.

March 27, 2012 | | Nation


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LAWSUIT: PA. YEAR OF THE BIBLE RESOLUTION UNLAWFUL: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An organization that includes atheists and agnostics has filed a lawsuit over a state House resolution that declares 2012 the Year of the Bible, saying the measure violates the U.S. Constitution's provision that prevents government from enacting laws "respecting an establishment of religion."

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Gas prices already closing in on last year's high

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of gasoline is less than a dime away from last year's high.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Fight claims, pot put teen's side on defensive in Florida shooting defense

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The family and supporters of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin found themselves on the defensive Monday following revelations he had been suspended for marijuana before he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Police also confirmed a report that the watchman claimed Martin was the aggressor, punching him in the nose and smacking his head on a sidewalk.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Supreme Court justices moving to heart of health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Aggressive parents force annual egg hunt cancellation in Colorado Springs park

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


US paid $50K per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


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ARETHA FRANKLIN CELEBRATES 70TH, TALKS NEW MUSIC: NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Cheney's transplant reopens debate about age

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Battle over Obama health law before Supreme Court today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


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SLAIN TEEN'S FRIENDS SAY HE NEVER PICKED A FIGHT: MIAMI (AP) - Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that's how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cash spills on highway: What would you do?

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - You're cruising along the highway when you see a bunch of green bills fluttering around like flakes in a snow globe. You get closer and you realize it's cash. Other drivers are pulling over to snatch what they can. What do you do?

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


City manager says he’s not needed, lays self off

KELLER, Texas (AP) - The administrator of a North Texas city believes he's not needed and has laid himself off.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise

BOSTON (AP) - A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

March 22, 2012 | | 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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