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Social Security closes offices as demand soars

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices because of budget constraints even as the demand for services soars, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


FDA prepping long-awaited plan to get us to reduce salt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty - a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


GM sales, used- car values hold up through recalls

DETROIT (AP) - Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models - even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Government pays 76 percent of premium under health law rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law are paying about $80 a month in premiums on average, the administration reported Wednesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon is moving into smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic media where the speaker's intent is not always clear.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Teens were lured & beaten on videotape

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Seven teenagers have been charged with luring other teens to places in their upstate New York village where they beat them and videotaped the attacks, despite pleas from two of the victims begging to be let go, authorities said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to sign gay rights order

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Chicago, NY, Hawaii bid for Obama library

CHICAGO (AP) - At least six locations in three different states entered official bids by Monday's deadline in an effort to house Barack Obama's presidential library.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Fake flowers aided NJ fire; 6 dead

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It was pride of ownership that led a New Jersey family to decorate the front of their home with bright plastic flowers, and it was those same decorations that acted as a fatal accelerant in a fast moving blaze that killed everyone inside, prosecutors said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Swarm of earthquakes puzzles scientists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moderate earthquake shook northwest Alaska on Monday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Priest killed with gun owned by colleague

PHOENIX (AP) - A homeless ex-convict beat a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church then wrestled away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man's assistant, police said Monday as they announced an arrest in the case.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Chelsea Clinton: More community service needed

ATLANTA (AP) - Chelsea Clinton, who has played an increasingly prominent role in her family's foundation, used a speech Monday to call for more community service opportunities for a younger generation and said she supports efforts that would allow more college graduates to reduce their student loan debt through volunteering.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BOY ACCIDENTALLY HANGS SELF FROM BASKETBALL NET: LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old North Carolina boy is in the hospital after he accidentally hanged himself on a basketball goal in his yard.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Changing pot laws prompt child-endangerment review

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


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Neon rock ‘n’ roll history up for sale

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction - a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


What mackerel & volcano say about climate change

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s pick to lead State gaibs support in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil executive with close business ties to Russia, saw his prospects of becoming secretary of state brighten Sunday ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


1 dead, multiple injured San Antonio shopping mall shooting

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A robbery inside a San Antonio shopping mall ended with shots fired on Sunday, leaving one person who tried to intervene dead ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


More deaths reported after 16 die in tornadoes

ADEL, Ga. (AP) - Emergency responders rushed to answer new reports of deaths and injuries Sunday evening in southern Georgia as violent storms already blamed for ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Combative Trump pledges to rise to challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was ready ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Russia may decriminalize domestic violence cases

MOSCOW (AP) - In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over Roor fakes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


FUTURE OF ‘OBAMACARE

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Trump now 45th president

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Defense, security picks get OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led Senate, taking little time to fill two critical national security posts, overwhelmingly confirmed a pair of retired Marine generals tapped by ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Autopsy suggests Orlando officer on back when fatally shot

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An autopsy shows that an Orlando police officer gunned down outside a Wal-Mart last week was struck four times and the fatal ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Drought watchers eye Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Arizona would be the first state to feel the effects of Colorado River cutbacks if the water level continues to fall at ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Incoming first lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed ...

January 20, 2017 | | Nation


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