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Federal market surpasses 1M signups

HONOLULU (AP) - A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Gun magazine supplier expands in college town

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa college known for liberal activism is welcoming an unlikely neighbor: one of the nation's largest suppliers of high-capacity ammunition magazines and accessories for assault rifles and other guns.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


2 quakes including 4.1 temblor strike Okla. before dawn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.1 magnitude earthquake rattled an area about 30 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City early Sunday and was followed by a smaller quake hours later in the state. There were no reports of any injuries or damages from either temblor.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Stakes for families losing jobless benefit

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty

DENVER (AP) - A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada again aims to name Tahoe cove for Twain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada officials have launched a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name 150 years ago, but it doesn't come without opposition.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Still without power, growing frustrated

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to borrow a generator from a neighbor Friday.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio teacher suspended for racial remark

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president has been disciplined.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge allows wolf derby to proceed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge Friday allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren't required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Cleaning up homes with meth labs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK (AP) - The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Times Square's crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

DENVER (AP) - The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


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3-year-old girl kept in closet, offered for sex

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Police in a Phoenix suburb are investigating a child-abuse case in which a 3-year-old malnourished girl was bound with duct tape, kept ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Seventh-day Adventists sue over Arkansas city’s permit rule

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and two church members filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against an Arkansas city that says ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Ted Cruz dons face paint in appeal to hunters, gun owners

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's an image football fans in Iowa are likely to see this weekend: Ted Cruz, his face smeared with black greasepaint, sitting ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Sarah Palin jumps into 2016 race, endorses Donald Trump

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Lawmaker asks teens about their virginity

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state lawmaker apologized after asking a group of teenagers about their virginity during a meeting.

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Election-year clash on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court stepped into a boiling political dispute over immigration Tuesday, setting up a likely decision in the middle of a presidential ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Calls for boycott of Oscars still growing

NEW YORK (AP) - Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


IRS on the line looking for money?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department has a message for taxpayers getting calls from the IRS demanding immediate payment: Hang up.

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Twitter disruption silences millions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some Twitter users had to do without early Tuesday after sporadic outages knocked the social media site offline in the U.S ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


JC Penney will again sell home appliances

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney will sell refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances at some of its stores for the first time in more ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


MLB online charges reduced

NEW YORK (AP) - Just as a trial was to begin, Major League Baseball and a group of its fans who had sued reached agreement Tuesday ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Debate over sex education rages on

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) - Rival factions yelling at one another amid angry pushing. Tirades about condoms, and claims of misinformation. A parent declaring that children are ...

January 18, 2016 | | Nation


Armed group occupying refuge verbally clash with environmentalists

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - The armed activists occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon clashed with environmentalists Saturday as a standoff stretched into a 15th ...

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


Man evicted from homeless shelter shoots 2, 1 dead

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who had been evicted from a Philadelphia homeless shelter for being intoxicated fatally shot one employee and wounded another after returning ...

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


Triumph or travesty, US-Iran ties warming over nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Diplomatic triumph or travesty, America's relationship with one of its most intractable foes took two giant leaps forward this weekend when Iran ...

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


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