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Southern Baptists oppose gay Scout rule

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts, though it doesn't explicitly call for churches to drop all ties with the organization.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfires burn out of control in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A wildfire fueled by hot temperatures, gusty winds and thick, bone-dry forests has destroyed 92 homes, damaged five more and prompted more than 7,000 residents northeast of Colorado Springs to flee, sheriff's official said Wednesday.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Transgender suit goes to Maine high court

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday over whether transgender students can use the bathroom of their choice, and the girl at the heart of the case said she hoped justices would recognize the right of children to attend school without being "bullied" by peers or administrators.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

10-YEAR-OLD BEHIND WHEEL OF SUV: KENNER, La. (AP) - Police in Louisiana say a call about an SUV being driven recklessly on Interstate 10 led them to pull over a 10-year-old boy who was driving.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Levees, removable walls proposed

Levees, removable walls proposed

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


Woman accused of fatally pinning ex with car

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman has been charged with murder after police said she ran down her ex-boyfriend with her car and crushed him against a cinder-block garage wall.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


27-car I-80 sandstorm pileup kills 1

RENO (AP) - Twenty-seven vehicles slammed into each other during a sandstorm that blinded drivers on Interstate 80 in rural northern Nevada, killing a truck driver, seriously injuring several other people and sapping already thin emergency resources, officials said.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


NC health dept.: Poison gas not in pool inspection

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Inspectors checked a motel where three people were presumed killed by carbon monoxide fumes six weeks before anyone died, but their review didn't include investigating for the poisonous gas, the local health agency said Tuesday.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


Woman ordered to get help after 396 arrests

CHICAGO (AP) - A homeless Chicago woman who has been arrested 396 times in the past 35 years has been ordered by a judge to get mental health and substance abuse treatment.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


NYC bomb plot details settle little in NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration declassified a handful of details Tuesday that credited its PRISM Internet spying program with intercepting a key email that unraveled a 2009 terrorist plot in New York.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


ACLU sues over NSA phone records

NEW YORK (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Obama administration Tuesday, asking the government to halt a phone-tracking program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans and that it says is unconstitutional.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


NJ town to restrict baggy pants

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. thinks he's found a way to put one of this Jersey shore resort town's problems behind it. Wildwood is ready to ban overly saggy pants, no ifs, ands or butts.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CLEVELAND PUNISHES 12 OFFICERS IN DEADLY CHASE: CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland police fired a sergeant and meted out demotions and suspensions Tuesday for a car chase last year that involved five dozen cruisers, 137 rounds of ammunition fired by 13 officers, and the death of two people who, it turned out, were probably unarmed.

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


AT&T launches push-to-talk service for iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Monday said it's adding a walkie-talkie-like application to the iPhone for its corporate customers, replicating a hallmark feature of the Nextel network, which is being shut down this summer.

June 10, 2013 | | Nation


Deal reached in case against Pa. nude 'pope'

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Carnegie Mellon University student who dressed as a half-nude pope in a parade can have an indecent exposure charge dropped against her if she performs 80 hours of community service, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday.

June 10, 2013 | | 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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