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CUSTOMS SEIZES RUBBER DUCKS FOR CHEMICAL SAFETY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Southern California have seized nearly 36,000 Chinese rubber ducks that contain levels of a chemical that may be unhealthful for children.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Gardenville woman ate tomatoes, snow while stranded in remote Sierra location

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada woman survived on snow and tomatoes for nearly a week and found shelter in a hollowed-out tree after she became stranded in a winter storm and her boyfriend died trying to find help, a family member said.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist tweets he's joining Demos

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected as the state's chief executive as a Republican and then ran for the U.S. Senate as an independent, announced on Twitter on Friday night that he's switching to the Democratic Party.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Man in 30s bought 2nd winning Powerball ticket worth $293.75M

PHOENIX (AP) - Lottery officials announced Friday that a married man in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb has claimed his half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, deciding to collect the winnings now and not next year because of the nation's looming fiscal cliff.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


FBI says Alaska man killed for fun

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Investigators who spent hours interviewing an Alaska serial killer say he may have murdered close to a dozen people, and that he killed for pleasure and was only conflicted about how his notoriety would affect his loved ones.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


$2 billion price tag for presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday. The reports detailed a last-minute cascade of money from mega-donors and an onslaught of spending by the Obama and Romney campaigns and "super" political action committees.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Man pleads guilty in Seattle terror plot

SEATTLE (AP) - A man pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting an attack on a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


For Washington state, marijuana is now legal but what happens next?

SEATTLE (AP) - People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle's sidewalks - then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to "get baked," the city's police department suggested pizza and a "Lord of the Rings" movie marathon.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Death toll now at 420 people in Philippines typhon

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine government's geological hazard maps show why this farming community was largely washed away by a strong typhoon: "highly susceptible to flooding and landslides." That didn't stop some villagers from rebuilding even with bodies still lying under the mud.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Obama seeks to put personal touch on cliff talks

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on "fiscal cliff" negotiations, visited a northern Virginia family's basement apartment Thursday to press his hard line on tax rate increases for the wealthy.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Leading conservative DeMint resigning Senate seat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Jim DeMint, patron saint of the tea party and a would-be Republican kingmaker, announced suddenly Thursday he would resign his South Carolina seat to head Washington's conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, a shift that reverberated through a soul-searching GOP.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MAINE MALL SACKS SANTA AFTER RUDENESS COMPLAINTS: SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A mall in Maine has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


George Zimmerman sues NBC and reporters

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AUTOPSY: BORDER PATROL AGENT FIRED GUN 10 TIMES: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Border Patrol agent in Southern California who shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her vehicle fired his gun 10 times from the hood of her car as he tried to get the woman to stop, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead buried in Punchbowl

HONOLULU (AP) - Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


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US falling behind on waterway levees, dams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The nation is falling behind on maintaining its aging levees, dams, ports and harbors and needs to get creative as it seeks ways to pay for the critical projects, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' commander general said Wednesday.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Pot grower has tough time giving away his money

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - A marijuana grower who had trouble giving away $14,000 has finally found someone to accept the donations.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Wife killed in bondage, suburbia clash

DETROIT (AP) - A former Rotary Club president arranged to have his wife killed because his marriage was colliding with his desire to indulge in bondage and masochism with other women, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday at the conclusion of a long trial that revealed a secret life in suburban Detroit.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Native American remark causes outcry

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar's reference to American Indians as "wards of the federal government" has struck a harsh chord with tribal members and legal experts in the days following a discussion about a controversial Arizona land deal that would make way for the country's largest copper mine.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Couple held in Qatar sue company that sent them

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California couple held in Qatar for nearly two years before being cleared in the death of their 8-year-old adopted daughter has sued the engineering firm that sent them overseas.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Few campus sex assaults reported to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it - or don't report it at all.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Many in limbo over Obama immigrant rules

DENVER (AP) - When President Barack Obama outlined why he was letting as many as 4 million immigrants stay and work legally in this country last month, it sounded like he was talking about Arturo Hernandez.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Perry: Most people expect me to run for president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he won't make up his mind about running for president until the middle of next year, but he doesn't feel pressure to announce sooner because most people expect that he will.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Blacks at Iowa college seeking change after KKK robe display

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The activism sparked by an art display depicting a Ku Klux Klan robe should be a catalyst to make the University of Iowa more welcoming to minorities, students and employees said Tuesday.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Iowans will use app to show license

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Need to show your driver's license? In Iowa, there will soon be an app for that.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Law students want exam delays for protesting

BOSTON (AP) - Minority students at three prestigious law schools say they want to delay final exams because they've been busy protesting grand jury decisions in the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, and haven't had time to study.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Impostor changed name of ID theft victim

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Mexican man living unlawfully in the United States for decades was arrested Tuesday in an identity theft scheme that was so ingenious that prosecutors say a court unwittingly changed the name of the U.S. citizen whose identity he assumed to his own real name.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Harsh CIA tactics didn’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

December 09, 2014 | | Nation


Guard arrested in death inmate

NEW YORK (AP) - A jail guard accused of skipping her rounds and falsifying a logbook to cover it up was charged Monday in connection with the death of a mentally ill inmate in his stifling 101-degree cell.

December 08, 2014 | | Nation


Move to curb federal law enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that restrict the ability of federal law enforcement agencies to profile on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

December 08, 2014 | | Nation


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