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Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Judge says he broke ethics code

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old student rape victim appeared "older than her chronological age" said Tuesday that he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for the remarks.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama’s uncle allowed to stay in U.S.

BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Worker presumed dead after silo collapse

ROY, Wash. (AP) - A worker was missing and presumed dead after a silo collapsed and spilled 50 tons of corn at a facility that was cited this year for six "serious" safety violations, officials said Tuesday.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Asian nations dominate international test

WASHINGTON (AP) - American students once again lag behind many of their Asian and European peers on a global exam, a continuing trend that often is blamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. schools.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Gay weddings become reality in Hawaii with new law

HONOLULU (AP) - Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since they met at the University of Hawaii in 1977. On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day their home state allowed same-sex couples to form such unions.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


NYC train was going too fast at curve

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sister: Deadly shooting was over Alabama loss

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Oklahoma adopts California-style quake precautions

PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) - It's become a predictable routine at Matt Pryor's insurance agency: An earthquake rumbles through Oklahoma, rattling dishes and nerves. Then the phones light up with calls and text messages from desperate residents asking if it's too late to buy a policy to cover any damage.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


Amazon’s delivery drones: An idea that may not fly

NEW YORK (AP) - Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.

December 02, 2013 | | Nation


UN in Iraq worried about uptick in bodies found

BAGHDAD (AP) - An alarming number of Iraqis killed "execution-style" last month signaled an increase in targeted killings as the overall death toll in Iraq so far this year rose above 8,000, the U.N. said Sunday. The bodies, usually dumped on the street and mutilated, have heightened fears that the country is sliding back toward all-out warfare between Sunni and Shiite factions.

December 01, 2013 | | Nation


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Ruling stands that baker can’t cite religion

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a cake ...

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


Andra Day to appear on 40M Coke soda cups at McDonald’s

ATLANTA (AP) - Andra Day wants to inspire people to rise up while drinking a Coke.

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


Time Warner Cable deal gets OK, with online video conditions

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal regulators will impose several conditions meant to protect online video services as they back Charter's bid to buy Time Warner ...

April 25, 2016 | | Nation


USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


2 officers shot, suspect dead at Wal-Mart

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Two officers are in stable condition, with one requiring surgery, and the suspect is dead following a shooting Saturday at a Wal-Mart ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 ‘pre-planned execution’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities said Sunday, as they also revealed that ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Minnesota law agencies issue marijuana wax danger warning

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are warning of a rise in seizures of a potent marijuana concentrate.

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


1 dead, 1 ‘cooperating’ after shooting death during services

NORTH WALES, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a dispute between two members of a suburban Philadelphia church during a Sunday worship service ended with one person ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Trump stream ahead as rivals show signs of fading

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump surged Sunday toward another round of pivotal presidential primaries as their party leaders faced new questions ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Gunman wounds 2 outside prom

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) - An 18-year-old man opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump top suggestion to replace school’s name of Robert E. Lee

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A YU-U-U-GE name is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas elementary school named after the top hero of the ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Woman killed baby girl, put body in dumpster

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A woman beat to death a 13-month-old girl under her care on a rural Montana Indian reservation, threw the baby's body ...

April 23, 2016 | | Nation


Drones may be new firefighting tool

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires - drones.

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Judge sentences defendant, spends night in jail with him

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge sent a retired Special Forces sergeant to jail for violating probation - then spent the night in the ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


8 relatives shot dead, some while sleeping

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - Eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


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