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At public meetings, fights over prayer drag on

WASHINGTON (AP) - It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner's 'Plan B'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with their own tax plan on a separate track from the one he's been pursuing with President Barack Obama.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


McCain rejects torture scene in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" suggests the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick - because it's wrong.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Prayer policies for city councils school boards in South County

The following is a recap of prayer policies at South County public government meetings:

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


FBI: Fake bars found after high-rise jail escape

CHICAGO (AP) - The FBI says window prison bars were found inside a mattress in the cell belonging to two bank robbers who escaped from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas exhumes bodies of 'In Cold Blood' killers

LANSING, Kan. (AP) - The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Rifle found during search of Okla. teen's home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A small-caliber rifle and notes about a possible attack on a northeast Oklahoma high school were found at the home of a teenager accused of plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs, police said Monday.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut after school massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

AUSTRALIAN COURT: WORKER'S COMP COVERS SEX MISHAP: CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian court has ruled that a bureaucrat who was injured while having sex on a business trip is eligible for worker's compensation benefits.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio governor spares condemned 450lb killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Hollywood hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

2 HURT WHEN TRUCK VEERS OFF I-280, CATCHES FIRE: MILLBRAE (AP) - Two men are hospitalized with what a California Highway Patrol spokesman describes as "major burns" after the delivery truck they were in ran off the side of a San Francisco Bay area freeway, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


TV network aimed at millennials set to start this summer

NEW YORK (AP) - Participant Media plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with programming it describes as inspiring and thought-provoking.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating talks with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


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Oregon couple accused of letting baby starve to death

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon couple involved in online pornography was arraigned Wednesday on murder by abuse charges alleging they let their baby starve to death.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado snow is bright spot

DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Feds say Wal-Mart was biased against lesbians

BOSTON (AP) - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


TOY FAIR 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of course.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


NBC channel is now live on PCs, devices

NEW YORK (AP) - Television viewers in 10 U.S. markets are now able to watch their local NBC stations live on computers and mobile devices - as long as they are paying customers.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Samsung makes move to challenge Apple Pay

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Smartwatches leave phone behind

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


NY tourism: Go to Florida instead

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - The tourism office of Ithaca, New York, is waving the white flag on winter and advising visitors to its website to check out the Florida Keys instead.

February 17, 2015 | | Nation


FAA proposes rules for drones

WASHINGTON (AP) - Drone on, the government says.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Bill would let dogs into Nevada bars

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers reviewed a bill Monday that would allow people to bring their dogs with them into taverns and saloons, but it got a less-than-cuddly response from health officials concerned about slobber and dog hair in cocktails.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Homeless woman walked miles to face rapist in court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A homeless woman who was raped while sleeping under a bridge last year sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles over the past year so she could face her attacker in court.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Demos seek relief from health penalties

WASHINGTON (AP) - The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Singer Lesley Gore dies at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


First fish taken off endangered list

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman dies after road-rage attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 44-year-old woman who was teaching her teenage daughter to drive has died after being shot in the head in an apparent road-rage attack outside her Las Vegas home.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


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