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TRIAL OPENS 2 YEARS AFTER FEDS BREAK UP MILITIA: DETROIT (AP) - Seven members of a Midwest militia accused of plotting to overthrow the government are set to stand trial, where jurors will decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown extremists or simply made too much of the boasts by weekend warriors who had pledged to "take our nation back."

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Petition signers not giving up UND nickname fight

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - More than two months after the University of North Dakota officially dropped its divisive nickname, the public address announcer at a women's basketball game welcomed it back with a familiar roar: "Here come your Fighting Sioux!"

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Santorum plans aggressive strategy against Romney calling front-runner ‘desperate’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A day after Mitt Romney regained some momentum in the Republican presidential contest, his rival Rick Santorum went on the attack, calling the front-runner "desperate" while promising to compete aggressively to win the state where Romney grew up.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


The fight begins: Obama's budget going to Congress with higher taxes on wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new budget that President Barack Obama is sending to Congress aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by restraining government spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. To help a weak economy, Obama's proposal Monday requests increases in transportation, education and other areas.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


Under fire, Obama adjusts his birth control policy amid heavy backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


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AUDIT: ND UNIVERSITY AWARDED UNEARNED DEGREES: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Facing pressure to bring in more students as North Dakota's booming oil industry made it tougher to coax new high school graduates into college, Dickinson State University began looking overseas to boost its enrollment.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Non-Solyndra energy loans could cost taxpayers $3B

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government could lose nearly $3 billion on Energy Department loans for green energy programs - far less than the $10 billion Congress set aside for the high-risk program, according to an independent review.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


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UGGIE, 'WAR HORSE' AMONG PAWSCAR AWARD WINNERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscars aren't until Feb. 26, but winners of the Pawscars are already celebrating.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama tells gay donors more work to be done

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told gay and lesbian supporters at a big-ticket fundraiser Thursday that there's more work to do to ensure fairness for all, but he said he "couldn't be prouder" of his track record for them.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Hold the mystery meat: Military food gets upgrade to improve nutritional standards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Hold the mystery meat: Military mess halls soon will be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama lets 10 states flee

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


FBI did background on Steve Jobs when he was considered for government post

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI background interviews of some people who knew Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reveal a man driven by power and alienating some of the people who worked with him.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


LA school reopens amid sex abuse scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School got off to a rough start Thursday with students returning to class for the first time since their entire elementary school staff was replaced after two longtime teachers were accused of lewd acts on children.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


GOP vows to reverse Obama birth control policy regarding religious organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


GOP vows to reverse Obama birth control policy regarding religious organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


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Toyota makes it easier to yell at kids

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling sparks debate on retroactive gay rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A new Connecticut Supreme Court ruling is adding to the debate on whether gay marriage rights should be applied retroactively and qualify same-sex couples for rights and benefits for which they weren't entitled before state laws allowed them to marry.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Risk of quakes increased for one-third of US

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Hate crimes under investigation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


5-Hour Energy sued over ad claims

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


No trauma on 8 decaying bodies at mortuary

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - No signs of trauma or foul play were found on eight decaying bodies discovered at an abandoned funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas, officials said.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Warden fired over prisoner’s scalding death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A warden and two of his assistants were fired because the investigation of an inmate who died in a scalding shower was taking too long, prison officials said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Remains found in investigation of funeral director

BOSTON (AP) - Investigators looking into an unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director accused of stealing from customers said Thursday they have found human remains in a rented storage unit, a day after finding cremated remains at another storage facility linked to him.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Israel invades after Hamas rejects truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis involving kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Google’s 2Q revenue & expenses up

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx charged with assisting illegal online pharmacies; may lose $820M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook testing ‘Buy’ button

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Stateline, Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


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