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Judge: Mass. must pay for killer's sex change

BOSTON (AP) - State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her "serious medical need," a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

September 04, 2012 | | Nation


Demos: GOP's Romney just 'doesn't get it'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Democrats ridiculed Republican Mitt Romney as a millionaire candidate for president who "quite simply doesn't get it" and worse on Tuesday, opening night of a national convention aimed at propelling Barack Obama to re-election despite high unemployment and national economic distress.

September 04, 2012 | | Nation


Wildfire stays in forest, away from cities in LA area

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 3,600-acre fire burning in the San Gabriel Mountains is one key ingredient short of potential calamity: Santa Ana winds.

September 04, 2012 | | Nation


National debt hits $16T; GOP critical

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States.

September 04, 2012 | | Nation


Jimmy Carter, women out front

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Convention Watch shows you the 2012 political conventions through the eyes of Associated Press journalists.

September 04, 2012 | | Nation


Days after Isaac, thousands still in the dark

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Convention eve: Obama consoles storm victims after political hard sell in Ohio

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama consoled victims of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast on Monday and stoked the enthusiasm of union voters in the industrial heartland, blending a hard political sell with a softer show of sympathy on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Online classes make it easy for non-Virginia gun owners to get concealed-carry gun permits

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is issuing a rising number of concealed-carry gun permits to people who live in other states in a trend that may be helped by online gun classes.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


NJ man arrested in deadly attack on sleeping kids

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A man high on PCP-laced marijuana stabbed two neighborhood children in their home while they slept, killing a 6-year-old boy and critically wounding his 12-year-old sister, authorities said.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Suicide bomber wounds 2 Americans

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A suicide car bomber rammed into a U.S. government vehicle in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, killing two Pakistanis and wounding more than a dozen - including two Americans - in one of the worst attacks against the U.S. in Pakistan in recent years, officials said.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MINN. CASINO COOKS UP RECORD 1-TON CHEESEBURGER: CARLTON, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota casino has cooked up a world-record bacon cheeseburger that's 10 feet in diameter and weighs more than a ton.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Teen opens mobile shower for grimy ND oil field workers

ALEXANDER, N.D. (AP) - It took little more than a day for 18-year-old Evan Jensen to smell opportunity in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Teen sticks head out of party bus, killed by overpass

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a familiar scene on city streets and in movies: dressed-up teenagers packed into a stretch limo, celebrating something important by jubilantly sticking their heads through the roof.

September 03, 2012 | | Nation


Strange but true news

POLICE: NH WOMAN ARRESTED 4 TIMES IN 26 HOURS: EPPING, N.H. (AP) - Authorities say a New Hampshire woman has been arrested four times in 26 hours for blasting the AC/DC song "Highway to Hell" and other loud music from her home and for throwing a frying pan.

September 02, 2012 | | Nation


Burning Man attendance stays well within BLM cap

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man festival on the Nevada desert drew crowds well within the maximum attendance cap allowed by federal land managers, a year after its organizers were placed on probation for exceeding the limit.

September 02, 2012 | | Nation


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Body found in car is missing mon

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Southern California man was tackled as he began climbing over the railing of a bridge Thursday and police led his four young sons to safety, a day after his wife was found dead in the trunk of the family car.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Jurors convict man of killing girl found in dryer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Jurors convicted a man Thursday of snatching an 8-year-old girl from a Topeka apartment, raping her, killing her and stashing her body in a dryer.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii envisions presidential library near Diamond Head

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii hopes it has an offer Honolulu-born President Barack Obama won't be able to turn down.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Congress losing last WWII vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired Amazon's "Alpha House" show, a founding firebrand of the tea party, the senator dubbed "Dr. No" and a few dozen other lawmakers this week as another session of bickering winds down.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Indian tribes can grow, sell marijuana

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


Man lost at sea for reconnects with son

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii fisherman who rode out massive waves and survived on raw fish while lost at sea for 12 days said the ordeal was worthwhile because it led to him reconnecting with the son he'd lost touch with for years.

December 11, 2014 | | Nation


New HPV vaccine strengthens cancer protection

WASHINGTON (AP) - The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Same gun used to kill 2 homeless

ATLANTA (AP) - The same gun was used to kill two homeless men who were shot as they slept, wrapped in blankets on the streets of Atlanta in separate slayings last month, according to Atlanta police.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sues Cosby for defamation

BOSTON (AP) - A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s filed a defamation lawsuit against him Wednesday, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Irelands wants to tax household water

DUBLIN (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters brought Dublin to a standstill Wednesday in a mass protest against Ireland's planned new tax on household water supplies, the last major measure in the country's six-year austerity drive.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


Professor apologizes to restaurant for rant

BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard Business School instructor who blasted a Boston-area Chinese restaurant for overcharging him by $4 on a takeout order apologized Wednesday for a lengthy and widely publicized email exchange with restaurant management.

December 10, 2014 | | Nation


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


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