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Obama will flex presidential powers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between rich and poor. He unveiled an array of executive actions that included increasing the minimum wage for some federal contract workers and making it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Girl falls 3,000 feet and survives

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A 16-year-old Texas girl who plummeted more than 3,000 feet to the ground in an Oklahoma skydiving accident survived and is recovering from her many injuries, a doctor said Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hemp growing going legit after ban

DENVER (AP) - The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis - at least the kind that can't get people high.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Officer shoots teen at Hawaii school

HONOLULU (AP) - A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist Tuesday morning at a Hawaii high school after the teen cut one officer with a knife and punched two others, authorities said.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Stradivarius stolen from concertmaster

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 300-year-old "priceless" Stradivarius violin was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Firefighter alleges defamation over Asiana jet crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco firefighter has filed a legal claim alleging fire officials falsely identified her to the media as the person responsible for killing a 16-year-old survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash, a newspaper reported.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uMAN WHO WON'T TESTIFY IN NYC BOMBING IS FREED: NEW YORK (AP) - A 24-year-old Brooklyn man has been freed from a New York prison after he was jailed last May for refusing to testify before a grand jury looking into a small bomb that exploded in Times Square in 2008.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hemp growing going legit after ban

DENVER (AP) - The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis - at least the kind that can't get people high.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Officer shoots teen at Hawaii school

HONOLULU (AP) - A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway in the wrist Tuesday morning at a Hawaii high school after the teen cut one officer with a knife and punched two others, authorities said.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Financial records mall gunman under review

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Maryland police said Tuesday that they were investigating the financial records, cell phone and computer of a man who killed two people and then himself inside a shopping mall.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Stradivarius stolen from concertmaster

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 300-year-old "priceless" Stradivarius violin was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Tuesday.

January 28, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-Marlboro man dies from smoking disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.

January 27, 2014 | | Nation


Students sue to nix California tenure law

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nine California public school students are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say keep bad educators in classrooms.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sprinkles in California, but won’t ease drought

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) - Areas of Southern California are getting hit with some sprinkles today, but not enough to ease near-record drought conditions.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Mall gunman was avid skater

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall was a teenage skateboarding enthusiast who had no criminal record before he showed up at the shopping center armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives, authorities said Sunday.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


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Americas get front-row seat for lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year- in color.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon County considers volunteer CSIs

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is understaffed and desperate for help, so they're mulling whether to turn to local volunteers to help process crime scenes.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


FBI: Radio-controlled plane bombs plot

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Moroccan man in Connecticut who allegedly expressed interest in using remote-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building has been arrested by the FBI and detained without bail, federal authorities said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Woman guilty in hammer-beating death

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Tech, biotech stocks take a beating

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Regulators require stronger bank capital

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Target pushes sustainable products

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is upping the game on organic and sustainable products.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Construction worker shortage feared

DENVER (AP) - The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Donations pour in for mom facing charges

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Chili’s nixes autism event

NEW YORK (AP) - Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Olympians say selfies were stopped

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Gains in health insurance sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Fargo 6th-graders mop up against college investors

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on the stock market.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Attorney general Harris engaged to be married

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is engaged to marry an attorney from Los Angeles after a yearlong courtship, it was announced Monday.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


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