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Deficit to shrink to lowest level since 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) - Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

January 26, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-CIA officer guilty of leaking secrets

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker.

January 26, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• WOMAN ACCUSED OF DROWNING PUPPY SO SHE COULD BOARD PLANE: GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A Florida woman is suspected of drowning a 2-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom so she could board a plane.

January 26, 2015 | | Nation


Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by drugs

CHICAGO (AP) - With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Obama seeks bigger area in Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

MIAMI (AP) - Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


‘Historic’ blizzard may slam Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) - A "potentially historic" storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Abortion foes express renewed hope at SF rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Anti-abortion activists attending a march in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress.

January 25, 2015 | | Nation


Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Video: Clerk killed over cigarettes

PHOENIX (AP) - A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Man who drove through checkpoint killed

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for inspection, Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


Purse-snatcher can’t shake grandma off car

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland thief trying to make a getaway Friday had a hard time seeing his way clear, given that 53-year-old grandmother Tammy Elliott was on the hood of his car, hanging on to the windshield wipers and screaming at him to give back her purse.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump across USA

NEW YORK (AP) - At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero.

January 23, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade.

January 23, 2015 | | Nation


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US Embassy says several Americans missing in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. Embassy confirmed Sunday that "several" Americans have gone missing in Iraq, after local media reported that three Americans had been ...

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton campaign deploys husband Bill very carefully

KEENE, New Hampshire (AP) - Bill Clinton promised voters in 1992 that they'd be getting "two for the price of one" if they elected him ...

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


MLK had complicated legacy on gun violence

ATLANTA (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr. was surrounded by guns, even though he didn't like them.

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


Iran nuclear deal weakens oil prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new wave of oil from Iran will flow into a global market awash in oil where prices are plunging to depths not ...

January 17, 2016 | | Nation


1 man brain dead, 5 others hospitalized in drug trial

PARIS (AP) - One man was brain dead and three others faced possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a drug trial for ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Wells Fargo beats 4Q profit forecasts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Retail banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. said its earnings were flat in the fourth quarter, as loan growth and expense reductions were ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in US

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is doing some rare pruning.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


High court to decide on OT pay for car dealer workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether people who work as service advisers at auto dealerships are entitled to overtime pay under federal labor ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


MGM to charge for parking on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a city built on luring tourists with cheap thrills and free cocktails, a big part of the Las Vegas Strip will ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Ciudad Juarez preparing for Pope’s visit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Cities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are preparing for Pope Francis' visit to the Mexican city of ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Episcoplians will not reverse stand

NEW YORK (AP) - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said Friday the U.S. Episcopal Church will not roll back its acceptance of gay marriage despite sanctions ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


30 hostages freed from Burkina Faso hotel siege

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Researchers confirm site of hangings for Salem witch trials

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘High school hoop program suspended

STRASBURG, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia high school's boys basketball program has been suspended indefinitely following allegations of sexual misconduct on a team bus.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


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