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Lightning strikes injure 10 in Colo., 3 in Montana

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) - Nine people working at a Colorado farm were injured by a lightning strike Thursday, two of them critically and four seriously, a fire official said.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


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POLICE: SHOPLIFTING FLA. MOM THREW BABY AT DEPUTY: PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida woman she threw her baby at a deputy as she tried to escape when he tried to confront her about shoplifting.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Teen faces aiding terrorists charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teen accused of traveling to the Middle East to train with terrorists is facing federal charges.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Mitsubishi blamed in nuclear plant closure

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California Edison took an initial legal step Thursday to try to collect millions, or possibly billions, of dollars in damages from the company that built defective equipment that pushed the seaside San Onofre nuclear power plant into early retirement.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


3-legged donkey: A lesson for veterinarians

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Emma the miniature donkey runs around the barnyard and kicks playfully like most any animal her size. But she lacks one thing: A right hind leg.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

ATLANTA (AP) - If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Not forcing nursing care isn't neglect

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the guardian of an elderly Pierce County woman was not negligent when she didn't force her into a nursing home against her wishes.

July 18, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Dead stars colliding eons ago forged all of the gold found on Earth

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A strange glow in space has provided fresh evidence that all the gold on Earth was forged from ancient collisions of dead stars, researchers reported Wednesday.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Mayor to New Yorkers: Take the stairs

NEW YORK (AP) - After nudging New Yorkers to stop smoking and eat better, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is working on getting them to take the stairs more often.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Boy dies after becoming wedged amid furniture

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A 5-year-old Ohio boy with cerebral palsy became wedged between furniture and suffocated to death while playing at his home with his twin brother, who also has cerebral palsy and couldn't free him, authorities said Wednesday.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


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POT PIPE DELIVERED WITH KIDS MEAL AND BURGER KING: DUNDEE, Mich. (AP) - Police say a family found a marijuana pipe inside a Kids Meal bought for a 4-year-old boy at a Burger King restaurant in southern Michigan.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Schools sell trash bags instead of candy

NEW YORK (AP) - When Beth Hendrickson first proposed selling garbage bags instead of candy as a school fundraiser, "people laughed at us."

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


House votes to delay parts of health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House voted on Wednesday to delay core provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Bomber as rock star? Rolling Stone cover outrage

NEW YORK (AP) - Sultry eyes burn into the camera lens from behind tousled curls. A scruff of sexy beard and loose T-shirt are bathed in soft, yellow light.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. man, 76, guilty in fatal shooting of teen

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee man who suspected his 13-year-old neighbor of breaking into his home and stealing weapons was convicted Wednesday of fatally shooting the boy as the teen's mother looked on. Now, jurors will decide whether the 76-year-old defendant was mentally ill at the time.

July 17, 2013 | | Nation


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172 people on cruise ill with norovirus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 172 people on a cruise ship arriving in California on Sunday have fallen ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly monthlong trip.

November 16, 2014 | | Nation


Song to dying infant captures heart of many via Internet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Surgeon with Ebola coming to US

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Improper disability claims cost $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska’s most active volcano starts erupting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations. But unlike Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, where there's been spectacular images of lava encroaching on a community and burning a home, there's no property at risk in Alaska because of the eruption of Pavlof Volcano.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft surpasses Exxon as 2nd most valuable company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vet has government letter declaring him dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he's alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


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