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Drug overdose deaths up 11th straight year; mostly from painkiller accidents

CHICAGO (AP) - Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Traffic deaths surged in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traffic fatalities rose 5 percent last year, according to an analysis of preliminary state data, reversing a seven-year decline in which the number of annual traffic deaths reached their lowest level in more than six decades.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


State news briefs

10- MONTH-OLD GIRL FOUND DEAD IN SALINAS FARM FIELD: SALINAS (AP) - Monterey County authorities say a 10-month-old girl's body has been found in a farm field near Salinas, just days after she was reported missing.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies

CHICAGO (AP) - Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Jesse Jackson Jr, wife to appear today

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, are to appear in federal court today to answer criminal charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, including a $43,350 gold watch, furs and celebrity memorabilia.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

GUN OWNERS GET A DISCOUNT AT VA. PIZZA SHOP: VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Beach pizza shop owner is showing his support for firearm rights by giving gun owners a 15 percent discount.

February 19, 2013 | | Nation


WSJ: OfficeMax, Office Depot in merger talks

NEW YORK (AP) - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that OfficeMax Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are talking about combining their companies.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HAGEL'S GOP FOES SIGNAL VOTE SHOULD GO ON: PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel's bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Letters from Lennon killer to NY cop on sale

NEW YORK (AP) - Letters from John Lennon's killer detailing his obsession with the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" to the police officer who arrested him went on sale Monday through a Los Angeles auction house.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Russians investigate 3-year-old adoptee's death in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Russian authorities have blamed "inhuman treatment" for the death of a 3-year-old boy adopted by an American family, but Texas officials say they are still investigating claims that the child was abused before his death.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Long-missing WWII medals awarded in Los Angeles to soldier’s daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who grew up knowing little of her father - a heroic casualty of World War II - is now the proud owner of his long-lost battle medals, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Hip implants a bit more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) - Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Coast Guard: Leak cause of cruise ship fire

ATLANTA (AP) - A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship at sea, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days, a Coast Guard official said Monday.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Kids' suspensions trigger zero tolerance debate

NEW YORK (AP) - Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, a 6-year-old boy pretends his fingers are a gun during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while "simulating the sound of gunfire," as one school official put it.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-SC Gov. Sanford mentions mistakes in ad

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford does not shy away from the scandal that consumed the end of his second term in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


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HP interim chairman resigns

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard's interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues.

July 15, 2014 | | Nation


Hot, dry weather encouraging wildfires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Southern Oregon wildfire destroyed six homes and 14 other buildings, and dozens of additional blazes ignited after thousands of lightning strikes lashed the state.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Texas lawmakers announced legislation Monday to speed removals of tens of thousands of Central American kids from the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington searched for a solution to the growing crisis.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Giant African snails seized at in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package - 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Survivor has no memory of deadly strike

DENVER (AP) - Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


3 charged with trying to extort sheik’s son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after running into Utah festival bonfire

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A man died over the weekend after jumping into a huge ceremonial bonfire at a Utah event similar to the Nevada countercultural festival Burning Man, authorities said.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

CALIFORNIA BIG-CAT PARK APPEALS SAFETY ORDERS: FRESNO . (AP) - The operator of an animal park in Central California said Monday he's appealing orders to increase security more than a year after a volunteer was killed there by a lion.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: Cop killer said he was ‘going to be famous’

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was "going to be famous," authorities said.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief

LATTA, S.C. (AP) - When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


Got a rash? Tablet might be the cause

CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors

CHICAGO (AP) - The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


$3.7B border request ‘too much’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Drought drawing bears near people

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Union leader derides Obama education chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


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