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THE REAL CAPT. PHILLIPS GETS HERO'S WELCOME IN VT. : WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) - The captain of the American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates four years ago returned home from sea to another hero's welcome - this time for a sneak peek of the Tom Hanks movie about the ordeal.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation


Firms fear loss of government checks

NEW YORK (AP) - As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation


Novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

NEW YORK (AP) - In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October" came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation


Big business aligns with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation


Judge orders monitor in profile case

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the appointment of an independent monitor and a community advisory board to ensure that an Arizona sheriff is complying with constitutional requirements after finding his office engages in racial profiling.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation


Man pleads guilty to assault in toddler slap case on plane

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who slapped a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound plane has pleaded guilty to simple assault.

October 02, 2013 | | Nation


Shutdown closes parks, monuments

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Visitors arrived to find "CLOSED" signs at the Statue of Liberty, the Smithsonian and other parks and historic sites across the country. Callers looking for help from the government reached only voicemail. And federal employees were left to wonder when they would return to work.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


Motorcyclists pull over, beat SUV driver

NEW YORK (AP) - An unauthorized motorcycle rally featuring hundreds of bikers parading through the streets took a bloody turn when a large group of riders surrounded a man driving with his family, then chased his SUV for miles after he plowed through a blockade of bikes and beat him.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


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REAL-LIFE CAPT. PHILLIPS SAYS HE NEVER EMPATHIZED: WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) - The real-life ship captain being played by Tom Hanks in a Hollywood movie says he never felt feel empathy for the pirates who hijacked his vessel and took him captive four years ago.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


Town sued for denying gay bar permit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A woman is suing the leaders of a north Mississippi town, accusing them of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying an application for a business license.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


Dems, GOP trade blame for shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes "the more families will be hurt." Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty in killing of school girl

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado teen charged with kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl pleaded guilty Tuesday to all 15 charges against him, against the advice of his attorneys.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


It’s a partial government shut down

NEW YORK (AP) - From New York's Liberty Island to Alaska's Denali National Park, the U.S. government closed its doors as a bitter budget fight idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halted all but the most critical government services for the first time in nearly two decades.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


Just saying no to healthier lunches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department says 524 schools - out of about 100,000 - have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


US-raised immigrants try to return

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Nearly three dozen migrants marched across the U.S.-Mexico border without papers Monday, the latest group of a younger generation brought to the U.S. illegally as children that seeks to confront head-on immigration policies they consider unjust.

October 01, 2013 | | Nation


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Plea for handcuffing boy to porch rejected

MONROE, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina man accused of handcuffing and chaining an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken around his neck as punishment has rejected a plea deal.

March 16, 2015 | | Nation


Iowa woman: Stomach pains led to surprise birth in shower

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines woman stepped into the shower this week to help ease the discomfort of stomach pains. She emerged holding a newborn.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Study calls heart imaging into question for mild chest pain

SAN DIEGO (AP) - People checked with a heart CT scan after seeing a doctor for chest pain have no less risk of heart attack, dying or being hospitalized months later than those who take a simple treadmill test or other older exam, finds a big federal study.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Wealthy eccentric proclaims in HBO finale he ‘killed them all’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife's disappearance, came on Sunday just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he "killed them all."

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Man, 20, charged with shooting 2 police officers in Ferguson

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 20-year-old man charged Sunday with shooting two police officers watching over a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended a protest there earlier that night but told investigators he wasn't targeting the officers, authorities said.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Detroit-area man who walked 21 miles to work gets new apartment

DETROIT (AP) - A man who said he walked 21 miles to and from work each day is settling into a new, suburban Detroit apartment after receiving thousands of dollars in online donations

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


South state agencies try to buy water

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The drought has water agencies in Southern California offering big prices for water belonging to Northern California rice farmers.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Studies boost hopes for new class of cholesterol medicines

SAN DIEGO (AP) - New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain got start is revived

CARSON CITY, Nev. . (AP) - The historic Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain cut his journalistic teeth is back in publication for the first time in three decades, and its owners plan to uphold tradition by offering more than just real news.

March 15, 2015 | | Nation


Making history: St. Patrick’s parade welcomes 2 gay groups

BOSTON (AP) - The St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston will make history this Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups join the fun.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Soccer player gets 8 years for killing referee

DETROIT (AP) - A widow held up a red card, signaling ejection, as a weekend soccer player was sentenced Friday to at least eight years in prison for a punch that killed a Detroit-area referee.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Quake could exceed nuke plant design

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shaking from a powerful earthquake could exceed the design of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, its owners have found, but the reactors are safe because components were built with more than enough strength to withstand the potential stress and no equipment would be at risk, a report concludes.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


14 teens suspected of school sex assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say a 10th teenager has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults against two Venice High School students.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Google fights computer search-warrant

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department proposal that could make it easier to locate and hack into computers that are part of criminal investigations is raising constitutional concerns from privacy groups and Google, who fear the plan could have broad implications.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


L.L. Bean opts against megastores in major retail push

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean is preparing for the largest number of store openings in the company's history, but they won't be megastores along the lines of Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


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