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Police: Costumed girl mistaken for skunk, shot by relative

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) - Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Dairy farm safety net dies with federal farm bill’s expiration

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) - Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Get ready for tax hike in 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama isn't talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel the pinch of a big tax increase regardless of who wins the election.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Strange but true news

CLERKS RIP CLOTHES OFF SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT IN NYC: NEW YORK (AP) - A worker at a 7-Eleven in Brooklyn has lost his job after he and other store employees were recorded ripping the clothes off a suspected shoplifter.

October 21, 2012 | | Nation


Earlier puberty seen in boys, just like in girls

CHICAGO (AP) - When it comes to the birds and the bees, some parents may want to have that talk with their boys a little sooner than they expected.

October 20, 2012 | | Nation


Freezing eggs for fertility works, caution urged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility - but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Side Briefs

ILLINOIS AMTRAK TRAIN HITS 111 MPH IN TEST RUN: JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm fields and blowing past cars on a parallel highway.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Texas Bar sues ex-DA in wrongful murder conviction

HOUSTON (AP) - The State Bar of Texas is suing a former prosecutor who is now a state district judge, accusing him of withholding memos and other written evidence in the case of a man who served nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Colo. fans upset after Madonna uses guns in show

DENVER (AP) - Some Colorado fans are upset after music superstar Madonna used guns during a performance in a community that is still raw from a mass shooting at a local theater and a violent summer that includes the unsolved slaying of a 10-year-old girl.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Scout abuse files release sparks interest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The online release of files showing the Boy Scouts of America's cover-up of decades of sexual abuse has created interest among Americans who want to know who the alleged abusers are and whether people who molested them as Scouts are in the files.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run between St. Louis & Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph on Friday.

October 19, 2012 | | Nation


3.4 percent of USA adults are LGBT

NEW YORK (AP) - A new Gallup survey, touted as the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Social media sensation dies of cancer at age 13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lane Goodwin, a small-town boy who won a huge Facebook following for his thumbs-up attitude about his cancer, has lost his battle with the disease.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Friday Calendar

BUNKO

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


Gunman kills 3, self in salon shooting

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against him, police said. After the rampage, the gunman went to a friend's house and killed himself.

October 18, 2012 | | Nation


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Illegals found in back of locked rental truck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bail slashed in case of slain trespasser

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Joe Biden defense’ firearm case charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bud Selig reiterates Athletics need a new ballpark

OAKLAND (AP) - Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him "frustrated."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Perry booked power abuse charges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Woman shoots grandson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson pledges outreach efforts

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Was American beheaded in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Body of missing wife found

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sunken vessel is WW II-era USS Houston

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Amusement park apologizes for gun shirt error

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rethinking giving military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Federal autopsy ordered in teen’s death

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


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