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COACH ACCUSED OF TATTOOING MINOR: COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota high school gymnastics coach has been accused of tattooing a teenage girl without her parents' permission.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


Congress renews undetectable gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions - the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


High-powered traveling companions

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - As Air Force One made its way from Washington to Johannesburg Monday, a president, a former president and a possible future president were all traveling aboard.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


No hugs allowed? Madison targets pro cuddlers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


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Ohio boy electrocuted while conducting YouTube experiment

VERMILON, Ohiom (AP) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy was electrocuted apparently while attempting to conduct an experiment he saw on YouTube that involves a high-voltage traveling ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


Lawmaker: Want Viagra? Then come back in 24 hours with a note

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


Yahoo deterioration speeds up ahead of a possible sale

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo may have hung out a "for sale" sign, but it hasn't done much to improve its curb appeal.

April 19, 2016 | | Nation


McDonald’s testing bigger, smaller Big Macs

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is testing bigger and smaller versions of its Big Mac as the world's biggest hamburger chain pushes to revive ...

April 19, 2016 | | Nation


Kanye West sued over new album

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Kanye West fan on Monday sued the rapper and the streaming service Tidal claiming they duped users into subscriptions based on ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Man faces murder charge cold case of his missing stepson

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego 14 years ago has been arrested in North Carolina and faces ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Securing SF seawall could cost $3 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco port officials say it could cost between $2 billion and $3 billion to secure three miles of seawall underlying the ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


22 charged with illegally collecting Social Security

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal grand juries in Los Angeles have indicted 22 people, including a sheriff's deputy, on charges of illegally obtaining Social Security ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


San Francisco remembers 1906 quake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have gathered to remember victims of the city's devastating 1906 earthquake on the quake's 110th anniversary.

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Fight against non-native plan near end in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A non-native plant that became a threat to birds and wildlife in San Francisco Bay has been nearly eradicated more than four ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Firefighter shot responding to call in Maryland improving

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AP) - A firefighter shot while responding to a call for help at a home in a Maryland suburb of Washington and has ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Florida school bus driver charged with sex assault

WINTER HAVEN, Florida (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a school bus driver has been arrested and charged for sexually assaulting four special needs students.

April 17, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton takes heat over racially charged joke

NEW YORK (AP) - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over a comedy skit that some people feel was ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday definitively ruled out a bid for president this year, insisting that the party's choice should emerge ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


2 stuck on Alaska glacier are rescued

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Rescuers on Tuesday picked up two skiers who were stranded on an Alaska glacier for four days.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


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