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NY probes driver's license scam

NEW YORK (AP) - New York drivers apparently cheated on hundreds of tests to operate the most vulnerable vehicles on the road - from trucks hauling hazardous materials to school buses - and eight commercial drivers have been charged so far, state and federal officials said Thursday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Strange for effort to target sex ads hits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Top law enforcement officers across the country are pushing Congress for greater authority to go after a booming online industry that hosts ads for child sex traffickers. But they are encountering opposition from an unexpected source - conservative state lawmakers who fear a government clamp down on Internet businesses.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Haunted house puts underwear on 'naked event'

READING, PA (AP) - Naked and scared has turned into semi-clothed and kind of spooked.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Comic assaulted man over tweet

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - A standup comedian faces assault charges after a physical altercation with a journalist in the audience that was documented on Twitter.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN, 102, GETS HONORARY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA : PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman who dropped out of school to work during the Great Depression finally has her high school diploma in time for her 103rd birthday.

September 26, 2013 | | Nation


US citizen gets 25 years in Taliban case

NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. citizen convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and acquire anti-aircraft missiles was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Anti-shutdown bill advances; fight still looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Twitter launches emergency alerts for smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


BP damaged sea-floor life for miles

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, says a researcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


'Cruz effect' further empowering grass roots

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Ted Cruz's talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no hope of legislative success and boiled down to largely political performance art. But in Texas, the combative style his 21-hour speech demonstrated could be transformative.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gun group plans shotgun giveaway

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A gun group is offering free shotguns to residents in Florida, billing it as a way for people to protect themselves against crime.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman left note about radio waves

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

HOME AND STOCK VALUES BOOST US HOUSEHOLD WEALTH: WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. household net worth jumped $1.3 trillion in the spring, fueled by gains in home and stock values.

September 25, 2013 | | Nation


Obamacare premiums unveiled

WASHINGTON (AP) - With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.

September 24, 2013 | | Nation


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High court to decide on OT pay for car dealer workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether people who work as service advisers at auto dealerships are entitled to overtime pay under federal labor ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


MGM to charge for parking on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a city built on luring tourists with cheap thrills and free cocktails, a big part of the Las Vegas Strip will ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Ciudad Juarez preparing for Pope’s visit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Cities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are preparing for Pope Francis' visit to the Mexican city of ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Episcoplians will not reverse stand

NEW YORK (AP) - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said Friday the U.S. Episcopal Church will not roll back its acceptance of gay marriage despite sanctions ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


30 hostages freed from Burkina Faso hotel siege

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Researchers confirm site of hangings for Salem witch trials

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘High school hoop program suspended

STRASBURG, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia high school's boys basketball program has been suspended indefinitely following allegations of sexual misconduct on a team bus.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Sean Penn tells ‘60 Minutes’ his ‘El Chapo’ mission ‘failed’

NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Penn says his article on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman "failed" in its mission.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6B

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Marine helicopters crash off Oahu, search under way

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) - Rescuers searched choppy waters on Friday where debris was sighted after two Marine Corps helicopters carrying six crew members each crashed off ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, Cruz go at each other

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz clashed Thursday night over the Texas senator's eligibility to serve as ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Best Buy reports weak holiday sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Best Buy's shares sank Thursday after the nation's largest consumer electronics chain reduced its sales outlook for the fourth-quarter as ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Intel stock beats Wall Street forecasts

SAN MATEO (AP) - Intel posted a fourth-quarter earnings report that was slightly better than Wall Street forecasts, but its stock still fell in late trading ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in mortgage settlement

NEW YORK (AP) - Goldman Sachs said Thursday it had reached a roughly $5 billion settlement as part of a federal and state probe into its ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


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