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At public meetings, fights over prayer drag on

WASHINGTON (AP) - It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner's 'Plan B'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with their own tax plan on a separate track from the one he's been pursuing with President Barack Obama.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


McCain rejects torture scene in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" suggests the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques led the U.S. to Osama bin Laden. Sen. John McCain watched the movie Monday night and says it left him sick - because it's wrong.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Prayer policies for city councils school boards in South County

The following is a recap of prayer policies at South County public government meetings:

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


FBI: Fake bars found after high-rise jail escape

CHICAGO (AP) - The FBI says window prison bars were found inside a mattress in the cell belonging to two bank robbers who escaped from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas exhumes bodies of 'In Cold Blood' killers

LANSING, Kan. (AP) - The bodies of the two men executed for the 1959 murders of a Kansas family that became infamous in Truman Capote's true-crime book "In Cold Blood" were exhumed Tuesday in an effort to solve slayings of a Florida family killed weeks later.

December 18, 2012 | | Nation


Rifle found during search of Okla. teen's home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A small-caliber rifle and notes about a possible attack on a northeast Oklahoma high school were found at the home of a teenager accused of plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs, police said Monday.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


2 funerals begin a sad procession in Connecticut after school massacre

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Opening a long and almost unbearable procession of grief, Newtown began laying its dead to rest Monday, holding funerals for two 6-year-old boys - one a football fan who was buried in a New York Giants jersey and one whose twin sister survived the school shooting rampage.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

AUSTRALIAN COURT: WORKER'S COMP COVERS SEX MISHAP: CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian court has ruled that a bureaucrat who was injured while having sex on a business trip is eligible for worker's compensation benefits.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio governor spares condemned 450lb killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate is too fat to be humanely executed by sparing him on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Hollywood hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday after he broke into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other women and posted revealing photos and other material on the Internet.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

2 HURT WHEN TRUCK VEERS OFF I-280, CATCHES FIRE: MILLBRAE (AP) - Two men are hospitalized with what a California Highway Patrol spokesman describes as "major burns" after the delivery truck they were in ran off the side of a San Francisco Bay area freeway, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


TV network aimed at millennials set to start this summer

NEW YORK (AP) - Participant Media plans to launch a cable network aimed at viewers 18 to 34 years old with programming it describes as inspiring and thought-provoking.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating talks with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday.

December 17, 2012 | | Nation


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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• WYOMING MAN SENDS VALENTINE FLOWERS - EVEN IN DEATH: CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man who died last year from a brain tumor is keeping Valentine's Day special for his wife - even in death.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Schools treat e-cigarettes now as drug paraphernalia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Police chased tractor-trailer 34 miles, dodged thrown fridge

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) - A tractor-trailer driver threw items from his cab at police - including socks, shoes and a small refrigerator - as he led them on a 34-mile chase in western Pennsylvania, authorities said Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Apple working on electric car project

CUPERTINO (AP) - You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar?

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Teens getting less & less sleep

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


World record for catching bridal bouquets

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman says she has smashed the world record for catching bridal bouquets at weddings and now is seeking recognition for it.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


To combat fraud,Visa wants to track your smartphone

NEW YORK (AP) - Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon governor resigns as Feds subpoena records

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday over a deepening influence-peddling scandal surrounding his fiancee and on the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office issued a subpoena demanding records and electronic communications pertaining to the pair.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


School wants alleged rape victim ‘used as bait’ to reveal her name

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A teenager who says she was raped after a school worker tried to use her as bait to catch an alleged sexual predator should be forced to publicly reveal her name to pursue a lawsuit, an Alabama school system argued in court.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


Juveniles 13 and younger accused of running child porn Instagram account

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - Police are asking parents in South Florida to check the online accounts of their children after three teens were accused of creating an Instagram account to solicit and post explicit photos of other minors.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


View-Master gets update by Google, Mattel

NEW YORK (AP) - Mattel and Google are trying to bring the 75-year-old View-Master into the 21st century - with some help from smartphones and virtual reality technology.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


SUV catapults 60 feet off bridge, lands upright; two inside OK

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - An SUV driver swerving to avoid striking another vehicle on a highway on Friday hit a snowbank along a guardrail and catapulted 60 feet off a bridge. Incredibly, authorities say, the vehicle landed upright and the two occupants suffered only minor injuries.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


Officer arrested, accused of injuring granddad

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a North Alabama police officer accused of badly injuring an Indian man who was visiting relatives in the state and the FBI has opened an investigation.

February 12, 2015 | | Nation


Top Democrats call on Oregon governor to resign

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to land contracts for her business.

February 12, 2015 | | Nation


Jeb Bush posts emails with Social Security numbers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - By posting online all of his personal email from his eight years as Florida's governor, Jeb Bush sought to show himself as a tech-savvy executive, in touch with constituents and an active administrator.

February 12, 2015 | | Nation


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