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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Maine celebrates its Whoopie pies. North Carolinians proudly dance their Shag. In Kansas, even dirt is official: Harney silt loam is the state soil.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


One dead in breach try at NSA headquarters

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


Selena’s dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking death

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Twenty years after Selena's murder, the Latin world will remember "The Queen of Tejano" with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 injuring 10 in Florida

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii supervisor manipulated veterans’ benefit processing data

HONOLULU (AP) - A supervisor at the Veterans Administration office in Honolulu was manipulating data to make it look like the agency was processing veterans' benefits claims faster than they actually were, according to a new report by the VA Office of Inspector General.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


Twin fools NASA at brother’s launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


$100,000 stolen from brothel since October

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - A brothel employee and an armored vehicle driver from Las Vegas face felony theft charges following their arrests in a months-long investigation of cash disappearing from a Nevada brothel, a sheriff said Monday.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

WOMAN'S APPEAL FOR KIDNEY DONOR ON CAR WINDOW PAYS OFF: SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman's decision to seek a kidney donor by putting a personal plea in bright yellow letters on her car has paid off.

March 30, 2015 | | Nation


Arab League unveils joint force

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) - A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash between U.S.-allied Arab states and Tehran over influence in the region.

March 29, 2015 | | Nation


Heroes to give medals to museum

CINCINNATI (AP) - More than seven decades after an audacious bombing run by the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" rallied their own nation while stunning another, the World War II heroes are still adding to their legacy.

March 29, 2015 | | Nation


Drownings along Rio Grande spike

MISSION, Texas (AP) - A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river.

March 29, 2015 | | Nation


Restaurant statue loses prominent feature

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) - The small southern Utah town of Hurricane might become a little quieter after a statue of a copper bull lost its most prominent private feature this weekend.

March 29, 2015 | | Nation


Home demolished after diesel dumping

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon couple took it all in stride as they watched the demolition of a house they owned for nearly 30 years.

March 29, 2015 | | Nation


Rest home residents bare all for calendar

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin.

March 29, 2015 | | Nation


Farmers say slugs are a problem, but what to do?

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Farmers in Oregon's Willamette Valley hate slugs, slimy mollusks that munch their way through crops.

March 27, 2015 | | Nation


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Backlash in Austin over man’s advice about female officials

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - They ask lots of questions that can require patience, they tend to tune out financial arguments - and with Hillary Clinton running for president, more are probably on the way.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Dog blocked bullet zooming toward its owner’s head

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Gunfire that struck a Montana bartender as he carried his injured dog outside his house after a shift likely would have killed him if it didn't hit the pit bull first, the man's brother said this week.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Nail in the eye creates barely a scratch

BOSTON (AP) - There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds. A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacker.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


‘Minecraft’ most streamed video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Minecraft" has built a big reputation on YouTube.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook seeks better pay for contractors

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart plans unlimited online shipping for $50 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon's $99 per year Prime service.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Smokers have better luck quitting when their own money is wagered

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to offering cash to get smokers to quit, more people go for the carrots than the stick - but the stick gets better results.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Move to allow eviction notices sent by email

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers finalized a bill Tuesday that would let landlords email eviction notices to tenants or notify them through social media, which supporters said is a reflection that more business is done online and detractors said is inadequate for something as serious as evictions.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Verizon Wireless, Sprint settle allegations of bogus charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


ITT Educational faces SEC charges of student loan cover-up

NEW YORK (AP) - ITT Educational Services is facing charges that it duped investors by concealing huge losses on loans made to students attending the company's for-profit colleges scattered across the country.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Couple died shielding daughter from twister

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Melissa and Michael Mooneyhan met as high school students and quickly fell in love. The two were married in 2004, even before they graduated.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Owners of NY gay hotel face criticism over Ted Cruz dinner

NEW YORK (AP) - An owner of a gay-oriented New York City hotel lashed out at "extremists" who have urged a boycott over a dinner invitation to Sen. Ted Cruz, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Black professor regrets comments critical of white college students

BOSTON (AP) - An incoming Boston University professor who called "white college males" a "problem population" and was publicly criticized by the university's president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


House votes to block EPA’s regulation of streams, wetlands

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Navy proposing doubling maternity leave

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - In an effort to retain talented women, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will unveil a proposal Wednesday that calls for doubling the amount of paid maternity leave that sailors and Marines can take to 12 weeks.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


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