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Fla. charity figures pumped $1M to politicians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The key players behind a purported veterans charity accused of setting up illegal gambling rooms pumped more than $1 million into the campaign accounts of politicians who had the power to regulate or put them out of business.

March 14, 2013 | | Nation


Marijuana more popular than cigarettes

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington high school students who participated in a statewide survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes, and the state's top health official said Thursday she's worried that a new marijuana law may make prevention efforts more difficult.

March 14, 2013 | | Nation


Northwest quake could kill 10,000 people

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - More than 10,000 people could die when - not if - a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, researchers told Oregon legislators Thursday.

March 14, 2013 | | Nation


GOP to Obama: Tone it down

WASHINGTON (AP) - Polite yet firm, Senate Republicans told President Barack Obama on Thursday to tone down his political attacks and prod Democratic allies to support controversial changes in Medicare if he wants a compromise reducing deficits and providing stability to federal benefit programs.

March 14, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

VETS SAVE NYC DOG WHO SWALLOWED 111 PENNIES: NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City dog has undergone emergency surgery to remove more than 100 pennies from his stomach.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Insurers warn of overhaul-induced sticker shock

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Americans could see their insurance bills double next year as the health care overhaul law expands coverage to millions of people.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Democrats push for $1 trillion in taxes, more spending, bigger debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats unveiled a largely stand-pat budget Wednesday that calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade but actually increases spending, while protecting the party's domestic policy priorities and adding $4 trillion more to the national debt than a slashing alternative from House Republicans.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Fla. politician resigns, 57 charged in scandal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida's lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a scandal involving a purported veterans charity that authorities said Wednesday was a front for a $300 million gambling operation.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Argentine’s Bergoglio elected Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) - From "the end of the earth," the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis. He is the first pontiff from the New World and the first non-European since the Middle Ages.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Hackers post even more credit reports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The pursuit of hackers who audaciously stole and published credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities crisscrossed continents and included a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Tribal chairman to OK same-sex marriage

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) - The chairman of a northern Michigan Indian tribe says he'll sign a same-sex marriage bill Friday, then preside at the wedding of two men.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Bills would address expected doctor shortage

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker introduced a package of bills Wednesday to address an expected doctor shortage as California prepares to insure millions of new patients under federal health care reforms.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Mich. man gets probation in death of obese wife

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area man who authorities say allowed his 360-pound wife to fester and die in a bed surrounded by her own waste avoided prison Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to probation.

March 13, 2013 | | Nation


Scouts survey 1.1M adult members on whether to keep gay ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Faced with a backlash against their ban on gays, the Boy Scouts of America are surveying their members on a potential change in policy.

March 12, 2013 | | Nation


Judge to DA: Don't call Hells Angels, Vagos outlaw gangs

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Citing the potential to taint the jury, a state judge told prosecutors in Reno on Tuesday not to refer to the Hells Angels or Vagos as motorcycle gangs during an upcoming trial for suspects in a 2011 shootout at a casino in neighboring Sparks.

March 12, 2013 | | Nation


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FBI: Radio-controlled plane bombs plot

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Moroccan man in Connecticut who allegedly expressed interest in using remote-controlled airplanes to bomb a school and a federal building has been arrested by the FBI and detained without bail, federal authorities said Tuesday.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Woman guilty in hammer-beating death

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was a failed bid to collect on a life insurance policy to repay about $300,000 in loans from her boyfriend.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Tech, biotech stocks take a beating

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Regulators require stronger bank capital

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Target pushes sustainable products

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is upping the game on organic and sustainable products.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Construction worker shortage feared

DENVER (AP) - The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks.

April 08, 2014 | | Nation


Donations pour in for mom facing charges

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman arrested after leaving her two kids in a hot vehicle during a job interview is fighting to clear her name in court, with the support of a New Jersey woman who has raised more than $91,000 to help her effort.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Chili’s nixes autism event

NEW YORK (AP) - Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Olympians say selfies were stopped

WASHINGTON (AP) - A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Gains in health insurance sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - A growing share of Americans got health insurance as sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law came to a close last month, a major survey released Monday has found.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Fargo 6th-graders mop up against college investors

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on the stock market.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Attorney general Harris engaged to be married

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is engaged to marry an attorney from Los Angeles after a yearlong courtship, it was announced Monday.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• TROOPER: WOMAN HIT 123 MPH WITH KIDS IN BACKSEAT: SACO, Maine (AP) - Police say a woman was arrested for driving at 123 mph on the Maine Turnpike with her two children in the backseat.

April 07, 2014 | | Nation


Petkovic wins Family Circle Cup for tennis

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Andrea Petkovic remembered why she started playing tennis and along the way gave everyone else a reminder about how talented she is when she's at her best.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


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