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Disaster declarations in 11 states

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain the lack of rain is likely to bring to farmers in those regions.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


Court could weigh in on cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don't need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

US: $28 MILLION BITCOINS FORFEITURE IS A RECORD: NEW YORK (AP) - A record $28 million of bitcoins was formally transferred to the U.S. government several months after it was seized from the server of the black market website Silk Road after the government claimed the digital currency was used to facilitate money laundering, prosecutors announced Thursday.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

US: $28 MILLION BITCOINS FORFEITURE IS A RECORD: NEW YORK (AP) - A record $28 million of bitcoins was formally transferred to the U.S. government several months after it was seized from the server of the black market website Silk Road after the government claimed the digital currency was used to facilitate money laundering, prosecutors announced Thursday.

January 16, 2014 | | Nation


Company in W.Va. chemical spill cited at second location

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The company responsible for the chemical spill in West Virginia moved its chemicals to a nearby plant that has already been cited for safety violations, including a backup containment wall with holes in it.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands of fish dead in Nevada marina mystery

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - State wildlife officials are trying to figure out why all the fish have died in a northern Nevada marina where the stocked fishery has flourished since the man-made lake was created nearly 15 years ago.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Teen guilty in leaf-pile deaths

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - A 19-year-old Oregon woman who drove an SUV into a pile of leaves that concealed two girls has been found guilty in the fatal hit-and-run case.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Birds sync wing beats in V formation

NEW YORK (AP) - The next time you see birds flying in a V, consider this: A new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Legal jam for some Christie aides?

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The George Washington Bridge traffic jam that was apparently engineered by allies of Gov. Chris Christie as political payback could lead to criminal charges such as conspiracy or official misconduct, legal experts say.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Pot debates continue even where it's legal to grown, use marijuana

DENVER (AP) - Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here's a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor's recommendation:

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Use of public assistance cards OK at pot shops

DENVER (AP) - Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gay marriage rulings build momentum

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - In less than a month, two federal judges have struck down state bans on gay marriage for the same reason, concluding that they violate the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels; tall buildings disappear in haze

BEIJING (AP) - Beijing's skyscrapers receded into a dense gray smog Thursday as the capital saw the season's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with the concentration of toxic small particles registering more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOODEN BOX AT GOODWILL CONTAINED DOG ASHES: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The ashes of Onyx, a 165-pound rottweiler, were returned to her owner Wednesday, ending the mystery of a box purchased for $2.99 from a Puyallup Goodwill.

January 15, 2014 | | Nation


Billionaire hides $25M from IRS; gets praised by judge for donations

CHICAGO (AP) - The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday that he won't go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years' probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving.

January 14, 2014 | | Nation


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Inmates worked for free for jail officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former inmates at a privately run Nashville jail say they worked without pay building bean-bag "cornhole" games, plaques shaped like footballs, birdhouses ...

August 16, 2015 | | Nation


Disabled sister kept in closet for years

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet for six or seven years with little food, water or ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


NYC man posed as doctor, treated patients in basement

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 100 patients were duped by a "dangerous scam artist" who posed as a clinical psychologist, met with patients in his ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


Islamic State leader raped US hostage

WASHINGTON (AP) - American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, U.S ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


Challenge stops confederate statue move at Univ. of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas on Friday abruptly canceled weekend plans to relocate a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis after a legal ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


US, Japanese cities mark WWII end with Pearl Harbor ceremony

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Japanese and U.S. cities, together with the U.S. Navy, are holding a memorial service in Pearl Harbor to mark ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


Black bear breaks into car in Montana, destroys interior

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A retired Pittsburgh schoolteacher could do nothing but laugh after a black bear broke into her car in Montana, destroyed the interior ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


Officer investigated after jumping on top of arrestee

MIAMI (AP) - An internal affairs investigation was underway Friday after a 47-second video emerged showing a Miami police officer putting a handcuffed young man in ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


US eases crude oil export ban; allows trading with Mexico

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The Obama administration approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico on Friday, further easing the longstanding U.S. ban on crude exports ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


J.C. Penney turnaround gains traction

PLANO, Texas (AP) - J.C. Penney's turnaround is gaining traction.

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


Ways cheaper yuan could reverberate

HONG KONG (AP) - China's unexpected move this week to lower the value of its tightly-leashed currency, the yuan, sent shockwaves through global financial markets ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


GOLDILOCKS SYNDROME

NEW YORK (AP) - Too close! Too far back! Middle? No way, aisle.

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


Leaking mines pose big issues

SILVERTON, Colorado (AP) - It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation


Man brings counterfeit chips to poker tournament

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A man admitted Thursday that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in a casino's ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation


Food banks struggle to meet surprising demand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation


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