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Most Facebook users take a break

NEW YORK (AP) - Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Memphis renames three city parks that honored Confederacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Memphis City Council has voted to change the names of three parks that honor the Confederacy and two of its principal members.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


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AUTHORITIES SAY 3 SHOT DEAD IN RURAL SONOMA COUNTY: SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three men have been found dead in a rural Sonoma County home.

February 05, 2013 | | Nation


Senate tries to move anti-violence bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Supersonic skydiver reached 843.6 mph

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner was faster than he or anyone else thought during his record-setting jump last October from 24 miles up.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

STROM THURMOND'S MIXED-RACE DAUGHTER DIES AT 87: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The mixed-race daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career has died. Essie Mae Washington-Williams was 87.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Commuters' wasted time costs $121B

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The nation's commuters are adapting to increasing traffic congestion by building delays into their schedules, but at a cost of $121 billion in wasted time and fuel, according to an annual study of national driving patterns released Tuesday.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Effort building to change US pot laws

SEATTLE (AP) - An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama stands firm on federal gun control legislation despite long odds

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Barack Obama declared Monday on his first trip outside Washington to promote gun control that a consensus is emerging for universal background checks for purchasers, though he conceded a tough road lay ahead to pass an assault weapons ban over formidable opposition in Congress.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Veteran had been in mental hospital

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past five months and told authorities that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, police records show.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast; 17 are held

French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast; 17 are held

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Authorities storm bunker, rescue boy

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities stormed an underground bunker Monday in Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy who had been held hostage for nearly a week in the tiny underground shelter and leaving the boy's abductor dead.

February 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: Boy Scouts should allow gays

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

February 03, 2013 | | Nation


Iraq vet charged in fatal shooting of ex-SEAL heralded for 159 sniper kills

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 25-year-old Iraq war veteran charged with murdering former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend turned a gun onto the pair while they were at a Texas shooting range, authorities said Sunday.

February 03, 2013 | | Nation


Study: It does get better for gay teens

CHICAGO (AP) - It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time.

February 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Bush father, son want Jeb Bush run for White House

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that he and his father believe Jeb Bush should run for president but ultimately the former Florida governor must make a decision regardless of any pressure from the family.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Should legal pot affect criminal sentences?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge in Oregon delayed the sentencing of a convicted marijuana smuggler, saying a national trend in legalizing the drug could affect how seriously the crime is punished.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in rural Hawaii town

HONOLULU (AP) - A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Mexican meth trumps domestic meth

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NYC to stop many small-time pot arrests

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Car dumped into river during divorce flap

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man going through a divorce sent the red Corvette his wife drives plunging into a river, triggering a search for a possible victim inside, police said.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


5th teen dies from school shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - A fifth teenager has died as a result of a Washington state high school shooting two weeks ago that began when a student opened fire in the cafeteria.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN BRANDED 'SELFIE STALKER' SUES NANCY GRACE: DENVER (AP) - A man who was quickly branded a "selfie stalker" after his picture turned up on a crime victim's cellphone is suing television commentator Nancy Grace for defamation, saying she refused to stop airing his photo even after authorities had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco sales ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


American freed by North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the U.S. government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

NEW YORK (AP) - The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian deaths spark concern in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Community activists in San Francisco are urging city officials to hasten their efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists following a recent string of fatalities they say could have been prevented with better design and more education.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


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