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Conn., rifle maker end aid deal after killings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Just days before 20 children and six educators were killed at a Connecticut school in December, state development officials offered the maker of the rifle used in the massacre a $1 million loan to bring new jobs to the state.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Ind. police: Child safe, bus slaying suspect is dead

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man pulled a woman off a city bus in northern Indiana on Wednesday, fatally shot her and then took a 3-year-old boy hostage before a sniper killed him during a police standoff.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Prep football players accused of sexual assault

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Connecticut high school football players have been charged in sexual assault cases that, like a recent high-profile Ohio rape case, have led to online taunts directed at an accuser.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff proposes ankle monitors for Alzheimer's

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah sheriff's office is floating a unique and unproven idea for keeping seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia safe: Give them ankle monitors normally used on criminals on house arrest or parole.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

NEW YORK (AP) - A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Appeals court sides with monks defying Louisiana law by selling low cost caskets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Benedictine monks may keep selling plain, low-cost caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, finding that a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana had no reasonable grounds.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


‘Show me your birth certificate before you go potty’ bill proposed in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A prominent Republican lawmaker in Arizona wants to link public bathroom use to birth certificates in what civil rights advocates are calling the nation's toughest anti-transgender measure.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

SCHOOL ASKS STUDENTS TO CUT BACK ON BODY SPRAY:

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


No charges in case of 11-year-old NJ boy pictured with gun on Facebook

CARNEYS POINT, N.J. (AP) - No charges will be filed against a man who posted online a photo of his young son holding what appeared to be a military-style rifle, police said Wednesday.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

INDICTMENT: SHERIFF LET INMATES SLEEP OUTSIDE JAIL: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An indictment charges a veteran South Carolina sheriff let some favored inmates sleep outside jail with access to television and alcohol and that he gave away weapons to people he knew.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


NYC looks to bump tobacco from prime retail selling space

NEW YORK (AP) - Walk into any convenience store or gas station in the country, and chances are the cigarettes will be in roughly the same spot: at eye level, right behind the cash register.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo

TRENTON, NJ (AP) - The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


In Ohio case, social media is a double-edged sword; brings crime out in open

NEW YORK (AP) - In sentencing two high school football players to juvenile jail terms for raping a drunken girl, Judge Thomas Lipps issued a cautionary note to children and parents, urging them to reconsider "how you record things on the social media so prevalent today."

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon bans 60 mm mortar round after deaths

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) - A mortar shell explosion killed seven Marines and injured a half-dozen more during mountain warfare training in Nevada's high desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapons until an investigation can determine their safety, officials said Tuesday.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff: Missing mom staged disappearance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - To law enforcement agencies, the disappearance of a Missouri woman and her young daughter for four days had all the markings of an abduction: a cryptic text message asking for help, a phone call that sounded like it was being read from a script, an ex-husband with a history of domestic violence.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


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Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter accounts of New York Post,news agency hacked

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


1B Switch data center will be world’s biggest

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Duke nixes plan to use chapel tower for Muslim prayer call

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Days after announcing that a Muslim call to prayer would echo from its historic chapel tower, Duke University changed course Thursday following a flurry of calls and emails objecting to the plan.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio woman with 5 kids in vehicle charged after chase

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman was drunk when she sped away from police in an SUV that later crashed and flipped with five children inside, ejecting a 2-year-old boy, authorities said Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Belgian police kill 2 in raid shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - With Europe dreading more terror, Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major attack by as little as hours Thursday, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Fine for ice bucket challenge gone awry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State regulators have fined a Kentucky fire department $25,000 for improper training and equipment after a firefighter was killed and three others hurt while the crew tried to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Flu vaccine only 23% effective

NEW YORK (AP) - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


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