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Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Poverty Law Center seeks exchange program reforms

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on the U.S. government to reform cultural exchange programs, saying those have left some foreign participants vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn’t hoax

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


In inaugural speech what will Trump say?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


Denver ponders public pot use rules

DENVER (AP) - Denver started work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


Appeals court rejects Chicago gun-range location restrictions

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday handed Chicago another defeat in its effort to restrict the operation of gun ranges in ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


Haley supports moving US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley declared her support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a shift ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


States argue for more say over endangered species

DENVER (AP) - The federal government asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn an order that bars the release of endangered wolves in New Mexico without ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


In Wyoming, DeVos gun remark more about safety than politics

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


Trump pays surprise visit to his Washington hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) - He just couldn't stay away.

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


President-elect Donald Trump escalates Tom Ford fashion dis

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Wynn Las Vegas hotel has stopped selling Tom Ford cosmetics and sunglasses and President-elect Donald Trump declared on television it is ...

January 18, 2017 | | Nation


Obama shortens Manning’s term

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Sneaker wave deaths witnessed by mom show need for awareness

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Nebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials - not what ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


Porn studio owner faces charge of running brothel

PHOENIX (AP) - The owner of a business in an industrial area of Phoenix says he was running a legitimate porn studio where amateurs could rent ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much ...

January 17, 2017 | | Nation


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