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Air Force Base fined for vacuuming up mercury

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A whistleblower claims that officials at Utah's Hill Air Force Base failed to report a massive mercury spill in 2007 and instead ordered untrained workers to remove the hazardous material with vacuum cleaners. The base could now face millions of dollars in fines.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Death of boy third gun accident in 3 weeks

SEATTLE (AP) - A 3-year-old scrambled out of his child seat after his parents stopped for gas early Wednesday, found a gun police say was left in the car by his father and fatally shot himself in the head.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Congress debates pay cutoff for budget gridlock, leadership against proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even the top sponsor of a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't - or won't - pass a budget blueprint admits many of his colleagues think it's just a political talking point instead of a serious idea.

March 14, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum sweeps Alabama, Mississippi primaries; makes race tough for Gingrich

WASHINGTON (AP) - A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination as he sought to push Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.

March 13, 2012 | | Nation


National News Briefs

WILD BLACK-FOOTED CAT: TEST-TUBE KITTEN BORN IN US: NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Several endangered black-footed cats have been born recently in the U.S. and researchers say Crystal's birth is the rarest - the first ever born from an embryo fertilized in a lab dish, frozen, and later implanted in a housecat's womb.

March 13, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ROMNEY'S "SOUTHERN" ACCENTS ARE A HIT-AND-MISS TRY: MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Wealthy New Englander Mitt Romney is trying to woo Southern voters with a mix of regional references that sometimes show self-deprecating humor, and sometimes are just plain awkward.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


NH town readies for vote on renaming Jew Pond

MONT VERNON, N.H. (AP) - For many long-time residents of this rural town, the quest to change the name of Jew Pond is much ado over a muddy, manmade body of water not used for much of anything besides ice skating and fishing. For more recent transplants and the town's health officer, though, it's a way to banish an offensive title that's recorded on at least one official map.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Weekend massacre further dents Americans' support for war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The weekend massacre of Afghan civilians, allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier, newly undermines the rationale for a war that a majority of Americans already thought wasn't worth fighting. But the Obama administration and its allies insisted Monday the horrific episode would not speed up plans to pull out foreign forces.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum: Convention would give me GOP nod

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Rick Santorum said Monday his path to the Republican Party's presidential nomination counts on continued chaos in the field and a fractured GOP arriving at its nominating convention in late summer.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Two arrested in New Mexico town plagued by topless dancer election blackmail plot

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Two officials of a New Mexico border town wracked by allegations of extortion and voting fraud were arrested Monday.

March 12, 2012 | | Nation


Storied carrier, 'the Big E,' makes final voyage after 50 years of deployment defending America

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - When the makers of "Top Gun" were filming on board the USS Enterprise, they donated a set of black fuzzy dice to liven up the ship's otherwise drab interior.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


US seeks to contain damage from Afghan shooting of 16 civilians by American soldier

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials were scrambling Sunday to contain the damage caused when an American soldier in Afghanistan wandered off base and allegedly gunned down more than a dozen villagers.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


Candidates spar before key Mississippi, Alabama Republican primaries on Tuesday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Sunday nudged rival Newt Gingrich to step aside, arguing a head-to-head contest between himself and Mitt Romney should "occur sooner rather than later." A defiant Gingrich predicted victories in Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi and called Romney the weakest Republican front-runner in nearly a century.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


NASA specialist axed over intelligent design

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has landed robotic explorers on the surface of Mars, sent probes to outer planets and operates a worldwide network of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft.

March 11, 2012 | | Nation


Review of Olive Garden becomes Internet sensation

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota newspaper columnist sat down to review her town's hot new Italian restaurant, rhapsodizing about the chicken Alfredo, crisp greens and "two long, warm breadsticks."

March 10, 2012 | | Nation


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Random drawing scheduled to break tie in Virginia election

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Federal judge: Houston can clear out homeless tent cities

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Judge needs evidence to let illusionist undo porn plea

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge said Friday she needs to see evidence that a former Las Vegas Strip illusionist didn't understand what his ...

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Utah teacher fired after students shown classic art with nudes

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A Utah art teacher was fired amid complaints that images of classical paintings containing nudity were passed out in a classroom and ...

December 29, 2017 | | Nation


Police: Prank led to police shooting unarmed Kansas man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a ...

December 29, 2017 | | Nation


Michigan lawyer camps out in effort to help homeless clients

DETROIT (AP) - Can this be? A homeless lawyer, sleeping in a shack in Detroit.

December 29, 2017 | | Nation


Deadly NYC fire lit by child playing with stove

NEW YORK (AP) - A preschooler toying with the burners on his mother's stove accidentally sparked New York City's deadliest fire in decades, an ...

December 29, 2017 | | Nation


Feds cast doubt on NY-New Jersey tunnel funding plan

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A plan to pay for an estimated $13 billion rail tunnel under the Hudson River raises serious concerns, including that it ...

December 29, 2017 | | Nation


Gunman opens fire on Cairo church; shootout kills at least 9

CAIRO (AP) - A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout ...

December 29, 2017 | | Nation


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