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Barbour pardons nearly 200, including more than two dozen convicted killers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - In his final days as Mississippi governor, Republican Haley Barbour gave pardons or early release to nearly 200 people, including more than two dozen whose crimes were listed as murder, manslaughter or homicide.

January 10, 2012 | | Nation


Young adults down 9 drinks when they binge

ATLANTA (AP) - College-age drinkers average nine drinks when they get drunk, government health officials said Tuesday. That surprising statistic is part of a new report highlighting the dangers of binge drinking, which usually means four to five drinks at a time.

January 10, 2012 | | Nation


TSA defends confiscation of Mass. woman’s cupcake

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) - The federal Transportation Security Administration is defending its decision to confiscate a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts woman flying from Las Vegas.

January 10, 2012 | | Nation


State revenue rises, but not enough to offset cuts more cuts to services

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - College students clash with administrators over steeply rising tuition. Public employees shut down statehouses amid cuts to pay and retirement benefits. Teachers and social welfare advocates protest budget cuts. Lawmakers struggle to cope with sharp declines in tax revenue.

January 10, 2012 | | Nation


Civil War museums changing as view on war changes as well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Inside Louisiana's Civil War Museum, battle flags line the walls. Uniforms, swords and long-barreled guns fill museum cases beside homespun knapsacks, dented canteens and tiny framed pictures of wives that soldiers carried into battle.

January 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama’s chief of staff resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama announced unexpectedly on Monday that chief of staff William Daley was quitting and heading home, capping a short and rocky tenure that had been expected to last until Election Day in November.

January 09, 2012 | | Nation


Firing remarks burn Romney on eve of primary

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Republican front-runner Mitt Romney stumbled down the homestretch of the New Hampshire primary on Monday, declaring, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me" as his rivals intensified already fierce criticism.

January 09, 2012 | | Nation


New chief of staff low-key, long-time insider

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jack Lew is the model Washington insider - a savvy and cool policy technocrat with roots in Congress and a long and impressive administration resume. He is as low key as Rahm Emanuel, one of his predecessors as White House chief of staff, was high octane.

January 09, 2012 | | Nation


Closing of 259 USDA offices raises safety concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, a move that won praise for cutting costs but raised concerns about the possible effect on food safety.

January 09, 2012 | | Nation


Alaska town tries to dig out from huge snow dump; town got as much as 18 feet

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The small Alaska fishing town of Cordova is used to dealing with excessive snow - but not like this. Residents have turned to the state to help them dig out of massive snow levels that have collapsed roofs, triggered avalanches and even covered doors, trapping some people in their homes.

January 08, 2012 | | Nation


Giffords leads crowd in Pledge of Allegiance year after being shot in head & 6 being killed

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting.

January 08, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• 3 car trends at Detroit auto show: DETROIT (AP) - Beyond the usual hype at the Detroit auto show, automakers have plenty to crow about this year: U.S. sales are the highest since 2008 and they're expected to keep growing. Buyers are being lured by cheap loans and an improving economy.

January 08, 2012 | | Nation


Police: woman disguised to steal from neighbors

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Police say a Salt Lake City woman wore a fake mustache to disguise herself as a man while stealing from her neighbors.

January 07, 2012 | | Nation


Ky county may ban fish, other creatures as prizes

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Goldfish given as prizes at carnivals may not go home with winners if a western Kentucky county has its way.

January 07, 2012 | | Nation


US Navy rescues Iranian fishing boat from pirates in Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON (AP) - The political tensions between the U.S. and Iran over transit in and around the Persian Gulf gave way Friday to photos of rescued Iranian fisherman happily wearing American Navy ball caps.

January 06, 2012 | | Nation


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Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

SONOMA (AP) - When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back ...

October 22, 2017 | | Nation


Is graffiti on building protected by federal law?

NEW YORK (AP) - For two decades, Jerry Wolkoff let graffiti artists use his crumbling Queens warehouse complex as a canvas for their vibrant works. Artists ...

October 22, 2017 | | Nation


New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so.

October 21, 2017 | | Nation


Wounded veteran sees student debt forgiven but $62,000 tax bill

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The IRS is asking a wounded veteran from Michigan to pay $62,000 in income taxes on the federal government's ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a ...

October 20, 2017 | | Nation


Nursing home teaches lessons on life

NEW YORK (AP) - In a classroom, an old man glides in pushing a walker, and none of the young faces turn. In the cafeteria, a ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


An army of firefighters brave deadly, epic firestorm

SONOMA (AP) - Santa Rosa firefighter Brandon Palmer has fought big blazes in his 20 years on the job, but the 81-hour shift he spent fighting ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off Trump drama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a "moron ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


Las Vegas tourism sees changes in shooting aftermath

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas' tourism sector is bracing for changes in the aftermath of the massacre that killed 58 people at an outdoor music ...

October 15, 2017 | | Nation


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