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Gay flap mars St. Patrick’s parades

NEW YORK (AP) - A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations culminated Monday in New York, where the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage stepped off without the city's new mayor and Guinness beer amid a dispute over whether participants can carry pro-gay signs.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Evidence spotted for universe’s early growth spurt

NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon and Idaho said Monday.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Designer Scott, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, found dead

NEW YORK (AP) - L'Wren Scott, who left her small-town Utah home as a teenager to become a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer best known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, has died in what was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• JUDGE ORDERS CHRIS BROWN TO REMAIN IN JAIL: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives.

March 17, 2014 | | Nation


Food pantries on rise at colleges

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - Days after biology major Gillian Carll arrived at Stony Brook University last fall, she encountered a young woman on a bench outside her dormitory who said she had nothing to eat.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Goodyear unveils next-generation blimp

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp is getting ready to take flight as the company moves toward replacing its old fleet of airships with a new trio.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Study to test ‘chocolate’ pills for heart health

ATLANTA (AP) - It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Review of deportations has risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new promise to seek ways to ease his administration's rate of deportations aims to mollify angry immigrant advocates but carries risks for a White House that has insisted it has little recourse.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Campaign to save dog in mauling

PHOENIX (AP) - A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, no longer a fugitive, is set free

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fugitive charges were dropped against a 60-year-old woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities discovered she had surrendered decades ago and already been sentenced to time served.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


General’s deal drops sex assault charge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Defense attorneys said Sunday that the Army will drop sexual assault charges against a general under a plea deal that marks the end of a closely watched case that unfolded as the military grapples with sex crimes within the ranks.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Leading California GOP candidates are contrast in style as well as form

BURLINGAME (AP) - A conservative state assemblyman and gun rights enthusiast was the crowd favorite among the party faithful on Sunday as the Republican candidates seeking to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown for the governorship addressed delegates at the state party's convention in the San Francisco Bay Area and promised to get the government out of their way.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Final words came after systems shutdown

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - When someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777's communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance of the flight.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


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House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

LIMA, Peru (AP) - With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US couple cleared in daughter’s death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - An American couple left the Gulf nation of Qatar on Wednesday after being cleared of charges in their adopted 8-year-old daughter's death, ending a nearly two-year legal saga they contend was rooted in confusion over cross-cultural adoption.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) - Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Islamic extremists, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab threatened to retaliate by bringing down Nairobi's skyscrapers.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson; students tackling sensitive topics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Civilian workers at some prisons get pepper spray

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The federal prison system has begun supplying pepper spray canisters to cooks, counselors and other civilian workers at some of its most violent institutions, yielding to efforts following a 2013 fatal attack by an inmate on an unarmed Pennsylvania prison guard.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mindfulness helps teens cope stress, anxiety

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


W. Virginia gunman angry over ex’s trysts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation's most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


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