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BEAGLE-BOXER-BASSET WINS WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG: PETALUMA (AP) - A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner Friday at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Less abortions with hospital consolidations

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - By joining with a much bigger Catholic health system, a prominent Orange County hospital hopes to enhance patients' access to a host of services - except one.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested - charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


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SUPER FULL MOON SHINES BRIGHTLY THIS WEEKEND: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A "supermoon" rises this weekend.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-teacher guilty of telling students to hit bully boy

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former San Antonio teacher accused of directing students to hit a schoolmate for being a bully has been convicted of official oppression.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Montana leaders held illegal hunts for musicians

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Three former Blackfeet tribal leaders will serve three years of probation for holding illegal big-game hunts for country musicians that were filming an outdoors television show on the northwestern Montana reservation.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Leaker charged with espionage, theft

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property in the NSA surveillance case.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


DA won't prosecute man who put boys in closet

CLYDE, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man who corralled four boys in a closet when he found them vandalizing a relative's home won't be prosecuted on child endangerment charges, a prosecutor told The Associated Press on Thursday.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Flooding may force 100,000 from west Canada

HIGHWOOD RIVER, Calgary (AP) - As many as 100,000 people could be forced from their homes by heavy flooding in western Canada, Calgary city officials said, while mudslides forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway, isolating the mountain resort towns of Banff and Canmore.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Demos press ahead on spending bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - With efforts on a broader budget deal foundering, Senate Democrats moved ahead Thursday with spending bills that ignore a second year of spending cuts mandated under the 2011 budget and debt deal.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Dying blinks leads to 38 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator after he was shot in the face and neck could only communicate by blinking his eyes, but those blinks helped lead to what could end up as life in prison for the man convicted of murdering him.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Christian group apologizes to gays

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The leader of Exodus International, a Christian ministry that worked to help people repress same-sex attraction, has apologized to the gay community for inflicting "years of undue suffering." He plans to close the organization while launching a new effort to promote reconciliation.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


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\TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT APOLOGIZES TO VALEDICTORIAN: JOSHUA, Texas (AP) - A North Texas school district has apologized to a high-school valedictorian whose microphone was switched off during a graduation ceremony when he deviated from prepared remarks.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Numbers game muddies NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe - in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security - the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Oakland wins series with Seattle Mariners

OAKLAND (AP) - Jim Johnson spent the first week of the season making adjustments after a pair of surprising results in his new uniform.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


PACIFIC OCEAN RESCUE

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California parents of a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a sailing trip around the world thanked military crews who rescued them from their stalled vessel on Sunday and defended their decision to sail with young children.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


Taking a dive for young patient

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) - An effort to help the family of a 5-month-old Missouri boy with cancer has inspired thousands of people across the U.S. and even abroad to take a plunge into cold bodies of water.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


47 new officers for Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) - Nearly four dozen new police officers will soon start walking their beats on the Oakland streets, as the California city's embattled department welcomes its largest-ever class of recruits to graduate from its police academy.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


Squaw Valley expansion plan draws support

OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) - The Squaw Valley ski resort's expansion plans have drawn support from four-time Olympic skiing medalist Julia Mancuso but continued criticism from environmentalists.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


Tot, 2, picks up gun, kills sister

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home, police said Sunday.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


Fire starts as couple is pronounced wed

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a three-alarm fire broke out at a wedding outside Boston just after the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


2 pit bulls enter home, kill 3 dogs

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Two pit bulls broke through a fence in a Nevada community, entered a neighbor's home through a dog door and killed three dogs inside while the residents were away, animal control officers said.

April 06, 2014 | | Nation


Legal pot hasn’t stopped black market

DENVER (AP) - A 25-year-old is shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. Two men from Texas set up a warehouse to grow more than they would ever need. And three people buying pot in a grocery store parking lot are robbed at gunpoint.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


Drone strike lawsuit tossed

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


Clerk mistook body for mannequin

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 61-year-old front desk clerk at a Florida apartment complex was fired this week after mistaking the body of a tenant for a mannequin and throwing it in a trash bin.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


Motorist beaten by mob after crash

DETROIT (AP) - As Steve Utash lies in a Detroit hospital bed, with his brain swollen and a gash in his head, he appears to remember the brutal beating that a neighborhood mob inflicted days earlier.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


Probation office sued over child rape in New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A young girl raped by a child pornography suspect sued the federal government for $110 million Friday, claiming the U.S. Probation Office failed to properly monitor the man who assaulted her and stabbed her mother to death.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


Different rules for new Monopoly set

NEW YORK (AP) - No rent collection while in jail, double the dough for landing on Go and clean out Free Parking if your luck takes you there are among five made-up Monopoly rules Facebook fans voted in for future editions of the board game.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


Samsung adding anti-theft solutions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday.

April 04, 2014 | | Nation


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