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NYC schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


Paving ‘Iran’s path to the bomb’

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Firefighters wake up to smoke in station, then battle blaze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Firefighters are used to alarms in the middle of the night, but the smoke doesn't usually come to their front door.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-CIA chief admits sharing secrets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material - including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives - while she was working on the book.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Nitrogen gas executions approved

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


New Mexico students boycott tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Tourist it by piece of Alaska glacier dies

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Oral surgeon pulls wrong teeth

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa oral surgeon has given up his license and sold his practice after he was accused of being under the influence of medications when he pulled the wrong teeth from two patients and operated on the wrong side of a patient's mouth, officials said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Couple charged with locking up kids, abusing them

ASTABULA, Ohio (AP) - A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Spacecraft visiting dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA (AP) - A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Court strikes down California’s sex-offender blanket lifetime ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State corrections officials cannot impose blanket lifetime restrictions on where sex offenders may live, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case challenging a voter-approved measure that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


United Airlines won’t accept rechargeable battery shipments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries of the kind that power everything from smartphones to laptops to power tools.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


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New steps to help people with disabilities and student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven, safeguarding their Social Security payments.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


The rich have longer longevity

CHICAGO (AP) - The richest Americans live at least 10 years longer on average than the poorest, but that gap isn't as wide in many ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Bernie Sanders leads in likability

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders is still behind when it comes to delegates and votes, but he has one clear advantage over his Democratic and Republican ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mom gets prison for lying to police in potty training death

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) - A Utah judge handed down the maximum sentence Monday to a mother who acknowledged lying to investigators after what police call her ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


White officer gets probation in black driver’s shooting death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A white South Carolina police officer who was charged with a felony for shooting and killing a black driver at the ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Utah polygamy ban restored in loss for ‘Sister Wives’ family

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court restored Utah's ban on polygamy Monday, handing a defeat to the family from TV's "Sister ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Legislator barred from bringing oxygen tank to House chamber

UNITY, N.H. (AP) - An 80-year-old New Hampshire legislator with a lung problem has been told not to bring his portable oxygen concentrator with him ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Rescuers try to find skiers stuck on glacier for days

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Searchers on Monday hoped to find two skiers who have been stuck on an Alaska glacier for three days and were forced ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Brown: Measure addresses old mistake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that the initiative he is promoting for the November ballot would help fix a mistake he made ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Fireworks accident at temple in India kills 100 plus

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (AP) - The Hindu temple in southern India was packed with thousands for a religious festival early Sunday when the fireworks began - an unauthorized ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Want to graduate college debt free? Teach in a rural area

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The teacher shortage in poor, rural districts in South Carolina is so bad, the state is considering offering would-be instructors a ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Transit systems eye Uber, Lyft for disabled savings

BOSTON (AP) - Several U.S. transit systems looking to defray costs of providing services for the disabled are weighing partnerships with Uber and Lyft, unsettling ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


3 rescued from deserted island after writing ‘help’ on beach

HONOLULU (AP) - Three men who had been missing for three days were rescued from a deserted Pacific island after a U.S. Navy plane spotted ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Rep. Honda creates legal expense fund

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Honda has quietly set up a fund dedicated to collecting money to pay bills related to ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Top cartel leader appeared to find temporary haven in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - A man who was slain at an upscale suburban Dallas shopping center is identified in federal court documents as the acting leader of ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


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