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Constitutional convention sparking

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Ferguson back on edge again

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was punctuated with gunshots and police critically wounded a black 18-year-old accused of opening fire on officers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Better off keeping Verizon contract plan?

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice of offering discounted phones for $100 or $200.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER (AP) - The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus that annually kills thousands of vulnerable Americans - babies and senior citizens.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


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Joshua Tree hikers may have died in ‘sympathetic murder-suicide’ shooting

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while ...

October 22, 2017 | | Nation


Fire-ravaged California city turns to hockey for respite

SANTA ROSA (AP) - For one Sunday, the fires that staggered this small city and wiped out thousands of homes were an afterthought at Snoopy's ...

October 22, 2017 | | Nation


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


In Weinstein’s downfall creates a moment of reckoning for Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) - If in a movie, Harvey Weinstein would probably cut the scenes of sexual harassment that have been described against him. They're ...

October 09, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control ...

October 07, 2017 | | Nation


Stymied police seek help in uncovering gunman’s motive

LAS VEGAS (AP) - After five days of scouring the life of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock and chasing 1,000 leads, investigators confessed Friday they ...

October 07, 2017 | | Nation


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