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Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


STATE OF THE NATION

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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Fire chief set 42-acre fire in Maine

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) - A fire chief accused of intentionally setting a grass and marsh blaze that was fought by more than 100 firefighters ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Inquiry into black female cadets’ fists-raised photo taken at West Point

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Sinkhole spurs search for cave by Bass Pro Shops founder

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) - Instead of panicking, Johnny Morris saw an adventure worth digging into when a massive sinkhole swallowed tons of earth at his exquisite ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Trump likes idea of party unity, but on his terms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump says he's all for bringing together the Republican Party, but the many GOP officials he's branded losers and lightweights ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Shoot-up rooms get serious look

NEW YORK (AP) - Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Cruz ends his bid for presidential

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination.

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - The combat death of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Mom declared brain-dead after Wisconsin interstate shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An Illinois woman has been declared brain-dead after being shot during a random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while traveling home ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Mother gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio village fights class-action status in speed camera lawsuit

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio village's attorney said he will ask the state's high court to overturn an appeal court's ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Study: ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants have slower metabolisms

CHICAGO (AP) - A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Indiana: Cruz fights for survival

OSCEOLA, Ind. (AP) - Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Warrant: Slain pregnant Texas teen found with uterus removed

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with her ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


High court signals it won’t stop $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S ...

May 02, 2016 | | Nation


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