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Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Al Jazeera America to shut down

PASADENA (AP) - The Al Jazeera America cable news network said Wednesday it will shut down two and a half years after its launch, a victim ...

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


What is market ‘correction’ and why does it matter?

NEW YORK (AP) - A dismal start for the stock market this year has pushed its major indexes into what is known as a "correction," or ...

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


Powerball buyers go to great lengths

NIPTON. (AP) - Lottery ticket buyers have to suspend their belief in math to drop $2 on an infinitesimal chance to win the Powerball jackpot, but ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Powerball jackpot now at $1.5B

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales.

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Starbucks expects China to surpass US as largest market

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said it expects China to eventually overtake the U.S. as the coffee chain's largest market.

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


How low can oil go? Some say below $30

DALLAS (AP) - The price of oil keeps falling. And falling. And falling. It has to stop somewhere, right?

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Apple defies industry trend as PC sales fall

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple keeps defying a PC industry trend: While other major computer-makers saw shipments fall in 2015, Apple increased the number of Macs it ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Researchers: Small Colorado glacier could melt in 20 years

DENVER (AP) - A small glacier in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado, could disappear in about 20 years because of regional climate warming and drought ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


NPS river trips hostile to women in Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers have preyed on their female colleagues ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


With Demo race narrowing, Clinton rips into Sanders

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Facing a narrowing primary contest, Hillary Clinton ripped into rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, saying the Vermont senator was offering unrealistic policies ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


2 US Navy boats held by Iran but will be returned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters after experiencing mechanical problems. Iran ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Obama warns against election year cynicism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eyeing the end of his presidency, Barack Obama urged Americans Tuesday night to rekindle belief in the promise of change that first carried ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Experts to study food safety of oilfield wastewater

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - More farmers in drought-stricken California are using oilfield wastewater to irrigate, and a new panel on Tuesday began taking one of the ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Hawaii may use grass huts for homeless

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a unique solution to the housing crisis: They want to make it possible for people to live in traditional ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Son’s letter from Iraq 11 years later

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq.

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


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