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Messages tie Christie aide to NJ traffic jam

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town last September to punish its mayor.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Man suffocated by underwear he was wearing

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) - A 33-year-old man in Oklahoma allegedly killed his stepfather after a fight over the holidays by yanking underwear up the stepfather's back and over his head so that the waistband was around his neck, authorities said.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Lawmaker fires gun in Capitol office, calls it mistake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Giffords completes skydive on shooting’s 3rd anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Websites won't bill to remove mug shots

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who've been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Waitress says she got meth tip

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon waitress lifted a credit card receipt from a bill and found an envelope with a question mark. She peeked inside, quietly walked to her manager and asked him to call police.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FOREST SERVICE SEEKS $6.3M FROM MAN FOR WILDFIRE: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-officers charged in disability scam

NEW YORK (AP) - One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors said. Another claimed his depression was so crippling it kept him house-bound, but he was photographed aboard a watercraft, they said. A third man who said he was incapable of social interactions manned a cannoli stand at a street festival.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

CHICAGO (AP) - Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on gun sales unconstitutional

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city's limits.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Jobless bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Going to pot: Too many growers for Wash.?

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Just 1 in 4 young teens meet USA fitness guidelines

CHICAGO (AP) - Young teens aren't exactly embracing the government's Let's Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Polar air brings single-digit cold

ATLANTA (AP) - Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.

January 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Soldier who was victim advocate admits organizing prostitution ring

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An Army officer admitted to a military tribunal Wednesday that he betrayed his role at Fort Hood as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by organizing a prostitution ring at the sprawling Central Texas base.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


FTC sues DirecTV, alleges hidden fees and deceptive ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Powdered alcohol gets OK

NEW YORK (AP) - A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Black Hawk crashed in fog, killing 11

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Searchers struggled Wednesday to find the seven Marines and four soldiers killed when a helicopter crashed, hampered by the same fog that plagued a nighttime training mission.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Utah allows death by firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Utah the only state to allow firing squads for carrying out a death penalty if there is a shortage of execution drugs.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Passing cars pick up some pot bales tossed from fleeing SUV

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona sheriff's department says some of the marijuana bales that suspects tossed out of an SUV during a high-speed chase last week got picked up by passing vehicles.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Chance of California mega-quake increases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


ACLU sues NSA over Internet spying

BALTIMORE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the National Security Agency and the Justice Department on Tuesday, challenging the government's practice of collecting personal information from vast amounts of data harvested directly from the Internet's infrastructure.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Man who fatally stabbed K-9 gets up to 44 years

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man whose fatal stabbing of a K-9 prompted Pennsylvania lawmakers to stiffen the penalty for harming police animals has been sentenced to up to 44 years in prison.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Midday kidnapping attempt thwarted

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities on Tuesday were searching for a man caught on surveillance video running down a sidewalk with a toddler in his arms, with the boy's two young siblings screaming and chasing behind him, in what officials in the tiny town of Sprague, Washington say was a failed kidnapping.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


3 credited with rescuing motorist whose clothes caught on fire

GATES, N.Y. (AP) - Mike Peters was headed to his job driving veterans to and from outpatient services when he saw a man engulfed in flames "from his waist to above his head" while standing alongside a suburban Rochester, New York, road.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


More people are quitting jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Quitting your job - all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession - is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Cook cites record sales for Apple

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook took a figurative victory lap at his company's annual shareholder meeting, one day after he announced details about the new smartwatch Apple plans to start selling next month.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Google CFO Patrick Pichette to retire

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette plans to retire after helping the Internet search leader find and train his replacement within the next six months.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition.

March 10, 2015 | | Nation


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