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Survey looks at outlook

Americans' dreams of the "golden years" have increasingly become tarnished by harsh financial realities.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


NSA intercepts computer deliveries

LONDON (AP) - A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Federal market surpasses 1M signups

HONOLULU (AP) - A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Gun magazine supplier expands in college town

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa college known for liberal activism is welcoming an unlikely neighbor: one of the nation's largest suppliers of high-capacity ammunition magazines and accessories for assault rifles and other guns.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


2 quakes including 4.1 temblor strike Okla. before dawn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.1 magnitude earthquake rattled an area about 30 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City early Sunday and was followed by a smaller quake hours later in the state. There were no reports of any injuries or damages from either temblor.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Stakes for families losing jobless benefit

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty

DENVER (AP) - A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada again aims to name Tahoe cove for Twain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada officials have launched a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name 150 years ago, but it doesn't come without opposition.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Still without power, growing frustrated

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to borrow a generator from a neighbor Friday.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio teacher suspended for racial remark

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president has been disciplined.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge allows wolf derby to proceed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge Friday allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren't required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Cleaning up homes with meth labs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK (AP) - The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


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Crews slow spread of huge forest fire

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Crews working amid sweltering conditions in rough terrain have slowed the spread of a huge forest fire that's churning through timber in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Lawsuit seeks to memorialize a less heroic side of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Egg shortage cuts restaurant profits

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more - if it's even on the menu.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Couples, officials, foes readying

CINCINNATI (AP) - With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Vets fight to add names of 74

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Stephen Kraus was standing night watch above the pilot house of the USS Frank E. Evans when he spotted the towering outline of the Australian aircraft carrier bearing down on the American destroyer. The 22-year-old sailor from California dashed off to signal a warning, but it was too late.

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Church reopens doors after shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its tall, wooden doors to the world Sunday, embracing strangers who walked in from the street or tuned in from home for the first worship service since a white gunman was accused of killing nine black church members.

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii ups smoking age to 21

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

June 20, 2015 | | Nation


Tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Utah inmate’s son sues after father misses dialysis, dies

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The son of an inmate who died at the Utah state prison has sued corrections officials and health care providers, accusing them of violating his father's civil rights by failing to give him dialysis for two days.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Suit asks insurance for disabled homeowners with pit bulls

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - People with disabilities shouldn't be turned down for homeowners insurance just because they have pit bulls for service dogs, a federal court lawsuit filed in Oregon says.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Man convicted of murder in brutal killing of grandma

ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A man who was angry because his grandmother asked him to move out of her home was convicted Friday of killing her by beating her, stabbing her dozens of times and setting her body on fire.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of killing nine people at chruch spoke of attacking college

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A black drinking buddy of the white man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church says the suspect told him a week earlier that he planned to shoot up a college campus in the city.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Rangers, SEALs, now Raiders: Marines resurrect historic name

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Chief: Man killed officer so he would be killed by police

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati's police chief says a man suspected of fatally shooting an officer apparently wanted police to kill him in what the chief described as "suicide by cop."

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Do fitness trackers really help?

NEW YORK (AP) - Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


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