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Ind. police: Child safe, bus slaying suspect is dead

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man pulled a woman off a city bus in northern Indiana on Wednesday, fatally shot her and then took a 3-year-old boy hostage before a sniper killed him during a police standoff.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Prep football players accused of sexual assault

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Two Connecticut high school football players have been charged in sexual assault cases that, like a recent high-profile Ohio rape case, have led to online taunts directed at an accuser.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff proposes ankle monitors for Alzheimer's

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah sheriff's office is floating a unique and unproven idea for keeping seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia safe: Give them ankle monitors normally used on criminals on house arrest or parole.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

NEW YORK (AP) - A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Appeals court sides with monks defying Louisiana law by selling low cost caskets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Benedictine monks may keep selling plain, low-cost caskets from their monastery outside New Orleans, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, finding that a regulation that only state-licensed funeral directors may sell coffins in Louisiana had no reasonable grounds.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


‘Show me your birth certificate before you go potty’ bill proposed in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A prominent Republican lawmaker in Arizona wants to link public bathroom use to birth certificates in what civil rights advocates are calling the nation's toughest anti-transgender measure.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

SCHOOL ASKS STUDENTS TO CUT BACK ON BODY SPRAY:

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


No charges in case of 11-year-old NJ boy pictured with gun on Facebook

CARNEYS POINT, N.J. (AP) - No charges will be filed against a man who posted online a photo of his young son holding what appeared to be a military-style rifle, police said Wednesday.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

INDICTMENT: SHERIFF LET INMATES SLEEP OUTSIDE JAIL: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An indictment charges a veteran South Carolina sheriff let some favored inmates sleep outside jail with access to television and alcohol and that he gave away weapons to people he knew.

March 20, 2013 | | Nation


NYC looks to bump tobacco from prime retail selling space

NEW YORK (AP) - Walk into any convenience store or gas station in the country, and chances are the cigarettes will be in roughly the same spot: at eye level, right behind the cash register.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo

TRENTON, NJ (AP) - The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


In Ohio case, social media is a double-edged sword; brings crime out in open

NEW YORK (AP) - In sentencing two high school football players to juvenile jail terms for raping a drunken girl, Judge Thomas Lipps issued a cautionary note to children and parents, urging them to reconsider "how you record things on the social media so prevalent today."

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon bans 60 mm mortar round after deaths

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) - A mortar shell explosion killed seven Marines and injured a half-dozen more during mountain warfare training in Nevada's high desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of the weapons until an investigation can determine their safety, officials said Tuesday.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff: Missing mom staged disappearance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - To law enforcement agencies, the disappearance of a Missouri woman and her young daughter for four days had all the markings of an abduction: a cryptic text message asking for help, a phone call that sounded like it was being read from a script, an ex-husband with a history of domestic violence.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Defiant teen gets life sentences in Ohio shooting deaths of 3 students

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


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Girl’s balloon message gets response

WHITTIER (AP) - Every year on her late father's birthday, Ashlynn Marracino writes a message to him on a balloon and sends it aloft.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


House votes to undo key Obama immigration actions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shunning a White House veto threat and opposition within their own party, House Republicans approved legislation Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion from the U.S.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Obama to renew his push for paid leave for working parents

WASHINGTON (AP) - Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said. He'll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion in new spending to encourage states to create paid family and medical leave programs.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Group: Officers who beat black suspect should be charged

DETROIT (AP) - Protesters on Wednesday called for criminal charges to be brought against two police officers who appear to be white who were caught on video beating and kicking a black carjacking suspect during an arrest.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect wore stolen body armor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man shot and killed by Albuquerque police was wearing sheriff-issued body armor and fired a stolen gun at officers, police said Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


10 dead when prison bus hits train

ODESSA, Texas (AP) - A prison bus skidded off an icy Texas highway, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train Wednesday, killing eight inmates and two corrections officers, including the bus driver, authorities said.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


FDA approves appetite-zapping implant device for obese patients

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly

PARIS (AP) - Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens of people who glorified terrorism or made racist or anti-Semitic remarks.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Astronauts flee US side of station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said there was no leak of ammonia coolant and a computer problem likely set off the false alarm.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, said Wednesday the right to free speech is absolute or else it isn't free.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Study: Half of California’s new wells involve fracking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twenty percent of California's oil production now comes through hydraulic fracturing, according to a study commissioned by the state and released Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Officials seize alligator in box in LA yard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 8-foot alligator that was found in a box with two cat carcasses in a suburban Los Angeles backyard might have been living at the home for as long as 40 years, animal officials said Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Need help filing out your tax return? Don’t call the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Study: Fewer struggling with medical costs as coverage grows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Google to test its first modular smartphone effort in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Google announced Wednesday that it will unveil a modular smartphone in Puerto Rico this year as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware based on their needs and interests.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


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