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Navajo president blocks tax on junk food

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation president has vetoed a proposal to impose an additional tax on chips, cookies and sweetened beverages on the country's largest reservation, but the legislation could be resurrected later.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Email for help leads to 3 child abuse arrests

CINCINNATI (AP) - A girl beaten and tied to her bed, sometimes for weeks at a time, won freedom for herself and her siblings by emailing a teacher at her online school to plead for help, officials said Wednesday.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii considers making it official with ukulele

HONOLULU (AP) - Its frisky four strings are the sound of Elvis's "Blue Hawaii," of Tiny Tim tiptoeing through the tulips and lately, beyond all reason, of a popular "Bohemian Rhapsody" cover.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Stroke risk tied to weather swings

There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Study disputes value of routine mammograms

TORONTO (AP) - A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

February 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington governor suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment."

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra storm doubles snowpack, eases drought pain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Drought worries are far from over, but the weekend storm in the Sierra more than doubled the mountain snowpack and should ensure normal river flows into western Nevada for at least part of the summer, federal water officials say.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing

HOUSTON (AP) - Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Happy Meal heroin suspect in court

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman accused of hiding heroin in Happy Meals and selling them from a Pittsburgh drive-thru has been "emotionally crushed" by the allegations, her defense attorney said Tuesday, though he stopped short of denying the charges.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Package explodes, killing lawyer at home

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) - Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Trooper who stopped cop sues after harassment

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Gay teen achieves Eagle Scout milestone

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) - Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Loud-music killing case defense rests

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after an argument over loud music testified Tuesday that he thought he saw the barrel of a gun from the teen's SUV and that he feared for his life before firing his weapon.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


Majority want change in US-Cuba policy

MIAMI (AP) - A majority of Americans and even higher proportion of Floridians support re-establishing relations with Cuba, Washington's Cold War-era foe that remains blocked behind a five-decade economic embargo, results from a poll released Tuesday show.

February 11, 2014 | | Nation


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White officer gets probation in black driver’s shooting death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A white South Carolina police officer who was charged with a felony for shooting and killing a black driver at the ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Utah polygamy ban restored in loss for ‘Sister Wives’ family

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court restored Utah's ban on polygamy Monday, handing a defeat to the family from TV's "Sister ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Legislator barred from bringing oxygen tank to House chamber

UNITY, N.H. (AP) - An 80-year-old New Hampshire legislator with a lung problem has been told not to bring his portable oxygen concentrator with him ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Rescuers try to find skiers stuck on glacier for days

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Searchers on Monday hoped to find two skiers who have been stuck on an Alaska glacier for three days and were forced ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Brown: Measure addresses old mistake

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that the initiative he is promoting for the November ballot would help fix a mistake he made ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Fireworks accident at temple in India kills 100 plus

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (AP) - The Hindu temple in southern India was packed with thousands for a religious festival early Sunday when the fireworks began - an unauthorized ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Want to graduate college debt free? Teach in a rural area

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The teacher shortage in poor, rural districts in South Carolina is so bad, the state is considering offering would-be instructors a ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Transit systems eye Uber, Lyft for disabled savings

BOSTON (AP) - Several U.S. transit systems looking to defray costs of providing services for the disabled are weighing partnerships with Uber and Lyft, unsettling ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


3 rescued from deserted island after writing ‘help’ on beach

HONOLULU (AP) - Three men who had been missing for three days were rescued from a deserted Pacific island after a U.S. Navy plane spotted ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Rep. Honda creates legal expense fund

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Honda has quietly set up a fund dedicated to collecting money to pay bills related to ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Top cartel leader appeared to find temporary haven in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - A man who was slain at an upscale suburban Dallas shopping center is identified in federal court documents as the acting leader of ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


SpaceX delivers world’s 1st inflatable room for astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world's first inflatable room for astronauts.

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Minnesota Burger King workers smash windows after prank call

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - A prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


Ousted execs defend work at Wounded Warrior Project

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Two men ousted from top executive positions at Wounded Warrior Project say their leadership upheld the intent of donors who contributed millions ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


The hunt is on for delegates

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are coming to terms with the cold mathematical reality of chasing delegates ahead of their nominating conventions ...

April 10, 2016 | | Nation


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