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After 51 hours, man finishes swim hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama calls off Putin summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


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INDIANA COMMUNITY HANDS OUT DRUG TESTING KITS: LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) - A southeastern Indiana school is distributing kits so parents can test their children for drug use.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Biker gang leader convicted of casino murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease - by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


More players seeking big jackpots only

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The allure of capturing the estimated $425 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Hasan intent on getting death sentence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Publishers object to Apple remedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government objected Wednesday to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc., saying it will hurt publishers rather than the personal electronics giant.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Attempted murder charge in alleged Oregon tattoo war

North Bend, Ore. (AP) - David Wonnacott qualified for a tattoo license on July 5 and wasted little time establishing a business in a small, coastal Oregon community. Problem is, police said, he did it with a gun.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Retailer drops girls' math shirt after complaints

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Children's Place has stopped selling a T-shirt that sparked complaints of sexism.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Maine candidate in swimsuit video defends self

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A candidate for Maine Senate who's getting heat for appearing in Brazilian-style swim trunks in an online video says his acting background is the kind of experience Mainers should want from their lawmakers.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Research disputes links between combat, suicide

CHICAGO (AP) - Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war's effects on the psyche.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Rising tax revenue eases pressure for cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?

August 06, 2013 | | 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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