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Komen drops plans to cut Planned Parenthood grants following three- days of intense backlash

NEW YORK (AP) - For leaders of the nation's pre-eminent breast-cancer charity, it was a firestorm they didn't see coming - and couldn't withstand.

February 03, 2012 | | Nation


Groundhog wars: Rodents diverge on winter forecast

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil told people to prepare for six more weeks of winter on Thursday, making him the minority opinion among his groundhog brethren who seem to think that spring is coming early.

February 03, 2012 | | Nation


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INMATE ADDS PIG IMAGE TO VT. POLICE CRUISER DECALS: MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates pulled a fast one on state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers.

February 02, 2012 | | Nation


Roseanne Barr seeks Green Party presidential nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roseanne Barr said Thursday she's running for the Green Party's presidential nomination - and it's no joke.

February 02, 2012 | | Nation


Trump endorses Romney after a puzzling Vegas day

LAS VEGAS (AP) - With his trademark flair for spectacle, Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday on the famed Las Vegas strip - just hours after Newt Gingrich's advisers were spreading the word that The Donald would be anointing him instead.

February 02, 2012 | | Nation


Make My Day law for business advances in Colorado regarding killing robbers

DENVER (AP) - Colorado takes pride in its Western entrepreneurial spirit - and that extends to the belief of some lawmakers that business owners should be able to use deadly force against anyone who tries to take what's theirs.

February 02, 2012 | | Nation


Obama wants broader housing loan assistance

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Conceding his earlier housing programs have fallen short, President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a vast expansion of government assistance to homeowners, aiming to make lower lending rates a possibility for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages.

February 02, 2012 | | Nation


Panetta: US combat in Afghanistan to end next in 2013

BRUSSELS (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta laid out the administration's most explicit portrayal of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan expect to end their combat role in 2013 and continue a training and advisory role with Afghan forces through 2014.

February 02, 2012 | | Nation


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550 ABUSE CLAIMS FILED AGAINST WIS. ARCHDIOCESE: MILWAUKEE (AP) - About 550 people have filed claims for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee - the most of the eight dioceses in the U.S. that have sought bankruptcy protection, a lawyer in the Milwaukee case said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


Treasure hunter says he found $3B WWII wreck

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A treasure hunter said Wednesday he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion.

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


Indiana joins right-to-work state ranks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana became the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state Wednesday in a move that is sure to embolden advocates seeking to curtail union rights across the country. But whether other states can replicate the conservatives' success in Indiana is less certain.

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


Challenge to schools: Hardbound textbooks going the way of slide rules & typewriters

WASHINGTON (AP) - Are hardbound textbooks going the way of slide rules and typewriters in schools?

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


Romney triggers backlash, says he’s not worried about poor as they have safety net

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, confident after his Florida primary victory, ended up inviting criticism Wednesday when he said he's "not concerned about the very poor" because they have an "ample safety net."

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


Toothless bank robber says she needed dentures

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - A woman who appeared to not have any teeth in surveillance photos from a bank robbery last month has confessed, apologized and told police she planned the heist because she needed the money for dentures.

February 01, 2012 | | Nation


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ALASKA VOLCANO LAVA DOME FORMS, ALERT LEVEL RAISED: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The warning level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised after a new lava dome began forming, indicating the mountain could explode and send up an ash cloud that could threaten aircraft.

January 31, 2012 | | Nation


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Professor protests Iowa’s pink locker room

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school's famous quirks: the visiting team's pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Driver accused of hot-bus punishment resigns job

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Military pilot was killed in F-15 jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


4 killed in crash of medical flight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge for child care worker

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Flight diverts over reclined-seat upset

BOSTON (AP) - An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


No-pot city takes aim at marijuana law

FIFE, Wash. (AP) - To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Gun tourism grows in popularity

LAS VEGAS - The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Cops’ crew member killed in police shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Boston suspect’s sister charged in NY bomb threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Final ruling issued against part of Utah’s polygamy ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Pilot’s fate unknown in jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


ALS group awash in cold cash

NEW YORK (AP) - In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting by 9-year-old stirs debate

PHOENIX (AP) - The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


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