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The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint.

More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decision set for Monday for election recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Balloons steal the show

NEW YORK (AP) - Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Quiet holiday for first family

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Manager fired over holiday dispute

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the manager of a northern Indiana restaurant who was fired over his refusal to open up on Thanksgiving Day.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

• MORMON BISHOP DRESSES IN DISGUISE TO TEACH LESSON: TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) - Members of a Mormon congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville were greeted by what they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. At least five people asked him to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. What they did not know is that the man was David Musselman, a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Musselman told the Deseret News he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his Taylorville congregation ...

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NYPD optimistic Macy's parade balloons will fly

NEW YORK (AP) - The weather is looking up for Snoopy, Spidey and the rest of the giant balloons that take to the skies for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Health law business insurance site delayed year due to woesDelete - Merge Upbodycopy

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman had 5 guns, ammo when arrested

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Alec Baldwin's show ending on MSNBC

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - When George Loegering saw a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River while out hunting with relatives, the retired engineer couldn't believe his eyes.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

IND. OFFICER GETS 13 YEARS IN FATAL CRASH: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A former Indianapolis police officer who killed a man and seriously injured two others when he was driving drunk and crashed his police cruiser into two motorcycles stopped at a traffic light was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nasty weather for holiday travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targets tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Adopted boy's abandonment stirs worry

CINCINNATI (AP) - When an Ohio couple recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, prosecutors said they committed a crime. People within the adoption community say giving up a child after so much time is rare and undermines the lifelong commitment that adopted children require.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


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New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Google closing smartphone factory in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cross-country flight diverted after dog poops

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Students upset about altered yearbook photos

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) - A group of Utah high school students said they were surprised and upset to discover their school yearbook photos were digitally altered, with sleeves and higher necklines drawn on to cover bare skin.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Shinseki fights for his job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki eroded quickly Thursday, especially among congressional Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns, even as Shinseki continued to fight for his job amid allegations of delayed medical care and misconduct at VA facilities nationwide.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Brazen heroin ring wore ‘Bricks R Us’ shirts

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forty-four people were accused of participating in a Pittsburgh-area heroin ring in which investigators say some members brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


‘The Weed Fairy’ visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• MARYLAND GIRL PLEADS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR BULLYING: LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A 17-year-old Maryland girl accused of assaulting an autistic boy pleaded "responsible" to two misdemeanor charges after her case was transferred from adult to juvenile court.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest fined $200,000 for deception

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Government warns against minors using tanning beds & sun lamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google steps up efforts for more racial diversity

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


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