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Mysterious goo killing Bay Area birds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures' feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

GOP split on using budget process on health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama's health care law.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation

MLK tributes, rallies around nation

ATLANTA (AP) - Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We've come a long way, but there's still much to be done to fulfill King's dream.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation

Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

January 19, 2015 | | Nation

Boy’s circumcision spurs lengthy legal battle, protests

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation

Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation

Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation

‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation

Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation

Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation

Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation

Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation

High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation

Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation

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Inmates worked for free for jail officials

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former inmates at a privately run Nashville jail say they worked without pay building bean-bag "cornhole" games, plaques shaped like footballs, birdhouses ...

August 16, 2015 | | Nation

Disabled sister kept in closet for years

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman kept her disabled adult sister locked in a closet for six or seven years with little food, water or ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

NYC man posed as doctor, treated patients in basement

NEW YORK (AP) - More than 100 patients were duped by a "dangerous scam artist" who posed as a clinical psychologist, met with patients in his ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

Islamic State leader raped US hostage

WASHINGTON (AP) - American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly forced to have sex with Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, U.S ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

Challenge stops confederate statue move at Univ. of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas on Friday abruptly canceled weekend plans to relocate a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis after a legal ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

US, Japanese cities mark WWII end with Pearl Harbor ceremony

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Japanese and U.S. cities, together with the U.S. Navy, are holding a memorial service in Pearl Harbor to mark ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

Black bear breaks into car in Montana, destroys interior

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A retired Pittsburgh schoolteacher could do nothing but laugh after a black bear broke into her car in Montana, destroyed the interior ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

Officer investigated after jumping on top of arrestee

MIAMI (AP) - An internal affairs investigation was underway Friday after a 47-second video emerged showing a Miami police officer putting a handcuffed young man in ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

US eases crude oil export ban; allows trading with Mexico

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The Obama administration approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico on Friday, further easing the longstanding U.S. ban on crude exports ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

J.C. Penney turnaround gains traction

PLANO, Texas (AP) - J.C. Penney's turnaround is gaining traction.

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

Ways cheaper yuan could reverberate

HONG KONG (AP) - China's unexpected move this week to lower the value of its tightly-leashed currency, the yuan, sent shockwaves through global financial markets ...

August 14, 2015 | | Nation


NEW YORK (AP) - Too close! Too far back! Middle? No way, aisle.

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

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