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NC POLITICIAN WRITES RESIGNATION LETTER IN KLINGON: INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (AP) - Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


Interior ends federal 'Blueway' program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A U.S. Interior Department program intended to recognize conservation efforts along the nation's waterways was dissolved on Friday amid opposition from landowners and politicians who feared it would lead to increased regulations and possible land seizures.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


Plan for firearm background check changes

HONOLULU (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


Skimpy plans leave some ‘underinsured’

WASHINGTON (AP) - For working people making modest wages and struggling with high medical bills from chronic disease, President Barack Obama's health care plan sounds like long-awaited relief. But the promise could go unfulfilled.

January 03, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

'BREAKING BAD' WINNER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC's "Breaking Bad" with the cast has been charged with running a drug distribution operation.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Citizens come to aid of shot officer

PHOENIX (AP) - Police on Thursday commended the actions of citizens who offered help after an officer and another man were shot following the armed robbery of $18,000 from employees of a strip club.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bid to reduce Saudi man's sentence denied

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge on Thursday denied a Saudi man's request to return to his home country to complete his prison term for sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Is shale oil more explosive?

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Some workers set to reach $100K pay in Boeing deal

SEATTLE (AP) - Some machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely see their annual base salaries top $100,000 in the coming years under a proposed contract offer from Boeing Co., according to an Associated Press analysis of the deal.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Confusion, relief mark start of new reforms

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The new year brought relief for Americans who previously had no health insurance or were stuck in poor plans, but it also led to confusion after the troubled rollout of the federal health care reforms sent a crush of late applications to overloaded government agencies.

January 02, 2014 | | Nation


Real world study shows texting, & dialing while driving raises crash risk

ATLANTA (AP) - A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


James Avery of ‘Fresh Prince’ television fame dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Marketing efforts target ‘young invincibles’

MIAMI (AP) - The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


Legal recreational pot industry opens

DENVER (AP) - Crowds were serenaded by live music as they waited for the nation's first legal recreational pot shops to open. They ate doughnuts and funnel cakes as a glass-blower made smoking pipes. Some tourists even rode around in a limo, eager to try weed but not so eager to be seen buying it.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


HP confirms higher layoffs expected

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.

January 01, 2014 | | Nation


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Groom charged in brawl during wedding cruise

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A groom became "handsy" with a pregnant waitress at his wedding reception and tried to pour alcohol down her throat, then resisted arrest after getting into a fight with her boyfriend, police said.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Expelled black students’ parents sue Ohio district

CINCINNATI (AP) - The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos and targeted because of race sued a suburban school district in federal court on Tuesday, charging violations of constitutional rights including free speech.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

CENTERPLATE: CEO RESIGNS OVER DOG'S MISTREATMENT: STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sports catering business Centerplate has announced the resignation of its chief executive after video from an elevator security camera posted online shows a man kicking a puppy and yanking its leash.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Infamous speed trap investigated over tickets

WALDO, Fla. (AP) - The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Los Angeles jury convicts man of three 3 serial murders in 1980s

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


PG&E penalized $1.4B for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines.

September 02, 2014 | | Nation


Study yields bad news for tiny desert pupfish

FURNACE CREEK (AP) - For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters - and its lack of mobility - are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Electorate poised to ‘keep the bums in’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Obama calls for higher wages

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Burning Man festival draws crowd of 66,000

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Our eating habits improve a bit

CHICAGO (AP) - Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Action-packed TV might make you snack more

CHICAGO (AP) - Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

POLICE ZAP GIRL WITH TASER AT MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR: MONTEREY (AP) - Police say they used a Taser on a 14-year-old girl after she attacked an officer at the Monterey County Fair.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Government wants nuclear waste train

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

LOS ANGELES (AP) - From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

August 31, 2014 | | Nation


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