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WASHINGTON (AP) - Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans’ concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, the newly minted senator delivering her party's official response to the State of Union address promised Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

Mom accused of setting baby afire held on $500K bail

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road said little in her first court appearance Tuesday, appearing on video to answer to a murder charge.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

Bridge construction collapse kills 1

CINCINNATI (AP) - Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman kills himself

BOSTON (AP) - A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

Eating while driving: Man’s burger gets him a traffic ticket

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A man says enjoying a double quarter-pounder with cheese as he cruised down a highway outside Atlanta got him in trouble with the law - and a ticket for eating while driving.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

‘Sniper’ success reveals power of conservatives

NEW YORK (AP) - Empty seats were hard to come by at Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" over the holiday weekend, where the R-rated Iraq War drama - all words seldom attached to "blockbuster" - rolled to the kind of runaway success that makes Hollywood sit up and take notice.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

Intended as tribute,casino’s King Day menu offends some

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A restaurant in an Atlantic City casino intended to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday by offering fried chicken, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, a casino official said Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | | Nation

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

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NJ mall frees up Santa’s lap: No more $35 to $50 fee

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Santa Claus is free again.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Wisconsin convent says prayer has gone on nonstop since 1878

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire - any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks, warnings needed

CHICAGO (AP) - Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms.

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Mainer who shot intruder sues his landlord to keep gun for protection

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A disabled former lobsterman who shot an intruder after buying a gun to defend himself sued his landlord Monday over a policy ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Viral review triggers run on Wal-Mart pies

NEW YORK (AP) - Two million pounds of sweet potatoes. That's what it's going to take to get Patti LaBelle's suddenly famous sweet ...

November 16, 2015 | | Nation

Clinton goes after Sanders on taxes

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Fresh from the second Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Sunday that Bernie Sanders would raise middle-class taxes and "scrap" President ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Hog manure fuels natural gas project

ALBANY, Mo. (AP) - One recipe for renewable natural gas goes: Place manure from about 2 million hogs in lagoons, cover them with an impermeable material ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

3 student leaders called on to resign

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Racial tensions are growing at the University of Kansas with a call for three top Student Senate leaders to resign and a ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Student leader: School has racism, unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri - a school now known for ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Donations drop after gay leader decision

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down - possibly a side ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

France bombs Islamic State HQ

PARIS (AP) - France launched "massive" air strikes on the Islamic State group's de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

After Paris attacks, fugitive slipped thru police dragnet

PARIS (AP) - Hours after the synchronized attacks that terrorized Paris, French police questioned and released the suspect who is now the focus of an international ...

November 15, 2015 | | Nation

Minimum wage vaults onto agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first question in Tuesday's GOP presidential debate - whether the minimum wage should go to $15 an hour - was the starkest evidence ...

November 13, 2015 | | Nation

Restaurant ‘fires’ patron who berated autistic delivery driver

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska restaurant is being overwhelmed with goodwill after its owner defended an autistic delivery driver who was berated by a customer.

November 13, 2015 | | Nation

120 dead in string of Paris attacks

PARIS (AP) - A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed as many as 120 people ...

November 13, 2015 | | Nation

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