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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


STATE OF THE 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


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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Hawaii may use grass huts for homeless

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a unique solution to the housing crisis: They want to make it possible for people to live in traditional ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Son’s letter from Iraq 11 years later

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq.

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Fresno County city approves medical marijuana service

COALINGA (AP) - The Coalinga City Council has voted to allow a medical marijuana dispensary, commercial cultivation and delivery services within city limits, making it the ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mazda plans expansion of US headquarters in California

IRVINE (AP) - Mazda will keep its U.S. headquarters in California and will expand into a state-of-the-art facility with a 10-year lease.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


UNLIMITED DATA

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Chrysler aims to revive minivan

DETROIT (AP) - Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it - with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


$1.4B prize: Myths, misconceptions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday's Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Wearing unearned medals is free speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Bowie never stopped looking ahead

NEW YORK (AP) - It was hardly a coincidence that David Bowie named his greatest hits collection "Changes."

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mormons’ 150th temple will open in Provo

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The Mormon Church unveiled its 150th temple on Monday - a renovated historical tabernacle in Provo that nearly burned down in 2010.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Extraditing ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Mexican authorities saying they're committed to extraditing Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, it appears more likely than ever ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Judge reduces bond for mom of ‘affluenza’ teen

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a deadly wreck could soon leave jail after a ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Thief stuffs snake in his pants at store

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A snake thief smuggled a 2-foot-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Kentucky moves ahead with plans to dismantle health exchange

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's new Republican administration is moving forward with plans to shut down the state's health insurance exchange, becoming the first ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


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