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Illinois governor signs pension overhaul into law

CHICAGO (AP) - In a private ceremony attended by a handful of lawmakers, Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively-underfunded pension system, though labor unions immediately threatened a lawsuit challenging the new law.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


COLD SNAP GLANCE

From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games. Even one outdoor ice rink in cold-accustomed South Dakota is shutting down.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Dreaming of a warm, happy place

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked an oil rig in North Dakota's booming oil patch.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fast-food workers across the country push for wage hikes

Fast-food NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Jobs report to show if US economy is for real

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Temps reach dangerous level for citrus

VISALIA (AP) - Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Bratton named NYPD commish again

NEW YORK (AP) - William Bratton, whose tenure as New York City police commissioner in the 1990s was marked by a steep decline in crime and clashes with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has been chosen to lead the nation's largest police force again.

December 05, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois pension fight likely shifting to court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The passage of a landmark bill to address Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis means the yearslong fight over how to address the massive shortfall now likely shifts to the courts, where its fate - and much-needed relief for the financially troubled state - remains highly uncertain.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydivers return to site where 2 died

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) - Skydivers from around the world returned to the air Wednesday at a popular Arizona skydiving location that was the site of a deadly mishap involving two parachutists a day earlier.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Face transplants thriving 2 years after operation

CHICAGO (AP) - New research on face transplants may help guide future operations for accident victims needing this kind of drastic surgery.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Train engineer in a 'daze' before crash

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - An engineer whose speeding commuter train ran off the rails along a curve, killing four people, experienced a hypnotic-like "daze" and nodded at the controls before he suddenly realized something was wrong and hit the brakes, a lawyer said.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit bankruptcy decision puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 04, 2013 | | Nation


No problems found in NYC train brake system

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators looking into a deadly train derailment said Tuesday that no problems had been found with the train's brake system or track signals along its route and that its engineer was being questioned again.

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BIRD STEALS CAMERA IN AUSTRALIA, RECORDS JOURNEY: SYDNEY (AP) - A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country's remote landscape. Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberly region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper. The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens. Rangers set up the motion-sensor camera along the Margaret River in May ...

December 03, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit can use bankruptcy to confront debt

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December 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Singer Lesley Gore dies at 68

NEW YORK (AP) - Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


First fish taken off endangered list

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman dies after road-rage attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 44-year-old woman who was teaching her teenage daughter to drive has died after being shot in the head in an apparent road-rage attack outside her Las Vegas home.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• WYOMING MAN SENDS VALENTINE FLOWERS - EVEN IN DEATH: CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man who died last year from a brain tumor is keeping Valentine's Day special for his wife - even in death.

February 16, 2015 | | Nation


Schools treat e-cigarettes now as drug paraphernalia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Police chased tractor-trailer 34 miles, dodged thrown fridge

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) - A tractor-trailer driver threw items from his cab at police - including socks, shoes and a small refrigerator - as he led them on a 34-mile chase in western Pennsylvania, authorities said Sunday.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Apple working on electric car project

CUPERTINO (AP) - You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar?

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


Teens getting less & less sleep

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


World record for catching bridal bouquets

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman says she has smashed the world record for catching bridal bouquets at weddings and now is seeking recognition for it.

February 15, 2015 | | Nation


To combat fraud,Visa wants to track your smartphone

NEW YORK (AP) - Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon governor resigns as Feds subpoena records

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday over a deepening influence-peddling scandal surrounding his fiancee and on the same day the U.S. Attorney's Office issued a subpoena demanding records and electronic communications pertaining to the pair.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


School wants alleged rape victim ‘used as bait’ to reveal her name

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A teenager who says she was raped after a school worker tried to use her as bait to catch an alleged sexual predator should be forced to publicly reveal her name to pursue a lawsuit, an Alabama school system argued in court.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


Juveniles 13 and younger accused of running child porn Instagram account

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - Police are asking parents in South Florida to check the online accounts of their children after three teens were accused of creating an Instagram account to solicit and post explicit photos of other minors.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


View-Master gets update by Google, Mattel

NEW YORK (AP) - Mattel and Google are trying to bring the 75-year-old View-Master into the 21st century - with some help from smartphones and virtual reality technology.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


SUV catapults 60 feet off bridge, lands upright; two inside OK

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - An SUV driver swerving to avoid striking another vehicle on a highway on Friday hit a snowbank along a guardrail and catapulted 60 feet off a bridge. Incredibly, authorities say, the vehicle landed upright and the two occupants suffered only minor injuries.

February 13, 2015 | | Nation


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