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NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

The world's biggest coffee chain is asking employees at cafes in the Washington, D.C., area to scribble the words "Come Together" on cups for drink orders on Thursday and Friday. CEO Howard Schultz says the words are intended as a message to lawmakers about the damage being caused by the divisive negotiations over the "fiscal cliff."

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MINN. SODA SHOP REBUKED FOR STOCKING CANDY SMOKES: ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Owners of an old-school soda shop in St. Paul, Minn., are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty candy cigarettes.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Cliff looms: Kicking the can, Washington-style

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to the nation's budget challenges, congressional leaders are fond of saying dismissively they don't want to kick the can down the road.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FILM FANS HAND HOLLYWOOD RECORD CASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The big deal for Hollywood is not the record $10.8 billion that studios took in domestically in 2012. It's the fact that the number of tickets sold went up for the first time in three years.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


George H.W. Bush in intensive care

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Colleges help students scrub online footprints

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Samantha Grossman wasn't always thrilled with the impression that emerged when people Googled her name.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


More meth labs showing up in cities, suburbs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in the nation's cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about a lethal drug that has long been the scourge of rural America.

December 26, 2012 | | Nation


Politics: Many 2012 fights to carry over

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is slowly digging out of its deepest economic hole since the 1930s. And if nothing else, the next four years should be better than the last four.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


2012 fashion styles that turned our heads

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Health care tax hikes may be just a start

WASHINGTON (AP) - New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Most people may not notice. But they will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance, one option in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal deficits.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Gun support runs far deeper than politics

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - Adam Lanza's mother was among the tens of millions of U.S. gun owners. She legally had a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and a pair of handguns, which her 20-year-old son used to kill 20 children and six adults in 10 minutes inside a Connecticut school.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Firemen’s killer left chilling note, deaths at 3 after Christmas Eve attack

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An ex-con killed two firefighters with the same caliber and make military-style rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre after typing a note pledging to burn down his neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people," police said Tuesday as another body, believed to be the gunman's missing sister, was found.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Christmas storms blamed for two deaths

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


LA-area homeless man set on fire as he sleeps

NORWALK (AP) - Authorities say a 55-year-old man was set on fire as he slept outside a donut shop in southern Los Angeles County.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


Obama likely to curtail holiday trip

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

December 25, 2012 | | Nation


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Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn’s smallest moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


Argument may have preceded deadly Fort Hood gun attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member prior to the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


County weighed buying up homes

SEATTLE (AP) - A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes there to protect them from such a disaster.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


It’s about time: New clock more accurate

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Good news for people who are sticklers for punctuality: The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new atomic clock that isn't supposed to gain or lose a second in roughly 300 million years.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


3 meningitis deaths reported in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


More Americans see middle class status slipping in size

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


With pot legal, festival trying to go mainstream this month in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Organizers of Denver's annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year's event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


FDA OKs 1st hay fever allergy immunotherapy tablet to replace weekly doctor office shots

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fort Hood gunman kills 4, inures 14

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A gunman opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood in an attack that left four dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials said.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


High court loosens reins on big campaign donors by 5-4 vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Student fell to death after eating pot cookie

DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student visiting Denver on spring break jumped to his death after eating a marijuana cookie that his friend legally purchased in one of Colorado's recreational pot shops, authorities said Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Newtown residents want gunman’s house torn down, turned into park

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Quest to ID remains brings mystery

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - As medical examiners painstakingly piece together the identities and lives of the 29 people known killed when a mudslide wiped out a small Washington community, one mystery troubles them.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Dad who fired into air, killing girl, gets 6 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter during a drunken fight with the girl's mother and was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


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