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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


Twitter accounts of New York Post,news agency hacked

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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North Dakota weighs lifting Sunday morning shopping ban

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota residents can order alcohol at a restaurant or bar late Sunday morning but must wait until afternoon to go ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Nebraska state senator criticized over his women’s march retweet

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska state senator who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer is facing criticism again for a retweet suggesting ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online

DENVER (AP) - Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Will work for marijuana: Oops. Lawyer’s license suspended

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana lawyer who worked in exchange for marijuana has been suspended from practice for a year. The state's Supreme Court ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


OSU president apologizes for blackface incident

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The president of Oklahoma State University issued an apology Monday after a white student posted an image of herself on social media ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Former congressman Mike Pompeo sworn in as director

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pompeo was sworn in Monday night as director of the CIA at a crucial time for U.S. national security as intelligence ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


‘The windows exploded’: Storm death toll at 20 in the South

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A tornado warning on television sent Anthony Mitchell, his pregnant wife and their three children scrambling for what little shelter their mobile ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Protesters take control of crossing

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Protesters took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Neon rock ‘n’ roll history up for sale

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction - a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


What mackerel & volcano say about climate change

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s pick to lead State gaibs support in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil executive with close business ties to Russia, saw his prospects of becoming secretary of state brighten Sunday ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


1 dead, multiple injured San Antonio shopping mall shooting

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A robbery inside a San Antonio shopping mall ended with shots fired on Sunday, leaving one person who tried to intervene dead ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


More deaths reported after 16 die in tornadoes

ADEL, Ga. (AP) - Emergency responders rushed to answer new reports of deaths and injuries Sunday evening in southern Georgia as violent storms already blamed for ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


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