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Sand dunes engulfing ‘Star Wars’ set

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Time may be running short for hardcore "Star Wars" fans to see the real-life set used to portray Anakin Skywalker's childhood home of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Skydiving teacher killed in tandem jump

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) - A skydiving instructor from Pensacola, Fla., died in a remote swamp after a tandem jump that hospitalized his student, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said Sunday.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Great Bull Run coming to US cities

ATLANTA (AP) - Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Rescuers find body of Mt. Hood snowboarder

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) - A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to the recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


8th grader claims ‘Jeopardy!’ spelling him over spelling

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut eighth-grader who misspelled the correct answer to a "Jeopardy!" question and lost money over it says he was cheated.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• TAWANA BRAWLEY BEGINS MAKING DEFAMATION PAYMENTS: NEW YORK (AP) - A black woman who set off a racial firestorm as a teenager after alleging she was raped by a group of white men in 1987 has begun making defamation payments to one of them.

August 04, 2013 | | Nation


Dropping $180 for bird poop facials

NEW YORK (AP) - Bird poop for beauty?

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Plan pitched again to end Saturday delivery

WASHINGTON (AP) - Saturday mail delivery would be ended in a year and the Postal Service could start shipping alcoholic beverages under a plan offered Friday by two key senators seeking to turn around the struggling agency's finances.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sikhs added to hate crime stats

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department will begin keeping numbers on hate crimes committed against Sikhs and six other groups, in connection with Monday's one-year anniversary of the killing of six Sikh worshippers in Oak Creek, Wis.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Hiding from gunman 'failed policy'

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The superintendent of an Arkansas school district who wanted to let teachers and janitors carry 9mm handguns on campus said Friday that the district will find other ways to protect its 2,500 students after the attorney general said the gun plan was flawed.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Alaska city experiences first sunset in months

BARROW, Alaska (AP) - For the first time since May, the sun has set in what is billed as the northernmost city in the United States.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FLA. BOY SURVIVES BEING SUCKED INTO DRAINPIPE: FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A young boy is recovering in a southwest Florida hospital after he was sucked into a drainpipe while playing with other children and carried several hundred yards.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


75 officers broke rules in chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - A review of a deadly police chase in Cleveland last fall has found that 75 patrol officers violated orders and police department rules, city officials said Friday. Nineteen officers face disciplinary hearings.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


Man saves couple from oncoming train

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man is being hailed as a hero for pushing an elderly couple's stalled car from a railroad crossing with a freight train bearing down on them.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


No workers' comp in drunk dockworker case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal appeals court says an Oregon longshoreman who got drunk on the job, urinated while standing on a dock and then fell 6 feet onto concrete should not get workers' compensation benefits for his injuries.

August 02, 2013 | | Nation


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Toddler found alive 14 hours after car crash in Utah river

SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) - An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Wisconsin chief treading carefully

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Within hours of a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, the police chief of Wisconsin's capital city was praying with the man's grandmother, hoping to strike a conciliatory tone and avoid the riots that last year rocked Ferguson, Missouri.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Bloody Sunday: Thousands crowd Selma bridge

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of people crowded an Alabama bridge on Sunday, many jammed shoulder to shoulder, many unable to move, to commemorate a bloody confrontation 50 years ago between police and peaceful protesters that helped bring about the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Bill Clinton defends foreign donations

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton defended his foundation's acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, pointing to the track record of his global philanthropy as Hillary Rodham Clinton nears an announcement on a 2016 presidential campaign.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher secretly videotaped kindergartners in bathroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teacher secretly recorded his kindergarten students using a tiny spy camera hung inside his classroom's bathroom, prosecutors said Saturday.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Finally some snow for Iditarod mushers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Winter has finally cooperated with the Iditarod.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


2 peace officers suspended over bikini video shoot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah peace officers have been suspended without pay over a risque video shoot featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons.

March 08, 2015 | | Nation


Father of teen poisoned by caffeine powder sues

CLEVELAND (AP) - Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

March 07, 2015 | | Nation


Senator Menendez, amid probe: ‘I have been honest in office’

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, under federal investigation for his relationship with a Florida doctor and political donor, defiantly said Friday he has always been honest in office even as a person familiar with the matter said he's expected to face criminal charges soon.

March 07, 2015 | | Nation


‘Homebrew’ email servers: Genius & sneaky

WASHINGTON (AP) - No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was most likely about the size of your office desktop computer and could have been tucked quietly in a corner somewhere.

March 07, 2015 | | Nation


Obama says Ferguson report exposed racially biased system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was "oppressive and abusive," President Barack Obama said Friday as he called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights.

March 07, 2015 | | Nation


Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice drifting in the water turned out to be just as interesting.

March 05, 2015 | | Nation


Suicides by girls, young women climb

NEW YORK (AP) - The suicide rate for girls and young women in the U.S. continues to rise, at a pace far faster than for young males, health officials said Thursday.

March 05, 2015 | | Nation


New Hampshire bill requires cursive, multiplication tables

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As schools adopt new education standards and rely more on computers in the classroom, a group of New Hampshire senators want to make sure the basics of learning cursive and multiplication tables don't get left behind.

March 05, 2015 | | Nation


Dog stable after being shot, tied to Florida train tracks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive Thursday after being found by police.

March 05, 2015 | | Nation


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