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$2 billion price tag for presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday. The reports detailed a last-minute cascade of money from mega-donors and an onslaught of spending by the Obama and Romney campaigns and "super" political action committees.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Man pleads guilty in Seattle terror plot

SEATTLE (AP) - A man pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting an attack on a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


For Washington state, marijuana is now legal but what happens next?

SEATTLE (AP) - People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle's sidewalks - then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to "get baked," the city's police department suggested pizza and a "Lord of the Rings" movie marathon.

December 07, 2012 | | Nation


Death toll now at 420 people in Philippines typhon

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine government's geological hazard maps show why this farming community was largely washed away by a strong typhoon: "highly susceptible to flooding and landslides." That didn't stop some villagers from rebuilding even with bodies still lying under the mud.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Obama seeks to put personal touch on cliff talks

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama, trying to put a personal touch on "fiscal cliff" negotiations, visited a northern Virginia family's basement apartment Thursday to press his hard line on tax rate increases for the wealthy.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Leading conservative DeMint resigning Senate seat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Jim DeMint, patron saint of the tea party and a would-be Republican kingmaker, announced suddenly Thursday he would resign his South Carolina seat to head Washington's conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, a shift that reverberated through a soul-searching GOP.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MAINE MALL SACKS SANTA AFTER RUDENESS COMPLAINTS: SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A mall in Maine has sacked Santa Claus after children and parents complained he was rude, grumpy and wouldn't even let one child sit on his lap.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


George Zimmerman sues NBC and reporters

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AUTOPSY: BORDER PATROL AGENT FIRED GUN 10 TIMES: SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Border Patrol agent in Southern California who shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her vehicle fired his gun 10 times from the hood of her car as he tried to get the woman to stop, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead buried in Punchbowl

HONOLULU (AP) - Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Snooki, hosting MTV's New Year's Eve show

LOS ANGELES (AP) - New York's Times Square is getting a little bit Jersey for New Year's Eve.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Gay Washington couples get marriage licenses

SEATTLE (AP) - Hundreds of same-sex couples across Washington state started picking up marriage licenses Thursday as a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage took effect.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Mormon church seeking more compassion for gays

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon leaders made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website Thursday that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


At 450 pounds, killer fights execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - At about 450 pounds, Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post is so fat that his executioners won't be able to find veins in his arms or legs for the lethal injection, and he might even break the death chamber gurney, his lawyers say.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


Woman killed after car, motorized wheelchair bump

ATLANTA (AP) - An elderly man opened fire on a woman after her car came into contact with his motorized wheelchair at a central Georgia service station, authorities said Wednesday. She died shortly afterward at a hospital despite the efforts of a crowd of people to aid her.

December 06, 2012 | | Nation


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Improper payments by feds top $100B

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


First singing, then tragedy at camp

MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - More than 100 young campers sang songs, read stories and prayed in an open-air pavilion, as they did each night at the River Valley Ranch camp. Then, the sky began to darken and a light rain began to fall.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


John Wayne heirs sue Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Artist: Santa Fe police pulled rifle for dog poop

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A well-known American Indian artist said police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Reid blocks votes on gun proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


6 dead in shooting at suburban Houston home

SPRING, Texas (AP) - Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Service held for 200 whose bodies went unclaimed

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A casket carrying the body of Richard Clement was slowly lowered into its final resting place on Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


TALLEST WATERSLIDE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Father parked vehicle at work with son inside

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - The father of a 15-month-old Connecticut boy who died after being left in a car on a hot day was supposed to drop him off at day care but went to work and left his son inside the parked vehicle, police said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Woman treads water for 3 hours

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Probation for stealing $460K in quarters

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Psych drug ER trips near 90,000 a year

CHICAGO (AP) - Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Officers, suspect burned in confrontation

CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) - A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a police officer ablaze Wednesday before another officer shot the suspect at a suburban Dallas shopping strip, police said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


RECIPE FOR HIGHER SALES

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


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