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Biden pledges urgent Obama action on gun control; aware of political minefield

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden vowed urgent action against gun violence in America Wednesday, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Deal in Mass. suit on pregnancy drug

BOSTON (AP) - Four sisters who claimed their breast cancer was caused by a drug their mother took during pregnancy in the 1950s reached a settlement Wednesday with Eli Lilly and Co. in the first of scores of similar claims around the country to go to trial.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


National Cathedral starts performing same-sex weddings

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NYPD must halt suspicion-less Bronx stop & frisks

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Police Department likely turned a blind eye to violations of the constitutional rights of thousands of individuals detained at private residential buildings in the Bronx in a stop-and-frisk program that's under assault in the courts, a federal judge said Tuesday.

January 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

OFFICIALS: US MAY LEAVE NO TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gave the first explicit signal Tuesday that it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon's view that thousands of troops may be needed to keep a lid on al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy against legalization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he's established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort on shooting anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Tuesday was not just a day for Tucson to remember the victims of the deadly shooting that severely injured then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It was also a day when residents could see firsthand the nation's gun debate play out in a busy parking lot outside a city police station.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Detective: Holmes played puppets with paper bags after Colorado theater shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - It was just hours after a deadly Colorado theater shooting, and James Holmes was not acting like a man accused of methodically planning the attack and booby trapping his apartment.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Obama tries to keep momentum on gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) - Less than a month after a horrific elementary school shooting, the White House is fighting to keep the momentum for new gun legislation amid signs it's losing ground in Congress to other pressing issues.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Utah town wants to arm households

SPRING CITY, Utah (AP) - Officials in a small Utah town want to make sure every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns too.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Fish story lands in NC's high court, $1M on line

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - About four hours after the fishing charter boat Citation left dock on the Outer Banks to compete in one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, crewmembers were in the fight of their lives. Something huge was hooked, but it was invisible to human sight as it dove for the ocean bottom about 27 miles off the North Carolina coast.

January 08, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

TEEN ARRESTED IN SCHOOL BOMB PLOT: PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teenager who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre and began building small homemade explosives, a sheriff said Monday.

January 07, 2013 | | Nation


Mom goes viral with her phone conduct code for 13-year-old son

NEW YORK (AP) - Janell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son's "maturity and growth" at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached.

January 07, 2013 | | Nation


Woman wants to keep middle-finger holiday lights up, court will decide

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The holidays may be over, but a Louisiana woman wants to keep a light display on her roof extending a middle finger to her neighbors.

January 07, 2013 | | Nation


Respite from surging health care costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.

January 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Obama calls for higher wages

MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Burning Man festival draws crowd of 66,000

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Our eating habits improve a bit

CHICAGO (AP) - Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Action-packed TV might make you snack more

CHICAGO (AP) - Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

POLICE ZAP GIRL WITH TASER AT MONTEREY COUNTY FAIR: MONTEREY (AP) - Police say they used a Taser on a 14-year-old girl after she attacked an officer at the Monterey County Fair.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Government wants nuclear waste train

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go.

September 01, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

LOS ANGELES (AP) - From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

August 31, 2014 | | Nation


3rd major Atlantic City casino closing

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.

August 31, 2014 | | Nation


Big HealthCare.gov challenge: Tax forms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Feds jail ginseng poacher

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Broke and down on his luck, Billy Joe Hurley turned to the only way he knew how to make a living: poaching ginseng.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutors charge officer with rape

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with 16 counts including first-degree rape and sexual battery after being accused of assaulting at least eight women while on patrol.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Border Patrol fires at armed militia member

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of immigrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Purchased pie crust causes flap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition

NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


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