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Peace talks? Chemical weapons first

GENEVA (AP) - The top diplomats from the United States and Russia raised hopes Friday for reviving broad talks to end the long and deadly Syrian civil war, even as they struggled to deal with the most notorious part - the use of chemical weapons on civilians. The path to a U.N. resolution on securing those weapons seemed at least somewhat clearer, with the U.S. indicating it could accept an enforcement measure that didn't threaten military retribution.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Kerry talks tough in encounter with Russia

GENEVA (AP) - Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons Thursday by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons - and nothing immediately.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama's overhaul.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


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OHIO WOMAN ACCUSED OF FAKING YOUNG SON'S CANCER: NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations, authorities said.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. mountain flooding kills 3

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. mountain flooding kills 3

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Some Pittsburghers cited for parking in their own driveways

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Some Pittsburghers are being ticketed or warned not to park in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet of a street.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Scathing obit about abusive mom goes viral

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties wrote a scathing obituary that was published in the local newspaper - and has since become an Internet sensation.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


3 years for hacking police websites

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 22-year-old Ohio man linked to the hacker collective Anonymous was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for breaking into police and other websites across the country.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Pastor arrested before he could burn Qurans

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor was arrested Wednesday as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans to a park, where the pastor had said he was planning to burn 2,998 of the Muslim holy books- one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


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VEGAS MOM GIVES BIRTH TO HEALTHY QUINTUPLETS: PHOENIX (AP) - A Las Vegas mother is resting Wednesday after delivering a healthy set of quintuplets in a suburban Phoenix hospital, bringing five new additions to her family's already full house.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


Russian prestige on the line in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House tried Wednesday to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States as Secretary of State John Kerry headed for Geneva to work on a Russian proposal for international inspectors to seize and destroy the deadly stockpile.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


2 recalled over gun control support

DENVER (AP) - Democratic voters in Colorado helped remove two state senators of their own party who voted for tighter gun control - an ouster that was both intensely local and a national test of what can happen to lawmakers who support gun restrictions in battleground states.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


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Utah university creates ‘texting lane’ for phone-focused walkers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One Utah university is giving students glued to their cellphones a place to call their own: a designated lane for texting while walking.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Feds announce nationwide health care fraud sweeps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 243 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacy owners accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid, the government announced Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Which woman should appear on $10 bill?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks?

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Lobster prices rise as summer season gets off to slow start

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - American lobster prices are swelling as the summer fishing season gets off to a slow start in New England.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


McDonald’s downsizing in US

NEW YORK (AP) - The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Allegiant Air faces labor disputes, questions

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Issues continue to circle overhead for low-fare Allegiant Air as directors gathered in the profitable company's Las Vegas headquarters Thursday for a shareholder meeting.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘PURE, PURE CONCENTRATED EVIL’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - It was an act of "pure, pure concentrated evil," Charleston's mayor said - a black community's leading lights extinguished in a spray of bullets, allegedly at the hands of a young white man who was welcomed into their Bible study session. And so the nine victims at The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church joined the ever-lengthening list of America's racial casualties.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer: Man blown away by wife’s role in prison escape plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A man was "blown away" by word that his wife discussed having two inmates kill him as she helped them plot their successful escape from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, his lawyer said on Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Jury recommends no extra prison for Marine who killed Iraqi civilian

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - A military jury on Thursday recommended that a U.S. Marine twice convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian get no additional prison time beyond the roughly seven years he has already served for the crime.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Illinois high court: Comcast must reveal anonymous commenter

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Comcast Cable Communications must identify an Internet-service subscriber who posted an anonymous message suggesting a political candidate molests children, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Texas repeals ban on deep fryers in schools

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - It's about freedom, not the fries.

June 18, 2015 | | Nation


Delivery by drone in 30 minutes?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Borrowing a pizza delivery motto, online retail giant Amazon told Congress Wednesday it is developing the technology to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, a broad expansion of unmanned flight that is raising concerns about safety, security and privacy.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


Luck runs out: Man loses $92K in winning lottery tickets

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The same lucky lottery numbers, 7-1-5, that won a Florida man tens of thousands of dollars over the years banked him another $92,000 payout last month. And then his luck ran out: the 184 winning tickets, each worth $500, were nowhere to be found.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


Three postal workers accused of rigging Operation Santa program

NEW YORK (AP) - Three postal workers played the Grinch and stole laptop computers, a toy train, boots and other gifts destined for underprivileged children by rigging the Operation Santa program where they worked, authorities said.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


2 boys rescue young children from burning home in Florida

OAKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Typical of their hot summer days free from school, 11-year-old Jeremiah Grimes and 10-year-old Isiah Francis were plopped on the couch watching YouTube and playing video games, but Tuesday they smelled something unusual.

June 17, 2015 | | Nation


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