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COACH ACCUSED OF TATTOOING MINOR: COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota high school gymnastics coach has been accused of tattooing a teenage girl without her parents' permission.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation

Congress renews undetectable gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions - the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation

High-powered traveling companions

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - As Air Force One made its way from Washington to Johannesburg Monday, a president, a former president and a possible future president were all traveling aboard.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation

No hugs allowed? Madison targets pro cuddlers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation

NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation

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Fraternity slaps Rolling Stone with lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The fraternity that was the focus of a debunked Rolling Stone article about a gang rape filed a $25 million lawsuit against ...

November 09, 2015 | | Nation

Court rules against Obama’s plan for illegals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to protect from deportation an estimated 5 million people living in the United States illegally suffered another ...

November 09, 2015 | | Nation

Nude painting fetches $170.4M

NEW YORK (AP) - A painting by Amedeo Modigliani fetched $170.4 million at an auction Monday, setting a world record for the artist and achieving ...

November 09, 2015 | | Nation

VW diesel owners to get $1,000 in gift cards as well as vouchers

DETROIT (AP) - Owners of 482,000 diesel Volkswagens and Audis in the U.S. are eligible for $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as ...

November 09, 2015 | | Nation

Target to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) - Target will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the same time as last year.

November 09, 2015 | | Nation

2 flu-related deaths happen in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State health officials have announced the first two flu-related deaths in California for the current flu season.

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Lot cave-in swallows dozen cars

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - A cave-in of a restaurant parking lot in Mississippi swallowed 12 cars and now experts are expected to begin work Monday to ...

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

No arrest yet after Texas state judge shot outside her home

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities provided few details Saturday about the Texas state judge who was shot and wounded in the driveway of her Austin home.

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Missouri football players pressure leaders over race

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Student protests over racial incidents on the University of Missouri campus escalated over the weekend when at least 30 black football players ...

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Sorting sexting offenders from victims will take time

DENVER (AP) - It could take a month to sort the offenders from the victims in a widespread sexting case at a Colorado high school, and ...

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Legally blind barber awarded $100k for wrongful termination

BOSTON (AP) - A legally blind barber was awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was wrongly fired.

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Trump gets laughs, ratings on SNL

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump hadn't gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of "You ...

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Google, Heart Association team up

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A company whose name is synonymous with eyeballs on the Internet is turning its attention to hearts. Google Life Sciences, a research ...

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Person-centered health care

CHICAGO (AP) - Every time JoAnna James took her husband, Lawrence, to the doctor, she left the hospital without understanding what was wrong with him.

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Church issues rules for gay members

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon church officials have issued a rule change that says members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out and their children ...

November 06, 2015 | | Nation

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