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GSA interns treated to conference at resort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional interns often work out of storage areas or even in hallways, but the General Services Administration interns fared much better.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘White House: Failed NKorean launch 'provocative'

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a rocket launched by North Korea failed moments after being fired, but the Obama administration still described the launch as a "provocative action" that threatens regional security. It said it has lost confidence in Pyongyang and would carry out its threat to halt a planned delivery of food aid to the communist country.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored police dispatcher warning to not confront teen

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer followed and confronted the black teenager after a police dispatcher told him not to.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


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MARC ANTHONY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM JENNIFER LOPEZ: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marc Anthony has made his breakup from Jennifer Lopez official by filing for divorce months after the superstar couple announced their separation.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GOP lawmaker: 75-plus Dems are communists

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Rep. Allen West said he believes 75-plus House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, a claim that echoed Joe McCarthy's unsubstantiated 1950s charges that communists had infiltrated the top ranks of the U.S. government.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GSA spent millions in relocation costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The General Services Administration inspector general was told the agency spent as much as $330,000 to move an employee from Denver to Hawaii, an example of millions of dollars wasted in relocation costs.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Second degree murder charge brought in Trayvon Martin case against Zimmerman

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Court says Texas sperm donor owes no child support for woman’s kids

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - For four years, a North Texas bodybuilder and former police officer has waged a court battle in California against a woman who sued him for support of children born to her from sperm he donated.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Tennessee bill on evolution and teaching to become law 87 years after Scopes trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennesee's Republican governor says he will let a bill become law effective April 20 that protects teachers who allow students in their classrooms to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


Santorum drops out, clearing the way for Romney for GOP nod

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Rick Santorum cleared the way for Mitt Romney to claim victory in the long and hard-fought battle for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, giving up his "against all odds" campaign as Romney's tenacious conservative rival.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


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CONN. BOY, 6, KILLED HELPING DAD WITH WOOD CHIPPER: SALEM, Conn. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy helping his father on a landscaping job during school vacation was killed Tuesday after getting pulled into a wood chipper, state police said.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Michigan teacher: I was fired over Trayvon family fundraiser along with hoodie protest

Michigan teacher: I was fired over Trayvon family fundraiser along with hoodie protest

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case; says he is ignoring them

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The Trayvon Martin case took a bizarre turn Tuesday when George Zimmerman's attorneys quit, complaining that they have lost all contact with him and that he called the prosecutor and talked to a TV host after they told him not to speak to anyone.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


Miss Universe pageant allows transgender women

NEW YORK (AP) - A rule change that would allow transgender women to participate in the Miss Universe beauty pageant next year is a step forward for equality, advocates said Tuesday after pageant officials announced the policy shift.

April 10, 2012 | | Nation


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SEATTLE COUNCIL PROTECTS PUBLIC BREASTFEEDING: SEATTLE (AP) - It's already against Washington state law to discriminate against public breastfeeding, but the Seattle City Council on Monday specifically made it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing moms to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public areas.

April 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn’s smallest moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


Argument may have preceded deadly Fort Hood gun attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier who killed three people at Fort Hood may have argued with another service member prior to the attack, and investigators believe his unstable mental health contributed to the rampage, authorities said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


County weighed buying up homes

SEATTLE (AP) - A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes there to protect them from such a disaster.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


It’s about time: New clock more accurate

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Good news for people who are sticklers for punctuality: The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new atomic clock that isn't supposed to gain or lose a second in roughly 300 million years.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


3 meningitis deaths reported in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday.

April 03, 2014 | | Nation


More Americans see middle class status slipping in size

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


With pot legal, festival trying to go mainstream this month in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Organizers of Denver's annual April 20 marijuana festival on Wednesday announced that rapper B.o.B and singer Wyclef Jean will headline the event as they try to draw a big post-legalization crowd and shake the memory of last year's event, which was marred by a still-unsolved shooting.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


FDA OKs 1st hay fever allergy immunotherapy tablet to replace weekly doctor office shots

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has approved the first tablet in the U.S. for gradually reducing hay fever symptoms, an alternative to months of weekly doctor visits for uncomfortable allergy-desensitizing shots.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fort Hood gunman kills 4, inures 14

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A gunman opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood in an attack that left four dead, including the shooter, law enforcement officials said.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


High court loosens reins on big campaign donors by 5-4 vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Student fell to death after eating pot cookie

DENVER (AP) - A Wyoming college student visiting Denver on spring break jumped to his death after eating a marijuana cookie that his friend legally purchased in one of Colorado's recreational pot shops, authorities said Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Newtown residents want gunman’s house torn down, turned into park

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some Newtown residents are calling for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter's home to be torn down and replaced with a park or nature preserve, according to a new community survey.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Quest to ID remains brings mystery

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - As medical examiners painstakingly piece together the identities and lives of the 29 people known killed when a mudslide wiped out a small Washington community, one mystery troubles them.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Dad who fired into air, killing girl, gets 6 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty to the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter during a drunken fight with the girl's mother and was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


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