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Supreme Court justices moving to heart of health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


Aggressive parents force annual egg hunt cancellation in Colorado Springs park

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

March 26, 2012 | | Nation


US paid $50K per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


National News Briefs

ARETHA FRANKLIN CELEBRATES 70TH, TALKS NEW MUSIC: NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Cheney's transplant reopens debate about age

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors say it is unlikely that former Vice President Dick Cheney got special treatment when he was given a new heart at age 71 that thousands of younger people also were in line to receive.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Battle over Obama health law before Supreme Court today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation's social safety net in more than four decades.

March 25, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SLAIN TEEN'S FRIENDS SAY HE NEVER PICKED A FIGHT: MIAMI (AP) - Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that's how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cash spills on highway: What would you do?

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - You're cruising along the highway when you see a bunch of green bills fluttering around like flakes in a snow globe. You get closer and you realize it's cash. Other drivers are pulling over to snatch what they can. What do you do?

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


City manager says he’s not needed, lays self off

KELLER, Texas (AP) - The administrator of a North Texas city believes he's not needed and has laid himself off.

March 23, 2012 | | Nation


Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise

BOSTON (AP) - A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Bus driver in Ohio accused of choking student

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran bus driver accused of choking a third-grade special-needs student as she was driving the girl home from school in an encounter captured on video was fired by the school district on Thursday, a district spokesman said.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Micro-quake near city bothered by booms

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A minor earthquake occurred this week near the eastern Wisconsin city where researchers have been investigating a series of unexplained booming sounds, federal geologists said Thursday.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Montana man charged with getting small dog so drunk that it couldn’t even walk

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man has been charged with animal cruelty after his 20-pound dog was found so intoxicated it couldn't stand up.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

GOWN-WEARING MINN. FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE TRUCK BLAZE: SEDAN, Minn. (AP) - Talk about hot fashion.

March 22, 2012 | | Nation


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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


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


Three-fourths of US: Pot will be legal

DENVER (AP) - Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


GOP budget slashes spending, aid to poor

WASHINGTON (AP) - A budget plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget breezed through the House Budget Committee on Wednesday, but its sharp cuts to health care coverage for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and popular domestic programs are a nonstarter with President Barack Obama.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Yahoo adds more online security

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


New Siri-like Windows Phone feature

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


NASA cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine except on space station

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Chile’s magnitude 8.2 shaker causes little damage pr deaths

IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) - Hard-won expertise and a big dose of luck helped Chile escape its latest magnitude-8.2 earthquake with surprisingly little damage and death.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a south

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

April 02, 2014 | | Nation


Sign-ups surge, will they save Dems?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Police shoot 3 pit bulls that injured 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rampaging pack of dogs roamed a neighborhood early Tuesday, attacking and injuring three people before they charged a police officer and were shot, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Police shoot 3 pit bulls that injured 3

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A rampaging pack of dogs roamed a neighborhood early Tuesday, attacking and injuring three people before they charged a police officer and were shot, authorities said.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader

SEATTLE (AP) - The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Tree trimmer hospitalized with chain saw in neck

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man spent days with corpses in home

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - A 30-year-old man accused of killing his mother and sister in their North Las Vegas home spent a couple of days dismembering one of the bodies and trying to clean up the bloody scene, a police official said Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | | Nation


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