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Gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

DENVER (AP) - A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honor their Massachusetts ceremony, and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher accused of taping student to chair

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A suburban San Antonio school district said it's reviewing training guidelines after a teacher allegedly duct taped an 8-year-old student to a chair - a year after another teacher was accused of ordering kindergartners to take turns hitting a classmate.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


North Fla. county to allow atheist monument

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The courtyard outside the Bradford County Courthouse in north Florida will soon become home to a monument to atheism.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


McDonald's courts night owls with breakfast items

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is taking a small step toward offering breakfast items outside of its usual breakfast hours - at least if you're a night owl.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington dies in crash

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington has died in a Palm Springs car crash.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Whistleblowers say agency casts wide net

NEW YORK (AP) - Former employees of the National Security Agency say the publishing of a court order asking Verizon to hand over all its phone calling records for a three-month period opens a new window on an operation that has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


IRS: So sorry for lavish conference

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service official whose division staged a lavish $4.1 million training conference and who starred as Mr. Spock in a "Star Trek" parody shown at the 2010 gathering conceded to Congress on Thursday that taxpayer dollars were wasted in the episode.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Senate defeats college student loan plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - College students faced increasing uncertainty about the cost of new student loans after senators failed Thursday to advance partisan proposals to keep interest rates from doubling on July 1.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NC WOMAN'S SPIN ON 'PRICE IS RIGHT' LEADS TO PLEA: FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Postal Service employee from eastern North Carolina who was seen spinning the Big Wheel on TV's "The Price is Right" even though she had said she could not deliver the mail has pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud.

June 06, 2013 | | Nation


Churches split on Scouts' welcoming of gay youth

ATLANTA (AP) - In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Committee passes bill on sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) - With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee Wednesday approved legislation to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Building being torn down collapses, killing 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A building that was being torn down collapsed with a thunderous boom Wednesday, raining bricks on a neighboring thrift store, killing a woman and injuring at least 13 other people in an accident that witnesses said was bound to happen.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

RUNNER'S PAIN IS NO PULLED MUSCLE; IT'S A BABY: DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Widow, 84, claims $590M jackpot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An 84-year-old Florida widow who bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line came forward Wednesday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history: $590 million.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Woman from wealthy NY suburb grew $3M in pot

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - She lived in a big house in a manicured suburb, took riding lessons on her $10,000 horse and drove a Mercedes. But Andrea Sanderlin, authorities say, wasn't like all the other moms in Scarsdale.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Shelter director’s slaying fuels debate on homeless in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - It was bad enough that Ana Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at a homeless shelter for men. But how it happened shocked even seasoned investigators.

May 01, 2015 | | Nation


Black mothers wonder if their lost babies are still alive today

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families.

May 01, 2015 | | Nation


Cops stop accepting guest list of motel

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The police chief in Warwick said his department has stopped accepting a daily guest list from a city motel with a high crime rate.

May 01, 2015 | | Nation


Texas fight over telemedicine care

DALLAS (AP) - The state of Texas and telemedicine advocates are in a legal tussle over patients who receive doctor consultations through video.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Woman pleads guilty to beating a mother as toddler watched

SALEM, N.J. (AP) - A woman accused of savagely beating a mother in front of her young child last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


2 elementary school pupils took guns to school

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A first-grader and his brother in kindergarten took two handguns, one of them loaded, on a bus to a Kentucky elementary school Thursday morning after apparently thinking they were toys, authorities said. They said no one was hurt and the firearms were seized when the boys reached school.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

COP INVESTIGATING BURGLARY REPORT KILLS DOG AT WRONG ADDRESS : WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) - A police officer investigating a report of a home burglary mistakenly went to the wrong address and ended up killing a family's dog.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Flakka behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Kaiser nurses strike hospitals over staffing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered nurses at six California hospitals went on strike Thursday over staffing levels and other issues during contract negotiations, a move the medical centers called "inappropriate" but said would not interrupt services.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Tesla to expand battery tech to homes, firms

FOSTER CITY (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Can you run from police?

BALTIMORE (AP) - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Moose fatally stabbed in Alaska park; 3 men arrested

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Three men have been accused of stabbing a young moose to death at a park in Alaska's largest city, and police said witnesses reported seeing the men punching the animal and walking away.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Death of transgender teen who ‘had enough’ deemed suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The death of a troubled transgender teenager who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway has been deemed a suicide, and the investigation into it has been closed, the State Highway Patrol said.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Thousands protest Baltimore death

BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of people hit the streets in Baltimore and several other cities from Boston and New York to Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police and to demand reforms to police procedures.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


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