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Texas topless club owner pleads guilty in hit man case

DALLAS (AP) - The owner of a topless club pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire charge Thursday stemming from a failed plot to kill a North Texas mayor and an attorney who were trying to crack down on such businesses.

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


Conventional love affair for stars, Demos

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Clint Eastwood's oddball GOP convention monologue didn't sit well, but Democrats proved they know how to exploit their unabashed love affair with Hollywood.

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MICH. LOVEBIRDS RESCUED AFTER ELABORATE PROPOSAL: CASEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Two Michigan sheriff's deputies can expect wedding invitations in their future for rescuing a couple who became stranded on an island during a meticulously planned, elaborate marriage proposal that apparently accounted for everything but bad weather.

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law

PHOENIX (AP) - The most contentious part of Arizona's immigration law finally has approval to move forward, surviving a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a heated national debate and two years of state politics.

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


Charlotte man charged with threatening president

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A 21-year-old Charlotte man has been arrested by the Secret Service for allegedly posting threats to kill President Barack Obama on Twitter.

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: Recovery path hard, but challenge 'can be met'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


3 suspects plead guilty in Ohio bridge bomb plot

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Three more men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio admitted their roles in the scheme Wednesday in a move meant to avoid life prison sentences.

September 06, 2012 | | Nation


Worst year ever for West Nile in Texas as 43 die thanks to mosquito transmission

DALLAS (AP) - It's the worst year ever for West Nile virus in Texas, which has seen about half of the country's deaths from the illness this year, health officials said Wednesday.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


Red Sox’s Valentine: Threat to punch radio host was just a joke

SEATTLE (AP) - Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine insisted Wednesday he wasn't serious when he threatened to "punch" a radio talk-show host in the mouth.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the same tax exemption other performances enjoy, a lawyer argued Wednesday in what was surely one of the racier tax cases ever to go before New York's highest court.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


Sex researcher pioneer’s son charged with exposing self

DETROIT (AP) - The son of sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters is accused of exposing himself to a sheriff's deputy and another woman posing as recreational kayakers during a sting operation along a river in eastern Michigan.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


Reported theft of Romney tax records being probed by Secret Service detail

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

BEAKED PUTIN TO FLY WITH CRANES ON HANG-GLIDER: MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning to put on a fake beak and fly a motorized hang-glider to lead a flock of endangered young Siberian white cranes on part of their migration to Asia.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


7-year-old girl recovers from bubonic plague

DENVER (AP) - The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


Calif. treasurer's wife arrest for drug possession

ORANGE (AP) - Prosecutors say Nadia Lockyer, the estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and a former Alameda County Supervisor, has been charged with drug possession and child abuse after police found her with methamphetamine at a relative's house in Orange County where she was staying with her 9-year-old son.

September 05, 2012 | | Nation


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Did French tourist kick squirrel?

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A Virginia resident on his first trip to the Grand Canyon started recording when he saw a squirrel approach two men, thinking they would be bitten.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Teen faces life for pot brownies

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil said Wednesday he remains scared despite new evidence that his attorney believes should reduce the charges.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Police kill rifle-wielding man at Ohio Wal-Mart

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A man in a southwest Ohio Wal-Mart store waved a rifle at customers, including children, and was fatally shot by police when he wouldn't drop the weapon, according to police and a recorded 911 call from a witness.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Married officers arrested in fatal shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two Tulsa police officers who are married have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man who was walking with their daughter, authorities said.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Objection! Interrupting lawyer gets sanction

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Petition: Strapping iPads to tortoises is animal cruelty

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Mom expected baby to die in garbage can

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis woman whose co-workers found her newborn son gasping for air in a garbage can told a detective she expected the boy to die after she gave birth in a warehouse restroom and dumped the child in the trash, according to court documents.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Gene tied to major breast cancer risk

ATLANTA (AP) - It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sues employer over medical pot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico physician's assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state's largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Anchorwoman charged in shoplifting scheme resigns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Emmy award-winning television news anchor has resigned from a Sacramento station over allegations that she conspired with her fiance to shoplift $2,500 worth of Coach wallets from a mall.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Boy dies after stabbing by 12-year-old

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding on his porch before dying at a hospital a short time later, witnesses and police said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Pair kept child in outdoor cage

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man and a woman face felony charges on allegations that they kept the woman's 7-year-old in an outdoor cage on and off for three weeks, forcing the child to sleep in the enclosure even during rainstorms.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Landslide hits Utah neighborhood

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) - A landslide struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community on Tuesday, destroying a home and forcing evacuations as a rain-soaked hillside tumbled from above.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Man killed in argument over military

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who is charged in the throat-slashing death of another man told police they were arguing over which branch of the United States military was better, the Army or the Marines, Yellowstone County prosecutors said.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


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