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Passenger awakes to find himself locked in plane

HOUSTON (AP) - As the captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Wagner is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when he nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn't wake him.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

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


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NPS river trips hostile to women in Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers have preyed on their female colleagues ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


With Demo race narrowing, Clinton rips into Sanders

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Facing a narrowing primary contest, Hillary Clinton ripped into rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, saying the Vermont senator was offering unrealistic policies ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


2 US Navy boats held by Iran but will be returned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters after experiencing mechanical problems. Iran ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Obama warns against election year cynicism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eyeing the end of his presidency, Barack Obama urged Americans Tuesday night to rekindle belief in the promise of change that first carried ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Experts to study food safety of oilfield wastewater

RANCHO CORDOVA (AP) - More farmers in drought-stricken California are using oilfield wastewater to irrigate, and a new panel on Tuesday began taking one of the ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Hawaii may use grass huts for homeless

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a unique solution to the housing crisis: They want to make it possible for people to live in traditional ...

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Son’s letter from Iraq 11 years later

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia couple was surprised after receiving a letter their son sent almost 11 years ago while serving in Iraq.

January 12, 2016 | | Nation


Fresno County city approves medical marijuana service

COALINGA (AP) - The Coalinga City Council has voted to allow a medical marijuana dispensary, commercial cultivation and delivery services within city limits, making it the ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mazda plans expansion of US headquarters in California

IRVINE (AP) - Mazda will keep its U.S. headquarters in California and will expand into a state-of-the-art facility with a 10-year lease.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


UNLIMITED DATA

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Chrysler aims to revive minivan

DETROIT (AP) - Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it - with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


$1.4B prize: Myths, misconceptions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday's Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Wearing unearned medals is free speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Bowie never stopped looking ahead

NEW YORK (AP) - It was hardly a coincidence that David Bowie named his greatest hits collection "Changes."

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


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