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FINE WHINE? BILLIONAIRE CRIES FOUL IN VINTAGE SALE: NEW YORK (AP) - As experts can testify, super sleuths in the wine business must study the cork, glass, sediment, wrapping, labels and how full a bottle of wine is to ascertain whether it's the real deal. And as two uber-wealthy wine collectors can tell you as they square off in federal court over some questionable bottles, even that sometimes is not enough.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ariz. lawmakers consider softened transgender bill

PHOENIX (AP) - Faced with an outcry from advocacy groups, an Arizona lawmaker has changed his proposed legislation that would have made it a crime for a transgendered person to use a bathroom other than his or her birth sex.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


BOY, 4, found with dead mom was living on sugar

UNION, N.J. (AP) - A naked, malnourished 4-year-old boy found inside an apartment with the body of his mother, dead for days, had resorted to eating from a bag of sugar and weighed only 26 pounds, well below normal, police said Wednesday as adoption offers poured in from around the world.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon cuts number of furlough days

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will be forced to take over the next several months from 22 to 14, defense officials said Wednesday, reducing the impact of automatic budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea

DENVER (AP) - Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty - a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Washington island landslide affects safety of 34 homes

SEATTLE (AP) - Residents of a hillside overlooking scenic Puget Sound heard the thunder of a large landslide early Wednesday that knocked one home off its foundation, and isolated or threatened more than two dozen others on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Jury hears closings in Vegas hep C insurers case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury was asked Wednesday to hold the state's largest health management company responsible for up to $1 billion in damages because two women contracted incurable hepatitis C during treatment at a Las Vegas outpatient medical clinic later blamed for an outbreak called the largest in U.S. history.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Effort in Arizona would give residents who live in high crime areas free shotguns

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of crime-prone areas with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


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MAN WINS $8K AFTER DISNEY 'SMALL WORLD' BREAKDOWN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for three hours while the theme song played continuously.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


North Dakota signs nation’s most restrictive abortion law, expects fight

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Judge Judy's son, a DA, embroiled in NY rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - A suburban district attorney who is the son of TV's "Judge Judy" is being accused of interfering in a child rape case in which the suspect is his personal trainer and recently lived with him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Administrators armed in Colo. school district

DENVER (AP) - As lawmakers across the country debate arming teachers and administrators to prevent another deadly school shooting, one Colorado school district has voted to let its superintendent and a high school principal carry concealed semi-automatic pistols on campus - a move some say sidesteps laws meant to keep schools gun-free.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


SD Sen. Johnson to retire, cites age

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Entering the auditorium on a motorized scooter and delivering remarks in halting speech, South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson announced Tuesday that he would retire next year at the end of his term and acknowledged he remains limited by a 2006 health crisis that nearly killed him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Sidestepping major ruling on gay marriage?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America's gays and lesbians have a right to marry.

March 26, 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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