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House votes to end energy loan guarantee program; bill not likely to pass in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Friday pushed a bill through the House shining a campaign-season light on the most conspicuous failure of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. The bill would phase out federal loan guarantees like those that went to the now-bankrupt solar power company Solyndra LLC and left taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


On Bourbon Street, party but don't preach at night

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Bomb threats prompt evacuations at 3 campuses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Thousands of people streamed off three college campuses Friday after bomb threats prompted officials to issue evacuation orders for schools in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

JUDGE WEDS COUPLE THEN SENTENCES GROOM TO PRISON: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Talk about the old ball and chain.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Teens sentenced in sex assault-Twitter case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge sentenced two Kentucky teenagers on Friday to community service and sex offender treatment for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl who later identified her attackers on Twitter.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Deena from 'Jersey Shore' gets 2-year ban from bar

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - "Jersey Shore" is over and done in Seaside Heights, but the MTV reality show is still causing aggravation for some folks here.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


California-based anti-Muslim film promoter outspoken critic on Islam

HEMET (AP) - The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he's a hate monger.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

HEARSE PARADE SET IN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY OF HELL: HELL, Mich. (AP) - A parade of hearses is planned this weekend in the Michigan community of Hell was part of an attempt to regain a spot in the record books.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


4 dead, 8 injured after speeding car hits bus stop in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A motorist faces four counts of driving under the influence after his speeding car went airborne Thursday and plowed into a Las Vegas bus stop, killing four pedestrians and injuring eight others.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


NY judge strikes down terror law scholars fear

NEW YORK (AP) - An anti-terrorism law was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge who said she saw legitimate fears in claims by journalists, scholars and political activists that they could face indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


US sends Marines to Libya after deadly attack kills American ambassador

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - The U.S. dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli on Wednesday after the mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Officials were investigating whether the rampage was a backlash to an anti-Islamic video with ties to Coptic Christians or a plot to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DA: NYC WORKERS STOLE 100,000 TINY BOOZE BOTTLES: NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say workers at New York's Kennedy airport stole 100,000 mini liquor bottles and duty-free items such as larger bottles of liquor, perfume and cigarettes.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Californian confirms role in anti-Islam film

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

COPS: MAN TRIED TO PAY BARTENDER WITH HIS OWN CARD: MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say a homeless man broke into a car, stole a credit card and then tried to use it to buy a beer - from the bartender the card belonged to.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


YouTube blocks video inciting violence

NEW YORK (AP) - YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad in Egypt and Libya, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


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Dad thwarts bold kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


OK for Detroit’s bankruptcy exit plan

DETROIT (AP) - A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to "move past your anger" and help fix the Motor City.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


‘Dark Web’ drug sites challenge law inforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No sooner had authorities announced the shuttering of an alleged illegal online drug bazaar than another popped up claiming to take its place.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Drunken party costs 9 rookie cops their jobs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nine rookie police officers have been fired for their behavior at a drunken graduation party in northern New Jersey.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Beating death: ‘This is just evilness’

COATESVILLE, Pa (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


GPS helps police find woman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman snatched off the streets was rescued with the help of a GPS tracking device that had been installed on the suspect's car by the dealer in case it needed to be repossessed, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher told to stay away after trip

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling means high court review likely

CINCINNATI (AP) - The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


PETA calls for Discovery not to air snake show

NEW YORK (AP) - An animal rights group on Thursday asked the Discovery Channel not to air "Eaten Alive," a show planned for next month where a naturalist attempts to get swallowed by a giant snake.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Thought he killed goblin, not brother

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Beef or Chicken? Beef prices hit fast-food chains

NEW YORK (AP) - Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you'll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft gives away Office apps for iPhone, iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is offering free upgraded versions of its Office software for iPhones and iPads, as the software giant further embraces the so-called "freemium" strategy favored by many newer companies seeking success online.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon introduces voice-recognition

NEW YORK (AP) - Siri, meet Alexa.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Zynga meets 3Q profit forecasts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga Inc. on Thursday reported a wider third-quarter loss, weighed down by higher expenses and lower revenue from its online games.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Feeding homeless: Charity or crime?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in South Florida was an act of charity. To the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man in white chef's apron serving up gourmet-styled meals was committing a crime.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


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