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TRIAL OPENS 2 YEARS AFTER FEDS BREAK UP MILITIA: DETROIT (AP) - Seven members of a Midwest militia accused of plotting to overthrow the government are set to stand trial, where jurors will decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown extremists or simply made too much of the boasts by weekend warriors who had pledged to "take our nation back."

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Petition signers not giving up UND nickname fight

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - More than two months after the University of North Dakota officially dropped its divisive nickname, the public address announcer at a women's basketball game welcomed it back with a familiar roar: "Here come your Fighting Sioux!"

February 12, 2012 | The Associated Press | Nation


Santorum plans aggressive strategy against Romney calling front-runner ‘desperate’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A day after Mitt Romney regained some momentum in the Republican presidential contest, his rival Rick Santorum went on the attack, calling the front-runner "desperate" while promising to compete aggressively to win the state where Romney grew up.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


The fight begins: Obama's budget going to Congress with higher taxes on wealthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new budget that President Barack Obama is sending to Congress aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by restraining government spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. To help a weak economy, Obama's proposal Monday requests increases in transportation, education and other areas.

February 12, 2012 | | Nation


Under fire, Obama adjusts his birth control policy amid heavy backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under fierce election-year fire, President Barack Obama on Friday abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations must pay for birth control for workers, scrambling to end a furor raging from the Catholic Church to Congress to his re-election foes. He demanded that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


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AUDIT: ND UNIVERSITY AWARDED UNEARNED DEGREES: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Facing pressure to bring in more students as North Dakota's booming oil industry made it tougher to coax new high school graduates into college, Dickinson State University began looking overseas to boost its enrollment.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Non-Solyndra energy loans could cost taxpayers $3B

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government could lose nearly $3 billion on Energy Department loans for green energy programs - far less than the $10 billion Congress set aside for the high-risk program, according to an independent review.

February 10, 2012 | | Nation


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UGGIE, 'WAR HORSE' AMONG PAWSCAR AWARD WINNERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Oscars aren't until Feb. 26, but winners of the Pawscars are already celebrating.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Obama tells gay donors more work to be done

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama told gay and lesbian supporters at a big-ticket fundraiser Thursday that there's more work to do to ensure fairness for all, but he said he "couldn't be prouder" of his track record for them.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Hold the mystery meat: Military food gets upgrade to improve nutritional standards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Hold the mystery meat: Military mess halls soon will be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama lets 10 states flee

WASHINGTON (AP) - It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


FBI did background on Steve Jobs when he was considered for government post

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI background interviews of some people who knew Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reveal a man driven by power and alienating some of the people who worked with him.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


LA school reopens amid sex abuse scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - School got off to a rough start Thursday with students returning to class for the first time since their entire elementary school staff was replaced after two longtime teachers were accused of lewd acts on children.

February 09, 2012 | | Nation


GOP vows to reverse Obama birth control policy regarding religious organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


GOP vows to reverse Obama birth control policy regarding religious organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans vowed Wednesday to reverse President Barack Obama's new policy on birth control, lambasting the rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide contraceptive coverage for their employees as an "unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country."

February 08, 2012 | | Nation


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Improper payments by feds top $100B

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


First singing, then tragedy at camp

MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - More than 100 young campers sang songs, read stories and prayed in an open-air pavilion, as they did each night at the River Valley Ranch camp. Then, the sky began to darken and a light rain began to fall.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


John Wayne heirs sue Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Artist: Santa Fe police pulled rifle for dog poop

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A well-known American Indian artist said police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Reid blocks votes on gun proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


6 dead in shooting at suburban Houston home

SPRING, Texas (AP) - Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Service held for 200 whose bodies went unclaimed

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A casket carrying the body of Richard Clement was slowly lowered into its final resting place on Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


TALLEST WATERSLIDE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Halfway up the 264 stairs leading to the top of the world's tallest waterslide, it was clear this was the most breathtaking ride I'd ever encountered.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Father parked vehicle at work with son inside

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - The father of a 15-month-old Connecticut boy who died after being left in a car on a hot day was supposed to drop him off at day care but went to work and left his son inside the parked vehicle, police said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Woman treads water for 3 hours

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Henderson woman who became separated from her family and jet ski when a sudden storm whipped up 8-foot-tall swells on Lake Mead treaded water for more than three hours before she was rescued Tuesday, National Parks Service officials said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Probation for stealing $460K in quarters

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - The former public works inspector for a northern New Jersey town who admitted stealing $460,000 in quarters over two years has been spared a prison term.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Psych drug ER trips near 90,000 a year

CHICAGO (AP) - Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Officers, suspect burned in confrontation

CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) - A man armed with a bottle of flammable liquid set himself and a police officer ablaze Wednesday before another officer shot the suspect at a suburban Dallas shopping strip, police said.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


RECIPE FOR HIGHER SALES

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


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