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Ivy League school janitor graduates with honors

NEW YORK (AP) - For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Ala. farmers cut back crops, citing crackdown

ONEONTA, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Wedding chapel owner: Gay marriage would help Nev.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - With his city no longer the marriage capital of the nation, a Reno wedding chapel owner says Nevada is missing out on a golden opportunity with its ban on same-sex marriage.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• FACEBOOK CEO TURNS 28, IPO COULD BE $100B GIFT: NEW YORK (AP) - Don't let the hoodie and sneakers fool you. Mark Zuckerberg is no wet-behind-the-ears CEO.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd news briefs

• Man makes amends for stealing plants in 1958: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No matter how much digging investigators did, the crime remained open until a thief turned himself in and returned the fruits of his theft.

May 14, 2012 | | Nation


Mitt Romney’s ‘hijinks’ seen as bullying today

NEW YORK (AP) - When Mitt Romney was a good-looking teen in the buttoned-up '60s, corporal punishment was the norm and bullying had a different, more acceptable name: hijinks.

May 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘Girl Scouts under scrutiny from bishops

NEW YORK (AP) - Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

May 12, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

AUTHORITIES: KIDNAPPED GIRLS DIDN'T EAT FOR DAYS: GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - Hope was fading that two young sisters abducted from their Tennessee home would be found alive two weeks after they vanished: Their kidnapper had already killed their mother and sister, and he was armed with a pistol as officers closed in.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


F-16 jets intercept small plane as Obama leaves LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a small private plane that violated restricted airspace Friday as President Barack Obama was about to depart from Los Angeles International Airport aboard Air Force One, authorities said.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Young cancer patients' 'Stronger' video a big hit

SEATTLE (AP) - A video featuring cancer-stricken children, their nurses, doctors and parents lip-synching and dancing to the popular Kelly Clarkson song "Stronger" has become an online sensation.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


New Jersey test asks third graders to reveal a secret

TRENTON (AP) - Some New Jersey parents are steamed about a question on a statewide standardized test this week that asked some third-graders to write about a secret and why it was hard to keep.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Gay marriage shift gives Obama campaign big fundraising boost

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from gay and lesbian donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the divisive social issue.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Kansas lawmakers pass anti-Islamic law measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature after a contentious debate about whether the measure upholds American values or appeals to prejudice against Muslims.

May 11, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHOENIX-AREA MAN HITS $1 MILLION JACKPOT SIX TIMES: PHOENIX (AP) - A suburban Phoenix man made a lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky guess in a recent multistate lottery game.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Kidnap-slaying suspect slain; 2 girls OK

GUNTOWN, Miss. (AP) - As a SWAT team closed in, a fugitive accused of killing a Tennessee mother and daughter before disappearing for nearly two weeks with her two other children killed himself Thursday evening, allowing authorities to safely recover the kidnapped girls, police said.

May 10, 2012 | | Nation


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Secret Service chief resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


White women sue over sperm from black donor

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Catholics challenge abortion order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

ATLANTA (AP) - Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola-infected man sent home from ER

DALLAS (AP) - The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man guilty in killing over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding skills

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Pepsi plans soda sweetened with stevia

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke and Pepsi are squaring off again, this time with natural sweeteners.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Pay by phone or keep using plastic?

NEW YORK (AP) - PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Reno plans festival to celebrate blue jeans

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada tourism officials are planning a three-day festival in Reno next fall to celebrate and promote the city as the birthplace of what became modern blue jeans.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Parents charged in death of son

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Biologists ID pot gardens as salmon threat

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Government funds lawyers for kids

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Deportation of minors won’t stop

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle is not stopping the deportation proceedings of eight minors suing the federal government over legal representation.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


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