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AP surges as tool for schools raising standards

WASHINGTON (AP) - Not long ago, Advanced Placement exams were mostly for top students looking to challenge themselves and get a head start on college credit. Not anymore.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


National Christmas Tree has died near White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say the National Christmas Tree planted near the White House a year ago has died and is being removed.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Doolittle's Raiders recall daring WW II mission

ALAMEDA (AP) - Three of Doolittle's Raiders who helped boost American morale during the early days of World War II recalled the dangers of their bold bombing attack on Japan mainland.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


National News Briefs

GIRL, 14, HELD IN DEATH OF HER 4-YEAR-OLD COUSIN: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis police say a 14-year-old girl found covered in blood faces a preliminary murder charge in her 4-year-old cousin's stabbing death.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


George Lindsey, known as TV's Goober Pyle, dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - George Lindsey, who made a TV career as a grinning service station attendant named Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Crab chips, fruity Oreos big overseas

NEW YORK (AP) - Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Feinstein along with intelligence heads counterpart in House say Taliban stronger

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of the congressional committees said Sunday they believed that the Taliban had grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - With Mitt Romney's GOP presidential nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said. The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Biden OK with equal rights for gay couples

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples, a stand that gay rights advocates interpreted as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Long fight predicted in Guantanamo Sept. 11 case

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - The U.S. has finally started the prosecution of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, but the trial won't be starting anytime soon, and both sides said Sunday that the case could continue for years.

May 06, 2012 | | Nation


Look! Up in the sky! It’s Supermoon! Due Saturday

NEW YORK (AP) - The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrives Saturday night as our celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual.

May 05, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BREAST CANCER IS RARE IN MEN, BUT THEY FARE WORSE: CHICAGO (AP) - Men rarely get breast cancer, but those who do often don't survive as long as women, largely because they don't even realize they can get it and are slow to recognize the warning signs, researchers say.

May 04, 2012 | | Nation


Phoenix woman faked cancer to get implants

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix woman has been charged with fraud and theft after authorities say she told people she had breast cancer and needed treatment so she could get money from them to buy breast implants.

May 04, 2012 | | Nation


WAR.

HOUSTON (AP) - The wife of an Army officer serving in Afghanistan witnessed her husband's death as the two video chatted via Skype, his family said Friday.

May 04, 2012 | | Nation


Romney says he wanted gay spokesman to stay

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Walking a careful line, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday he had wanted an openly gay spokesman who resigned from his campaign this week to stay on. Hours later, he worked to court the party's conservative wing by meeting with former rival Rick Santorum.

May 04, 2012 | | Nation


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Macy’s joins in big holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) - Authorities searched Sunday for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Volcano in Japan kills 31 people

TOKYO (AP) - Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting

MIAMI (AP) - A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teens

CHICAGO (AP) - Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants - long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


1,000 veterans line up for free marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Jury convicts NM sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted Friday of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas sidewalk-chalk arrests spawn suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The arrests of several protesters for writing anti-police messages with chalk on a sidewalk last year have spawned a federal civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas police.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Woman beheaded at workplace

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Once declared dead, now convicted in murder case

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Mississippi man who was once declared dead, only to resurface as a suspect in a kidnapping and killing, was sentenced to death Friday after a jury earlier convicted him of murder.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Man with implanted horns: ‘I’ll see you all in hell’

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate died of thirst after 35 days in solitary

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina inmate with mental illness who died of thirst was held in solitary confinement for 35 days and cited twice for flooding his cell, according to prison records.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Video shows shooting of unarmed driver

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina state trooper's dashboard video shows an unarmed driver being shot just seconds after he was stopped for a seatbelt offense - and the trooper, who was fired last week, has now been charged with assault.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation


Holder resigning AG post

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Holder, America's first black attorney general and an unflinching champion of civil rights in enforcing the nation's laws, announced his resignation Thursday after leading the Justice Department since the first days of President Barack Obama's term. He is the fourth-longest-serving attorney general in U.S. history.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation


Powerful quake rattles large swath of Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A powerful earthquake shook a large swath of Alaska on Thursday morning, knocking things off shelves and causing people to take cover but bringing no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

September 25, 2014 | | Nation


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