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Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill for storm victim relief

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


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APPLE UPDATES IPHONE, IPAD SOFTWARE: NEW YORK (AP) - Apple has released a software update for iPhones and iPads that speeds up data downloads on some major overseas telecom networks and a handful of small U.S. carriers.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Fraud concerns linger over new license law

CHICAGO (AP) - As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to give illegal immigrants permission to drive, nagging concerns remain about whether there are enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls other states faced.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


North Carolina fish story and fight over $910,000 prize will get trial

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A lower-court judge's summary decision agreeing to disqualify the $910,000 winner of one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments didn't smell right to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which is ordering a trial to air whether the prize is justifiably lost for lack of $15 fishing license.

January 27, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Help! Too many crocodiles

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Calling all crocodile experts - South African police say you're needed to help capture thousands of crocs out on the lam.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Budget crisis could hurt war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military's combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Friday.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wis. sheriff urges residents to get gun training to defend themselves until police arrive

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A sheriff who released a radio ad urging Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves while waiting for police said Friday that law enforcement cutbacks have changed the way police can respond to crime.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Video shooting games pulled after massacres

BOSTON (AP) - It was 10 days after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Conn., when Tracey Hyams and her family came upon a teenager firing a lifelike toy rifle on a video game at a Massachusetts highway rest stop.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


College shooting prompted by 'idiocy'

HOUSTON (AP) - A young man accused of opening fire at a college after someone "bumped into" him was arrested Friday about 250 miles away from the Houston campus, authorities said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

NEW YORK (AP) - A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Armstrong to help "clean up cycling"

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An attorney for Lance Armstrong told the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency the cyclist will cooperate with efforts to "clean up cycling," though it's the sport's governing body and world anti-doping officials who should take the lead.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


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FDA WON'T REGULATE PA. BIRTH CONTROL MACHINE: SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won't take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion foes march in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

January 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities - research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Republicans return donations from white supremacist leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obama says US racism ‘not cured,’ makes point with epithet

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the history of slavery and segregation is "still part of our DNA" in the United States, even if racial epithets no longer show up in polite conversation. He uttered the N-word in making his point.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado teen death blamedon hidden form of plague

DENVER (AP) - When a Colorado teen came down with a high fever and muscle aches, his family thought he had the flu. But he was dead within days and the rare cause was only revealed later.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


General Mills to drop artificial ingredients in cereal

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Home sales are finally surging

WASHINGTON (AP) - Real estate has gotten hot again.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Crews slow spread of huge forest fire

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Crews working amid sweltering conditions in rough terrain have slowed the spread of a huge forest fire that's churning through timber in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Lawsuit seeks to memorialize a less heroic side of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Egg shortage cuts restaurant profits

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more - if it's even on the menu.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Couples, officials, foes readying

CINCINNATI (AP) - With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Vets fight to add names of 74

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Stephen Kraus was standing night watch above the pilot house of the USS Frank E. Evans when he spotted the towering outline of the Australian aircraft carrier bearing down on the American destroyer. The 22-year-old sailor from California dashed off to signal a warning, but it was too late.

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Church reopens doors after shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its tall, wooden doors to the world Sunday, embracing strangers who walked in from the street or tuned in from home for the first worship service since a white gunman was accused of killing nine black church members.

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii ups smoking age to 21

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

June 20, 2015 | | Nation


Tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the latest move by President Barack Obama to address global warming.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


Utah inmate’s son sues after father misses dialysis, dies

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The son of an inmate who died at the Utah state prison has sued corrections officials and health care providers, accusing them of violating his father's civil rights by failing to give him dialysis for two days.

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


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