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Congress renews undetectable gun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions - the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


High-powered traveling companions

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - As Air Force One made its way from Washington to Johannesburg Monday, a president, a former president and a possible future president were all traveling aboard.

December 09, 2013 | | Nation


No hugs allowed? Madison targets pro cuddlers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's ultra-liberal capital city is a place where just about anything goes, from street parties to naked bike rides. But city officials say a business is pushing even Madison's boundaries by offering, of all things, hugs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

CINCINNATI (AP) - From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems push Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from shackling the traditional blocking ability of the Senate's minority party, Democrats are ready to muscle through President Barack Obama's nominees for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Woman’s Christian Temperance Union targeting marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mansion that serves as Maine headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lay largely fallow until recently, with drug needles, liquor bottles and pornographic magazines littering the grounds. Now, in the state where Prohibition had its roots and in a city that just legalized recreational marijuana, the WCTU is overhauling the building and looking to reinvent itself.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Gay partner benefits growing at firms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Move to put cameras on train engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Snow storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, threatening as much as a foot of snow in Delaware and New Jersey and raising concerns about a messy morning commute.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Newlyweds killed man from Craigslist

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

December 08, 2013 | | Nation


NKorea deports US tourist and war vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Saturday it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the country.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


NSA defends global cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


US allows eagle deaths to aid wind power

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


Experts want Uncle Sam to spend taxes studying how happy we are

WASHINGTON (AP) - Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.

December 06, 2013 | | Nation


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NYC principal beaten after asking student to turn down music

NEW YORK (AP) - A principal of a New York City public high school who was beaten by a student after asking him to turn down ...

October 26, 2016 | | Nation


For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

CHICAGO (AP) - It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump rejects ‘phony’ polls

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - A defiant Donald Trump blamed his campaign struggles on "phony polls" from the "disgusting" media on Monday, fighting to energize his ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


Demos, GOP think Trump could cost GOP House seats

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Clasping the $4,000 check that Orlando area real estate agents handed him, Rep. John Mica stood in the F&D Cantina ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


Judge: Man won’t get to cover neo- Nazi tattoos during murder trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas man who was allowed to use makeup to cover his neo-Nazi tattoos during his robbery trial and conviction in ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


DOUBLE-DIGIT RATE HIKES

WASHINGTON (AP) - Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


iPhone 7 Plus is adding blurring effect

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's iPhone 7 Plus is getting a new camera capability - the blurring of backgrounds to focus attention on people or other objects ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


Gov’t: Cybersecurity should be part of auto design process

DETROIT (AP) - The government's highway safety agency says automakers should make cybersecurity part of their product development process by assessing risks and designing in ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


Sneaker production making a return run to United States?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Crafting the latest trends in global footwear used to be the pride of U.S. shoe industry workers, but most of ...

October 24, 2016 | | Nation


Stray cats deployed in NYC war on rats

NEW YORK (AP) - Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City's concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They're helping curb ...

October 23, 2016 | | Nation


Officials shoot at drone during weekend of pipeline protests

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement officials fired at an unmanned aircraft and a group of Dakota Access pipeline opponents twice blocked a North Dakota ...

October 23, 2016 | | Nation


Looking past Trump, Clinton aims to help other Democrats

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Newly confident and buoyant in the polls, Hillary Clinton is looking past Donald Trump while widening her mission to include helping ...

October 23, 2016 | | Nation


Civil rights hero from 1960s takes criticism as Trump backer

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) - Clarence Henderson was hailed as a hero nearly 60 years ago when as a young black man he participated in ...

October 23, 2016 | | Nation


Candidate for governor owes millions

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) - Jim Justice, a coal billionaire running for West Virginia governor as a Democrat, owes millions in back taxes to some of Appalachia ...

October 23, 2016 | | Nation


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