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Messages tie Christie aide to NJ traffic jam

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie's inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town last September to punish its mayor.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Man suffocated by underwear he was wearing

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) - A 33-year-old man in Oklahoma allegedly killed his stepfather after a fight over the holidays by yanking underwear up the stepfather's back and over his head so that the waistband was around his neck, authorities said.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Lawmaker fires gun in Capitol office, calls it mistake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker said Wednesday that she accidentally fired a gun in her Capitol Annex office on the first day of the legislative session this week, prompting a police investigation. No one was hurt.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Giffords completes skydive on shooting’s 3rd anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Websites won't bill to remove mug shots

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Two Internet sites that make money by posting millions of mug shots of people who've been arrested have agreed to stop charging them to take down their photos as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


Waitress says she got meth tip

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon waitress lifted a credit card receipt from a bill and found an envelope with a question mark. She peeked inside, quietly walked to her manager and asked him to call police.

January 08, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FOREST SERVICE SEEKS $6.3M FROM MAN FOR WILDFIRE: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service wants to collect $6.3 million from a 77-year-old man the agency blames for causing a 2012 forest fire that threatened to burn into the town of Jackson.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-officers charged in disability scam

NEW YORK (AP) - One retired police officer who told the government he was too psychologically damaged to work ran a martial arts studio, prosecutors said. Another claimed his depression was so crippling it kept him house-bound, but he was photographed aboard a watercraft, they said. A third man who said he was incapable of social interactions manned a cannoli stand at a street festival.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

CHICAGO (AP) - Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation's top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Ban on gun sales unconstitutional

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city's limits.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Jobless bill clears hurdle in bipartisan surprise

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election-year legislation to revive expired federal jobless benefits unexpectedly cleared an early hurdle on Tuesday, offering a hint of bipartisan compromise in Congress and a glimmer of hope to the long-term jobless and their families.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Going to pot: Too many growers for Wash.?

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Just 1 in 4 young teens meet USA fitness guidelines

CHICAGO (AP) - Young teens aren't exactly embracing the government's Let's Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Polar air brings single-digit cold

ATLANTA (AP) - Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use.

January 07, 2014 | | Nation


Senate confirms Yellen to chair Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank's efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.

January 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Murder charge for child care worker

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Flight diverts over reclined-seat upset

BOSTON (AP) - An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


No-pot city takes aim at marijuana law

FIFE, Wash. (AP) - To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Gun tourism grows in popularity

LAS VEGAS - The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Cops’ crew member killed in police shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Boston suspect’s sister charged in NY bomb threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Final ruling issued against part of Utah’s polygamy ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Pilot’s fate unknown in jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


ALS group awash in cold cash

NEW YORK (AP) - In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting by 9-year-old stirs debate

PHOENIX (AP) - The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

HOUSTON (AP) - The iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome could come back to life as an indoor park that county officials say would be the world's largest, according to the newest proposal for reusing the stadium and saving it from demolition.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

CHICAGO (AP) - "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


‘Guilty plea in man’s Craigslist killing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


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