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Some states allow lawmakers to change their votes after bill passes or fails

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Lawmakers in California's Assembly will hit the campaign trail this year, touting their votes on all manner of bills. Can we believe them? What they say may not be a true reflection of the stand they took when the bill was being debated.

March 13, 2012 | By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press | World


Nightmare zoo in Indonesia shaken by death of giraffe

SURABAYA, Indonesia - The tigers are emaciated and the 180 pelicans packed so tightly they cannot unfurl their wings without hitting a neighbor. Last week, a giraffe died with a beachball-sized wad of plastic food wrappers in its belly.

March 13, 2012 | By TRISNADI MARJAN Associated Press | World


Pacific nation may buy Fiji land as climate refuge

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.

March 09, 2012 | By NICK PERRY Associated Press | World


Web star born: Kony video gets millions of views

KAMPALA, Uganda - If Joseph Kony lived in relative anonymity before this week, he's an Internet star now.

March 08, 2012 | By JASON STRAZIUSO and RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press | World


Solar storm may disrupt power

WASHINGTON - Earth's magnetic field is about to be shaken like a snow globe by the largest solar storm in five years.

March 07, 2012 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | World


Health uncertainties torment Japanese in nuke zone

FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Yoshiko Ota keeps her windows shut. She never hangs her laundry outdoors. Fearful of birth defects, she warns her daughters: Never have children.

March 07, 2012 | By YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press | World


$336.4M Powerball winner is Newport, RI, woman, 81

CRANSTON, R.I. - An 81-year-old woman from Newport won last month's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible until coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize on Tuesday, a family representative said.

March 06, 2012 | By LAURA CRIMALDI Associated Press | World


That's seriously funny: Comics tackling tough issues

PHILADELPHIA - There are wedding bells in Riverdale, but it's not Archie and Betty or Veronica. It's Army Lt. Kevin Keller and the physical therapist who helped him overcome his war wound - Clay Walker.

March 06, 2012 | By MATT MOORE Associated Press | World


Stories of survival emerge from tornado victims

EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. - The stories from tornado survivors across the South and Midwest were remarkable: schoolchildren took cover under desks, people hunkered down in a church basement or hid out in a bank vault. One family even piled on top of one another for protection.

March 04, 2012 | By BRUCE SCHREINER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | World


YouTube phenomenon has girls asking: Am I pretty?

NEW YORK - The young girl shows off her big, comfy koala hat and forms playful hearts with her fingers as she drops the question on YouTube: "Am I pretty or ugly?"

March 03, 2012 | By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press | World


'Disaster junkies' form backbone of US safety net

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Taking a break from laying sod in a tornado-torn neighborhood, volunteer David Elliott cocked his head to the left. He was trying to remember all the trips he's made to help rebuild after disasters.

March 02, 2012 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | World


Senate defeats bill to reverse birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an election year battle mixing birth control, religion and politics, Democrats narrowly blocked an effort by Senate Republicans to overturn President Barack Obama's order that most employers or their insurers cover the cost of contraceptives.

March 01, 2012 | By LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press | World


How TV made a heartthrob out of the Monkees' Davy Jones

LOS ANGELES - Before there was MTV, before "American Idol" made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was "The Monkees," a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him.

March 01, 2012 | By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press | World


Miracle diet pill? A safe drug is elusive

WASHINGTON - The battle of the bulge has been a big, fat failure for U.S. drugmakers. But that hasn't stopped them from trying.

February 24, 2012 | By MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press | World


Ala. girl dies after being forced to run as punishment

ATTALLA, Ala. - Roger Simpson said he looked down the road and saw a little girl running outside her home but didn't give it another thought. Police, however, said the man witnessed a murder in progress.

February 23, 2012 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | World


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