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Court: Can human genes be patented?

WASHINGTON - DNA may be the building block of life, but can something taken from it also be the building block of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly?

April 15, 2013 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press | Nation

Chavez's heir to take over divided Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela - Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has officially won Venezuela's presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival demanded a recount, portending more headaches for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader.

April 15, 2013 | By ALEXANDRA OLSON and FRANK BAJAK Associated Press | Nation

Gunman holding firemen hostage killed; hostages OK

SUWANEE, Ga. - A gunman who was having financial problems held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, demanding his cable and power be turned back on, before being shot dead when SWAT members stormed the house, authorities said Wednesday. The hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract the gunman before moving in, but they will be fine, a fire official said.

April 10, 2013 | by JOHNNY CLARK and PHILLIP LUCAS Associated Press | Nation

Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

WASHINGTON - The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed.

April 10, 2013 | By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press | Nation

Senators unveil deal on gun sales background check

WASHINGTON - Two pivotal senators announced a bipartisan deal Wednesday on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence.

April 10, 2013 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Nation

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and film star, dies

NEW YORK - She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls.

April 08, 2013 | By FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press | Nation

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

LONDON - Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.

April 08, 2013 | By GREGORY KATZ and ROBERT BARR Associated Press | Nation

Laws, rumors have ammo flying off store shelves

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

April 05, 2013 | By MICHAEL VIRTANEN Associated Press | Nation

Sun-Times: Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies

CHICAGO - Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who become the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 70.

April 04, 2013 | By CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press | Nation

Sheriff slain in W.Va. had waged war against drugs

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. - Just months before being gunned down, Sheriff Eugene Crum made good on a campaign promise to do what many in law enforcement have attempted in southern West Virginia - crack down on drugs, especially the illegal sale of prescription pills.

April 04, 2013 | By JOHN RABY and VICKI SMITH Associated Press | Nation

Colo. prosecutors seeking death penalty for Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Prosecutors on Monday said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year's movie theater attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new gun control laws in Colorado.

April 01, 2013 | By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press | Nation

3 dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting

QUANTICO, Va. - A Marine killed a male and female colleague in a shooting at a base in northern Virginia before killing himself, officials said.

March 22, 2013 | By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press | Nation

S. Korea, US begin drills as N. Korea threatens war

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korean state media said Monday that Pyongyang had carried through with a threat to cancel the 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War, as it and South Korea staged dueling war games amid threatening rhetoric that has risen to the highest level since North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island in 2010.

March 11, 2013 | By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press | Nation

UN approves new sanctions against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, a move that sparked a furious Pyongyang to threaten a nuclear strike against the United States.

March 07, 2013 | By EDITH M. LEDERER and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press | Nation

Calif. woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A nurse's refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation.

March 04, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation

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Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation

Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 29, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation

US declares wood storks no longer endangered

TOWNSEND, Ga. - The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Nation

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