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Mad dash for health care sign-ups on deadline day

WASHINGTON - A flood of last-minute applicants rushed to sign up for health insurance on Monday, deadline day for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more than 100,000 people at a time using the fragile system despite a new spate of intermittent ills.

March 31, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Senate torture report examines hunt for bin Laden

WASHINGTON - A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation.

March 31, 2014 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press | Nation


4 men die in New Jersey shore motel fire

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. - A fire early Friday destroyed a New Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, killing four people and injuring eight, authorities said.

March 21, 2014 | By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press | Nation


Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

WASHINGTON - Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools - even as tiny preschoolers.

March 21, 2014 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND and KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press | Nation


Ukraine penalty: US, Europe order Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON - Unsuccessful with previous threats, the United States and its European allies stepped up their pressure on Russia to end its intervention in Ukraine on Monday by imposing the most comprehensive sanctions against Russian officials since the Cold War.

March 17, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer | Nation


'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES - Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

March 03, 2014 | By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer | Nation


'Which (blank) are you?'

NEW YORK - For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: "Which sandwich are you?"

February 24, 2014 | By MEGHAN BARR Associated Press | Nation


Daft Punk, Macklemore top left-of-center Grammys

LOS ANGELES - The Grammy Awards celebrated outcasts and outsiders, lionizing a couple of French robots, white rappers and a country gal espousing gay rights, and a Goth teenager who's clearly uncomfortable with the current themes in pop music.

January 27, 2014 | By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer | Nation


'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dead at 81

LONDON - Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died, his agent said Sunday. He was 81.

December 15, 2013 | By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press | Nation


NTSB: Train going too fast before wreck

YONKERS, N.Y. - A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or mechanical trouble was unclear, he said.

December 02, 2013 | By FRANK ELTMAN and JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press | Nation


NYC train derailment kills 4, hurts more than 60

NEW YORK - A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people, injuring more than 60 and sending a chain of toppled cars trailing off the track just inches from the water, authorities said.

December 01, 2013 | By DEEPTI HAJELA and VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Nation


Forecasts, warnings spared lives from tornadoes

WASHINGTON, Ill. - When a cluster of violent thunderstorms began marching across the Midwest, forecasters were able to draw a bright line on a map showing where the worst of the weather would go.

November 18, 2013 | By DAVID MERCER and DON BABWIN Associated Press | Nation


US added unexpectedly strong 204,000 jobs in Oct.

WASHINGTON - A burst of hiring in October added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs to the economy in a month when the government was partly shut down for 16 days. And employers added far more jobs in August and September than previously thought.

November 08, 2013 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Gunman kills TSA agent at LAX, injures 2 others

LOS ANGELES - A man carrying a bag with a hand-written note that said he "wanted to kill TSA" opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, killing a TSA officer and wounding at least three others, authorities said.

November 01, 2013 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Nation


Sebelius to face tough questioning on health law

WASHINGTON - Republicans said Sunday they intend to press Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration's troubled launch of healthcare.gov, the online portal to buy insurance, and concerns about the privacy of information that applicants submit under the new system.

October 27, 2013 | BY KEN THOMAS Associated Press | Nation


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No charges in Ferguson case; chaos fills streets

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and inflamed deep racial tensions between many African-Americans and police.

November 25, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. - A grand jury declined Monday to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between many African-Americans and police.

November 24, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Nation


Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.

November 24, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press | Nation


Obama to announce immigration action Thursday

WASHINGTON - In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration - in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency.

November 19, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


Sherman's March, 150 years later

A turning point in the Civil War came 150 years ago this week, when Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman left the smoking ruins of Atlanta and launched his scorching March to the Sea. Here are five questions and answers about the commander whose name, even today, evokes admiration or hatred - and about his march, which hastened the war's end.

November 15, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


New tactics in health care push

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The pitch for health care coverage is being made at nail salons, pizzerias, mosques - and even bars.

November 15, 2014 | By ANN SANNER Associated Press | Nation


After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

MILFORD, Pa. - For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

October 31, 2014 | By KATHY MATHESON and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | Nation


Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

FORT KENT, Maine - A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

October 31, 2014 | By ROBERT F. BUKATY Associated Press | Nation


Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

MOJAVE, Calif. - A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

October 31, 2014 | By BRIAN MELLEY and JUSTIN PRITCHARD Associated Press | Nation


For Biden, silver lining if Senate fight is a draw

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is crossing his fingers that Republicans won't come close to capturing the six Senate seats they need to seize the majority in next week's election. But for Vice President Joe Biden, there's a silver lining if Republicans fall just short.

October 29, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press | Nation


US governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

NEWARK, N.J. - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some state governors and even the Army are carving their own paths.

October 27, 2014 | By DAVID PORTER and COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press | Nation


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