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5 things to know about the record-breaking freeze

CHICAGO (AP) — Much of the country grappled Monday with a historic freeze that shuttered schools and businesses at the start of the first full work week of 2014. Flights, trains and bus transportation were disrupted, thousands were left without power and even parts of the country used to fending off hypothermia and frostbite had […]

Girl declared brain dead moved from hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain dead after a surgery is now in a facility where her family can take care of her, a place her uncle says that believes as much they do that she’s alive. A critical care team took Jahi McMath while she was attached to […]

Supreme Court puts Utah same-sex marriage on hold

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gay couples in Utah were thrust into legal limbo Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to same-sex marriages in the state, turning jubilation to doubt just weeks after a judge’s ruling sent people rushing to get married. The justices did not rule on the merits of the […]

Senate OKs gay rights bill banning discrimination

BREAKING-NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, demonstrating the nation’s quickly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage.

Deal reached to avoid default and open government

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement today to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end. The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in […]

Chase from White House to Capitol ends in gunfire

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman driving a black Lexus tried to ram through a White House barricade Thursday, then led police on a chase that ended in gunfire outside the Capitol, witnesses and officials said. Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government […]

Officials: UPS cargo jet crashes in Ala.; 2 killed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A UPS cargo plane crashed and burned Wednesday morning on the outskirts of an Alabama airport, killing two crew members and scattering boxes and charred debris across the grassy field, officials said.

Tech pleads guilty in NH in hepatitis C outbreak

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges in New Hampshire under an agreement that calls for him to serve 30 to 40 years in prison.

Marathon bombing suspect on Rolling Stone cover

BOSTON (AP) — A Rolling Stone cover story on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev isn’t on the stands yet but it’s already generating controversy, with at least two New England-based retailers announcing Wednesday that they will not carry the issue.

Analysis sees Senate bill curbing illegal entries

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comprehensive immigration legislation passed by the Senate would reduce illegal immigration into the U.S. by one-third to one-half beyond what would happen under existing law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. That’s a significantly greater reduction than the nonpartisan budget office said would have resulted from an earlier version of the bill […]

SCOTUS: Same-sex couples deserve federal benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled today that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to […]

US to Hong Kong: Don’t delay Snowden extradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Saturday sharply warned Hong Kong against slow-walking the extradition of Edward Snowden, reflecting concerns over a prolonged legal battle before the government contractor ever appears in a U.S. courtroom to answer espionage charges for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs. A formal extradition request to bring Snowden to […]

Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to […]

Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s called the Affordable Care Act, but President Barack Obama’s health care law may turn out to be unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. That might seem strange since the law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer “affordable” coverage or face fines. But what’s […]

Blast at La. Plant kills 1, more than 70 hurt

GEISMAR (AP) — Daniel Cuthbertson knows the risks involved in working at chemical plants. Still, the Taft, Calif., contract worker who travels frequently for such work was rattled hours after escaping Thursday’s blast at a south Louisiana plant. The explosion killed at least one worker and sent dozens to area hospitals, some with critical injuries. […]

Colorado wildfire destroys at least 360 homes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds destroyed at least 360 homes — a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods. The destruction northeast of Colorado Springs […]

St. Louis police: 4 dead in murder-suicide

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. Police Capt. Michael Sack said the shooting happened Thursday afternoon in a building that houses multiple businesses. The victims’ names have not […]

Obama’s likely pick to head FBI widely praised

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans said Thursday they see no major obstacles to Senate confirmation of James Comey, the former deputy attorney general in the Bush administration who is expected to be nominated by President Barack Obama as the next FBI director. Comey, who would replace Robert Mueller as head of the national security organization, is […]

After vote on gay youth, Scouts face more turmoil

(AP) — The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as Scouts. Dismayed conservatives are already looking at alternative youth groups as they predict a mass exodus from the BSA. Gay-rights supporters vowed Friday to maintain pressure on the Scouts to end the […]

Stocks barely budge; market ends week with loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock indexes closed out their first weekly loss in a month in quiet trading Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped 0.91 of a point to close at 1,649.60. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 8.60 points to 15,303, a gain of 0.1 percent. Procter & Gamble supported the […]

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