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  • Post-debate: Romney basks, Obama challenges

    DENVER (AP) — An invigorated Mitt Romney basked in rave reviews Thursday after his first face-off with the president, envisioning an inaugural celebration, while President Barack Obama and his allies …


  • Nadine dissolves in Atlantic short of record

    MIAMI (AP) — The cyclone formerly known as Tropical Storm Nadine has dissolved after meandering for more than 21 days, falling short of the all-time Atlantic Ocean longevity record. The …


  • Outbreak spotlights safety of custom-mixed drugs

    Custom-mixed medicines like the steroid shots suspected in a meningitis outbreak have long been a source of concern, and their use is far wider than many people realize. These medicines …


  • Newest Navy destroyer pays tribute to SEAL from NY

    CALVERTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s newest warship will not be named for a former president, distinguished member of Congress or some historic figure from the past. The USS …


  • Curt Schilling might have to sell bloody sock

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team’s way to the …


  • Troubled Calif. nuke plant aims to restart reactor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The operator of California’s ailing San Onofre nuclear power plant proposed Thursday to restart one of its shuttered reactors after concluding it could be run safely …


  • Drought worsens in some key Midwest farming states

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation’s worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer’s withered corn …


  • Rare US meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 26 people in five states, including four who died, health officials warned. …


  • Texas agencies duel over Alamo commander’s letter

    DALLAS (AP) — It’s a new Battle of the Alamo, with one Texas agency mounting pressure on another to loan out one of the state’s most sacred texts for display …


  • Katrina victims take on hurricane tour operators

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city’s Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed …


  • 4 dead from rare meningitis, more cases expected

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials are expecting to find more cases of a rare and deadly form of meningitis that has sickened more than two dozen people in five …


  • Chicago police find about 1,500 pot plants in city

    CHICAGO (AP) — In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room …


  • Future of damaged Calif. nuke plant coming clearer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future of the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant is slowly coming into focus, more than eight months after the California seaside plant was shut …


  • Former Manson follower seeks parole for 27th time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years is hoping that his 27th parole hearing will provide his key to freedom. Bruce Davis, convicted with …


  • Induction of SF archbishop brings cheers, rebukes

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The installation of a new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco — a backer of California’s same-sex marriage ban — is drawing support and concern as …


  • Romney barrels out of first debate on offense

    DENVER (AP) — Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his …


  • Man accused of being Russian agent set for court

    HOUSTON (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen accused of illicitly obtaining military technology for Russia has been formally briefed on the charges against him in an initial court appearance. Alexander …


  • FACT CHECK: Presidential debate missteps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. They made some …


  • Bitter-sweet anniversary for man in Mass. slayings

    WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is marking his ninth wedding anniversary a day after he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his wife, two …


  • Chicago teachers vote to approve 3-year contract

    CHICAGO (AP) — Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluation system, union officials announced late Wednesday. …


  • Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

    DENVER (AP) — In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong …


  • FACT CHECK: Presidential debate missteps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. Here’s a look …


  • Judge tosses Montana campaign finance limits

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Montana’s campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional, a decision that comes less than a month before Election Day and marks …


  • California wades into national labor debate

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters are being asked to starve unions of the tens of millions of dollars they use to finance campaigns and political organizing, as the nation’s …


  • 2nd Detroit police chief accused of sex scandal

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was elected to replace a scandal-plagued predecessor after promising to clamp down on crime. But following allegations of a sex scandal involving another …


  • Rare meningitis cases at 26 in 5 states, 4 deaths

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain, …


  • Pa. voter ID issue is far from resolved

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Just because opponents of Pennsylvania’s new law requiring voters to show photo identification won a preliminary injunction in court doesn’t mean the issue or the court …


  • Secret Cold War tests in St. Louis raise concerns

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Doris Spates was a baby when her father died inexplicably in 1955. She has watched four siblings die of cancer, and she survived cervical cancer. After …


  • Court spares Pa. inmate from Wednesday execution

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The state’s high court on Wednesday halted Pennsylvania’s first scheduled execution in more than a decade, at least temporarily sparing the life of a man who says …


  • Burned-out Conn. bell factory resumes production

    EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) — The 180-year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic “It’s a …

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