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  • Iowa study aimed at making tractors safer for kids

    CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Researchers who hope to prevent children from dying in tractor accidents are turning to a state-of-the-art driving simulator to help determine when kids can safely operate …


  • Jurors to begin deliberations at Peterson trial

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Now, it’s jurors’ turn. After years of speculation, national media attention and more than a month of testimony, allegations that Drew Peterson murdered his third wife …


  • Smooth path seen to renewal of disaster aid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some sniping on the presidential campaign trail, negotiations on Capitol Hill are likely to ensure a smooth flow of disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane …


  • NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will consider legal arguments by a strip club on whether nude dancing is an art and deserves a state tax exemption as …


  • India’s emergency care system in tatters

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Bharat Singh saw headlights zooming toward his motorbike and swerved. For a split second, he thought he had dodged the truck. Then his passenger screamed. Singh …


  • Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

    BOSTON (AP) — A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate …


  • Clinton’s China visit produces no breakthrough

    BEIJING (AP) — Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders Wednesday failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how …


  • Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch hospitalized for anemia

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (KAHCH) has been hospitalized for treatment of anemia. George Arzt, a spokesman for the Democratic ex-mayor, says Koch was …


  • Chance encounter prompts torture suspect’s arrest

    DENVER (AP) — A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in …


  • Attorneys in Peterson trial deliver closings

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors in Drew Peterson’s murder trial implored jurors Tuesday to use common sense in assessing the circumstantial case against him, while the defense said the state …


  • FBI disputes claims of hackers’ Apple data breach

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI on Tuesday disputed a computer hacker group’s claim that it stole personal identification data on millions of Apple device owners from an FBI agent’s laptop. …


  • Texas hearing on Planned Parenthood gets emotional

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State lawmakers, hospital system administrators and dozens of women urged Texas officials Tuesday not to sever funding to Planned Parenthood under a law barring state support …


  • WHO: 30 suspected cases of Ebola in Congo

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The World Health Organization has registered 30 suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo in an outbreak that comes on the heels of one …


  • Scorpion sting leaves Arizona woman with huge bill

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman is wondering what hurt more: getting stung by a scorpion or seeing her hospital bill after treatment. Marcie Edmonds says the bill from Chandler …


  • Ryan faces accuracy questions as he assails Obama

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan defended himself Tuesday against lingering questions about the accuracy of some of his recent statements. In interviews, Ryan disputed …


  • Judge: Mass. must pay for killer’s sex change

    BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her …


  • Deliberations in Peterson trial to start Wednesday

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Defense attorneys told jurors at Drew Peterson’s murder trial Tuesday that the state’s case against him is “garbage evidence.” Prosecutors said it’s just common sense that …


  • In southern La., residents blame levees for floods

    LAPLACE, La. (AP) — At the urging of residents who have long felt forgotten in the shadow of more densely populated New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says it …


  • Police: NJ boy, 6, killed saving sister in attack

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy whose throat was slashed by an intruder high on PCP-laced marijuana was killed trying to save his sister, coming to her aid as …


  • National debt hits $16T; GOP critical

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of …


  • Pa. dad charged in drug-laced baby bottle death

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors believe a Philadelphia man put heroin and methadone in his infant son’s bottle to quiet him but instead killed him, two days before his first birthday. …


  • Plea changes set for 3 in Ohio bridge bomb plot

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled change-of-plea hearings for three of the four remaining defendants charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio — a …


  • Judge grants sex change for Mass. murder convict

    BOSTON (AP) — State prison officials must provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder, because it is the only way to treat her …


  • DNC protesters continue march after standoff

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of protesters clogged streets and blocked traffic Tuesday outside the Democratic National Convention on its opening day, making for some tense moments that ultimately brought …


  • Insider book details Komen-Planned Parenthood rift

    NEW YORK (AP) — Criticizing major players on both sides, former Susan G. Komen for the Cure vice president Karen Handel has written a blistering insider’s account of the prominent …


  • Defense: Evidence against Drew Peterson ‘garbage’

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A defense lawyer at Drew Peterson’s murder trial has told jurors that the state presented “garbage evidence.” Attorney Joel Lopez said during his two-hour closing Tuesday …


  • Opening night convention spotlight on first lady

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In a tight race for the White House, President Barack Obama exhorted college students not to forget him despite difficult times on Tuesday as Democrats shone …


  • Judge rules for students in immigrant-tuition suit

    MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Florida college students cannot be charged higher out-of-state tuition simply because their parents may be in the U.S. illegally. The lawsuit …


  • DNC protesters stop blocking intersection

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Protesters blocked an intersection near the Democratic National Convention for about two hours on Tuesday, attracting hundreds of police officers, before they were allowed to keep …


  • Jackson estate, businessman settle copyright case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate and a businessman working with the singer’s mother settled a copyright infringement lawsuit for $2.5 million on Tuesday, shortly before a trial in …

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