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  • Mass. gov.: Fungus seen at meningitis-linked firm

    BOSTON (AP) — State officials investigating a pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis said Tuesday they found shoddy sterilization practices and unclean conditions there, including debris-covered floor mats …


  • Fla. set to execute mass killer after stay lifted

    STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A convicted mass killer from the 1970s faced a scheduled execution Tuesday evening after an appeals court lifted a last-minute stay that was based on his …


  • 4th bankruptcy in Perry’s tech fund adds to losses

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A fourth Texas high-tech startup that received taxpayer money through Gov. Rick Perry’s signature economic development fund has filed for bankruptcy, pushing the total losses in …


  • FACT CHECK: Flunking geography, history

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters didn’t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night …


  • FACT CHECK: Flunking geography, history

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters didn’t always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night …


  • Wife told court Wis. spa shooter terrorized her

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man terrorized his wife for years, threatening to throw acid on her face, dousing her car with tomato juice and slashing her vehicle’s tires before …


  • Wyoming Democrat wages lonely congressional fight

    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Chris Henrichsen’s hopeful knocking on doors only disturbed the afternoon naps of dogs in a previously quiet Casper neighborhood. Then he finally hit pay dirt: Someone …


  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 111 mph in test run

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm …


  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama’s high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and …


  • After uproar, Ga. officials back off archives plan

    MORROW, Ga. (AP) — When Georgia officials announced plans to severely restrict public access to its state archives, it set off a firestorm not only among scholars and people tracing …


  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and …


  • Feds: NYC terror sting suspect picked hard target

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting considered targeting a high-ranking government official and the New York Stock Exchange before authorities say he raised …


  • Hawaii, NY women to be elevated to sainthood

    HONOLULU (AP) — In life, Mother Marianne Cope was known for her strength and kindness, battling bureaucrats in Hawaii as she led a group of fellow Franciscan nuns to care …


  • Friends memorialize ex-Sen. Arlen Specter in Pa.

    NARBERTH, Pa. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was an “irreplaceable” force who approached politics — and life — with grit and determination, a who’s who of politicians and …


  • Biden arrives at funeral for ex-Sen. Specter

    NARBERTH, Pa. (AP) — A law school friend of Arlen Specter says the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania did not let his illness deter him from teaching law school students …


  • Marijuana backers courting conservatives

    DENVER (AP) — It’s not all hippies backing November’s marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Appealing to Western individualism and a mistrust of federal government, activists have lined …


  • Montana’s Gov. Schweitzer creates buzz his own way

    MARYSVILLE, Mont. (AP) — A day spent with Montana’s Brian Schweitzer riding four-wheelers and talking politics makes it easy to understand why he’s one of the most unusual — and …


  • For dollars’ worth of copper farmers out thousands

    DOS PALOS, Calif. (AP) — Cannon Michael is a folk hero across California’s agriculture heartland, where these days the price of scrap metal influences a farmer’s bottom line as much …


  • Brown’s Calif. tax initiative hit from both sides

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After returning to the governor’s office, Jerry Brown criticized a political culture he said lacked a common purpose and warned of a “war of all against …


  • Republicans hammer State witnesses on Libya attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four weeks before the election, Republicans used a politically charged House hearing to confront State Department officials about security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and assail …


  • Hunters ready for 1st wolf hunts in Wis., Minn.

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around …


  • Mass. gov: Drug firm may have misled regulators

    BOSTON (AP) — The specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak may have misled regulators and done work beyond the scope of its state license, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick …


  • Judges OK SC voter law, say it must wait to 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of three federal judges upheld a South Carolina law requiring voters to show photo identification, but delayed enforcement until next year, in a decision announced …


  • Ryan prepares to take on skilled debater Biden

    WASHINGTON (AP) — To prepare for his biggest test yet on the national stage, untested debater Paul Ryan has been hauling two thick briefing books around the country and intently …


  • Tom DeLay to make case to appeals court

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader and GOP heavyweight Tom DeLay is getting ready to make his case to an appeals court that his 2010 conviction for …


  • Officials hope ‘winter-blend’ gas will drop prices

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State leaders — and drivers — hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of “winter-blend” fuel that is …


  • Release of ‘winter-blend’ gas could reduce prices

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State air pollution regulators said Monday that California’s air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend …


  • Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House …


  • Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House …


  • Fatal parasail accidents renew calls for rules

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Soaring high above the ocean, tethered to a boat, a parasail ride is at once exhilarating and peaceful, even quiet. But every year, there are …

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