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  • Minn. police officer fatally shot in ‘ambush’

    COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Even for those who didn’t know him, the fatal ambush of a local police officer provoked tears Friday for residents of the small central Minnesota …


  • NY mayor seeks more disaster aid for Sandy victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed to congressional leaders Wednesday for quick action on providing tens of billions of dollars in new federal aid to help …


  • NJ places Sandy costs at $37B in seeking US aid

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday raised the estimate of New Jersey’s costs of recovering and rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy to nearly $37 billion and said the …


  • Ex-treasurer to Dem politicians faces sentencing

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former campaign treasurer who defrauded dozens of California Democratic politicians of at least $7 million was incapable of managing her business, often letting candidates’ bills …


  • 30 Tenn. courthouses receive bomb threats

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Bomb threats to 30 courthouses and other government buildings across Tennessee forced many to be evacuated Tuesday, including the federal building in Memphis, but authorities said …


  • Suit targets ‘locator’ chips in Texas student IDs

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a “mark of the beast,” sacrilege to her Christian faith — not …


  • Sweeping changes suggested for Pa. child abuse law

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania should enact sweeping changes to its child abuse laws, including stronger penalties for failing to report the crime, a legislative commission concluded Tuesday after a …


  • Record Powerball result of changes to boost sales

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to …


  • Cuomo likens Katrina, Sandy as damage total soars

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to …


  • NJ Gov. Christie’s focus: Rebuilding, re-election

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend the next year leading efforts to rebuild his home state after Superstorm Sandy — and running for re-election. …


  • Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year will issue a report that could recommend changes to state law. …


  • NJ Gov. Christie’s focus: Rebuilding, re-election

    MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend the next year leading efforts to rebuild his home state after Superstorm Sandy — and running for re-election. …


  • Cuomo likens Katrina, Sandy as damage total soars

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Superstorm Sandy in some ways worse than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as he said his state would need $42 billion to …


  • Panel to recommend child-abuse law changes in Pa.

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A commission set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year is about to make its recommendations. The Pennsylvania Task Force on …


  • Cuomo: Sandy cost NY, NYC $32B in damage and loss

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Top political leaders in New York put their heads together Monday on big requests for federal disaster aid as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Superstorm Sandy …


  • Another blow for state’s anti-eavesdropping law

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts …


  • Cuomo: Sandy cost NY, NYC $42B in damage and loss

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy ran up a $42 billion bill on New York and the state and New York City congressional leaders are preparing big requests for federal …


  • Report: Obama health law a good deal for states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — States will receive more than $9 in federal money for every $1 they spend to cover low-income residents under President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to …


  • Court rejects plea to block taping of police

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor’s plea to allow enforcement of a law aimed at stopping people from recording police officers on the job. The …


  • Singers continue long Wis. tradition of protest

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Every weekday as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close …


  • APNewsBreak: Corps cuts flow on Missouri River

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low-water conditions on the Mississippi …


  • Trouble not over for Jesse Jackson Jr.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from Congress might end his once-promising political career but it doesn’t mark the end of troubles for the civil rights icon’s son. Just …


  • Jesse Jackson Jr. submits letter of resignation

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-rising political star who has been on a months-long mysterious medical leave for bipolar disorder while facing separate federal investigations, has resigned …


  • Kansas appeals court attorney fired over tweet

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas appeals court attorney was fired Monday after using foul language about the state’s former attorney general in comments she posted to Twitter last week. …


  • Unions show muscle, spent millions in state races

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Maggie Hassan won the New Hampshire governor’s race, it wasn’t just a victory for her fellow Democrats. Unions spent millions backing Hassan with television ads and …


  • EPA turns down states’ request for ethanol waiver

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons …


  • Obama vows not to forget storm victims rebuilding

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy “until the rebuilding is complete” after getting an up-close …


  • Obama views Sandy recovery in tour of NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy “until the rebuilding is complete” after getting an up-close …


  • Obama views Sandy recovery in aerial tour of NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama got his first look Thursday at the devastation that Superstorm Sandy waged on New York City, with a helicopter tour above flood-ravaged and …


  • GOP-led states start warming up to health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From the South to the heartland, cracks are appearing in the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama’s health care law. Ahead of a federal …


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