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  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012, 11:19 A.M.

    Tom DeLay still waiting to learn legal fate

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — still waiting to learn his legal fate since being convicted nearly two years ago for his role in a …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012, 12:24 P.M.

    Bond at risk for Ohio Amish hate-crime defendants

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine of 16 Amish convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have remained free, but the government asked Friday to have them locked …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2012, 7:30 A.M.

    Obama allies continue to push secret Romney video

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s campaign allies continued to push out an unauthorized video of rival Mitt Romney dismissing the half of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, while …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012, 3:39 P.M.

    With Alaska’s higher costs, dividends won’t go far

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — This is the day Alaskans crow about to their brethren in the Lower 48, trying to make them jealous that the government gives them money to …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012, 2:45 P.M.

    AP Exclusive: Mass. inmate lauds sex-change ruling

    BOSTON (AP) — A convicted murderer in Massachusetts says a judge’s decision to grant her request for sex-reassignment surgery is “the right thing to do.” U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012, 2:16 P.M.

    Pa. high court wants review of voter ID access

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court on Tuesday told a lower court that it should stop a tough new voter photo identification law from taking effect in this year’s …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2012, 2:14 A.M.

    Free speech, religion clash over anti-Muslim film

    CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) — While the man behind an anti-Islam movie that ignited violence across the Middle East would likely face swift punishment in his native Egypt for making the …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2012, 12:40 P.M.

    RI governor open to seizing 2003 club fire site

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Monday he was open to using eminent domain to seize the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012, 12:32 A.M.

    ‘Rancher’ has pros, cons for Fischer’s Senate run

    VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) — With roughly 35 million head of cattle grazing on nearly half the state’s land, ranching retains an iconic status in Nebraska. So it’s no surprise that …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2012, 5:27 P.M.

    Tax on Amazon purchases in Calif. begins Saturday

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Online retailer Amazon.com has tried to become all things to all consumers, but in California, it is about to take on a role it has fought …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012, 5:48 A.M.

    11th anniversary ceremony of 9/11 begins in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012, 12:21 A.M.

    For Sept. 11 anniversary, a turning point passed?

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the sun rose over the World Trade Center site Tuesday, the neighborhood around ground zero seemed more like a normal weekday than in previous years …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012, 12:11 A.M.

    Chicago teacher strike poses test for unions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The massive teachers’ strike in Chicago offers a high-profile test for the nation’s teachers’ unions, which have seen their political influence threatened as a growing reform movement …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012, 4:56 P.M.

    Agreement reached for Sept. 11 museum’s completion

    NEW YORK (AP) — An agreement that paves the way for the completion of the Sept. 11 museum at ground zero was reached on the eve of the 11th anniversary …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2012, 11:07 A.M.

    At ground zero, can there be a politics-free 9/11?

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony at ground zero has been stripped of politicians this year. But can it ever be stripped of politics? For the first …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 6:12 A.M.

    Md. Gov. O’Malley says Americans are better off

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he didn’t mean to say people are worse off than four years ago when he made that remark earlier this week. O’Malley …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 5:54 A.M.

    Peterson case shifts to appeal, missing 4th wife

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — She loomed over Drew Peterson’s murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 4:38 A.M.

    Attention turns to Peterson’s missing 4th wife

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — She loomed over Drew Peterson’s murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012, 12:15 A.M.

    Attention now turns to Peterson’s 4th wife

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — She loomed over Drew Peterson’s murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 1:23 P.M.

    Obama faces obstacles in holding North Carolina

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Keeping North Carolina in the Democratic column this year may prove hard for President Barack Obama. North Carolina’s unemployment rate is among the nation’s highest. Social …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012, 12:10 A.M.

    NY court weighs if lap dance is tax-exempt art

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 3:58 P.M.

    Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac’s waves

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn’t cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010. Since Isaac …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 7:04 A.M.

    Official: Ritual circumcision legal in Berlin

    BERLIN (AP) — A top state official says infant male circumcision for religious reasons is legal in Berlin, making the capital the first of Germany’s 16 states to specify that …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2012, 6:55 A.M.

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

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to the …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012, 11:46 P.M.

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012, 4:47 P.M.

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2012, 5:14 P.M.

    Days after Isaac, flooding and outages remain

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Much of a finger-shaped parish southeast of New Orleans was still covered with floodwater Sunday and more than 200,000 people across Louisiana still didn’t have any …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2012, 5:39 A.M.

    Ex-Obama advisers seek health care cost control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama’s former advisers are proposing major changes aimed at controlling health care costs as political uncertainty hovers over his health law. Call it …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2012, 1:38 A.M.

    In Florida, Medicare is not a senior-only issue

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For Bruce Cargill, an 87-year-old retiree, Medicare is a “glorious program” that, along with Social Security, keeps millions of older Americans out of poverty. …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012, 4:10 P.M.

    Federal government ending Wyoming wolf protections

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The federal government will end its protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the species was introduced two decades ago to revive it from near extinction in …


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