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Winning Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey

March 25, 2013

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The lottery fantasies of mansions, luxury boats and unlimited travel are over for most people. But for the owner — or owners — of the lone winning ticket sold in New Jersey for Powerball’s $338.3 million drawing they’re just beginning. New Jersey lottery officials announced Monday the ticket was sold at Read More

Police check report or armed man on AZ campus

March 23, 2013

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police were searching a building on the University of Arizona campus floor-by-floor Friday night after receiving a report of a man with a gun. Authorities and school officials said there was no immediate sign of a gunman and no report of any shots fired.

Deal requires ferry to stop ash dumping in 2 years

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The nation’s last operating coal-fired ferryboat would stop dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan within two years under a deal with federal regulators announced Friday. The agreement between Lake Michigan Carferry, which operates the S.S. Badger, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require the ship to retain its coal Read More

Storm could dump up to 8 inches in Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A major weekend storm could give new meaning to March Madness for the thousands of fans in Kansas City for the men’s college basketball tournament, blanketing northern areas of the nation’s heartland in up to a foot of snow and bringing downpours and possibly, tornadoes, to parts of the South. Read More

Man investigated in Colo. prison chief death dies

March 22, 2013

DECATUR, Texas (AP) — A former Colorado inmate and white supremacist at the center of a two-state mystery is dead after a high-speed chase and shootout with Texas deputies. Now investigators are trying to piece together whether he killed the chief of Colorado prisons and a pizza delivery man, and where he was headed when Read More

Family of Tulsa megachurch leader plead no contest

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two employees of a Tulsa megachurch accused of waiting for two weeks before reporting the rape of a 13-year-old girl on ministry property last summer have pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge.

Punxsutawney Phil ‘indicted’

CINCINNATI (AP) — Famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might want to go back into hibernation. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an “indictment” of the furry rodent, who predicted an early spring when he didn’t see his shadow after emerging from his western Pennsylvania lair on Feb. 2.

Study finds nearly 2 in 3 hate crimes unreported

March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite growing awareness of hate crimes, the share of those crimes reported to police has fallen in recent years as more victims of violent attacks express doubt that police can or will help. Nearly 2 of 3 hate crimes go unreported to police, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Thursday. Read More

House passes GOP budget plan, promising deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies. The measure, similar to previous plans offered by Budget Committee Read More

Nevada town mourns Marines who died in explosion

March 20, 2013

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in a rural community steeped in military history turned out to mourn the loss of at least seven Marines as investigators arrived at an ammunition depot to try to determine how a mortar shell exploded at the Nevada base and sent shrapnel flying into troops during a training Read More

Costs of US wars linger for more than 100 years

March 19, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars forthe next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat. An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives Read More

Family wants new Ike memorial design

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is supporting new legislation in Congress to scrap the design and block funding for a planned memorial honoring the former president and World War II hero in Washington. The future of the memorial was up for debate Tuesday as lawmakers questioned the project’s design by Read More

Late winter storm sends snow, sleet to New England

BOSTON (AP) — Winter went out with a blast in the Northeast on Tuesday, snow and sleet delaying the start of school in some areas and making the morning commute an icy, slippery mess a day before spring starts. The nasty weather led some schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut to close, adding Read More

Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

March 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor, choosing a Hispanic lawyer with experience in civil rights and workplace issues to his second-term Cabinet. Obama called Perez a “consensus builder” whose “story reminds us of this country’s promise.” “Tom’s made protecting that promise for Read More

Pa. college awaits answers as it mourns coach

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A moving church service for a popular college lacrosse coach who died over the weekend left many people wiping away tears, but also waiting for more answers about the bus crash that killed her and her unborn child. Amid an ongoing police investigation, students and teachers at Seton Hill University outside Read More

Crews recover teen’s body from icy S. Dakota river

March 16, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl who drowned after a fast-moving, icy river in South Dakota dragged her and another man away as they tried to save her 6-year-old brother, authorities said Friday. The search for the man is ongoing. Madison Leigh Wallace jumped into the Big Read More

Gay marriage: Senator’s shift, GOP soul-searching

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator’s embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics — and views on emotional issues — are changing fast. Gay marriage still divides the party, with the conservative wing strongly opposed. But an increasing number of Republicans, Read More

Journalist charged in hacking conspiracy suspended

March 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — News agency Reuters has suspended with pay a deputy social media editor after he was indicted on federal charges of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to deface an online story of the Los Angeles Times. Reuters spokesman David Girardin told The Associated Press Friday in an email that Matthew Keys Read More

FBI says fed agent killing justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An immigration agent was justified in fatally shooting a colleague who opened fire on their boss in a federal office building last year, the FBI has determined. The wild double-shooting at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Long Beach office occurred after Kevin Kozak, the second-in-command for the agency’s Los Angeles region, Read More

Tenn. university proposes fracking on its own land

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee wants to allow hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas on a state-owned tract of rolling woodland, raising the hackles of environmentalists who question its stated goal of raising funds to research the environmental impact of such drilling. With debate over “fracking” continuing, the unique proposal is being Read More

More US than Europeans drivers are on the phone

March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. More U.S. drivers reported talking on their cellphones behind the wheel than their counterparts in seven European countries, the study by the Centers for Disease Control Read More

Senate panel to approve budget sparing safety net

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting on the Senate’s first budget since President Barack Obama took office, a Democratic-led panel is moving toward party-line approval of a fiscal blueprint that would only modestly trim the budget deficit while protecting safety net programs from slashing cuts proposed by Republicans.The expected vote Thursday in the Senate Budget Committee comes Read More

Pursuit of hackers who took credit reports expands

March 13, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pursuit of hackers who audaciously stole and published credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities crisscrossed continents and included a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned. The sensational crime caught the attention of Congress and President Barack Obama, Read More

Villanova Vatican interns get a view of history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Talk about a baptism by fire: On the first day of Lauren Colegrove’s journalism internship at Catholic News Service in Rome, the pope announced his resignation. The Villanova University junior thought she’d spend her first day filling out paperwork and undergoing orientation. Instead, she ran over to the Vatican Press Office to Read More

GOP stakes out budget differences with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are staking out stark differences with Democrats as they prepare to meet with President Barack Obama for talks over the budget impasse, while Obama is conceding that a political accommodation may be impossible. On the one hand, many Republicans who long have chided Obama for failing to engage their party Read More

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