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Albuquerque voters reject late-term abortion ban

11/20/2013 12:52am
In a closely watched, first-of-its kind municipal election, voters in New Mexico's largest city have soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions.

How the AP-NORC Center and MTV poll was conducted

11/20/2013 1:29am
A survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV among teens and young adults on discriminatory language and images online was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 7 by GfK. It was based on online interviews with 1,297 teens and young adults, including 489 teens ages 14-17 and 808 young adults ages 18-24 who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

Activists to Kellogg: Save tigers, drop palm oil

11/20/2013 2:02am
Activists are planning a rally at Kellogg Co. headquarters in Battle Creek to urge the cereal giant to stop using palm oil in its products.

Navy sailor, fiancee marry at Nevada airport

11/20/2013 4:31am
A U.S. Navy sailor told his high school sweetheart he wanted to marry her the moment he laid eyes on her after an 11-month deployment off the coast of war-torn Syria.

$16 million lottery ticket unclaimed in Florida

11/20/2013 5:19am
Hitting a $16 million Powerball jackpot is a dream for most people.

Polish finance chief fired in Cabinet reshuffle

11/20/2013 5:58am
Poland's prime minister on Wednesday fired Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski in a major government reshuffle aimed at breathing new energy into Poland's longest-serving team under democracy.

JPMorgan $13B deal may not end bank's legal woes

11/20/2013 6:18am
The $13 billion settlement that JPMorgan Chase agreed to Tuesday is the largest ever between the Justice Department and a corporation. Yet it isn't likely the end of the bank's legal troubles over the risky mortgage securities it sold before the financial crisis.

2 US Marshals shot and wounded in Florida

11/20/2013 8:31am
Authorities in Highlands County say two U.S. Marshals have been shot and wounded while attempting to execute a search warrant in a drug investigation.

Rupert Murdoch, wife reach divorce deal in NYC

11/20/2013 9:14am
Media baron Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, have reached a divorce settlement.

Costco apologizes for California bible flap

11/20/2013 9:27am
A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.

Senate committee OKs Homeland Security nominee

11/20/2013 9:31am
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security Department is one step closer to joining the Cabinet after winning support from a Senate committee.

Obama honors Clinton, Oprah with freedom medal

11/20/2013 9:52am
President Barack Obama is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans 50 years after the death of the award's founder, President John F. Kennedy.

Campaign seeks to recruit new teachers

11/20/2013 10:15am
A national campaign is being launched to find a new generation of talented teachers.

Fact sheet: 2014 Nissan Versa Note

11/20/2013 10:29am
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Rubio pushing for diplomacy and foreign aid

11/20/2013 10:35am
GOP Sen. Marco Rubio is trying to separate himself from a growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party by pushing to make "decisive" diplomacy and foreign aid, rather than military power, the pillars of American foreign policy.

AP sources: Deal eases Iran sanctions by $6B-$10B

11/20/2013 10:40am
Congressional officials say the Obama administration estimates Iran could get $6 billion to $10 billion in sanctions relief if it rolls back its nuclear program.

US panel: China navy power growing in the Pacific

11/20/2013 10:53am
A congressional advisory panel sounded a warning Wednesday about China's military buildup, predicting Beijing could possess the largest fleet of modern submarine and combatant ships in the western Pacific by 2020.

Missouri executes white supremacist serial killer

11/20/2013 11:41am
Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state's first execution in nearly three years.

Nissan's Versa Note: Versatile and thrifty

11/20/2013 11:48am
Nissan's small Versa hatchback, renamed the Versa Note for 2014, is a low-priced, high-utility car with an attractive, fresh exterior, notable fuel economy and a surprisingly roomy back seat that accommodates even 6-foot adults.

'San Antonio 4' freed, hope case inspires others

11/20/2013 11:53am
Four San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 _ and known as the "San Antonio 4" _ said Wednesday they wanted to re-introduce themselves to their children, grandchildren and relatives, now that their convictions stand to be overturned.

Poll: 'Just kidding' doesn't make online slurs OK

11/20/2013 12:04pm
In a shift in attitude, most young people now say it's wrong to use racist or sexist slurs online, even if you're just kidding. But when they see them, they don't take much personal offense.

With no surprise, is the gift magic dead?

11/20/2013 12:06pm
Count Cynthia Gibson among gift recipients not interested in being surprised.

Obama aide says president to visit Asia in April

11/20/2013 12:09pm
President Barack Obama plans to visit Asia in April.

What the AP has reported on troubles in nuke force

11/20/2013 12:25pm
In addition to RAND's finding of "burnout" among nuclear missile launch officers and higher rates of courts martial and other disciplinary actions in the ICBM force, The Associated Press has documented other signs of trouble:

Attitude contrast between nuclear workers, command

11/20/2013 12:28pm
At the working level, criticism of how the Air Force runs its nuclear missile groups is widespread, if not often voiced publicly. The nuclear commanders have their counterarguments. The anonymous comments came from participants, all members of the nuclear missile force, in a RAND study commissioned by the Air Force, who were allowed to air their feelings confidentially. RAND and the Air Force provided The Associated Press with the report.

Nobody home: Utah town forgets to hold election

11/20/2013 12:59pm
A tiny Utah town had to skip an election earlier this month because part-time officials forgot to advertise or prepare for it _ and it wasn't the town's first election flub.

A summary of highlights from RAND survey

11/20/2013 1:22pm
Among the highlights of a RAND survey of members of the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile force:

Ex-cops charged in Kentucky brothel slayings

11/20/2013 1:46pm
After nearly 20 years, authorities believe they have finally solved the murders of two workers at a Kentucky massage parlor with the arrest of two former police officers _ including the lead investigator in the case.

ADA says pilot in NY boat crash admitted drinking

11/20/2013 2:09pm
The man accused of crashing a powerboat into a barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, told rescuers he'd been "drinking all day," a prosecutor said Wednesday.

NY man held in '79 death of wife stabbed 108 times

11/20/2013 2:13pm
Thirty-four years after the body of a young mother was found on a flat cemetery gravestone, stabbed 108 times, her former husband _ the longtime suspect _ has been charged with murder.

Congress honors American Indian code talkers

11/20/2013 2:23pm
For decades, the wartime service of 96-year-old Edmond Harjo and other American Indian "code talkers" was something that wasn't even officially acknowledged, let alone publically recognized.

Young people say online slurs common _ but not OK

11/20/2013 2:55pm
Most young people say they aren't very offended about the slurs and mean-spirited videos mocking overweight people or gays or blacks that they encounter on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Ex-N.E. mob associate convicted in attempted hit

11/20/2013 3:02pm
A man who spent over a decade posing as a cattle rancher in Idaho was convicted Wednesday on a string of federal charges, including the attempted murder of a man who became the boss of the New England Mafia.

Flight diverted after slide activates on board

11/20/2013 3:37pm
Officials say an evacuation slide activated during a flight from Fort Myers, Fla., to Boston, forcing the plane to divert to Orlando International Airport.

Gov't to require seat belts on large buses

11/20/2013 3:42pm
New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a federal rule issued Wednesday, a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half century.

Some NYC hospitals not taking new health plans

11/20/2013 3:50pm
New Yorkers buying a health plan on the state's new insurance exchange should read the fine print if they're interested in getting care at some of the city's top hospitals.

Texas court rejects condemned inmate's appeal

11/20/2013 3:50pm
Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday rejected an appeal from a convicted killer in a Houston case where supporters contend his death sentence unfairly was based on race.

House OKs bills to speed oil, gas drilling

11/20/2013 3:53pm
The House approved two bills Wednesday aimed at speeding up drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands.

New find in search for puppy face that never fades

11/20/2013 3:58pm
Imagine the ideal designer dog. It would be smart, healthy and hypoallergenic. It would have the yap bred out and longevity bred in. And, most important, it would never lose its puppy face.

Police say men robbed NC assisted living facility

11/20/2013 4:02pm
Police in North Carolina say a group of armed men robbed an assisted-living facility, restraining the workers and stealing from the residents' rooms.

Group works to return photos to tornado victims

11/20/2013 4:09pm
One photo shows a red-cheeked tot sitting in a high chair, smiling at the camera. Another one, a Polaroid, shows two people unwrapping gifts at Christmas, a tree decorated with lights behind them and wrapping paper covering the floor.

Former NJ doctor sentenced for $19M billing fraud

11/20/2013 4:24pm
The patients, most of whom were on Medicaid and Medicare, came into the medical offices of Jose Katz for checkups and consultations. The vast majority would leave with false diagnoses of coronary artery disease and debilitating angina and orders to undergo unnecessary tests.

Lawmaker ends shopping cart destruction campaign

11/20/2013 4:30pm
A Hawaii legislator said he will no longer use a sledgehammer to smash stolen and abandoned shopping carts used by homeless people to carry belongings in Waikiki.

Grandmother pleads not guilty in alleged drug plot

11/20/2013 4:45pm
A Ferris, Texas, woman has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she had her 9-year-old granddaughter plant drugs in her son-in-law's car in Arizona so the grandmother could gain fulltime custody of the child.

US: No dialogue if NKorea keeps nukes running

11/20/2013 4:50pm
The Obama administration said Wednesday it wants to make Asia more stable and is open to negotiations with North Korea to tackle the threat posed by its nuclear weapons program _ but not while the North keeps critical elements of its atomic program running.

US closing courthouses in NC, Okla., W.Va., Wyo.

11/20/2013 4:54pm
The U.S. federal court system announced Wednesday that four courthouses are closing by the end of the year as a way to save money, but a court official and lawyer in one of the affected states said it will have little impact on the judicial process.

Great Lakes levels rise, but slump hasn't ended

11/20/2013 4:56pm
Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it's too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday.

Attorneys: Multimillion-dollar deal in Bakken fire

11/20/2013 5:01pm
A Montana man severely burned in a Bakken oil patch fire has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with a Texas company accused of providing him insufficient training and equipment, according to attorneys for the plaintiff and court documents.

Arizona man ordered freed in son's 2004 death

11/20/2013 5:11pm
A judge has dismissed a murder case and ordered the release of the defendant _ an Arizona man convicted in the 2004 death of his 5-year-old son _ after finding misconduct by prosecutors.

1st surviving septuplets 16, enjoy 'normal' lives

11/20/2013 5:12pm
The world's first surviving septuplets have turned 16, and they don't mind that they're taking a lower profile these days.

Animal welfare group accuses Ga. school of cruelty

11/20/2013 5:27pm
Animal welfare officials on Wednesday accused Georgia Regents University of performing unnecessary and painful dental implant procedures on dogs, then euthanizing them.

NY trooper dies in fall into gorge during training

11/20/2013 5:31pm
State police say a trooper has died after falling into the gorge at Letchworth State Park in western New York during high-angle rescue training.

Minn. man sentenced for raping burglary victim

11/20/2013 5:41pm
A Minnesota man who raped a woman he had previously burglarized has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison.

Tyson to drop Okla. hog supplier after abuse video

11/20/2013 6:20pm
An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier.

Man poses with girl shortly before slaying

11/20/2013 6:23pm
Police in Colorado are investigating whether a man suspected of fatally shooting his 19-month-old daughter and then wounding himself posted a photo of himself and his daughter to Facebook shortly before the shootings.

Girl killed in Newton shooting honored by ASPCA

11/20/2013 7:46pm
A 6-year-old girl killed in the Newtown school shooting is being celebrated for her love of animals.

Kerry: US and Karzai agree on language for pact

11/20/2013 9:48pm
The U.S. and Afghanistan have agreed on the language of a bilateral security pact that could clear the way for thousands of U.S. troops to train and assist Afghan forces after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014.

Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge, takes leave

11/20/2013 10:47pm
Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel said Wednesday he was taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and receiving a sentence of a year's probation.

Radel pleads guilty to cocaine charge, takes leave

11/20/2013 10:47pm
Florida Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel said Wednesday he was taking a leave of absence from Congress and donating his salary to charity after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and receiving a sentence of a year's probation.

US university suspends ties to Palestinian school

11/20/2013 11:54pm
Brandeis University has decided to suspend its partnership with a Palestinian university over what it calls a failure by leadership to condemn an on-campus demonstration in which marchers reportedly made what Brandeis officials said looked like Nazi salutes.