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Congress does little of consequence, except argue

12/23/2013 12:51am
Call it a steady diet of gridlock, with "Green Eggs and Ham" on the side.

Pancho Claus: A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

12/23/2013 2:16am
He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat _ though often it's a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. And he makes his grand entrance on lowriders or Harleys or led by a pack of burros instead of eight reindeer.

San Francisco puppy saved from trash in nick of time

12/23/2013 10:42am
It was five days before Christmas, and luckily for Gem the puppy, the creature was stirring on the trash-sorting conveyor belt.

Fight over military pension cuts to continue

12/23/2013 10:52am
The Pentagon's top civilian says it's time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he's facing a test of wills with the nation's powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.

Horseback protesters urge France: No new taxes

12/23/2013 12:02pm
Horse riders and trainers are demonstrating against a plan to nearly triple the tax on riding schools in France.

NYPD: Father throws son, himself off building

12/23/2013 12:18pm
A father threw his young child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building in a murder-suicide on the first day he was allowed to be alone with the boy amid an ugly custody battle with the mother, police officials said Friday.

2013: Rich got richer, poor got poorer and Congress did nothing

12/23/2013 12:27pm
Takeaways from 2013: The rich got richer, the poor got poorer; gays got married. The NSA knows everything; Obamacare needs critical care; Washington failed to get much done; and Congress rates lower than cockroaches.

Jet with 180 passengers slides off Detroit taxiway

12/23/2013 12:53pm
A Delta jet headed to Atlanta with 180 passengers aboard has slid off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. No one was hurt.

Feds to boost ailing ferrets across Great Plains

12/23/2013 12:59pm
Federal wildlife officials have crafted a new plan to restore the highly endangered black-footed ferret that includes re-introducing the animal to more states.

Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

12/23/2013 1:02pm
Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

Holiday gifting can be vexing for kids of divorce

12/23/2013 1:14pm
Tomi Tuel remembers a particularly vexing Christmas after her divorce. Her two kids received an Xbox as a gift and hauled it from home to home when it came time to visit their dad.

APNewsBreak: Jewell rejects Alaska land swap

12/23/2013 1:30pm
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday rejected a proposed land swap with the state of Alaska to build a road through a remote Alaska national wildlife refuge that shelters millions of migratory waterfowl.

American warns World Cup fans about Brazil police

12/23/2013 1:34pm
Six years ago, Elizabeth Martin's nephew Joseph was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer while out celebrating his 30th birthday in Rio de Janeiro. Now, Martin has a message for the hordes of foreigners set to descend on Brazil for next year's World Cup: The next Joseph Martin could be you.

APNewsBreak: Wash. governor met with Airbus exec

12/23/2013 1:47pm
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee personally met with an Airbus executive recently to discuss how the state and the Boeing rival can work together.

US moves troops in prep for more action in S Sudan

12/23/2013 1:54pm
The U.S. has moved additional Marines and aircraft from Spain to the Horn of Africa to provide embassy security and help with evacuations from violence-wracked South Sudan.

Malta revives plan to sell citizenship

12/23/2013 1:56pm
The Maltese government on Monday announced a revised scheme to sell citizenship in the European Union nation, raising the threshold of investment without introducing a residency requirement.

PNC paying $35M to resolve loan claims

12/23/2013 2:06pm
PNC Financial Services Group is paying $35 million to resolve government claims of discrimination in car loans against a Cleveland-based bank that PNC bought in 2009.

Failure and success for Obama: Poll offers clues

12/23/2013 2:34pm
Is it President Barack Obama's biggest failure or achievement? The Affordable Care Act aims to help millions of Americans, many of them poor, obtain health insurance. But one poll released on Monday indicates a popular split on how it should be viewed so far.

Conservatives to rule with Greens in German state

12/23/2013 2:38pm
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the environmentalist Green Party have inked a deal to rule the central state of Hesse that includes the country's financial capital Frankfurt.

Trump accuses NY attorney general of ethics breach

12/23/2013 2:43pm
Donald Trump has filed two ethics complaints against state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, accusing him of misconduct.

AP's Top 10 stories in 2013: Obama health care overhaul ranks No. 1

12/23/2013 2:55pm
The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

4 missing cyclists found in California mountains

12/23/2013 3:06pm
Four mountain bikers missing overnight in the rugged and chilly San Gabriel Mountains were found safe and unharmed Monday.

PNC paying $35M to resolve loan claims

12/23/2013 3:08pm
PNC Financial Services Group is paying $35 million to resolve government claims of discrimination in residential loans against a Cleveland-based bank that PNC bought in 2009.

Ex-Tiffany exec sentenced in NY to year in prison

12/23/2013 3:33pm
A former executive from Tiffany & Co. was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Monday for stealing more than $1.2 million in jewelry from its famous Fifth Avenue location, a crime a judge called an inexplicable act of self-destruction by someone who didn't need the money.

Dustup over military appeals judge delaying cases

12/23/2013 3:33pm
Dozens of military criminal cases have been thrown into limbo because of a legal challenge over whether Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel improperly appointed a judge to the Air Force's highest court, with attorneys raising questions about the judge's independence amid increasing pressure over the military's handling of sexual assault cases.

Wife's dying wish for husband's new family touches hometown

12/23/2013 3:45pm
Brenda Schmitz knew she wouldn't live to watch her four boys grow up. Diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, she was told she would die within months.

Rio Tinto considers cutting ties to Alaska mine

12/23/2013 3:52pm
London-based mining giant Rio Tinto announced Monday it plans to conduct a review of the Pebble Mine prospect in southwest Alaska, including whether to cut its ties with the proposed project.

Man pleads guilty after girl hands out pot candy

12/23/2013 4:19pm
A 40-year-old Hamilton man has pleaded guilty to drug charges more than a year and a half after his daughter was found distributing marijuana-laced candy on a school bus.

Accused Indian diplomat needs US OK for UN job

12/23/2013 4:24pm
The United Nations says it has processed the Indian government's request to register the country's deputy consul general, who is accused of lying on a visa form about how much she paid her housekeeper, as a member of the country's mission to the United Nations.

Margin for error 1/8 of an inch in nuclear world

12/23/2013 4:36pm
The margin for error in operating ICBMs can be excruciatingly small _ an eighth of an inch, in one case.

Footprints in snow lead to Texas burglary suspect

12/23/2013 4:39pm
Cold-weather clues have helped police in the Texas Panhandle track a burglary suspect through footprints in the snow.

Suspect in 1986 New Mexico death arrested in Texas

12/23/2013 4:57pm
Authorities in Texas have arrested a man accused of using aliases for 27 years to avoid apprehension in a New Mexico killing.

5 ways Fed's influence has expanded over 100 years

12/23/2013 5:12pm
The press called it an early Christmas present for President Woodrow Wilson: On Dec. 23, 1913, Congress passed legislation creating the Federal Reserve. Hours later, Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law.

California school's TB tests in expected range

12/23/2013 5:35pm
Health officials say test results have fallen within an expected range for a Southern California high school where a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis.

APNewsBreak: Jewell rejects Alaska land swap

12/23/2013 5:48pm
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday rejected a proposed land swap with the state of Alaska to build a road through a remote Alaska national wildlife refuge that shelters millions of migratory waterfowl.

NM woman pleads guilty to locking girl in cage

12/23/2013 6:19pm
A New Mexico woman pleaded guilty Monday to locking her 8-year-old niece with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage and leaving her alone while she left to watch a movie.

Penguin babies to make debut at Pittsburgh aviary

12/23/2013 6:45pm
Officials at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh say a newborn pair of endangered African penguins will soon be making their public debut.

Reptile keepers want US python ban overturned

12/23/2013 6:47pm
A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade association.

2 charged in death of Ill. sheriff's investigator

12/23/2013 7:12pm
Two men were being held without bond Monday in the shooting death of an off-duty Illinois sheriff's investigator who was trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party in suburban Chicago.

Tiger fatally mauls mate at San Diego Zoo

12/23/2013 7:32pm
The San Diego Zoo said Monday that a female Malayan tiger was fatally mauled by her intended mate during an attempt to breed.

1 fatally shot by deputy after chase in Arizona

12/23/2013 8:14pm
An early morning armed robbery at an Arizona adult boutique Monday ended in a shootout with a sheriff's deputy that left one ex-convict dead and another injured, authorities said.

California family celebrates 3 heart transplants

12/23/2013 9:03pm
Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.

NSA leaker: 'Mission's already accomplished'

12/23/2013 9:38pm
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his "mission's already accomplished" after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies

Death Valley puts brakes on running, cycling races

12/23/2013 10:33pm
It's the hottest, hardest, most grueling foot race in the world, says Shannon Farar-Griefer, who has run the Badwater 135 ultramarathon through Death Valley five times.

Same-sex couples can continue to marry, judge says

12/23/2013 10:57pm
A federal judge declined Monday to stay his controversial ruling last week that legalized same-sex marriage in Utah. Hundreds of Utahns gathered in Salt Lake City to celebrate the decision.

Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

12/23/2013 11:20pm
The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.