AP - ap.online.headlines.us http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.headlines.us News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:13:03 -0500 Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:55:19 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US-Indiana-Fair-Stage-Collapse/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US-Indiana-Fair-Stage-Collapse c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:31d7 MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday. Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:15:16 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US-Bergdahl/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US-Bergdahl c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2ffa WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this afternoon, officials said Friday. Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:49:19 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Sony.Hack/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Sony.Hack c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:325a WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government. Theater shooter's parents plead for his life Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:53 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Colorado.Shooting-Holmes_.Parents/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Colorado.Shooting-Holmes_.Parents c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2f65 DENVER (AP) — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the mass killing should be played out at his upcoming trial. Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:14:35 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Marijuana.Lawsuit/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Marijuana.Lawsuit c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2eb3 DENVER (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement. Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:21 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--GOP.2016-Paul-Rubio/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--GOP.2016-Paul-Rubio c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3206 WASHINGTON (AP) — Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified. Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:44:18 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Killings.By.Police-Ferguson.Investigation/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Killings.By.Police-Ferguson.Investigation c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:316d ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is calling for an investigation of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he "manipulated" the grand jury in the Ferguson case. McCulloch said in a radio interview on Friday that some witnesses obviously lied to the grand jury. Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:23:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Alaska-Weird.Weather/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Alaska-Weird.Weather c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2e7c ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow. Sales for holiday shopping season comes down to the wire Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:25:31 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Holiday.Shopping-Final.Stretch/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Holiday.Shopping-Final.Stretch c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:32ba NEW YORK (AP) — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press shows that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Man pleads guilty in gun case linked to marathon Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:37 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Boston.Marathon-Gun/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Boston.Marathon-Gun c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:32bb BOSTON (AP) — A man charged with having the gun prosecutors believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill an MIT police officer has pleaded guilty to gun possession and drug charges. Flu season, early again, hitting hard in South and Midwest Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:18:00 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US-MED-Flu-Season/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US-MED-Flu-Season c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3205 NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say the flu is now hitting hard in parts of the country, especially the South and Midwest. Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:07 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/SWM-Phelps-DUI/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_SWM-Phelps-DUI c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:303e BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino. Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:28:21 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Cuba-Cigars/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Cuba-Cigars c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3068 MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business. Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:26:44 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--College.Bowls-Name.Game/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--College.Bowls-Name.Game c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:30ee SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands. Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:05:59 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/18/US-Sony-Hack/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US-Sony-Hack c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:24ca WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans. Woman who foiled abduction was ready for a fight Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:03:50 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Failed.Museum.Abduction/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Failed.Museum.Abduction c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:30a9 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit. Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:32:43 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Obama-Cuba/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Obama-Cuba c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:31d8 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress. China's wealth finds home in Washington state Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:30:09 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Chinese.Spending-Washington.State/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Chinese.Spending-Washington.State c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2e6a MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:16:32 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US--Sony.Hack-Companies.On.Alert/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US--Sony.Hack-Companies.On.Alert c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2da1 ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. 5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:12:00 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/national/2014/12/19/US-Obama-News-Conference-5-Things-To-Know/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_national_US-Obama-News-Conference-5-Things-To-Know c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2f54 WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference.