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CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for the health care overhaul are...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan is "clinically ready" to live fulltime outside a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday. John Hinckley Jr. has been in "full and stable remission" for more than two decades, his lawyer...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount. A pure "seed strain" would target the H5N2 virus — which has already cost Midwest turkey and chicken producers nearly 6.8...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, says he's no longer a danger and should be allowed to live fulltime outside a Washington mental hospital. Hinckley was 25 when a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Hubble, it's your turn to smile for the cameras! Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch into orbit. One of NASA's grandest achievements, Hubble has peered into the far recesses of the universe and provided humbling...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. Experts blame the epidemic on a strain called H3N2 that...
NEW YORK (AP) — A clean-water advocate will make an Earth Day swim in New York City's polluted Gowanus (goh-WAH'-nuhs) Canal, a federal Superfund site. Christopher Swain is calling for an accelerated cleanup of the site in Brooklyn. Swain will be wrapped in a yellow drysuit and...
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing a plan to reduce its waste output by 90 percent by 2030. The plan includes an overhaul of the city's recycling program, incentives...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ly Nguyen and his family knew little about Philadelphia when they moved here from Vietnam more than 20 years ago, but they knew where to turn for help — the Roman Catholic Church. Their parish priest helped teach Nguyen's six children English. He provided...