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NM county issues same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gay couples rushed to a courthouse in Las Cruces on Wednesday after the county clerk decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a surprise move that came as several legal challenges on the practice make their way through the courts.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Utah thieves vacuum coins from machine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of enterprising thieves took a car wash to the cleaners: They used a powerful shop vacuum to suck quarters out of a coin-operated machine, police said Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman carried 500 plus bullets

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


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TRIAL BEGINS FOR OHIO MOM CHARGED IN SCHOOL BRAWL : CINCINNATI (AP) - A police officer testified Wednesday that he arrested a woman accused of helping her teenage daughter beat up a classmate at a high school because she "tried to take the law into her own hands" when she bypassed school rules to get on campus.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Armed militias beware or be shot

PHOENIX (AP) - Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" by one of his deputies.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mosquitoes are worse this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CASE OF GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATE GOES TO GRAND JURY: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge has rejected claims that police had no right to arrest a man who walked around downtown last month wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Recounting near-drowning on spacewalk

\CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Italian astronaut who nearly drowned in his helmet during a spacewalk last month is sharing more details about the terrifying experience, revealing how he felt all alone and frantically tried to come up with a plan to save himself.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfire spending soars past $1B

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mosquitoes are worse this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Obama takes less vacation than predecessors

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as they highlight the slew of foreign policy crises currently facing the United States.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sex charges for teacher of the year

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A reigning North Dakota teacher of the year was charged Friday with five felony counts for allegedly having sexual contact with a female student more than five years ago.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels for DUI

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher suspended after shooting lesson

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Reid makes off color joke at Asian event

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Parole denied yet again for Lennon’s killer

NEW YORK (AP) - John Lennon's killer was denied release from prison in his eighth appearance before a parole board, correction officials said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man who at pot candy must stand trial

DENVER (AP) - A judge ordered a Denver man on Friday to stand trial in the killing of his wife, who told dispatchers moments before her death that he was paranoid and hallucinating after eating marijuana-infused candy.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking warning for 1,000 retailers

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Ryan says he’d love to see Romney run again

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm."

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect’s friend pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


National Guard leaving Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


Torture anime banned at kidnap-rape trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.

August 21, 2014 | | Nation


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