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Pentagon cuts number of furlough days

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will be forced to take over the next several months from 22 to 14, defense officials said Wednesday, reducing the impact of automatic budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea

DENVER (AP) - Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty - a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Washington island landslide affects safety of 34 homes

SEATTLE (AP) - Residents of a hillside overlooking scenic Puget Sound heard the thunder of a large landslide early Wednesday that knocked one home off its foundation, and isolated or threatened more than two dozen others on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Jury hears closings in Vegas hep C insurers case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury was asked Wednesday to hold the state's largest health management company responsible for up to $1 billion in damages because two women contracted incurable hepatitis C during treatment at a Las Vegas outpatient medical clinic later blamed for an outbreak called the largest in U.S. history.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Effort in Arizona would give residents who live in high crime areas free shotguns

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of crime-prone areas with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals.

March 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MAN WINS $8K AFTER DISNEY 'SMALL WORLD' BREAKDOWN: LOS ANGELES (AP) - An attorney says a disabled man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the "It's A Small World" ride broke, stranding him for three hours while the theme song played continuously.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


North Dakota signs nation’s most restrictive abortion law, expects fight

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Judge Judy's son, a DA, embroiled in NY rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - A suburban district attorney who is the son of TV's "Judge Judy" is being accused of interfering in a child rape case in which the suspect is his personal trainer and recently lived with him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Administrators armed in Colo. school district

DENVER (AP) - As lawmakers across the country debate arming teachers and administrators to prevent another deadly school shooting, one Colorado school district has voted to let its superintendent and a high school principal carry concealed semi-automatic pistols on campus - a move some say sidesteps laws meant to keep schools gun-free.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


SD Sen. Johnson to retire, cites age

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Entering the auditorium on a motorized scooter and delivering remarks in halting speech, South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson announced Tuesday that he would retire next year at the end of his term and acknowledged he remains limited by a 2006 health crisis that nearly killed him.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Sidestepping major ruling on gay marriage?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America's gays and lesbians have a right to marry.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Conn. priest to admit to meth charge

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of taking in more than $300,000 from sales of methamphetamines plans to plead guilty to one of the charges against him, according to a court filing Tuesday.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


$338M lottery winner feels 'pure joy’

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man feels "pure joy" at winning a $338 million Powerball jackpot but has no idea what he will do with the money - except buy a car, to replace his feet as his primary mode of transportation, he said.

March 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada Assembly considers first ever expulsion

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A lawmaker who has been arrested twice in two months, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and accused of threatening to harm a Democratic Party leader could this week become the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature.

March 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Research finds signs of brain changes in marijuana smokers

NEW YORK (AP) - A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks growing medical debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-radiology tech filed false mammogram results

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Death toll in Washington rises to 37

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - One more victim was recovered from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. The person's name has not been released.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration activists urge Obama to act

WASHINGTON (AP) - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Supremacist faces murder charges

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


First women move into artillery jobs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Man who disrupted Supreme Court gets time served

WASHINGTON (AP) - A demonstrator who interrupted arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in February and whose group posted video of the protest online, a first for the court, has been sentenced to time served.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


NYPD ends Muslim surveillance effort

NEW YORK (AP) - A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Solemn tributes mark Boston bombing

BOSTON (AP) - Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Study shows increase in online info thefts

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Con man gets life for failed decapitation plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam was sentenced to a life term on Monday for a bizarre, behind-bars plot to decapitate a judge and a prosecutor.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDS CHARGE WOMAN IN HILLARY CLINTON SHOE-THROW: LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Push on for federal e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


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