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Soldier to admit Afghan massacre in plea bargain

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

CHICAGO (AP) - Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every patient in intensive care.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor sours on property sale to Vt. governor

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Soon after the successful real estate investor built his McMansion on a rural dirt road here outside Vermont's capital, he began throwing his wealth around, striking a deal to bail out his neighbor from a looming tax sale by buying the man's property for a quarter of its appraised value.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Chance for sibling 1st at National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - She looks like her sister. She spells like her sister, tracing the letters on her palm as she calls out the letters. Her goal is become the back half of the first set of sibling champions in National Spelling Bee history.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Controversies add to Obama's frustrations

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the opening months of his second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Train explosion caused by chemical cargo

ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$1M BAIL FOR MAN ACCUSED IN BABY-FREEZER CASE: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Looking to IRS scandal for momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) - The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Twister debris would create mile-high pile

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Before residents of Moore can rebuild, they'll have to deal with the debris from the deadly tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb: crushed wood, mangled siding and battered belongings that could make a pile reaching more than a mile into the sky.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


7 charged in $6B online money laundering

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling it perhaps the biggest money laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people Tuesday with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank that handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CUSTOMERS SETTLE BILLS FORGOTTEN IN BOSTON BLASTS: BOSTON (AP) - Amid the chaos and fear in the moments after the Boston Marathon explosions, many restaurant customers fled without settling their tabs.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. paid welfare benefits to the dead

BOSTON (AP) - The state's welfare agency made millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or otherwise ineligible for benefits, and missed numerous opportunities to detect potential fraud, according to an audit made public Tuesday.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Internal review: CIA spied on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Gas blasts kill 25, injures 267 in Taiwan port

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) - At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Dow index plunges by 317 points

NEW YORK (AP) - For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Signed ticket from Gehrig’s last game: $95K

NEW YORK (AP) - A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration issue produces disarray

WASHINGTON (AP) - Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuit alleges Muslim citizenship denials, delays

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people sued the federal government Thursday alleging that an expanded national security screen targeting Muslims has led to lengthy delays and denials in their citizenship and green card applications.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self

CHICAGO (AP) - A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla posts loss, prepares factory site

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado tightening edible pot rules following death

DENVER (AP) - Alarmed by booming sales of highly potent edible marijuana products, Colorado regulators have drafted an emergency rule making it easier for new users to tell how much pot they're eating.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don't want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing kids

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


House GOP scrambles for votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


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