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County prosecutor killed near N. Texas courthouse annex

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - An assistant district attorney was shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas courthouse where he worked, and authorities said they were searching through his cases to try to find clues about why he may have been targeted.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

NEV. CARJACKER HAD $495K WORTH OF POT IN SUV: SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Authorities recovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of nearly $500,000 from the SUV that was carrying four suspected drug traffickers from Florida before one fled a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Nevada, stole a state trooper's cruiser and ultimately shot himself to death.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Sperm whale secretion may spell fortune for UK man

LONDON (AP) - One very smelly sperm whale secretion may soon make one lucky British beachcomber a very happy man.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Negotiators talking to captor through pipe

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: FLA. MAN ARRESTED AFTER POCKET-DIALING 911: ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) - A conversation with two passengers landed a Florida tow truck driver in jail after his cellphone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Furor over proposed shift in Scouts no-gays policy

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America faces intensifying criticism from the left and right over a proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


US looking at action against China cyberattacks espionage campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyber-espionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against U.S. companies and government agencies.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Broker gets 50 years for $215M theft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - For years, Russ Wasendorf Sr. enjoyed the perks of being a successful businessman: a corporate jet, a fancy swimming pool at his mansion, an extensive wine collection and top chefs who made him meals at the restaurant and office buildings he owned.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Teen shot by fellow student at Atlanta school

ATLANTA (AP) - A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Ala. gunman kills bus driver, seizes boy

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - A gunman holed up in a bunker with a 6-year-old hostage kept law officers at bay Wednesday in an all-night, all-day standoff that began when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away, authorities said.

January 30, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

ASPEN REVIEWS 14 MPH SPEED LIMIT TO ALERT DRIVERS: ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Aspen city council members are considering a 14 mph speed limit in a residential area of the Colorado mountain town in attempt to get the attention of drivers and have them slow down.

January 30, 2013 | | Nation


1 dead in Ariz. shooting, suspect on loose

PHOENIX (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a Phoenix office complex on Wednesday, killing one person, wounding two others and setting off a manhunt. Police warned the public that he was "armed and dangerous."

January 30, 2013 | | Nation


Ten years since loss of space shuttle Columbia disintegrated

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - He was just 8 when NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia and he lost his astronaut mom.

January 30, 2013 | | Nation


MSNBC criticized for editing of gun hearing video

NEW YORK (AP) - MSNBC invited viewers Wednesday to draw their own conclusions about whether the parent of a Connecticut school shooting victim was heckled at a legislative hearing, but did not address criticism that it aired a deceptively-edited video of the event.

January 30, 2013 | | Nation


Green thumb? Wash. state looks for pot consultant with expertise

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.

January 30, 2013 | | Nation


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Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk suit

PHOENIX (AP) - A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Man kills 2 with wheelchair armrest

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


4th grader sells pot in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


School bus driver accused of bullying

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A school bus driver has been placed on leave while the Olympia School District investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Carry rights expanded in Georgia

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Criticized by one group as the "guns everywhere" bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Homeowner: 2 teens shot were ‘vermin’

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Early release for inmates jailed for 10 years?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release - and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook 1Q results soar to $2.5B

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Safeway reports 1st-quarter loss of $76.5 million

PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway on Wednesday posted a net loss for the first quarter because of higher costs and acquisition expenses.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Apple increases stock buyback

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon snares classic in HBO deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

April 23, 2014 | | Nation


Advocates vow to revive Navajo Nation junk-food tax

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Jurors hear defendant’s audio of fatal shootings inside his home

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Jurors listened to an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-SLA group member says university ending his job

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A former member of the radical 1970s group the Symbionese Liberation Army said Tuesday that the University of Illinois has decided not to renew his teaching contract.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


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