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American Taliban seeks group prayer in prison

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge that his religious freedom trumps security concerns in a closely watched trial that will examine how far prisons can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


Despite Isaac's soaking, Keys residents laid back as South braces for hurricane

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac barely stirred Florida Keys residents from their fabled nonchalance Sunday, while the Gulf Coast braced for the possibility that the sprawling storm will strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it makes landfall there.

August 26, 2012 | | Nation


Romney touches 'birther' issue he avoided before while making a joke

COMMERCE, Mich. (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, jokingly declaring "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate" as he campaigned Friday near his own Michigan birthplace.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Civilians hurt in Empire State gunfire incident highlight dangers of crime scenes

NEW YORK (AP) - The nine people believed injured by stray police gunfire outside the Empire State Building were not the first to learn how dangerous a crowded street can be in a gunfight.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

OBAMA CAMPAIGN FORCED TO FIND NEW VENUE FOR VISIT: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama was forced to find another venue for a Virginia campaign event next week after the University of Virginia declined a request to use the campus.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Doctor helps perpetuate rape pregnancy ideas

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The discredited notion that a woman's body can resist conception in a sexual assault has persisted in anti-abortion circles for decades, largely because of the efforts of a Cincinnati obstetrician who is considered a godfather of the movement.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Couple marries while hovering over beach

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Here comes the bride, all dressed in a jet pack that's zipping down a California beach.

August 24, 2012 | | Nation


Poor advice from GPS unit leads man into harbor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Poor advice from a car's GPS unit led a man to drive off the ferry in Whittier and straight into the small boat harbor.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Police say teen held captive 2 years escapes

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - A teenage girl reported missing more than two years ago escaped from a home in southwestern Illinois where she said she was held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted, police said Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


What a whopper! Woman reels half-ton marlin

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii tournament angler fought a 12-foot, half-ton marlin in the Pacific Ocean for more than four hours before she and her teammates got the monster fish out of the water - but she missed out on the glory and thousands of dollars in prize money.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


$478M judgment against infomercial marketers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have won a $478 million court judgment against the infomercial marketers of three "get-rich-quick" schemes said to have caused losses for nearly all the million or so consumers who bought the programs.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Romney, Ryan pulled into abortion debate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan found themselves dragged into a debate Wednesday over hot-button social issues and answering for differences between their personal positions on abortion, just days before a national convention aimed at showing a unified Republican party. The discussion lingered while President Barack Obama and Romney tangled from afar over issues like education and the deficit.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas as celebrities find out hard way

LAS VEGAS - What happens in Vegas ... doesn't stay in Vegas. It is a marketing ploy, people. Really.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Cousins receive 48 hours jail for Ariz. wildfire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Two cousins who admitted starting the largest wildfire in Arizona history were sentenced Wednesday to spend a weekend in jail and perform 200 hours of community service.

August 22, 2012 | | 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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