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U.S. justifies drone killings by citing al-Qaida law

NEW YORK (AP) - The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaida and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released Monday.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• VAGINA SCULPTURE TRAPS U.S. STUDENT: BERLIN (AP) - An American exchange student who got stuck in a giant vagina sculpture was freed by firefighters in southwestern Germany.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sgt. Bergdahl in outpatient care in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the U.S. Army said in a statement Sunday. Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving inpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. He is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, according to the statement. The Army said his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


President Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Friends mourn missing hiker

SEATTLE (AP) - Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’

NEW YORK (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal would give vets discount on name-brands

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods - a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


65% of senior VA execs got bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge still pending against woman at 102 in death of roommate

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Great white shark numbers surging

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline - bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this summer.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


California, Amtrak end joint train bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and lure advanced train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


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Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.

August 29, 2016 | | Nation


Feds turn to space experts NASA for small-drone traffic control plan

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - As the unmanned aircraft industry continues to evolve, the United States is depending on its space agency to help manage ...

August 28, 2016 | | Nation


2 dead, 36 hurt after bus hits fire truck, more vehicles

LAPLACE, La. (AP) - A bus full of construction workers hit a firetruck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of ...

August 28, 2016 | | Nation


2 Chicago men charged in shooting of NBA star’s cousin

CHICAGO (AP) - Two brothers who were on parole for prior criminal activity have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the cousin ...

August 28, 2016 | | Nation


Ending 22 years as ‘Sunday Morning’ host

NEW YORK (AP) - Consider this a tribute to a weekend TV institution:

August 28, 2016 | | Nation


VISITOR MISBEHAVIOR

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like ...

August 28, 2016 | | Nation


2 nuns killed in Mississippi; signs point to home break-in

DURANT, Miss. (AP) - Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, perhaps victims of ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


University responds to criticism over “#StopWhitePeople2K16”

NEWYORK (AP) - A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 used as the title of a recent training session was chosen for its irony ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy" and another who was a ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Nonbelievers sue over Penn House’s opening prayers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A group of people who don't believe in God filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking to change how prayers are ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Most teens vaping fruity flavors instead of nicotine

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton defends foundation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton defended her family's charitable foundation on Wednesday against criticism from Donald Trump, saying it had provided more transparency than her ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Florida Hispanics

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Visiting a battleground state he can't afford to lose, Donald Trump promised Hispanics "a much better life" Wednesday in a Florida ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Sen. Manchin mum on EpiPen hikes by daughter’s drug company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin remained mum Wednesday as a pharmaceutical company run by his daughter faced mounting criticism for hiking ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


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