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Numbers game muddies NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe - in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security - the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Watchdog faults background check of NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data - just as news media disclosed more information about those programs.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe of crash

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Russia could stand in way of Obama's nuke weapon cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons, rather than make cuts on his own, President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in no mood to agree.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI uses drones for surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are "worthy of debate," FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Compromise eyed on border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FATHER SENTENCED FOR BINDING KIDS OUTSIDE WAL-MART: LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for binding and blindfolding two of his children a year ago in a Wal-Mart parking lot in eastern Kansas.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for woman who buried mom in yard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman who quit her job to care for her elderly mother felt at a loss to support herself when the older woman died so she buried her in the yard of their Florida home and lived off her mother's Social Security checks for 14 years, her lawyers and federal authorities say.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


IRS playing $70M in employee bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


As the West burns, feds cut funding for fire prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI digging at ex-home of famed NY mobster

NEW YORK (AP) - FBI agents with jackhammers and shovels were digging Tuesday under a New York City house once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas."

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS worker: No political bias against tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups' tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Feds fire, demote employees over killing, rape

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal probation officers in upstate New York have been fired or demoted after a man they were monitoring was charged with slipping out of his electronic bracelet, raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Washington officer shoots men accused of earlier beer theft

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not armed with guns when they were shot Thursday by a police officer who confronted them in Washington state's capital city, authorities said.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

DETROIT (AP) - Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city's overall population shrinks.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Honolulu mayor vetoes expanded sit-lie ban law

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the city's ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Purple Heart recipient among bikers killed

WACO, Texas (AP) - One of nine bikers killed at a shootout outside a Texas restaurant was a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose family members dispute police claims he was in a criminal group.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

NEW YORK (AP) - The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Officer shoots, kills suspect who cut deputy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man who tried to cut a sheriff's deputy when officers were serving a warrant has been shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Woman held in box for months found dead,

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) - The hunt for a registered sex offender suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son intensified Thursday after police raided but failed to find anyone inside a home in western Missouri, where the man was charged last month for allegedly keeping the woman confined in a wooden box.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Chelsea Clinton authors ‘It’s Your World’ coming

NEW YORK (AP) - Another Clinton is becoming an author.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Streisand memoir scheduled for 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - Barbra Streisand is set to publish her long-discussed and long-awaited memoir.

May 21, 2015 | | Nation


Judge accused of punching attorney

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida judge's sharp tongue and hot temper might soon find him in the judicial penalty box.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

WACO, Texas (AP) - As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed Wednesday.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Bicycle race canceled amid anxiety over Colorado roadway shootings

DENVER (AP) - The shooting death of a bicyclist considered the unofficial mayor of a normally quiet Colorado town has led organizers to cancel a popular annual race, while a lack of details in the case fuels speculation that Windsor's first homicide in eight years is linked to a nearby highway shooting.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya; makers are not known

NEW YORK (AP) - By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them - or why.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Was Amtrak engineer using phone?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials offered new details on how the engineer spent the hours before the crash.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Oil slicks spread 9 miles off California

GOLETA (AP) - An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


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