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Obama: Half of combat troops home within one year

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision to bring home within a year about half of the 66,000 U.S. troops now in Afghanistan will shrink the force to the size he found it when he entered the White House vowing to reinvigorate a stalemated war.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Homeowner who shot at burglar takes deal for taking law into his own hands

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A northern Utah man who drew support from other residents after he was arrested for shooting at a suspected burglar who was fleeing his property apologized during a court appearance Tuesday for taking matters into his own hands.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


FBI: Elderly ex-con robbed bank in hopes of prison term

CHICAGO (AP) - After spending most of his adult life behind bars, 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun decided to rob another bank in hopes of getting caught. He felt more comfortable in prison, court documents allege, and wanted to spend his final years there.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Father charged in fatal shooting after Texas wreck

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting at a crash scene of a suspected drunken driver who authorities say plowed into his sons as they helped push their family's broken-down pickup truck along a dark, narrow, rural road.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


Salt subtly trimmed from many foods amid campaign

NEW YORK (AP) - Salt has quietly been slipping out of dozens of the most familiar foods in brand-name America, from Butterball turkeys to Uncle Ben's flavored rice dishes to Goya canned beans.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


Army vet receiving Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - A veteran who helped "defend the indefensible" at a vulnerable Army outpost in Afghanistan received the nation's highest award for military valor Monday at a tearful White House ceremony that also honored the eight men who did not survive a Taliban attack.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


Man convicted in '81 stabbing death freed

CORSICANA, Texas (AP) - A 58-year-old Texas man walked free Monday after serving years for a crime he didn't commit - the repeated stabbing of a woman whose body was found on a dirt road in rural North Texas.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


3 dead in courthouse shooting in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A gunman who spent years in court battles over custody disputes opened fire Monday in the lobby of a Delaware courthouse, leaving two women dead before being fatally shot, authorities said.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


Contest seeks names for 2 Pluto moons

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Want to name Pluto's two tiniest moons? Then you'll need to dig deep into mythology.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


Mississippi twister carves long path of wreckage

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Jeff Revette ran from his car and lay face-down in the grass next to the red-brick wall of a church as a tornado roared toward him, with debris scattering and electrical transformers exploding. Twenty seconds later, bricks were strewn across a flattened pickup truck a mere 10 feet away amid toppled trees and power lines.

February 11, 2013 | | Nation


Cruise ship lifeboat accident kills five

LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) - A lifeboat being used on a safety drill aboard a cruise ship in Spain's Canary Islands fell about 65 feet (20 meters) into a port on Sunday when a cable snapped, trapping crew members beneath it and killing five of them, officials said.

February 10, 2013 | | Nation


Seagal, sheriff train Arizonans to guard schools

PHOENIX (AP) - The self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff" joined forces this weekend with action movie star Steven Seagal to train volunteer armed posse members to defend Phoenix-area schools against gunmen.

February 10, 2013 | | Nation


What heals traumatized kids? Answers lacking

CHICAGO (AP) - Shootings and other traumatic events involving children are not rare events, but there's a startling lack of scientific evidence on the best ways to help young survivors and witnesses heal, a government-funded analysis found.

February 10, 2013 | | Nation


Crews working to clear snow after storm

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) - The harrowing images from New York's slice of the massive snowstorm - people stranded overnight, cars abandoned on long stretches of drift-covered highways - were slowly erased Sunday on the far reaches of Long Island, where hundreds of snowplows and heavy equipment descended on a region battered by storm again and to try to help clear the way for Monday's commute.

February 10, 2013 | | Nation


Did lawmaker grab for cop's weapon?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Troubled Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested early Sunday in Las Vegas on suspicion of physically attacking a family member, then grabbing for an officer's weapon.

February 10, 2013 | | Nation


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1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders passes at age 94

SEATTLE (AP) - Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


Officer who arrested man with golf club reassigned

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole has reassigned an officer involved in the arrest last summer of a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying on a city sidewalk.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


Apple iPhone squeezing Samsung

CUPERTINO (AP) - The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


House Democrats seek better messaging, not new policies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


Amazon’s big spending helps top expectations

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


Google’s 4Q earnings disappoint, but CFO’s pep talk eases letdown

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - A shuttered hotel-casino on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has reopened under the Hard Rock banner after a $60 million renovation that local business and tourism officials hope will help jump-start the struggling main casino drag in the shadow of a big ski resort.

January 29, 2015 | | Nation


Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from his grave

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.

January 28, 2015 | | Nation


Trial opens for desecrating cemetery

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) - Two brothers accused of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery went on trial Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

January 28, 2015 | | Nation


Jesse Ventura says Chris Kyle is no hero

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - "American Sniper" is tops at the box office but don't expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.

January 28, 2015 | | Nation


Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting NY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | | Nation


Mom admits helping kids hide evidence of double slaying

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A woman admitted on Wednesday that she helped two of her children conceal evidence of a gang-related double slaying that occurred at her home, where the bodies were buried in a yard.

January 28, 2015 | | Nation


Obama drops cutting tax benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats.

January 27, 2015 | | Nation


New England hit by 2 feet of snow

BOSTON (AP) - Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow.

January 27, 2015 | | Nation


House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president's unilateral deportation curbs.

January 27, 2015 | | Nation


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