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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


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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


Odd News

POLICE: PA. WOMAN CITED NONEXISTENT TWIN IN THEFT: BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Police say a western Pennsylvania woman blamed her nonexistent twin sister for stealing items from a hotel room.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


Seagate Technology agrees to buy Solyndra plant

FREMONT . (AP) - Seagate Technology has reached a tentative deal to buy the former headquarters of solar company Solyndra.

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


NJ mom who once lost custody decapitates son, 2 , puts his head in freezer then kills self

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The 911 call from Chevonne Thomas was rambling and incoherent, but authorities said she made one thing clear: Her 2-year-old son had been stabbed, and "I did it."

August 22, 2012 | | Nation


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Picture emerges of Ferguson officer

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Almanac: Colder winter, hotter summer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Illegals found in back of locked rental truck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bail slashed in case of slain trespasser

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Joe Biden defense’ firearm case charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bud Selig reiterates Athletics need a new ballpark

OAKLAND (AP) - Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him "frustrated."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Perry booked power abuse charges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Woman shoots grandson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson pledges outreach efforts

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Was American beheaded in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Body of missing wife found

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sunken vessel is WW II-era USS Houston

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


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