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GETTYSBURG RE-ADDRESSED

The Union and Confederacy are meeting again at Gettysburg as re-enactors fired the opening volley from their muskets to begin the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Civil War battle. About 200,000 people are expected to visit the small, south-central Pennsylvania town for a 10-day period starting Friday. It's a momentous week for Civil War buffs - especially the thousands of men and women portraying soldiers, doctors and other personnel from the period. The National Park Service's official ceremonies begin Sunday. The actual anniversary is July 1-3, 1863.

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

DISPATCHER HELPS MAN DELIVER BABY: ANN ABROR, Mich. - A woman who didn't expect to give birth until mid-July delivered a healthy baby girl along a Michigan roadway with help from her husband and coaching from a 911 dispatcher. Nicole Culwell, of Howell, was heading to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital on Monday with her husband, Matthew, when she realized she wouldn't make it in time. So her husband pulled over along U.S. 23 in the Ann Arbor area, and Susannah was born, AnnArbor.com reported. "He was great and stayed calm about it," Nicole Culwell said ...

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


US warns against traveling to Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday warned Americans against all but essential travel to Egypt and moved to reduce the official U.S. presence in the country amid fears of widespread unrest.

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NEIGHBORHOOD TESTIFIES ABOUT MARTIN-ZIMMERMAN FIGHT: SANFORD, Fla. - Two neighbors and a police officer gave accounts Friday in George Zimmerman's murder trial that seemed to bolster the neighborhood watch volunteer's contention that he was on his back and being straddled by Trayvon Martin during their confrontation. Neighbor Jonathan Good said it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling Zimmerman, while another neighbor, Jonathan Manalo, said Zimmerman seemed credible when he said immediately after the fight that he had shot Martin in self-defense. Officer Tim Smith testified that Zimmerman's backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side ...

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


Final gov’t birth control rule for faith groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued its final compromise Friday for religiously affiliated charities, hospitals and other nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


Spy program collected Internet records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol address of their computer, documents disclosed Thursday show.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Spy program collected Internet records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol address of their computer, documents disclosed Thursday show.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Goodbye M&Ms, hello granola bars as school snack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Student loan interest rates will double

WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan rates will double Monday - at least for a while - after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BODY OF STORM VICTIM LAY UNDETECTED FOR MONTHS: NEW YORK (AP) - In the chaotic days after Superstorm Sandy, an army of aid workers streamed onto the flood-ravaged Rockaway Peninsula looking for anyone who needed help. Health workers and National Guard troops went door to door. City inspectors checked thousands of dwellings for damage. Yet, even as the months dragged by, nobody thought to look inside the tiny construction trailer rusting away in a junk-filled lot at the corner of Beach 40th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. If they had, they would have found the body of Keith Lancaster, a quiet ...

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


HS seniors fare no better than in 70s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago, the government said Thursday. Officials attributed the bleak finding on more lower-performing students staying in school rather than dropping out.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect downloaded bomb-making instructions

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TWO-HEADED TURTLE HATCHES AT ZOO: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium. Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike (van SKYKE') said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name. The San Antonio ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas abortion bill falls after ‘ruckus’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


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GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Koch: Conservatives must demand smaller government

DANA POINT (AP) - Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Survivor recounts tough rescue

DESERT CENTER AP) - A man whose truck crashed when a torrent of gushing floodwater collapsed a Southern California bridge says he doubted he'd survive ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Cake: The new favorite mode for political debate?

NEW YORK (AP) - It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Most picky eating harmless but can signal emotional woes

CHICAGO (AP) - Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Manhunt for police officer’s killer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee police officials on Sunday identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer, and an intense search for ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


No indications of potential motorcyclist gang violence at 75th Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Never-before-seen crowds are expected to ride into the craggy, evergreen-dotted Black Hills of western South Dakota this week, all headed to ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


CONFEDERATE FLAG

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) - Many Americans assumed the Confederate flag was retired for good after governors in South Carolina and Alabama removed it from their statehouses ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Pot industry’s bank bid rejected by regulators

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado credit union is hoping a federal judge will intervene to let the booming marijuana industry move its finances from cash-stuffed suitcases ...

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


Paychecks grow at record- slow pace in second quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't ...

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


New York village makes ransom payments to keep computers running

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after ...

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


Yahoo tries to get more fashionable

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is buying style-tip specialist Polyvore in its latest attempt to become a more fashionable place to advertise.

July 31, 2015 | | Nation


Dad of toddler found decomposed in crib was awarded sole custody

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who told police he put bags of garbage in his young daughter's room to mask the smell of her decomposing ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


‘Teen accused of suffocating her newborn son, then going shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


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