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Shooter in spa killing of four acquitted in 1989 triple homicide in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man authorities say slew his two sisters and their husbands before killing himself at a suburban Atlanta spa appears to be the same person acquitted of killing three men in 1989 in Louisiana.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Democrat lawmaker in Florida resigns over sexy texts to married woman prosecutor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker resigned Friday over suggestive and harassing text messages he sent to a married federal prosecutor using a hidden identity.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Teen said 'bin Laden' in plane disruption

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - A 19-year-old from Saudi Arabia pleaded not guilty in Oregon on Friday to interfering with a plane crew.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Small businesses find ways to cope with soaring gasoline prices

NEW YORK (AP) - As any driver knows, rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt - or even wipe out - profits.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Oil stays above $106 despite supply jump

NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices rose to nine-month highs above $106 a barrel Thursday, driven by market confidence in Germany and continued concerns about tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Pa. man busted on drug warrant after casino win

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of dealing drugs had his luck run out when he won $2,500 playing blackjack at a casino near Philadelphia.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


‘Jeopardy!’ headed to Washington for week of shows

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jeopardy!" is invading the Beltway to put to the test some of Washington's most influential figures.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

'IDOL' UNVEILS TOP 24 WITH A TWIST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's good news for 25 - not just 24 - singers on "American Idol."

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


13 deaths tied to bath refinishing chemical

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning Thursday about using a common paint-stripping chemical to refinish bathtubs after tying it to 13 deaths in 10 states.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Gay marriage close to legal in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gay marriage is all but legalized in Maryland after the legislature gave its final OK Thursday to the law that's being sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who said he expects to sign it sometime this week.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Father: 'My kid made a mistake' in school

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a frightened 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate sat before a judge in juvenile court Thursday as his father gently rubbed his back.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Palin before resignation e-mails ‘I can't take it anymore’ regarding Alaska politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - In the final months before she resigned as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin displayed growing frustration over deteriorating relationships with state lawmakers and their perceived efforts to "lame duck" her administration, along with outrage over ethics complaints that she felt frivolously targeted her and prompted her to write: "I can't take it anymore."

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Judge acquits man accused in honeymoon death of his wife scuba diving in Australia

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) - A man who spent 18 months in an Australian jail for the drowning death of his wife during a diving trip in that country was acquitted of murder in Alabama on Thursday.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HIGH COURT TORN OVER LAW BANNING LIES ABOUT MEDALS: WASHINGTON (AP) - Free speech cases before the Supreme Court often lead justices to consider far-fetched scenarios, and Wednesday's argument over a law making it a crime to lie about having received top military honors was no exception.

February 22, 2012 | | Nation


Girl forced to run 3 hours dies; 2 charged

ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) - At a doublewide trailer along a dirt road in rural Alabama, authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin was forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. The severely dehydrated girl had a seizure and her death days later was ruled a homicide.

February 22, 2012 | | Nation


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Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Smoking rates on rise in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


EPA wants to expand water control

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inspector blasts asteroid protection

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family praying for girl in range accident

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting-range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

DENVER (AP) - Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

CHINESE CITY CREATES CELLPHONE SIDEWALK LANE: BEIJING (AP) - Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

DENVER (AP) - The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN SUSPECTED OF FIRING ON KIDS AT ICE CREAM TRUCK: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police say that after a nine-hour standoff they have arrested a 59-year-old man suspected of shooting at a group of children who were surrounding an ice cream truck in San Bernardino.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.

September 14, 2014 | | Nation


Charges in dead babies case

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) - A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


Video shows witness raising hands

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


Did Zimmerman threaten driver ?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A driver says George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, threatened to kill him, asking 'Do you know who I am?' during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


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