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Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


IRS also screened liberal groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy" were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Bernie Sanders promises voters a "political revolution" that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems.

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Former Seattle IRS agent to face trial on bribery charge

SEATTLE (AP) - A former IRS agent in Seattle is set to face trial this week on accusations that he solicited and received a $20,000 ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Officer sues estate of teen he shot

CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


700 ALARMS DAILY

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) - When this Long Island village switched on its "ring of steel" last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


High-speed rail back in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


How Trump took on the NFL

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump was known in New York by 1984 as a flashy newcomer to Manhattan real estate. But football, not business, was what ...

February 07, 2016 | | Nation


Bromance over: Trump and Cruz go at it

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (AP) - Once a bromance, now a brawl.

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Phoenix council subs opening prayer for moment of silence

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to replace a longstanding tradition of prayer before meetings with a moment of silence, preventing a scheduled ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Indicted Texas anti-abortion activist offered probation in case

HOUSTON (AP) - One of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last month after making undercover videos about Planned Parenthood has been offered probation to settle the ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


School kisses Valentine’s Day and other holidays goodbye

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota elementary school has kissed Valentine's Day goodbye. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Judge refuses to throw out sexual-assault case against Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A judge refused to throw out the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Paying criminals not to commit crime

WASHINGTON (AP) - They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Online school swatting threats increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On a spring day at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona, the phone rang and a receptionist answered. A computerized female ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton wins Iowa, race turns to New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


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