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Obama defends counterterrorism effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday his counterterrorism bureaucracy "did what it was supposed to be doing" before the Boston Marathon bombing as his top intelligence official began a review into whether sensitive information was adequately shared and whether the U.S. government could have disrupted the attack.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


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NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADOPTS ALL-VEGETARIAN MENU: NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


Legal tiff settled over Chicago parking meters

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he was able to tweak a deal to privatize the city's parking meters that has proven to be a national embarrassment even as he acknowledged that the city is stuck for the next 71 years with a contract he inherited and despises.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


US assessing reported Syrian chemical use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. and its allies are still trying to figure out details of Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday, as international officials pressed for broader access to suspected attack sites.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Army amputee completes air assault school

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson has become the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a course so grueling his prosthetic leg broke twice over the 10 days spent rappelling down ropes, navigating obstacle courses and completing strenuous road marches.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Man arrested for letting son, 9, drive Ferrari

NEW DELHI (AP) - Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


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SOME LOSING JOBS AMID ALLEGED NEV. PATIENT DUMPING: CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Two staff members who violated discharge policies at a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital were fired Monday and three others are being disciplined following an investigation into busing patients to other states, the governor's office and agency officials said Monday.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Lawyer: Former ricin suspect's home is unlivable

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man's house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said Monday, arguing that the government should repair the home.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


1st female Iraq war resister to be court-martialed

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A court-martial got underway Monday for the first female U.S. Army soldier to flee to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion trial stirs debate on when life ends

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The high-profile murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider sparked courtroom debate Monday over when life ends, a tweak of the politically charged question of when life begins.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect's defense team gets major boost

BOSTON (AP) - The defense team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect got a major boost Monday with the addition of Judy Clarke, a San Diego lawyer who has managed to get life sentences instead of the death penalty for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber and the gunman in the rampage that injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists on them

WASHINGTON (AP) - Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


Dozens of air shows cancel without military jets due to federal budget cuts

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


A new front for gun background checks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Woman stabbed beau 25 times with heel

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston woman attacked her boyfriend in a fit of rage, sat on him after knocking him down and then stabbed him to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

WASHINGTON (AP) - New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Mudslide missing drops to 22

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in Washington state say they believe 22 people are still missing in the deadly Washington state mudslide that has killed at least 24 people.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Blast rocks Washington gas plant

SEATTLE (AP) - A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring four workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Glitches slow health care sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a flood of last-minute sign-ups, hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to apply for health insurance Monday, but deadline day for President Barack Obama's overhaul brought long, frustrating waits and a new spate of website ills.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


Soda sales in US decline at faster pace

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• COUPLE HITS IT BIG IN LOTTERY 3 TIMES: PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia couple is averaging more than $1 million a week in lottery winnings.

March 31, 2014 | | Nation


City awaits ruling on moment of prayer

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - At their most recent monthly meeting, the five members of the Greece Town Board took their seats, gaveled to order and moved quickly through the regular opening agenda:

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Quake forces evacuations in south state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Test rules out heart attacks in the ER

WASHINGTON (AP) - A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


No system to track landslide hazards

SEATTLE (AP) - People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


US, Russia talks fail to end deadlock

PARIS (AP) - The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Mormons gather for historic women’s meeting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon women gathered around the world this weekend for what leaders called a historic meeting of the faith.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hopes fade of finding survivors

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Washington state officials all but abandoned hope Friday of finding survivors under tons of twisted, sodden earth as a community waited in anguish to learn the full scope of what is already one of the most devastating landslides in U.S. history.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


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