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US couple cleared in daughter’s death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - An American couple left the Gulf nation of Qatar on Wednesday after being cleared of charges in their adopted 8-year-old daughter's death, ending a nearly two-year legal saga they contend was rooted in confusion over cross-cultural adoption.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation

US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) - Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation

Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation

Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Islamic extremists, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab threatened to retaliate by bringing down Nairobi's skyscrapers.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation

Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson; students tackling sensitive topics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Civilian workers at some prisons get pepper spray

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The federal prison system has begun supplying pepper spray canisters to cooks, counselors and other civilian workers at some of its most violent institutions, yielding to efforts following a 2013 fatal attack by an inmate on an unarmed Pennsylvania prison guard.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Mindfulness helps teens cope stress, anxiety

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

W. Virginia gunman angry over ex’s trysts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation's most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND (AP) - Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation

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Judge says inmate’s decades in solitary to end

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered prison officials to end a convicted murderer's stay in solitary confinement after 36 years, saying ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

School cafeteria worker quits in ‘lunch shaming’

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A school cafeteria worker has quit over what she considers a "lunch shaming" policy in a Pennsylvania school district.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Trump skips swing-state cities; opts for rural town

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Donald Trump is spending a lot of time in this critical presidential swing state, but he campaigned Tuesday evening far from ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Court papers: Suspect vowed ‘bombs will be heard’ in streets

NEW YORK (AP) - Ahmad Khan Rahami vowed to martyr himself rather than be caught after setting off explosives in New York and New Jersey, and ...

September 20, 2016 | | Nation

Federal court OKs Christian prayers at county board meetings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don't pressure observers to ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

CLINTON: Trump gives ‘aid, comfort’ to ISIS recruiters

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) - Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of giving "aid and comfort" to Islamic terrorists Monday, declaring his anti-Muslim rhetoric helps groups such as ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Anticipating debate, Trump says he thinks system rigged

NEW YORK (AP) - A week before the first presidential debate, Donald Trump is putting moderators on notice that he'll be watching to see if ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Suspect is shot and captured in New York-area bombings

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey police officer responding to a call about a hoodied vagrant curled up asleep in a bar doorway roused ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

CEO preparing to apologize

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf plans to apologize to Congress and the American public on Tuesday after allegations that bank employees opened ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Analysts: Clinton’s illness hurt peso

MEXICO CITY (AP - Economists have long said that when the United States catches a cold, Mexico gets pneumonia. But analysts said Monday that Hillary Clinton ...

September 19, 2016 | | Nation

Flying drones out of direct sight

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - As thousands of commercial drones take to the skies under new Federal Aviation Administration rules, some small operators are pursuing a ...

September 18, 2016 | | Nation

VFW, troop support, shelter benefactors of 2016 event

The Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis has selected their three main organizations that will receive funds from the 2016 Pumpkin Fair proceeds - Veteran of Foreign Wars Jimmie ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Officer killed man less than second after giving command

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California police officer gave a man less than a second to raise his hands before opening fire and killing him ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

2 Oakland officers formally charged in police sex scandal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two former Northern California officers were formally charged Friday with misdemeanors for their alleged involvement in a wide-ranging police sex scandal involving ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

Driver struck and killed by metal nut

MENLO PARK . (AP) - An elderly driver was struck in the neck and killed by a large metal nut as he drove on a busy Northern ...

September 16, 2016 | | Nation

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