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Record crop payout stirs subsidy debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mom accused of tying daughter to bed held on $620K

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - A single mother made an initial court appearance Friday after being accused of locking her 4-year-old daughter in an apartment bedroom for up to 12 hours a day - tethered to a bedpost and left with a plastic tote bin to use as a toilet.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


'Embarrassed' ex-Pittsburgh police chief to plead guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Former city police Chief Nate Harper will plead guilty to charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized police credit union accounts and failed to file federal tax returns from 2008 to 2011, his attorneys said Friday.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Police arrest 2 teens in Georgia baby's killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A pair of teenagers was arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a leafy, historic neighborhood in southeast Georgia.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


ND lawmakers define life as starting at conception triggers new debate

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota didn't set out to become the abortion debate's new epicenter.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Democrats work to pass budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats neared approval of their first budget proposal in four years on Friday, calling for almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering safety net programs targeted by House Republicans. The Democrats also would reverse automatic spending cuts that are beginning to strike both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN FINDS KNIFE IN BACK 3 YEARS AFTER STABBING : YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (AP) - A Canadian man was just scratching what he thought was an old itch this week when it turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his back for almost three years.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Senators close in on immigration deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A last-minute dispute over wages for lower-skilled workers flared Friday as senators scrambled to sketch out a deal on a sweeping immigration bill before Congress takes a two-week recess.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

YELLOWSTONE BISON HUNT TAKES MOST SINCE '89: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HOMEOWNER FIRED WARNING AT TEEN INTRUDER: STERLING, Va. (AP) - Police say a homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a 16-year-old neighbor who drunkenly entered the wrong home by mistake.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Peace is possible,' Obama insists

JERUSALEM (AP) - Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Bill would expand background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


House passes Republican budget plan promising $4.6 trillion in cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320 million jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Viola Mourton buys a Powerball ticket every day. But with a $320 million jackpot that could grow in the next few days, she's upping her chances Thursday and buying several at her local convenience store.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Texas shootout may tie to prison chief death

DECATUR, Texas (AP) - A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


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US ‘fully supports’ Iraq president

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii Democrats seek unity after dramatic races

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Democratic Unity Breakfast the morning after the primary election is traditionally a time for candidates to set aside their differences and coalesce against the Republican candidates they will face in November.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Killing of unarmed man draws criticism

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, police said Sunday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the killing.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Reagan aide Jim Brady’s death ruled homicide

WASHINGTON (AP) - This week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia police said Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Online suicides case back in lower court

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that an ex-nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for going online and urging two people to kill themselves, but a defense attorney said there's no evidence to prove that William Melchert-Dinkel's Internet chats led directly to their deaths.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Document: Boy accused of murder wanted to go jail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a western Michigan playground told authorities he wanted to go to jail and did not know the victim, according to a court document filed Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Texas proposes alcohol sales at some gun shows

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Oracle sues Oregon over health exchange work

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oracle Corp. has sued the state of Oregon in a fight over the state's health insurance exchange, saying government officials are using the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


GM issues third recall on SUVs

DETROIT (AP) General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


25% of households ‘just getting by’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially, a survey by the Federal Reserve shows.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


County Fair-goers say they were fed pot-laced chocolate

DENVER (AP) - Three people say they were drugged after eating a chocolate bar that wasn't supposed to have marijuana in it at the Denver County Fair's new pot pavilion, and one of them has filed a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Obama OKs renewed airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq Thursday night, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. His announcement threated a renewal of U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Tragic end after 4-day search for missing girl

SEATTLE (AP) - A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end Thursday, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


FDA warns that tattoo inks can cause infections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


Flow of immigrant kids ebbs

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

August 07, 2014 | | Nation


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