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Bookkeeper helped avert tragedy in standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


80 House members: Government shutdown better than 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a third of House Republicans urged their leader Thursday to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the implementation of the health care overhaul they call "Obamacare."

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Manning wants to live as a woman

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Three years after rocking the Pentagon by leaking a mountain of secrets, Bradley Manning created a whole new set of potential complications for the military Thursday by asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Union Pacific seeks cameras to watch crews

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - At least two major U.S. freight railroads are seeking to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

HONOLULU (AP) - A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died Wednesday, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Portland sues firm over outdoor restrooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The City of Portland thinks something stinks about the public bathrooms being marketed by a Southern Oregon company.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Manning gets stiffest punishment

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning stood at attention in his crisp dress uniform Wednesday and learned the price he will pay for spilling an unprecedented trove of government secrets: up to 35 years in prison, the stiffest punishment ever handed out in the U.S. for leaking to the media.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NM county issues same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gay couples rushed to a courthouse in Las Cruces on Wednesday after the county clerk decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a surprise move that came as several legal challenges on the practice make their way through the courts.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Utah thieves vacuum coins from machine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of enterprising thieves took a car wash to the cleaners: They used a powerful shop vacuum to suck quarters out of a coin-operated machine, police said Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman carried 500 plus bullets

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TRIAL BEGINS FOR OHIO MOM CHARGED IN SCHOOL BRAWL : CINCINNATI (AP) - A police officer testified Wednesday that he arrested a woman accused of helping her teenage daughter beat up a classmate at a high school because she "tried to take the law into her own hands" when she bypassed school rules to get on campus.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Report: 2 dead, 15 hurt after tent collapse

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) - A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 15 ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutor says police officers unlawfully opened fire in death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A "paramilitary response" by police in New Mexico unnecessarily escalated an encounter last year that ended when two officers unlawfully opened ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Party on, Abe: Illinois named top party school in the nation

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois stakes claim to 23 Nobel Prize winners and tech prowess that contributed to the creation of YouTube, Netscape ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Woman fatally beat family dog, bragged about it

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A woman has been arrested on charges she used a shovel and claw hammer to fatally beat her family's dog ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Jurors on Monday moved one step closer toward sentencing James Holmes to death for his Colorado movie theater attack, taking less than ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Jeb Bush unveils border security, immigration reform strategies

MIAMI (AP) - Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


AT&T offers TV-wireless discount

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


FDA clears first 3-D printed prescription drug

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Task force urges more research into autism screening

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government task force says more research is needed to determine if toddlers should be screened for autism even if check-ups or parents ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Koch: Conservatives must demand smaller government

DANA POINT (AP) - Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Survivor recounts tough rescue

DESERT CENTER AP) - A man whose truck crashed when a torrent of gushing floodwater collapsed a Southern California bridge says he doubted he'd survive ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Cake: The new favorite mode for political debate?

NEW YORK (AP) - It should be a piece of cake. Customer comes in, asks for a cake with a specific design or for a particular ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


Most picky eating harmless but can signal emotional woes

CHICAGO (AP) - Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids ...

August 03, 2015 | | Nation


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