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Cheerleaders’ Bible signs not threatened

HOUSTON (AP) - A group of Southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is no longer at risk of being kept from displaying banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Outrage over shooting of woman, 93

HEARNE, Texas (AP) - Dozens of residents angry that a police officer fatally shot a 93-year-old woman marched Thursday to police headquarters in the small Texas town of Hearne, where the longtime mayor greeted them and said he will recommend that the officer be fired.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Accusations, death at ‘Friday Night Lights’ school

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Texas high school made famous in the book "Friday Night Lights" said Thursday that a longtime teacher committed suicide a day after being questioned about an alleged improper relationship with a student, the school's fifth former staffer to face such accusations in a little more than a year.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Teen’s shooting of dad, a veteran, justified

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A teenager's fatal shooting of a troubled Army veteran father who threatened his family then tossed the child a loaded gun was legally justified, a Vermont prosecutor said Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds COPSLIE vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - If a New Hampshire man thinks cops lie, he's free to say so on his license plate, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


93-year-old woman fatally shot by officer

HEARNE, Texas (AP) - A 93-year-old Central Texas woman was fatally shot at her home by a police officer when after she allegedly brandished a gun, the Hearne Police Department said Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Tiff over handcuffing of Portland girl

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A year after Portland officers handcuffed a 9-year-old girl at her home, the Police Department said Wednesday it will review three directives on taking juveniles into custody.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Man killed neighbor over deer dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis man who had a long-running dispute with two neighbors over feeding deer opened fire on the couple and killed one of them, hours after his son was arrested on suspicion of threatening to burn down their house, according to criminal charges filed Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Mom accused of killing kids: They were ‘mean’

TAMPA, Fla., (AP) - A Tampa mother who is accused of killing her two teenagers told a detective that her children had been "really mean" and she hoped they were dead.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


House hold ex-IRS official in contempt

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Nintendo says no to virtual equality

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nintendo isn't allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla loses $50 million in first quarter

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors lost $49.8 million in the first quarter as it accelerated the development of its new crossover and made improvements to its Model S sedan.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Turkey fans are ‘Turketarian’ in Butterball’s ads

NEW YORK (AP) - Are you a "Turketarian"?

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Fear of economic blow as births drop

NEW YORK (AP) - Nancy Strumwasser, a high school teacher from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, always thought she'd have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a market researcher, managed to keep their jobs, she fears they won't be so fortunate next time.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest faces even hotter, drier conditions

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Hotter, drier conditions in the already drought-stricken Southwest are expected to further stress the region's water supply, threatening specialty crops and making forests more vulnerable to wildfires and tree-killing insects.

May 06, 2014 | | Nation


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US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


NYC schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

March 04, 2015 | | Nation


Paving ‘Iran’s path to the bomb’

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Firefighters wake up to smoke in station, then battle blaze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Firefighters are used to alarms in the middle of the night, but the smoke doesn't usually come to their front door.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Civil rights landmark bridge is named for reputed KKK leader

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - When the nation's first black president steps onto the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the marchers beaten there 50 years ago, he'll be standing on a structure that's at once synonymous with the civil rights struggle and a tribute to a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-CIA chief admits sharing secrets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material - including information on war strategy and identities of covert operatives - while she was working on the book.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


Nitrogen gas executions approved

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


4 hurt, 10 briefly escaped in riot

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation camp in rural western Nevada where two buildings were set on fire, four staff members hurt and 10 youths briefly escaped before they were recaptured over the weekend.

March 03, 2015 | | Nation


New Mexico students boycott tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New assessment tests that have angered parents and teachers across the nation prompted walkouts Monday by hundreds of high school students in New Mexico who had been set to take the exams.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Tourist it by piece of Alaska glacier dies

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Oral surgeon pulls wrong teeth

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa oral surgeon has given up his license and sold his practice after he was accused of being under the influence of medications when he pulled the wrong teeth from two patients and operated on the wrong side of a patient's mouth, officials said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Couple charged with locking up kids, abusing them

ASTABULA, Ohio (AP) - A husband and wife kept their two adopted daughters in northeastern Ohio locked in a bedroom for all but a few hours each day where they were beaten, given little to eat and sexually abused by the man over at least two years, prosecutors said.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Spacecraft visiting dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA (AP) - A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


Court strikes down California’s sex-offender blanket lifetime ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - State corrections officials cannot impose blanket lifetime restrictions on where sex offenders may live, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case challenging a voter-approved measure that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

March 02, 2015 | | Nation


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