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Soldier to admit Afghan massacre in plea bargain

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

CHICAGO (AP) - Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every patient in intensive care.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor sours on property sale to Vt. governor

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Soon after the successful real estate investor built his McMansion on a rural dirt road here outside Vermont's capital, he began throwing his wealth around, striking a deal to bail out his neighbor from a looming tax sale by buying the man's property for a quarter of its appraised value.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Chance for sibling 1st at National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - She looks like her sister. She spells like her sister, tracing the letters on her palm as she calls out the letters. Her goal is become the back half of the first set of sibling champions in National Spelling Bee history.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Controversies add to Obama's frustrations

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the opening months of his second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Train explosion caused by chemical cargo

ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$1M BAIL FOR MAN ACCUSED IN BABY-FREEZER CASE: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Looking to IRS scandal for momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) - The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Twister debris would create mile-high pile

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Before residents of Moore can rebuild, they'll have to deal with the debris from the deadly tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb: crushed wood, mangled siding and battered belongings that could make a pile reaching more than a mile into the sky.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


7 charged in $6B online money laundering

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling it perhaps the biggest money laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people Tuesday with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank that handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CUSTOMERS SETTLE BILLS FORGOTTEN IN BOSTON BLASTS: BOSTON (AP) - Amid the chaos and fear in the moments after the Boston Marathon explosions, many restaurant customers fled without settling their tabs.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. paid welfare benefits to the dead

BOSTON (AP) - The state's welfare agency made millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or otherwise ineligible for benefits, and missed numerous opportunities to detect potential fraud, according to an audit made public Tuesday.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


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June report shows recovery is accelerating

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Autistic boy, 11, kept in cage

SANTA ANA (AP) - The parents of a severely autistic boy were arrested after investigators determined the 11-year-old had been kept in a large metal cage, possibly to control his violent outbursts, authorities said Wednesday.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fat camps offer pudgy pets ‘pawlates’

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering "pawlates," ''doga" and "Barko Polo," doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man's best friend.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Man used playpen bag to carry teen’s body

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio man charged with killing a teenage girl stuffed her body in a playpen bag and carried it past her mother - even offering the woman a chance to "buy a baby thing" - before disposing of the remains in the trash, police said.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling won’t alter birth-control coverage

NEW YORK (AP) - Business owners who don't want to pay for their employees' birth control are ending that coverage after the Supreme Court said they could choose on grounds of religious belief not to comply with part of the health care law.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


City opts not to pay for flood protection

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - For years, tiny Clarksville has paid for temporary sandbag walls to protect its quaint business district and historic waterfront homes from Mississippi River flooding. But unwilling to raid its coffers again despite rising water levels, the city has left it to individual merchants and residents to safeguard their property.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Maximum for boy in school shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge rejected pleas for leniency Wednesday and handed down the maximum sentence for a then-12-year-old boy who opened fire in a Roswell middle school gym earlier this year, injuring two students.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bill of Rights to show in UK for first time

LONDON (AP) - Two of the most famous documents in American history - the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence - are going on display in Britain for the first time next year.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon vows to fight FTC on kids in-app purchases

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon said Wednesday that it is prepared to go to court against the Federal Trade Commission to defend itself against charges that it has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


UK opens probe into Facebook’s psych experiment using 700,000 individuals

LONDON (AP) - British regulators are investigating revelations that Facebook treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Venture capitalist snaps up bitcoins worth $19M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is betting that bitcoins will bring more financial stability to countries with shaky economies, even though the digital currency faces an uncertain future itself.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Hotels get overhauls in sign of upswing

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Target: Please leave your firearms at home

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is "respectfully" asking its customers to not bring firearms into its stores, even where it is allowed by law.

July 02, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio teen overdoses on caffeine

LAGRANGE, Ohio (AP) - The death of a healthy high school student initially baffled the local coroner until testing of a white powdery substance found in his home came back as caffeine.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Referee dies after being punched

DETROIT (AP) - A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


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