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Commander cites 'rot' in nuke force

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanded more information Wednesday after the Air Force removed 17 launch officers from duty at a nuclear missile base in North Dakota over what a commander called "rot" in the force. The Air Force struggled to explain, acknowledging concern about an "attitude problem" but telling Congress the weapons were secure.

May 08, 2013 | | Nation


Teen charged with homicide by assault in soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault, a count issued when an attack unintentionally causes death.

May 08, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with rape, kidnapping

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for a decade were found alive at his run-down home was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and raping them. Prosecutors brought no charges against his brothers, saying there was no evidence they had any part in the crime.

May 08, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

3 PARTIES SPLITTING $1M AWARD: PLOTLOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, with most of it going to a couple tied up by the rogue ex-cop before his final shootout with authorities.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police facing questions in 3 women's rescue

CLEVELAND (AP) - One neighbor says a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard of the house a few years ago. Another heard pounding on the home's doors and noticed plastic bags over the windows.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Intel worker subjected to 'Kick Me' prank

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Intel workers secretly taped a "Kick Me" sign to the back of a co-worker as a prank, then kicked the confused man a number of times as employees at the Rio Rancho Intel plant laughed hysterically at the episode, according to a federal lawsuit.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Christie has weight-loss surgery

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie, who once famously called himself "the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen," disclosed Tuesday he had secretly undergone weight-loss surgery, a major new step by the potential Republican presidential contender to address both his health and a political vulnerability.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Late-payment rate on mortgages fall

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A resurgent housing market, rising home values and steady job gains are helping more U.S. homeowners stay on top of their mortgage payments.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Home signs warn of presence of predators

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - Brian Speer thought he had completed all of his obligations when he registered in Bradford County as a convicted sex predator after serving an eight-year prison sentence for child molestation.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Delaware now 11th state with gay marriage

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware became the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage when Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate on Tuesday.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gun homicides down 39% since 1990s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993 peak, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress' battle over whether to tighten restrictions on firearms.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


FBI says raid disrupts planned terror attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - FBI officials said Monday that they foiled a terrorism attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota town, but they offered no details about the exact targets of the attack - or the motive of the man accused of having a cache of explosives and weapons in a mobile home.

May 06, 2013 | | Nation


SEC: Harrisburg, misled investors

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's debt-laden capital city violated federal antifraud rules for securities issuers by repeatedly giving misleading information that created risks for bond investors at a time the city's finances were rapidly deteriorating, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday.

May 06, 2013 | | Nation


Prosecutor weighs charges in soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah prosecutor said Monday he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.

May 06, 2013 | | Nation


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Voters holding their noses, hope for change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Coast to coast, voters cast ballots with an audible harrumph on Tuesday - many of them unhappy with their choices and doubtful things will get better no matter who wins.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

NEW YORK (AP) - Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Wisconsin’s Walker wins for 3rd time in four years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years - and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Mom accused of tossing son off bridge

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Woman’s ATM card used in Maryland

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A bank card belonging to a woman abducted from a Philadelphia street was used the next morning in Maryland by a man whose grainy image was caught on bank cameras, police said Tuesday as relatives tearfully pleaded for her return.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Taliban detainee brought from Afghanistan to USA for trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Marathon suspect’s sister pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Ambush suspect used Internet

PITTSBURG, Pa (AP) - The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Circus cited for hair-hanging stunt that injured 9

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lava spares family headstone in cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) - As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a rural Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

OHIO GIRL, 3, SHOT BY 4-YEAR-OLD BROTHER: LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old Ohio girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother, who found a gun in a dresser.

November 03, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda completes skyscraper wire walks

CHICAGO (AP) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Terminally ill ‘death with dignity’ advocate dies by taking lethal drugs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state's assisted-suicide law took lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor and has died, a spokesman said Sunday.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


House Democrats mutter about less outside spending by special interests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmentalists, labor and women's groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


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