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Gunman holding firefighters killed; 4 hostages OK

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - A gunman who was having financial problems held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, demanding his cable and power be turned back on, before being shot dead when SWAT members stormed the house, authorities said Wednesday. The hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract the gunman before moving in, but they will be fine, a fire official said.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Senate plan to stiffen border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of senators finalizing a landmark immigration bill has agreed to require greatly increased surveillance of the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross it, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Maine hermit living in wild for 27 years arrested

ROME, Maine (AP) - A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples has been caught in a surveillance trap at a camp he treated as a "Walmart," authorities said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Spending cuts, higher smokers' taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mixing modest curbs on spending with tax increases reviled by Republicans, President Barack Obama proposed a $3.8 trillion budget on Wednesday that would raise taxes on smokers and wealthy Americans and trim Social Security benefits for millions.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Medication: Study shows antibiotic overuse

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DEVICE TO SCARE BIRDS CAUSES GUARD BASE LOCKDOWN: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi base on Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from an airport runway, authorities said.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Obama to nominate package of labor board members

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Judge undecided whether Anthony's story can be sold

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A judge said Tuesday that he will take 30 days before deciding whether the trustee in Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case can sell the commercial rights to her life story as a means to clear some of her outstanding debts.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Student arrested in college stabbing attacks

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - A student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college Tuesday, wounding at least 14 people - many in the face and neck - before being subdued and arrested, authorities and witnesses said.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


FBI investigating recording of McConnell talks; GOP leader likens it to Watergate tactics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Campaign aides to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed using actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she had decided to challenge him in his re-election bid next year, according to a secret recording posted by a magazine.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Teens jump from runaway car on Va. highway

MINT SPRING, Va. (AP) - Two teens leapt from a speeding car with malfunctioning brakes in Virginia on Tuesday before a state trooper used his patrol car to force it into an interstate highway guardrail.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada jury awards $500M in hepatitis case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury has ordered the state's largest health management organization to pay $500 million in punitive damages to three plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Showdown gun control vote set Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Democrat is setting Congress' first showdown vote for Thursday on President Barack Obama's gun control drive as a small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Budget cuts ground military aircraft

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force plans to ground about a third of its active-duty force of combat planes and a top general warned Tuesday that the branch might not be able to respond immediately to every event when needed.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Cuba to turn over Florida couple and their children

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba said Tuesday that it will turn over to the United States a Florida couple who allegedly kidnapped their own children from the mother's parents and fled by boat to Havana, ending days of drama that evoked memories of the Elian Gonzalez custody battle of more than a decade ago.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


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Caught in the act? Some videos of police mislead

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) - A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object - a gun? - as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction. Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away. Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


45 dogs dead, 48 alive after fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A weekend fire that tore through a North Las Vegas home with 93 small dogs - more than 15 times the maximum number of canines allowed in a house by the city - killed 45 of them and injured one man.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers shut down 2 suburban Denver high schools

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Hundreds of suburban Denver high school students missed school again Monday as teachers shut down two high schools by calling in sick amid a controversy over proposed changes to an Advanced Placement history class and changes to their pay.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Firefighter sues over pregnancy -related sick days

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut firefighter says in a federal civil rights lawsuit that she was unfairly disciplined by a city fire department and forced to take unpaid leave because she was pregnant.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

WITNESSES: SKYDIVERS WHO DIED DESCENDED TOO FAST: BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) - The two skydivers killed after they crashed into a building during a tandem jump on Cape Cod appeared to be having problems as they descended, police said.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

NEW YORK (AP) - When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Macy’s joins in big holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

September 29, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson officer shot; police say no protest link

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) - Authorities searched Sunday for a suspect in the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where there have been angry protests since a white officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old black man last month.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Volcano in Japan kills 31 people

TOKYO (AP) - Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting

MIAMI (AP) - A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teens

CHICAGO (AP) - Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants - long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


1,000 veterans line up for free marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Jury convicts NM sheriff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff who has fought off accusations of misconduct throughout his career was convicted Friday of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop that prosecutors called a fit of road rage.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas sidewalk-chalk arrests spawn suit

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The arrests of several protesters for writing anti-police messages with chalk on a sidewalk last year have spawned a federal civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas police.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


Woman beheaded at workplace

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police said Friday.

September 26, 2014 | | Nation


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