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Readying rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Hole will make giant pumpkin ineligible for fair

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Body found in jilted girlfriend's freezer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


County told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Can strippers save Atlantic City?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Heat prompts early dismissals in Midwest schools

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An unusual, late-summer heat wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday, putting schools and sports events on hold.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


$2M bail set in death of WWII veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Medal of Honor for Afghan war veteran

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio couple married 65 years die 11 hours apart

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day said their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Request for lawyer not proof of guilt

NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors cannot use a defendant's request for a lawyer as evidence of guilt, a federal appeals court ruled Monday as it ordered a new trial for a man convicted of trying to sneak an alien into the United States.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF BABY FOUND IN PA. PUB: EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman gave birth to a son in the bathroom of a sports bar, then abandoned him to die in the restaurant's toilet, authorities said Monday in charging her with the baby's death.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Mormon authors back gay writer in dispute

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - More than 40 Mormon authors are backing a gay writer in his dispute with a Utah publisher over a reference to the writer's boyfriend.

August 25, 2013 | | Nation


Would shooter’s execution make him a martyr?

FORT HOOD (AP) - Maj. Nidal Hasan and many of his victims in the Fort Hood shooting seem to want the same thing - his death. But while survivors and relatives of the dead view lethal injection as justice, the Army psychiatrist appears to see it as something else - martyrdom.

August 25, 2013 | | Nation


Super Bowl may be ‘Storm Bowl’

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," ''bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."

August 25, 2013 | | Nation


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‘Partridge Family’ child star Suzanne Crough, 42, dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show "The Partridge Family" has died.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Ranger uses stun gun on man operating drone over lava lake

HONOLULU (AP) - A park ranger used a Taser on a man flying a drone over a lake of lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then arrested the man in front of several hundred people after telling him that flying an unmanned aircraft at a national park is prohibited.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Disney told to rehire workers who refused soiled costumes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World must rehire three performers who were fired when they refused to wear soiled spandex unitards as part of their costumes for the "Festival of the Lion King" show, an arbitrator ruled Monday.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher who criticized President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students has been removed from the classroom, pending her upcoming retirement.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Baltimore on edge: National Guardsmen take up positions

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore was a city on edge Tuesday as hundreds of National Guardsmen patrolled the streets against unrest for the first time since 1968, hoping to prevent another outbreak of rioting.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Mom talks about smacking son around during Baltimore riot

BALTIMORE (AP) - A mother who was caught on video smacking her 16-year-old son around after he threw objects at police said when they made eye contact, he knew he was in trouble.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Riot, looting prompt curfew in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher runs toward gunfire, tackles shooter

SEATTLE (AP) - A popular teacher being hailed as a hero for tackling a 16-year-old shooter inside a Washington state high school said he did what any other U.S. educator would do: He ran toward the gunfire instead of away from it.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


Officers who used Taser eight times on disabled woman get prison

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Two former small town police officers in South Carolina were sentenced to prison time Monday for unnecessarily shocking a mentally disabled woman with a Taser at least eight times.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN GETS PRISON AFTER 4 DRUNKEN DRIVING ARRESTS IN 48 HOURS: PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man who racked up four drunken driving arrests in less than 48 hours is heading to prison.

April 27, 2015 | | Nation


‘Batman’ killer studied brain disorders

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting chief executive of the Clinton Foundation is acknowledging the global philanthropy made mistakes in how it disclosed its donors amid growing scrutiny as Hillary Rodham Clinton opens her presidential campaign.

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


Technology & outdoor sports converge at drone conference

SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Surfers catching waves and mountain bikers pedaling through forests are used to the occasional low flying pelican or diving hawk, but these days outdoor recreationalists can find what's up in the air isn't a bird at all, it's a drone.

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


With legalization, lawyers turn to business of marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lawyers and pot dealers have long intersected in criminal court, but as marijuana goes mainstream, attorneys have been working to keep sellers and growers legit.

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


Man driving RV leads troopers on a chase

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska man used a motorhome in a failed attempt to elude arrest by state troopers.

April 26, 2015 | | Nation


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