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California-based anti-Muslim film promoter outspoken critic on Islam

HEMET (AP) - The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he's a hate monger.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

HEARSE PARADE SET IN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY OF HELL: HELL, Mich. (AP) - A parade of hearses is planned this weekend in the Michigan community of Hell was part of an attempt to regain a spot in the record books.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


4 dead, 8 injured after speeding car hits bus stop in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A motorist faces four counts of driving under the influence after his speeding car went airborne Thursday and plowed into a Las Vegas bus stop, killing four pedestrians and injuring eight others.

September 13, 2012 | | Nation


NY judge strikes down terror law scholars fear

NEW YORK (AP) - An anti-terrorism law was struck down Wednesday by a federal judge who said she saw legitimate fears in claims by journalists, scholars and political activists that they could face indefinite detention for exercising First Amendment rights.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


US sends Marines to Libya after deadly attack kills American ambassador

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) - The U.S. dispatched an elite group of Marines to Tripoli on Wednesday after the mob attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Officials were investigating whether the rampage was a backlash to an anti-Islamic video with ties to Coptic Christians or a plot to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


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DA: NYC WORKERS STOLE 100,000 TINY BOOZE BOTTLES: NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say workers at New York's Kennedy airport stole 100,000 mini liquor bottles and duty-free items such as larger bottles of liquor, perfume and cigarettes.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Californian confirms role in anti-Islam film

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The search for those behind the provocative, anti-Muslim film implicated in violent protests in Egypt and Libya led Wednesday to a California Coptic Christian convicted of financial crimes who acknowledged his role in managing and providing logistics for the production.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

COPS: MAN TRIED TO PAY BARTENDER WITH HIS OWN CARD: MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say a homeless man broke into a car, stole a credit card and then tried to use it to buy a beer - from the bartender the card belonged to.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


YouTube blocks video inciting violence

NEW YORK (AP) - YouTube has blocked a video attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad in Egypt and Libya, where angry protests were sparked by outrage at the video.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Whooping cough vaccine loses punch too fast

NEW YORK (AP) - As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


Poverty rate unchanged; record numbers persist

WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranks of America's poor remained stuck at a record level last year while household income dropped. Still, the number of people who don't have health insurance declined.

September 12, 2012 | | Nation


4 receive slain CHP officer's donated organs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say four people who have been waiting for organ transplants have received the organs of a California Highway Patrol officer who died after being shot during a traffic stop on a San Francisco Bay area freeway.

September 11, 2012 | | Nation


First group of delayed young deportees approved for new work permit program

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just three week after the Obama administration started accepting applications from young illegal immigrants seeking to avoid deportation and get a work permit, the government already has approved some of the roughly 72,000 applications the government has received.

September 11, 2012 | | Nation


Danger in air once again at Reno National Air Races this weekend

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The annual air race in Nevada's Valley of Speed has a new name. Fans returning to see vintage World War II fighter planes this weekend streak across the sky will sit farther away. And a redesigned course poses less risk as pilots make the final turn toward the finish line.

September 11, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: US safer, resilient on 9/11 anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are at Arlington National Cemetery visiting the graves of service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

September 11, 2012 | | Nation


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Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to "amiibo."

August 29, 2014 | | Nation


Professor protests Iowa’s pink locker room

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school's famous quirks: the visiting team's pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Driver accused of hot-bus punishment resigns job

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school bus driver has resigned after being accused of making elementary-age students sit with the windows up in hot weather as a punishment.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Military pilot was killed in F-15 jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


4 killed in crash of medical flight

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge for child care worker

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City child care worker was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a 20-month-old boy in her care. Prosecutors said she admitted throwing him down and stepping on him.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Flight diverts over reclined-seat upset

BOSTON (AP) - An outburst over a reclined seat led an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston, at least the second such incident in the U.S. this week, authorities said.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


No-pot city takes aim at marijuana law

FIFE, Wash. (AP) - To Tedd Wetherbee, the vacant storefront seems a suitable spot for selling pot. It's in a strip mall across from BJ's Bingo parlor, in a long commercial stretch occupied by fast-food joints, dry cleaners and massage parlors.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Gun tourism grows in popularity

LAS VEGAS - The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges.

August 28, 2014 | | Nation


Cops’ crew member killed in police shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Boston suspect’s sister charged in NY bomb threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Final ruling issued against part of Utah’s polygamy ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Pilot’s fate unknown in jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


ALS group awash in cold cash

NEW YORK (AP) - In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


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