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Arizona Gov. Brewer gets book critique from Obama after he lands in Arizona

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer came to greet President Barack Obama upon his arrival outside Phoenix Wednesday. What she got was a critique. Of her book.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Army to cut combat brigades from 45 to 32

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32 in a broad restructuring of its fighting force aimed at cutting costs and reducing the service by about 80,000 soldiers, according to U.S. officials familiar with the plans.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Report: NM license data points to fraud

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver's licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Obama’s State of the Union: American dream in peril, says fast action needed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires, delivering a State of the Union address packed with re-election themes. Restoring a fair shot for all, Obama said, is "the defining issue of our time."

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


In GOP response, Daniels blames Obama for economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has resorted to "extremism" with stifling, anti-growth policies and has tried dividing Americans, not uniting them, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday in the formal Republican response to the president's State of the Union address.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• OLD NYC TOY POODLE CHICHI DIES AT 24, MAYBE 26: NEW YORK (AP) - A toy poodle whose New York City owners had sought to put him in the Guinness World Records book as the world's oldest dog has died.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Social Security to resume statements for some

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Social Security benefits statements - which officials stopped mailing to cut costs - will again be sent out to selected age groups.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Iowa sets deadline in mystery jackpot case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery officials warned Monday they will deny payment of a multimillion-dollar jackpot unless the New York attorney who turned in the winning ticket under mysterious circumstances gives them key details by Friday.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CANADIAN PLEADS GUILTY IN VEGAS TO TAX REFUND SCAM: LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 51-year-old Canadian man pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to applying for and receiving IRS tax refunds even though he never worked in the United States.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Romney accuses Gingrich of potential wrongdoing in his consulting work after departing Congress

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a multipronged attack Monday on rival Newt Gingrich, accusing the former House speaker of engaging in "potentially wrongful activity" in his consulting work, while Gingrich dismissed Romney's criticism as desperate in the wake of a big loss in South Carolina.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Meth fills hospitals with burn patients using ‘shake-and-bake’ to make drugs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment - a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Rep. Giffords to resign from Congress this week over a year after being shot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona announced Sunday she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago that shook the country.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


GOP race turns to new terrain in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Now it's Florida's turn.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• PURPORTED BONNIE AND CLYDE GUNS SELLS FOR $210K: KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) - Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Evicted 101-year-old woman can’t go home

DETROIT (AP) - The federal government now says a 101-year-old Detroit woman it promised could move back into her foreclosed home four months ago can't return because the building's unsanitary and unsafe.

January 23, 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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