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Senate boost for background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative senators from both parties announced their support for expanding background checks for gun buyers Wednesday, giving a burst of momentum to advocates of stronger restrictions. But big questions remain about whether President Barack Obama can push significant gun controls through Congress.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


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


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After Detroit, Flint ponders bankruptcy

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - As Detroit struggles to climb out of bankruptcy, another Michigan city with strong ties to the auto industry may be about to fall into the same hole.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found

ATLANTA (AP) - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor among 1st buyers of legal pot

SEATTLE (AP) - Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDERAL JUDGE STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH BLOG POST: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge in Nebraska is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Officer wanting ‘0INK’ triggers vanity plate row

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only

ATLANTA (AP) - More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital settles with woman over search

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Texas hospital and its emergency room physicians have reached a $1.1 million settlement with a New Mexico woman who sued them and U.S. customs officials after she was subjected to a body cavity search, her attorneys said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


First fuselage removed from derailment

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Uber cuts NYC prices to compete with cabs

NEW YORK (AP) - Uber Technologies says it is temporarily cutting its prices in New York City with the aim of making its service cheaper than an average taxi ride, the car service app announced Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Officer who killed family had raped wife

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her, new documents show.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Vet sues after burial with gay partner denied

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Backlash against foreign worker visas

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) - Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company.

July 06, 2014 | | Nation


Nonprofits help dying make farewell videos

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn't remember the sound of her mother's voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were left.

July 06, 2014 | | Nation


Coastal California town sold for undisclosed price

HARMONY (AP) - A small town midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway has been sold for an undisclosed price.

July 06, 2014 | | Nation


Dueling immigration rallies in California

MURRIETA (AP) - Rumors had swirled among anti-immigration activists near a U.S. Border Patrol station in Southern California that the agency would try again to bus in some of the immigrants who have flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border.

July 04, 2014 | | Nation


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