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Numbers game muddies NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe - in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security - the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Watchdog faults background check of NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data - just as news media disclosed more information about those programs.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe of crash

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Russia could stand in way of Obama's nuke weapon cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons, rather than make cuts on his own, President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in no mood to agree.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI uses drones for surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are "worthy of debate," FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Compromise eyed on border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FATHER SENTENCED FOR BINDING KIDS OUTSIDE WAL-MART: LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for binding and blindfolding two of his children a year ago in a Wal-Mart parking lot in eastern Kansas.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for woman who buried mom in yard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman who quit her job to care for her elderly mother felt at a loss to support herself when the older woman died so she buried her in the yard of their Florida home and lived off her mother's Social Security checks for 14 years, her lawyers and federal authorities say.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


IRS playing $70M in employee bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


As the West burns, feds cut funding for fire prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI digging at ex-home of famed NY mobster

NEW YORK (AP) - FBI agents with jackhammers and shovels were digging Tuesday under a New York City house once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas."

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS worker: No political bias against tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups' tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Feds fire, demote employees over killing, rape

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal probation officers in upstate New York have been fired or demoted after a man they were monitoring was charged with slipping out of his electronic bracelet, raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Ebola worries keep some Dallas students at home

DALLAS (AP) - Worries over Ebola kept some Dallas schoolchildren home Thursday after school officials identified five students who may have come into contact with the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the virus.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Officials resign in porn office emails case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two top state officials resigned Thursday in the growing scandal surrounding office emails containing pornography in the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Stars of ‘Real Housewives’ get real prison time for fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are trading the drama of reality TV for prison.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Court takes up hear religious bias over hijab

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code, which the clothing chain has since changed.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Protesters pack meeting on plan to promote patriotism in schools

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Students and parents fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses blasted the school board Thursday ahead of a possible vote on the proposal, accusing the new conservative majority of trying to indoctrinate students with their politics.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Secret Service chief resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


White women sue over sperm from black donor

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Catholics challenge abortion order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

ATLANTA (AP) - Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola-infected man sent home from ER

DALLAS (AP) - The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man guilty in killing over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding skills

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Pepsi plans soda sweetened with stevia

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke and Pepsi are squaring off again, this time with natural sweeteners.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Pay by phone or keep using plastic?

NEW YORK (AP) - PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


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