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Won’t process same-sex benefits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Christie claims rival mocked weight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of making a mocking reference to his weight when she suggested that the image of him "frolicking on the beach" was not a boost to tourism.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


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HIKER FALLS TO DEATH AFTER MT. WHITNEY CLIMB: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers have retrieved the body of a hiker who fell over a cliff to his death after climbing to the summit of California's Mount Whitney.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Case may hinge on property rights

STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - James Crocker had grown weary of the partying canoeists and rafters who encroached on his neatly kept property along Missouri's Meramec River. When he caught a man about to relieve himself on a gravel bar by his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Pa. university kicks Rivera off panel for 'selfie'

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Duquesne University says Geraldo Rivera isn't welcome to appear on a panel at the Pittsburgh school because of a half-naked "selfie" he posted this summer.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty to killing his principal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis teen who police say studied close-combat battle tactics and sharpened his knife the night before he fatally stabbed his high school principal pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Slave’s stay inspired author of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Clemson University professor is convinced that Harriet Beecher Stowe might not have written "Uncle Tom's Cabin" if it were not for a fugitive South Carolina slave she harbored for a night before starting the history-making novel.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


'Heat days' common for sweaty schools

CHICAGO (AP) - When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet towels to drape around their necks.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Diana Nyad first to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sandy's 'freaky' path may be less likely in future

WASHINGTON (AP) - Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


New social network for law enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


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PHILLY CABDRIVER STABBED 11 TIMES IN $205 ROBBERY: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say a Philadelphia cabdriver has been stabbed 11 times by a pair of riders who stole $205 from him.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Obama overrules foreign policy team

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama's new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president's ability to overrule them all.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


NY college houses endangered Thomas Paine writings

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - He helped inspire the American Revolution, but Thomas Paine suffered a broad range of indignities afterward: Political cartoonists lampooned him, he was denied the right to vote and a coin was minted that pictured him in a noose.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Dad of tot shot in stroller likely target

NEW YORK (AP) - Police investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy shot in the head in his stroller said Monday they believe his father was the target.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


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Texas prosecutor of ex-death row inmate loses law license

HOUSTON (AP) - A former Texas prosecutor has been stripped of his law license after a panel of the State Bar of Texas determined he withheld evidence and used false testimony to win a capital murder conviction against a now-exonerated death row inmate.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


NY prison worker arraigned, accused of aiding 2 NY escapees

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison was arraigned Friday night on charges she helped two convicted killers escape last weekend.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


Court rejects Veterans Day sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, multi-state Navy veterans charity fraud won't have to spend every Veterans Day in solitary confinement as indicated in his prison sentence, an Ohio appeals court ruled.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


Attackers carve gay slur into man’s arm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are investigating the repeated harassment of a rural Utah man who they said was beaten and had a threatening homophobic slur carved into his arm.

June 13, 2015 | | Nation


IRS taking steps to combat taxpayers’ identity theft

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is joining with states and private industry to combat identity theft by sharing more data about how tax returns are filed, officials announced Thursday. The effort is aimed at stemming a problem that has victimized thousands of taxpayers and cost the government billions of dollars from fraudulent returns.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Court says new net neutrality rules will go into effect today

NEW YORK (AP) - Rules that treat the Internet like a public utility and prevent companies from blocking or slowing down some online traffic will go into effect today after a federal appeals court refused to delay them.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Walgreens recalls bottles of women’s multivitamins

NEW YORK (AP) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is recalling a line of women's multivitamins because the packaging is not child-resistant.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Apple restores former bank

NEW YORK (AP) - To create the newest Apple store to sell iPhones, smartwatches and other modern gadgetry, Apple took a look back at the 1920s.

June 12, 2015 | | Nation


Regulators go after crowdfunding scam

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are going after people who raise money online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe but don't follow through on their promises.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Homeless man gets back nearly $10k in cash left on bus bench

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida homeless man has been reunited with an inheritance of nearly $10,000 in cash, stuffed into two envelopes, which he'd accidentally left on a bus bench.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Transgender student sues school, citing restroom policy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A transgender teenager said in a lawsuit Thursday that he has been stigmatized by a policy that bars him from using the boys' restrooms at his eastern Virginia high school.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Union-backed Dems make final push to kill Obama’s trade bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Union-backed Democrats launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to scuttle President Barack Obama's trade agenda by sacrificing a favored program of their own that retrains workers displaced by international trade.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Man pleads no contest to beheading, dismembering dogs

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 25-year-old Nevada man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs pleaded no contest Thursday to seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing the animals in a troubling case that sparked public outrage.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Pregnant mom of 12 pleads not guilty to child neglect charge

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A pregnant mother of 12 pleaded not guilty to a child neglect charge Thursday after authorities found her children in a trash-strewn Tulsa home with collapsing ceilings and no running water.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


Singer killed in gunfight with bounty hunter

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A bounty hunter trying to detain a country music singer wanted on a DUI charge shot and killed the man in a gunfight at the singer's home, authorities said Thursday.

June 11, 2015 | | Nation


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