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Peace talks? Chemical weapons first

GENEVA (AP) - The top diplomats from the United States and Russia raised hopes Friday for reviving broad talks to end the long and deadly Syrian civil war, even as they struggled to deal with the most notorious part - the use of chemical weapons on civilians. The path to a U.N. resolution on securing those weapons seemed at least somewhat clearer, with the U.S. indicating it could accept an enforcement measure that didn't threaten military retribution.

September 13, 2013 | | Nation


Kerry talks tough in encounter with Russia

GENEVA (AP) - Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons Thursday by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons - and nothing immediately.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

WASHINGTON (AP) - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama's overhaul.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

OHIO WOMAN ACCUSED OF FAKING YOUNG SON'S CANCER: NEWARK, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio woman faked a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son and shaved his head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations, authorities said.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. mountain flooding kills 3

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. mountain flooding kills 3

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - Heavy rains sent walls of water crashing down mountainsides Thursday in Colorado, cutting off remote towns, forcing the state's largest university to close and leaving at least three people dead across a rugged landscape that included areas blackened by recent wildfires.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Some Pittsburghers cited for parking in their own driveways

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Some Pittsburghers are being ticketed or warned not to park in their own driveways under an obscure ordinance that requires them to pay $225 for a permit if they wish to park within 30 feet of a street.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Scathing obit about abusive mom goes viral

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties wrote a scathing obituary that was published in the local newspaper - and has since become an Internet sensation.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


3 years for hacking police websites

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A 22-year-old Ohio man linked to the hacker collective Anonymous was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for breaking into police and other websites across the country.

September 12, 2013 | | Nation


Pastor arrested before he could burn Qurans

MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pastor was arrested Wednesday as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with kerosene-soaked Qurans to a park, where the pastor had said he was planning to burn 2,998 of the Muslim holy books- one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

VEGAS MOM GIVES BIRTH TO HEALTHY QUINTUPLETS: PHOENIX (AP) - A Las Vegas mother is resting Wednesday after delivering a healthy set of quintuplets in a suburban Phoenix hospital, bringing five new additions to her family's already full house.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


Russian prestige on the line in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House tried Wednesday to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States as Secretary of State John Kerry headed for Geneva to work on a Russian proposal for international inspectors to seize and destroy the deadly stockpile.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


2 recalled over gun control support

DENVER (AP) - Democratic voters in Colorado helped remove two state senators of their own party who voted for tighter gun control - an ouster that was both intensely local and a national test of what can happen to lawmakers who support gun restrictions in battleground states.

September 11, 2013 | | Nation


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Drones must learn to navigate populated areas to avoid crashes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - For drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities - without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


NYC lifting ban on student cellphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio will lift a longtime ban on cellphones in New York City public schools, ending a widely unpopular practice and bringing the city in line with other large school districts.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


NYC lifting ban on student cellphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio will lift a longtime ban on cellphones in New York City public schools, ending a widely unpopular practice and bringing the city in line with other large school districts.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Gunmen kill 12 at weekly newspaper

PARIS (AP) - Police hunted for three heavily armed men with possible links to al-Qaida in the military-style, methodical killing of 12 people Wednesday at the office of a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Billboard firm sues couple for ‘harassment’ overbright sign

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple angry over a lighted sign near their rural home has driven away six advertisers and cost the billboard company $50,000, according to a harassment suit brought by the sign's owner.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Gay advocates assail new TV show

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Preston "Pret" Dahlgren has led what might seem like a picture-perfect Mormon life: He met his high school sweetheart in Sunday school as a teenager, completed his mission and married her. He is active in the church and the proud father of two young daughters.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Brother’s killer suffered abuse

WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A 15-year-old girl who fatally shot her 16-year-old brother suffered years of abuse, including being locked in a room for weeks at a time with only a blanket and a bucket to use the bathroom, according to police reports and interviews.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Truck of cheap light bulbs heads for Chicago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Three men purchased enough state-subsidized, energy-efficient light bulbs to fill a rented truck with the bright idea of selling them for a profit in Chicago, police said Wednesday.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty in death of WW2 veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran who survived the battle of Okinawa but was killed in a robbery outside a Washington state bar in 2013.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Deputies wound man in shootout

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Deputies have shot and wounded a gunman they say opened fire during a traffic stop in rural San Bernardino County.

January 07, 2015 | | Nation


Official’s threat to keep name out of print backfires

FREDERICK, Maryland (AP) - Kirby Delauter might need to rethink his strategy for keeping his name out of print.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


Are officers in work slowdown?

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite efforts by New York City officials to tout a dip in serious crime, another statistic is getting more attention - a steep decline in the number of arrests across all five boroughs in the two weeks since two police officers were shot dead in their patrol car.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


2 arrested after shooting 2 NYC officers

NEW YORK (AP) - Two suspects in an armed holdup followed by a wild shootout that left a pair of plainclothes police officers wounded were arrested Tuesday after an intense manhunt.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


Firms could skirt health law by hiring vets

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the new Congress' first day, the House unanimously approved Republican legislation Tuesday making it easier for smaller companies to avoid providing health care coverage to their workers by hiring veterans.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


Gunman, 1 other person dead at veterans’ clinic

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a veterans' medical clinic in West Texas on Tuesday, killing one other person, officials said. The gunman was also killed.

January 06, 2015 | | Nation


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