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• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff's deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV ...

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Surge forces officials to take action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s plea deal includes orders for a vasectomy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to knock up to five years off his prison term in a child endangerment case that has evoked the country's dark history of forced sterilization.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


U.S. justifies drone killings by citing al-Qaida law

NEW YORK (AP) - The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaida and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released Monday.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• VAGINA SCULPTURE TRAPS U.S. STUDENT: BERLIN (AP) - An American exchange student who got stuck in a giant vagina sculpture was freed by firefighters in southwestern Germany.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sgt. Bergdahl in outpatient care in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the U.S. Army said in a statement Sunday. Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving inpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. He is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, according to the statement. The Army said his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


President Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Friends mourn missing hiker

SEATTLE (AP) - Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’

NEW YORK (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal would give vets discount on name-brands

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods - a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


65% of senior VA execs got bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge still pending against woman at 102 in death of roommate

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


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Buddhist monk pleads guilty to embezzling temple to gamble

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Buddhist monk pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he embezzled more than $200,000 from his Louisiana temple to feed a ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


If you’re considering bariatric surgery . . .

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Finances and fear deter many morbidly obese patients from having stomach-reducing bariatric surgery, but it's steadily becoming more common.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Uber to give drivers option to be paid instantly; no fees

SAN FRAANCSCO (AP) - Uber is launching a pilot program intended to help the ride-hailing service's drivers draw their pay faster, an effort that may ...

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


YouTube now on T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile and YouTube have come to terms after a public spat over the phone company's "Binge On" video streaming service.

March 17, 2016 | | Nation


Move to outlaw ‘non-helicopter parents’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Parents who fear the judgment of neighbors if they leave their kids alone at home or in a car may soon ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Americans more tolerant of gay marriage but not divorce

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are more accepting of gay relationships and couples living together before marriage - but they've grown less comfortable with divorce, a ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Court strikes conviction on 20-year-old DUI charge

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man who was tried last year on a 20-year-old drunken ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Child porn, sex charges tied to Army love triangle death case

HONOLULU (AP) - The military is considering whether an Army medic charged with conspiring with his lover to kill his wife will be court-martialed for child ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Justice Department probing town’s denial to build mosque

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Federal officials are investigating whether a New Jersey town violated religious freedom laws when it denied a group's plan ...

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Chicago removes sales tax on tampons

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Obama opens Cuba for business

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sent an unmistakable message to Americans on Tuesday ahead of his historic trip to Havana: Cuba is open for business.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Man who ran over son, 4, while looking for scrap sentenced

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A man who accidentally ran over his 4-year-old son while looking for scrap at a central Ohio construction site has been sentenced ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Settlement deal reached in Alabama ‘rape bait’ case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Both sides have reached a settlement in an Alabama lawsuit involving a teenager who says she was raped after a school worker ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


3 Franciscan ex-leaders charged in abuse case

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Three ex-leaders of a Franciscan religious order were charged Tuesday with allowing a friar who was a known sexual predator to take ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Blacks playing men’s hoops, football lag behind in degrees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Young black men playing basketball and football for the country's top college teams are graduating at lower rates than black male students ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


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