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HAGEL'S GOP FOES SIGNAL VOTE SHOULD GO ON: PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel's bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Letters from Lennon killer to NY cop on sale

NEW YORK (AP) - Letters from John Lennon's killer detailing his obsession with the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" to the police officer who arrested him went on sale Monday through a Los Angeles auction house.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Russians investigate 3-year-old adoptee's death in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Russian authorities have blamed "inhuman treatment" for the death of a 3-year-old boy adopted by an American family, but Texas officials say they are still investigating claims that the child was abused before his death.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Long-missing WWII medals awarded in Los Angeles to soldier’s daughter

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California woman who grew up knowing little of her father - a heroic casualty of World War II - is now the proud owner of his long-lost battle medals, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Hip implants a bit more likely to fail in women

CHICAGO (AP) - Hip replacements are slightly more likely to fail in women than in men, according to one of the largest studies of its kind in U.S. patients. The risk of the implants failing is low, but women were 29 percent more likely than men to need a repeat surgery within the first three years.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Coast Guard: Leak cause of cruise ship fire

ATLANTA (AP) - A leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled a Carnival cruise ship at sea, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days, a Coast Guard official said Monday.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Kids' suspensions trigger zero tolerance debate

NEW YORK (AP) - Waiting in line for the bus, a Pennsylvania kindergartener tells her pals she's going to shoot them with a Hello Kitty toy that makes soap bubbles. In Maryland, a 6-year-old boy pretends his fingers are a gun during a playground game of cops and robbers. In Massachusetts, a 5-year-old boy attending an after-school program makes a gun out of Legos and points it at other students while "simulating the sound of gunfire," as one school official put it.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-SC Gov. Sanford mentions mistakes in ad

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford does not shy away from the scandal that consumed the end of his second term in his first television ad for the 1st District congressional race.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. House passes gun-control measures

DENVER (AP) - Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Md., Va., among most vulnerable to cuts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are among the most vulnerable to looming federal budget cuts in defense as well as nondefense spending, according to a report released Monday by Wells Fargo Securities.

February 18, 2013 | | Nation


Gun raffles stoke debate after Connecticut school shooting

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Police chiefs in New Hampshire wanted more money for their youth training program. A youth hockey team in North Dakota needed more ice time.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


GOP foes of Hagel nomination as Secretary of Defense say vote should go on this week

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Republican opponents of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's stalled bid to become defense secretary said Sunday that they'll probably allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed unless material more damaging to the nominee - and, by extension, the Obama administration - surfaces in the coming week.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Obama seeks ‘balanced way’ to budget fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect that looming, drastic across-the-board budget cuts will have on the middle class, his new chief of staff said Sunday. Congressional Republicans predicted the cuts would start as scheduled next month and blamed Obama not only for doing little to stop them but for the idea itself.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


White House calls draft plan a backup

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday predicted President Barack Obama would fail if he pushed forward with his own effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system and urged the administration to hold off while lawmakers work on a bipartisan measure.

February 17, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with slapping toddler may be out job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight appears to be out of a job.

February 17, 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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