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Spy program collected Internet records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol address of their computer, documents disclosed Thursday show.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Goodbye M&Ms, hello granola bars as school snack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Student loan interest rates will double

WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan rates will double Monday - at least for a while - after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BODY OF STORM VICTIM LAY UNDETECTED FOR MONTHS: NEW YORK (AP) - In the chaotic days after Superstorm Sandy, an army of aid workers streamed onto the flood-ravaged Rockaway Peninsula looking for anyone who needed help. Health workers and National Guard troops went door to door. City inspectors checked thousands of dwellings for damage. Yet, even as the months dragged by, nobody thought to look inside the tiny construction trailer rusting away in a junk-filled lot at the corner of Beach 40th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. If they had, they would have found the body of Keith Lancaster, a quiet ...

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


HS seniors fare no better than in 70s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago, the government said Thursday. Officials attributed the bleak finding on more lower-performing students staying in school rather than dropping out.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect downloaded bomb-making instructions

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TWO-HEADED TURTLE HATCHES AT ZOO: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium. Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike (van SKYKE') said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name. The San Antonio ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas abortion bill falls after ‘ruckus’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


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300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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