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Fiscal crisis, budget battle mark Panetta’s tenure as Obama’s Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's plane returned home Saturday night, completing his final official overseas trip, his staff gathered to salute his time as Pentagon chief and present him with a symbol of his tenure: a plastic meat ax.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Aviation tech advances, FAA tries to keep up

DALLAS (AP) - After two separate and serious battery problems aboard Boeing 787s, it wasn't U.S. authorities who acted first to ground the plane. It was Japanese airlines.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Obama take oath for second term

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House, embarking on a second-term quest to restore a still-shaky economy and combat terrorists overseas while swearing an age-old oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Latinos take on bigger role in Obama inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Latinos are taking a more prominent role in President Barack Obama's second inauguration, from the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice swearing in the vice president to a star-studded celebration of Latino culture.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Flu season debate over paid sick time laws as many can’t afford not to work

NEW YORK (AP) - Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself in to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Obama adviser optimistic on immigration overhaul nut not on gun control measures

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top White House adviser said Sunday the stars seem aligned for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul this year, but he sounded less confident about prospects for toughening the nation's gun laws.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Schumer: Senate Democrats will pass budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats intend to approve a budget for the first time in almost four years, a prominent lawmaker said Sunday, but he said it will call for higher tax revenues that Republicans are sure to oppose.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Chaplain is 1 of 5 NM shooting victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials have identified one of the five people found shot to death in a New Mexico home as a Fire Department chaplain who also worked with jail inmates.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• DC LOWERS TURNOUT PROJECTIONS FOR INAUGURATION: WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia officials have lowered their turnout estimate for Monday's presidential inauguration.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Push for requiring gun liability insurance

BOSTON (AP) - As lawmakers cast around for ways to curb gun-related violence, some are hoping the insurance market might offer incentives.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


GOP: House to vote on debt limit increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government's borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Woman guilty in stepson's dehydration death

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman was convicted Friday in the dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson who was denied water for days during record-high temperatures in North Texas.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Companies donating security technology to Newtown school housing Sandy Hook students

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut company said Friday it has nearly finished installing state-of-the-art security equipment at a school to which students were moved after the deadly Newtown school shooting.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


TSA to remove controversial X-ray scanners

WASHINGTON (AP) - Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Flu season 'bad one for the elderly.

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Plane went down in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - After 17 days of desperation and doubt over the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the country's officials said an analysis of satellite data points to a "heartbreaking" conclusion: Flight 370 met its end in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, and none of those aboard survived.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Train operator in Chicago crash ‘tired’

CHICAGO (AP) - An operator of a Chicago public-transit train that jumped the tracks and scaled an escalator at one of nation's busiest airports Monday may have dozed off, a union official said.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


‘Good Wife’ leaves viewers shocked

NEW YORK (AP) - The shocking death of dashing attorney Will Gardner on "The Good Wife" on Sunday's episode was driven by actor Josh Charles' desire to leave the CBS drama in its fifth season.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Evangelical charity to hire married gay Christians

NEW YORK (AP) - The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Energy Department OKs LNG terminal on Oregon coast

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Energy Department gave conditional authorization Monday for liquefied natural gas to be exported from a proposed terminal in Coos Bay, on the Oregon coast.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• EX-TV JUDGE JOE BROWN ARRESTED IN TENNESSEE: MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The star of the television show "Judge Joe Brown" has been arrested and charged with five counts of contempt of court in Tennessee, court officials in Memphis said Monday.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.

March 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obamacare brings hefty fees for some drugs

MIAMI (AP) - Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Birth control coverage before justices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


WII troop transport plane will return

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) - The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Crews try to contain oil spill in Texas

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Horses ran into parade spectators; three injured

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (AP) - Two horses ran into a crowd at a Southern California parade, injuring three spectators including a double amputee who was knocked out of his wheelchair.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Washington landslide toll rises to 4

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Searchers found another body Sunday in the debris from a massive landslide, bringing the death toll to at least four from the wall of mud and debris that also completely destroyed a small riverside neighborhood in Washington state.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


5 feared dead in Colorado plane crash

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado, and authorities say all are feared dead.

March 23, 2014 | | Nation


Disney seeks ‘small world’ sing-along videos

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney on Friday launched a website to create a global sing-along for "it's a small world," marking 50 years since the classic attraction with the unforgettable earworm of a song opened at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

March 21, 2014 | | Nation


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