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Aide could face charge in Edwards sex tape case

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A prosecutor will decide whether an ex-aide to John Edwards will face contempt charges related to a court fight over a video purported to show the ex-presidential candidate having sex with his then-mistress.

June 08, 2012 | | Nation


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Sleepwalking used as defense in attempted robbery

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


Officials fret about creatures on tsunami dock that drifted across Pacific Ocean

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - When the tsunami hit the northern coast of Japan last year, the waves ripped four dock floats the size of freight train boxcars from their pilings in the fishing port of Misawa and turned them over to the whims of wind and currents.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


Vet gave show errant photo by 'mistake'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An "America's Got Talent" contestant scrutinized for claims about being injured in Afghanistan made a mistake when he gave the show a photograph of another soldier and passed it off as himself, the man's fiancée said Thursday.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


Suicides are surging among US troops

WASHINGTON (AP) - Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year - the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


House passes homeland security spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House passed a $46 billion measure Thursday funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with a budget agreement last summer opposed by tea party conservatives.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


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MILEY CYRUS, LIAM HEMSWORTH ARE ENGAGED: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It turns out "The Last Song" was only the beginning for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Teen guilty in texting-while-driving crash

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts teenager was sentenced Wednesday to spend a year in jail for a fatal traffic accident that happened while he was texting.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Lake Tahoe water level hits likely annual high

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The water level of Lake Tahoe hit what could be its high mark for the year after a dry winter and scant spring runoff.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Nation's unions lost big in the Wisconsin showdown over collective bargaining

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's definitive victory in Wisconsin's recall election is already reverberating in other state capitals. It exposed the shrunken political muscle of the unions that tried to oust him, underscoring their vulnerability to attacks from the right and inability to retaliate.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Penn State-heavy jury picked in sexual-abuse case trial of former football coach

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


New TV series awards bunker to winning survivalist on Spike network

NEW YORK (AP) - The Spike television network is airing a competition this fall to award a fortified bunker to a family that believes the end of the world is near.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


New TV series awards bunker to winning survivalist on Spike network

NEW YORK (AP) - The Spike television network is airing a competition this fall to award a fortified bunker to a family that believes the end of the world is near.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


Al-Qaida No. 2 dies in drone strike in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan has killed al-Qaida's second-in-command, officials from both countries confirmed Tuesday, the most significant victory so far in the controversial bombing campaign and the biggest setback to the terror network since the death of Osama bin Laden.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


First lady walks fine line on NYC drink proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level, but she offered some kind words Tuesday for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to do just that. She later issued a statement backing away from taking a stand on New York's controversial proposed ban.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


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Man urged victim to kill self via webcam

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man in prison for raping a girl starting when she was 12 is now charged with trying to persuade her to kill herself by cutting her wrists and taking prescription medication while he watched on a webcam.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Busch Gardens removes decapitated heads

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Driver freed in crash commits suicide

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Home Depot breach affected 56M

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Chevron meets new shale drilling rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Business going on holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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