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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


$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Great white shark numbers surging

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline - bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this summer.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


California, Amtrak end joint train bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and lure advanced train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


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Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

February 22, 2015 | | Nation


Battle over Tahoe bears gets ugly

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe woman is suing a longtime bear protection group after she says she got death threats for reporting an aggressive black bear to Nevada authorities, who then killed the animal.

February 22, 2015 | | Nation


Did grandma run 9-year-old to death?

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.

February 22, 2015 | | Nation


Social media slaying trial starts

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - With a ski mask, a fake Facebook profile and a plan, police say Kyle Dube thought he could make himself a hero.

February 22, 2015 | | Nation


Not guilty plea in drowning dog case

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Northern California man has pleaded not guilty to drowning his ex-girlfriend's dog in the American River.

February 22, 2015 | | Nation


Tentative contract in port tiff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

February 20, 2015 | | Nation


Fitness trackers, apps can boost care

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.

February 20, 2015 | | Nation


Paul: Presidential announcement likely

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Friday that he is leaning toward a run for president and will likely make an announcement in his home state of Kentucky sometime in March or April.

February 20, 2015 | | Nation


HEALTHCARE.GOV

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of 800,000 Americans.

February 20, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect bragged about road-rage killing

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The teenage neighbor arrested in what has been described as the road-rage slaying of a Las Vegas mother boasted about the shooting and told friends that he emptied several clips from his semi-automatic handgun during the gunbattle, according to a police report released Friday.

February 20, 2015 | | Nation


Hemp: Will it cause marijuana to go to pot?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Southern Oregon farmers growing marijuana for medicine don't want fields of pot's prosaic cousin, industrial hemp, growing nearby.

February 19, 2015 | | Nation


Police arrest 19-year-old in road rage

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police made an arrest Thursday in the mysterious road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a teenage neighbor who had a history with the family before the shootout.

February 19, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado residents ask feds to block legal pot

DENVER (AP) - Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close.

February 19, 2015 | | Nation


Lottery audit: Winners in NJ used dead people’s IDs to collect

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) - Forty-six New Jersey lottery winners from July 2013 to July 2014 used Social Security numbers of dead people to collect their winnings, the state auditor said.

February 19, 2015 | | Nation


Car thief stopped to take singing selfie

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) - Police say a Houston teen took a video of himself singing to a rap song while driving a stolen car.

February 19, 2015 | | Nation


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