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Crime witnesses ID on rats215

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An anonymous social media site has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across Philadelphia with the stated intention of trying to "expose rats," and city authorities were trying to find out who is behind it, police said Friday.

November 08, 2013 | | Nation


Suit: Dad criticized for denying son McDonald's

NEW YORK (AP) - Saying no to a toddler's demands for a McDonald's meal got a father branded an inept parent, he says in a lawsuit claiming a psychologist urged a judge to curtail his parental visits over the dinner debacle.

November 08, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

MICHIGAN MAN WINS MILLION-DOLLAR LOTTERY- AGAIN: LANSING, Mich. (AP) - This guy has all the luck.

November 08, 2013 | | Nation


Chess, rubber duck inducted into Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The rubber duck squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining the ancient game of chess in the 2013 class inducted Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


VA lifts overtime requirement for claims workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily suspend a program that requires more than 10,000 disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki saying Thursday he had to be careful not to burn out his workforce.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Math, reading scores up slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gay rights bill gets Senate OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


One final toast for surviving Doolittle Raiders this weekend

CINCINNATI (AP) - Military and history buffs will be able to watch online as surviving Doolittle Raiders make a final toast Saturday to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights denial of 'COPSLIE' vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police stun stepdad trying to save son from fire

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Third fire in Tesla Model S reported

DETROIT (AP) - A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher back in class after suspension over requiring student that’s a Jehovah’s Witness to recite p

MIAMI (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11, school district officials said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Holmes’ on dating website: ‘Will you visit me in prison?’

DENVER (AP) - Records from two dating websites where Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked "Will you visit me in prison?" can be used as evidence in his trial, the judge ruled Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Fake orca spouts, plays whale sounds to scare Oregon sea lions off

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A fake life-sized orca that spouts water and plays recordings of its real-life counterparts is being deployed to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast, but it ran into a snag its first day on the job.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Pam Geller was initial target of terror plot

BOSTON (AP) - The family of a Boston man shot to death by terrorism investigators was shocked by allegations that he planned to kill police officers, and saw no signs that he had become radicalized, their attorney said Thursday.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Old county lockup is now a house

GREENVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Ghost hunters tell stories of gruesome crimes. Former guards remember an underground dungeon. A crowd is said to have gathered to witness the hanging of a prisoner. So is the lore of the old Meriwether County jail, a 119-year-old relic that is being renovated into a home and museum.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-councilman arrested after sirens’ copper stolen

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former town councilman in the heart of Tornado Alley is accused of using work-release prison inmates to steal copper wire from emergency sirens intended to help protect people from tornadoes in his small Oklahoma town, the local sheriff said Thursday.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


China suspected in massive breach of federal personnel data

WASHINGTON (AP) - China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Mom yells during custody trial that she killed 2 of her kids

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit mother accused of killing two of her children and storing their bodies in a freezer yelled during separate court outbursts Thursday that she killed them.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Eat fresher? Subway also dropping artificial ingredients

NEW YORK (AP) - Subway wants to give new meaning to its "eat fresh" slogan by joining the list of food companies to say it's dropping artificial ingredients.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Atlanta officer arrested, accused of letting murder suspect escape

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police have arrested one of their own after they say he intentionally allowed a suspect in an April killing to escape through a window while other officers tried to catch him.

June 04, 2015 | | Nation


Drink mas? Taco Bell to serve alcohol

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell says it will serve beer, wine and "mixed alcohol freezes" at a new location set to open in Chicago this summer.

June 03, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to let workers add denim pants to work wardrobe

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart is hoping denim pants will raise the spirits of its more than 1.2 million U.S. store workers.

June 03, 2015 | | Nation


Streaming service offers discounts to students

NEW YORK (AP) - Jay Z's struggling streaming service Tidal is watering down its prices for students.

June 03, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher takes students to adult shop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking middle- and high-school students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

NEW YORK (AP) - Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher admits sex with teen; father sues school

HOLLIS, Okla. (AP) - A former middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a student, and the boy's father says in a lawsuit that school officials covered up the crimes.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


FBI behind mysterious flights of surveillance aircraft over cities

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


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