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Sept. 11 memorial defends display of steel cross

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge should toss out a lawsuit by a national atheists group seeking to stop the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found among the wreckage of the World Trade Center, lawyers for the operators of the Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero say.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


House members’ VIP loans excluded from subpoenas served on Countrywide

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


School board member to stand trial for pimping

RIVERSIDE (AP) - A Riverside County school board member must stand trial on charges of rape, pimping, pandering and attempted manslaughter.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


Camden paying $500K to settle suit with students

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - The Camden Board of Education has agreed to pay $500,000 to seven students who were made to eat their lunch on the floor as punishment.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


Ron Palillo, of 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Ron Palillo, the actor best known as the nerdy high school student Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 63.

August 14, 2012 | | Nation


DHS launches new program for young who want to work legally

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Tuesday directed young illegal immigrants to fill out new forms and pay $465 if they want to apply under a new program that would let them avoid deportation and obtain a U.S. work permit.

August 14, 2012 | | Nation


Debate joined on Medicare as both Romney, Obama attack each other

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama in person and in TV advertising Tuesday of cutting Medicare "to pay for Obamacare," launching a strong counterattack to Democratic charges that he and running mate Paul Ryan would radically remake the popular health care program that serves tens of millions of seniors.

August 14, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN LATE FOR COURT CLOCKED DOING 119 MPH IN INDIANA: EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana State Police say a motorist late for an Evansville court appearance was clocked doing 119 mph in a 55 mph zone.

August 14, 2012 | | Nation


Scrabble player caught cheating at national event

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - One of the top young Scrabble players in the country has been kicked out of the game's national championship tournament in Florida after he was caught hiding blank letter tiles, organizers said Tuesday.

August 14, 2012 | | Nation


Officer, gunman among 3 killed in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - The family of a gunman killed in a shootout near the Texas A&M campus that also left two other people dead Monday afternoon say they are "distraught by the havoc that he has caused."

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Charlotte welcomes Democrats and national coverage

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Much was made about Charlotte emerging on the big stage when Democrats awarded their 2012 national convention to the city last year. But the tidy city of gleaming skyscrapers built with money during the flush years of banking is more in its middle age, trying to reinvent itself without cutting all the ties to its big cash past.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


'Onion Field' killer dies in California prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired the true crime book and movie "The Onion Field," has died in prison at age 79, authorities said Monday.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Deputies: Florida woman & adult son stole $2M in toys from Toys R Us stores

MIAMI (AP) - A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S., authorities say.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


JFK security is breached by man who swam ashore after jet ski ran out of fuel

NEW YORK (AP) - In an era when airline passengers can't get past a checkpoint with a bottle of shampoo, security experts were shocked Monday by the case of a man who swam ashore, scaled a fence and walked dripping wet into Kennedy Airport despite a $100 million system of surveillance cameras and motion detectors.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


Mayo Clinic: Jackson has bipolar disorder

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday.

August 13, 2012 | | Nation


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Quake forces evacuations in south state

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A moderate earthquake that rattled a swath of Southern California forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said Saturday.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Test rules out heart attacks in the ER

WASHINGTON (AP) - A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


No system to track landslide hazards

SEATTLE (AP) - People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


US, Russia talks fail to end deadlock

PARIS (AP) - The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Mormons gather for historic women’s meeting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon women gathered around the world this weekend for what leaders called a historic meeting of the faith.

March 30, 2014 | | Nation


Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’

VATICAN CITY (AP) - A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hopes fade of finding survivors

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Washington state officials all but abandoned hope Friday of finding survivors under tons of twisted, sodden earth as a community waited in anguish to learn the full scope of what is already one of the most devastating landslides in U.S. history.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Slide survivor tells of ‘wave’ of mud slamming into home

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Christian school pressures ‘tomboy’ to transfer

FOREST, Va. (AP) - Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys' clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Many preteens have high cholesterol

ATLANTA (AP) - There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to Putin: Pull back from Ukraine border

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Worried about Moscow's intentions, President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull his troops back from the border with Ukraine during an hourlong phone call Friday. The Russian leader, who initiated the call, asserted that Ukraine's government is allowing extremists to intimidate civilians with impunity.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Teen says typeface change could save millions

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A teenager has published a study suggesting the federal government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs by switching to a thinner typeface that uses less ink.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Jet diverts safely to NYC after bird damage

NEW YORK (AP) - A seagull put a hole in the nose of a JetBlue airliner shortly after the plane took off from a suburban New York airport Friday, but the jet and its 142 passengers landed safely at nearby Kennedy International.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


$1.5 M needed to save Rosie’s plant

DETROIT (AP) - A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


Man found dead in home filled with clutter

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas house was so jammed with clutter that it took two days before the homeowner's body was finally discovered amid the debris, authorities said Friday.

March 28, 2014 | | Nation


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