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Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in federal income taxes

GREER, S.C. (AP) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Shooting prompts gun bills in big states

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on the presidential campaign.

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Conservative, gay rights groups spar over shooting with Chic-fil-A connection

WASHINGTON (AP) - As authorities revealed details about the Family Research Council shooting, the head of the influential conservative organization blamed the attack on "reckless rhetoric," but then delivered his own politically-charged remark, saying critics gave the accused gunman "a license to shoot an unarmed man."

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Rider gets stolen bike back, puts on YouTube

SEATTLE (AP) - Jake Gillum loves his bike. So when it got stolen in Portland, Ore., while he was on a date, he was determined to get it back.

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Plaque marks Chicago site of Obamas' 1st kiss

CHICAGO (AP) - Barack Obama first kissed the woman who would become his wife outside a Chicago ice cream shop - and now there's a plaque to prove it.

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Progressive insurance on defense after acting against client in court

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The Progressive Corp. insurance group is defending itself against an onslaught of negative publicity after it tried to avoid paying $75,000 to the family of a client killed in a car crash and tried to blame the wreck on her.

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Challengers of Pa. voter photo ID law file appeal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Strategies will shift as the first court battle over Pennsylvania's new law requiring voters to show valid photo identification heads to the state Supreme Court, while other legal hurdles could surface and political campaigns lumber toward the November election.

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Companies paid more to CEOs than in federal taxes

NEW YORK (AP) - Twenty-six big U.S. companies paid their CEOs more last year than they paid the federal government in tax, according to a study released Thursday by a liberal-leaning think tank.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS SELF IN NEVADA THEATER: SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Police say a man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks at a Nevada movie theater during a showing of "The Bourne Legacy."

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


Human parts found in sewer north of Detroit

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Contractors found about a dozen pieces of human flesh and other body parts Wednesday while they were clearing debris in a sewer pipe 50 feet below a busy suburban Detroit roadway.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HEAT AND SMOKE MAKE THINGS MISERABLE IN SACRAMENTO: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sweltering heat and a blanket of smoke from California wildfires are making it a miserable week for Sacramento residents.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation




Thousands line up for right to work legally

SANTA ANA (AP) - Nathaly Uribe has all the papers she needs to get a work permit - something the 17-year-old daughter of a construction worker only dreamed of growing up as an illegal immigrant in the United States.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


Drug charges dropped in part because of too much evidence against fugitive doctor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A fugitive doctor charged in the nation's largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies is getting off in part because there's just too much evidence: more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data that federal authorities say is expensive to maintain.

August 15, 2012 | | Nation


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


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Hachette Book Group buys Perseus

NEW YORK (AP) - In a three-way deal that would continue a wave of consolidation in the publishing industry, Hachette Book Group has purchased the publishing division of the Perseus Book Group, while selling Perseus' client-service business to leading distributor Ingram Content Group.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ draft sells for $2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Archivist: IRS didn’t follow federal law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


KFC probes claim scarred child was asked to leave

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Fried chicken chain KFC said an outside investigator for a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has completed an investigation into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Extremist kidnap 91 in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Extremists have abducted 91 more people, including toddlers as young as 3, in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday, providing fresh evidence of the military's failure to curb an Islamic uprising and the government's inability to provide security.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine’s brass warns he could end cease-fire

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's president warned Tuesday that he may terminate weeklong cease-fire early after rebels downed a military helicopter, while Russia urged the Kiev leadership to extend the truce and launch talks with the rebels.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Company test space balloon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff's deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV ...

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Surge forces officials to take action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s plea deal includes orders for a vasectomy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to knock up to five years off his prison term in a child endangerment case that has evoked the country's dark history of forced sterilization.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


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


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