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Study: Are we shifting to fewer, weaker Atlantic Ocean hurricanes?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new but controversial study asks if an end is coming to the busy Atlantic hurricane seasons of recent decades.

September 08, 2015 | | Nation

Air Force wants owners to give up bombing range location

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is giving an ultimatum to owners of a remote Nevada property now surrounded by a vast bombing range including the super-secret Area 51: Take a $5.2 million "last best offer" by Thursday for their property, or the government will seize it.

September 08, 2015 | | Nation

Drone crashes at Kentucky’s stadium

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - University of Kentucky officials continue to investigate the crash of a student's drone into a section of Commonwealth Stadium before Saturday night's football game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Brother offers $3500 for trumpet stolen during jazzman’s funeral

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man is offering $3,500 for return of the silver trumpet stolen during the funeral for his brother, a rising 28-year-old jazzman called "Trumpet Black."

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Parts of toddler’s dismembered body found in Chicago park

CHICAGO (AP) - Detectives investigating a lagoon at a Chicago urban park where a toddler's dismembered feet and hand were discovered waded through cattail reeds and waist-high water Sunday, hoping to find more clues about the young victim's identity.

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Police vehicles’ ‘In God We Trust’ decals draw complaints

DALLAS (AP) - A police department in a Texas Bible Belt community has placed large "In God We Trust" decals on its patrol vehicles in response to recent violence against law enforcement officers, drawing criticism from a watchdog group that says the decals amount to an illegal government endorsement of religion.

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Obituary: She died ‘of a heroin overdose’

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - Confronted with the sudden death of their 18-year-old daughter, Fred and Dorothy McIntosh Shuemake made a defiant decision: they would not worry about any finger-pointing, whispers or family stigma.

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Bears breaking bad growing problem

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. (AP) - Are some bears just born to be bad? Or do they learn from other bears that raid garbage cans, break into cars and homes and eventually have to be killed because they've lost their fear of humans?

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Shark bites top of kayaker’s foot in the waters near Malibu

MALIBU (AP) - Authorities said a kayaker was bitten by a shark in the waters west of Malibu and was taken to the hospital with cuts to the top of his foot.

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Officials work to stop thefts of native artifacts

LAKEPORT (AP) - The four-year drought that has ravaged California and the wildfires charring through the state's dry forests have exposed prehistoric Native American sites as water levels drop and thick brush and poison oak are burned away.

September 06, 2015 | | Nation

Sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool - the equivalent of 30 sweaters - and shedding almost half his body weight.

September 04, 2015 | | Nation

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky.

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study will face a death penalty trial, even though not all the victims' families agree with capital punishment, a prosecutor said Thursday.

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday.

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

Cop fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser

MILLIS, Mass. (AP) - An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire, police officials said Thursday.

September 03, 2015 | | Nation

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WikiLeaks publishes CIA director’s emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The WikiLeaks organization posted material Wednesday from what appears to be CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account, including a draft security ...

October 21, 2015 | | Nation

Obama says US will tackle prescription drug abuse

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Traveling to a region in the throes of a drug abuse crisis, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to use his bully ...

October 21, 2015 | | Nation

Attorneys for transgender student ask for new judge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge who repeatedly referred to a transgender student's "mental disorder" should be removed from presiding over the teenager's lawsuit ...

October 21, 2015 | | Nation

Monitors at radioactive waste site fire in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Radiation wasn't immediately detected during fly-overs of a burned trench containing long-buried radioactive waste at a commercial disposal site in rural ...

October 20, 2015 | | Nation


WASHINGTON (AP) - Concerned about rising reports of close calls and safety risks involving drones, the government announced Monday it will require many of the increasingly ...

October 20, 2015 | | Nation

Google to give away software to Microsoft Office defectors

MOUTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is escalating an attack on Microsoft's lucrative Office software in an attempt to hit its longtime rival where it will ...

October 20, 2015 | | Nation

Lawsuits could force VW to buy back cheating diesels

DETROIT (AP) - Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be ...

October 20, 2015 | | Nation

Crackdown: Amazon sues to stop phony product reviews

NEW YORK (AP) - Internet users increasingly rely on online customer reviews when making spending decisions, whether they're buying an iPhone case on Amazon or ...

October 20, 2015 | | Nation

Texas cuts off Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas announced Monday it was cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics following undercover videos that featured discussions about fetal tissue ...

October 19, 2015 | | Nation

Potential delay on some upgrades to gov’t insurance site

WASHINGTON (AP) - With sign-up season starting in less than two weeks, the Obama administration indicated on Monday that some long-awaited upgrades to the government's ...

October 19, 2015 | | Nation

Health law fine on the uninsured will more than double

WASHINGTON (AP) - The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is ...

October 19, 2015 | | Nation

‘Hell on Wheels’ arrested for DUI

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a woman accused of drunken driving and hitting six vehicles initially identified herself to an officer as "Hell on ...

October 19, 2015 | | Nation

We will Rock U: College takes root in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) - It's a syllabus you can head bang to.

October 19, 2015 | | Nation

One rather large diamond for wedding

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia couple who first met nine years ago on a softball diamond decided to team up there, too, tying ...

October 18, 2015 | | Nation

2 men seriously injured in shark attacks

HONOLULU (AP) - Two men were seriously injured Saturday in separate shark attacks off the Hawaiian island of Oahu, authorities said.

October 18, 2015 | | Nation

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