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ORE. BILL WOULD REGULATE TRACKING DEVICES FOR KIDS: SALEM, Ore. (AP) - It hasn't happened yet in Oregon, but some lawmakers want to be prepared for the day schools replace roll call with tracking devices.

June 05, 2013 | | Nation


Fort Hood massacre suspect says he killed soldiers to protect Taliban

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An Army psychiatrist charged with gunning down Fort Hood soldiers said Tuesday his defense would show that he was compelled to do so because deploying U.S. troops posed an imminent danger to Taliban fighters.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


IRS brass stayed in $3,500 a night rooms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already heavily criticized for targeting conservative groups, the Internal Revenue Service absorbed another blow Tuesday as new details emerged about senior officials enjoying luxury hotel rooms, free drinks and free food at a $4.1 million training conference. It was one of many expensive gatherings the agency held for employees over a three-year period.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


e accepts insanity plea in Colorado case

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June 04, 2013 | | Nation


100 students ejected from NYC-to-Atlanta flight

NEW YORK (AP) - A group of about 100 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


Gator taken from Ohio home, video showed taunts

CINCINNATI (AP) - A 7-foot alligator found in an Ohio man's basement is malnourished, has bone disease from a lack of sun for 15 years and was being taunted by teenagers on a regular basis, authorities said Tuesday.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


Deadly Oklahoma tornado widest on record

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The deadly tornado that plowed through an area near Oklahoma City last week was even larger and more powerful than previously estimated - a record 2.6 miles wide with winds that reached nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest winds ever measured.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


Land dispute to blame for missing Marine

HARGILL, Texas (AP) - A U.S. Marine reservist who disappeared in Mexico last month along with his father and uncle may have stumbled into an ongoing land dispute between his family and a neighbor, family members said Tuesday.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


NY boy, 10, grabs home intruder's gun, shoots wall

NEW YORK (AP) - A 10-year-old boy picked up a gun that was dropped in his home by a would-be robber dressed as a deliveryman and fired a shot, helping to chase away the intruder and a partner, police said Tuesday. No injuries were reported.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NM PROF: 'OBESE' GRAD APPLICANTS LACK 'WILLPOWER' : ALBUQUEQUE, N.M. (AP) - A University of New Mexico psychology professor is under fire after he tweeted that people battling obesity don't have the willpower to finish doctorate degrees.

June 04, 2013 | | Nation


Foreclosure auction scam crack down

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - At the height of the financial crisis, bargain hunters would gather each week on county courthouse steps to bid on foreclosed properties throughout Northern and Central California. The inventory lists were long, especially in hard-hit areas such as Sacramento and Stockton. But the auctions were generally short affairs - often because real estate speculators were illegally fixing the bidding process.

June 03, 2013 | | Nation


HPV a growing cause of upper throat cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Doctors have known for some time that a sexually spread virus can cause some types of oral cancer. But actor Michael Douglas' comments on his own throat cancer in a newspaper story Monday threw a spotlight on a subject not often discussed.

June 03, 2013 | | Nation


Jury finds for Ohio Catholic school teacher fired after becoming pregnant

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Catholic school teacher who was fired after she became pregnant through artificial insemination was awarded more than $170,000 Monday after winning her anti-discrimination lawsuit against an Ohio archdiocese.

June 03, 2013 | | Nation


New US-Mexico border crossing stalls

TORNILLO, Texas (AP) - Jesse Grado walks cautiously past a welder whose work throws off a spray of brilliant sparks as construction crews lay slabs of concrete for a bridge over the Rio Grande. The leader of the project points to an empty void - the point where the six-lane span abruptly ends 30 feet above the river.

June 03, 2013 | | Nation


Trade winds drop, Hawaii gets muggy

HONOLULU (AP) - Part of what makes living in Hawaii so pleasant is the gentle breeze. Arriving from the northeast, it's light enough that it is barely noticeable but strong enough to chase away the humidity.

June 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Taco Bell switching from fake to real black pepper

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Charter buying Time Warner Cable

NEW YORK (AP) - As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Olive Garden pushing breadstick creations

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden isn't finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Battle over bears heats up at Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 people missing in Texas

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) - A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Three kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

MIAMI (AP) - A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, police said.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat - and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Nevada case latest to test ‘stand your ground’ laws

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The idea that a person's home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

COPS: MAN FIRES BB GUN AT 11-YEAR-OLD, SAID BOY SHOT HIS SON: MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun on a playground because he said the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon, authorities said Monday.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


YouTube is redefining celebrity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Pipeline that leaked wasn’t equipped with auto shut-off

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio patrolman’s acquittal in two deaths sets off protests

CLEVELAND (AP) - The acquittal of a white Cleveland police officer Saturday set off angry but mostly orderly protests while shining little light on how an event that started with a car backfiring could end in a 137-shot barrage, the patrolman firing from the hood of the car and the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; hundreds of homes gone

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Fido al fresco? New York weighs allowing outdoor dining with dogs

NEW YORK (AP) - Never mind the doggie bag: Spot wants a seat at the outdoor table, or rather under it.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


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