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Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


IRS also screened liberal groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy" were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Change in weather needed as Colorado fire keeps growing

DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) - Crews defending small homes, a ski area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire in Colorado's southwest mountains hoped Monday for a break - any break - in the weather that will allow them to launch a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Economic well-being of children slips

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TEXAS TEEN IMPALED ON HORN OF BULL STATUE: LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A 14-year-old West Texas boy is dead after he ran into a bull statue on the Texas Tech University campus and impaled himself on one of its horns.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rare June rain bringing drought relief to Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - An uncommon summer rain system moving across the Sierra into Nevada should provide some relief from drought, especially across a band of northern Nevada where extreme drought conditions are reported.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Philadelphia schools hunger strike over budget hits 8th day

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ten thousand unused musical instruments. No sports or art programs. No assistant principals, counselors, cafeteria aides or secretaries.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mormons to use technology, less door-to-door in missionary work

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Bullied NY bus monitor teaches kindness year after incident

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - No new carpet or furniture for the home she's lived in for 46 years. No fancy car in the driveway.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


US urges nations to return Snowden

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. grasped for help Monday from both adversaries and uneasy allies in an effort to catch fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The White House demanded that he be denied asylum, blasted China for letting him go and urged Russia to "do the right thing" and send him back to America to face espionage charges.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BEAGLE-BOXER-BASSET WINS WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG: PETALUMA (AP) - A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner Friday at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


Less abortions with hospital consolidations

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - By joining with a much bigger Catholic health system, a prominent Orange County hospital hopes to enhance patients' access to a host of services - except one.

June 21, 2013 | | Nation


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‘MARRIAGES EQUALITY’

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to ...

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal ...

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Episcopalians to vote on marrying gays in churches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Episcopalians were set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for gay couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ...

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Store owner replaces ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a "No Gays Allowed" sign in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing ...

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Giants finish month under .500

MIAMI (AP) - The San Francisco Giants ended June the way they started it - with a loss.

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Pope speaks before Congress Sept. 24

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Woman, 75, survived for days on pond water after Texas crash

DALLAS (AP) - Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Embattled rebel flag reassessed at Georgia’s Stone Mountain

ATLANTA (AP) - At Georgia's iconic Stone Mountain - where the Confederacy is enshrined in a giant bas-relief sculpture, the Ku Klux Klan once held notorious ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air

NEW YORK (AP) - July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation

SEATTLE (AP) - The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii state lawmaker is recovering from injuries after being assaulted at a homeless camp in Honolulu.

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Commandments monument must come down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Is Trump tarnishing brand?

NEW YORK (AP) - Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be?

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Some newer cars burn too much oil

DETROIT (AP) - Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines - mainly from Audi, BMW ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


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