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US, China forge tentative deal on Chinese activist allowing him to come to America

BEIJING (AP) - With a series of quickly choreographed steps, the U.S. and China outlined a tentative deal Friday to send a blind legal activist to America for study and potentially bring a face-saving end to a delicate diplomatic crisis.

May 04, 2012 | | Nation


US, China forge tentative deal on Chinese activist allowing him to come to America

BEIJING (AP) - With a series of quickly choreographed steps, the U.S. and China outlined a tentative deal Friday to send a blind legal activist to America for study and potentially bring a face-saving end to a delicate diplomatic crisis.

May 04, 2012 | | Nation


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CHINA'S CHEN SPEAKS BY PHONE TO CONGRESS HEARING: WASHINGTON (AP) - Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng spoke to a congressional hearing Thursday from his Beijing hospital bed - and requested a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As 20,000 Mormons streamed from the church conference center, a ragtag group of protesters stood across the street shouting that the Latter-day Saints were going to hell. Mormon families, who had gathered here for two days of speeches and spiritual guidance called General Conference, ignored the hecklers or laughed and kept walking.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Officials use bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege - and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of his global jihad's glory days.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Tallest man in US in Mass. seeking shoes, normalcy

CANTON, Mass. (AP) - Finding shoes for the nation's tallest man takes more than a trip to the mall; more like a trip across the country.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Newt Gingrich ends campaign, urges party to back Romney

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Newt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Afghanistan security deal Obama signed has numerous holes in it

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 10-year security compact that President Barack Obama signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai contains promises the United States and Afghanistan cannot guarantee they will keep, and loopholes for both nations.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


Former ICE agent sentenced in no-work scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former federal immigration agent has been sentenced to one month behind bars and a $5,000 fine for lying to investigators about a fraud scheme that netted her and her husband more than $500,000.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


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TESTIMONY ON EDWARDS' WIFE HEARING OF AFFAIR: GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A former adviser to John Edwards recounted Wednesday how the former presidential candidate's now-deceased wife indignantly confronted her husband, baring her chest in front of staff members the day after a tabloid reported that he was cheating on her.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


13 charged in hazing death of band member

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Thirteen people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S., accused in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major who authorities say was mercilessly pummeled by fellow members of the marching band.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


Conviction in thwarted subway bomb plot

NEW YORK (AP) - In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


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FACEBOOK TO MAKE IT EASIER TO BECOME ORGAN DONOR: NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook wants to help you share your organs.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


Obama flies to Afghanistan to tout to nation his foreign policy record

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


SC teacher facing charges over 'Jew' comment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A middle school teacher in South Carolina has been accused of dragging a student under a table during class, telling the boy "this is what the Nazis do to Jews," police said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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Kids accidentally drink bleach mix

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than two dozen children and two adults accidentally drank a mixture of bleach and water at a day care center Thursday and were briefly hospitalized.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


3 babies’ bodies found in filthy house

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) - Police have arrested and charged a woman in connection with the living conditions at the Massachusetts home where the bodies of three infants were found.

September 11, 2014 | | Nation


Obama OKs airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of a broad mission to root out the violent Islamic State militants whose reign of terror has spread across both countries.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

BOSTON (AP) - In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: "Yes, I'm really bout that action."

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Man arrested after posting lyrics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A lawyer for a Kentucky man who spent several days in jail after posting violent song lyrics on Facebook says he should be cleared of a felony charge.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


‘Extreme’ solar storm heading toward Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists say ozone layer recovering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


School drops ‘Arabs’ for ‘Mighty Arabs’

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has changed its nickname from the Arabs to the Mighty Arabs and has adopted a logo with a nobler image, school officials announced Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


T-Mobile to sell phones that call, text on Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models with a built-in feature that taps into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can't connect to the wireless carrier's cellular network.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Seniors burdened with student debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Did sheriff allow inmates furloughs?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Gadsden County sheriff was accused Tuesday of allowing inmates - including violent felons - out of jail without court permission for short periods so they could visit with family or meet girlfriends in motel rooms.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Ranchers sue feds over access to mouse habitat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas after a tiny mouse won endangered species protections in the Southwest.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


5 children found dead in Alabama

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A man is suspected of killing his five children in South Carolina and then driving all the way to Alabama before dumping their bodies on a dirt road and fleeing to Mississippi, authorities said. Following his arrest, he led police to the site where the lifeless children were found wrapped in individual plastic bags.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-nurse guilty of assisting suicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Missouri prepares for 8th execution of 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate, hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


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