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Gay students graduate openly at military academies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gay students at America's military service academies are wrapping up the first year when they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation, benefiting from the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that used to bar them from seemingly ordinary activities like taking their partners openly to graduation events.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Driving season begins as does griping about gas

NEW YORK (AP) - It's Memorial Day weekend and our national obsession with the price of gasoline is in focus once again.

May 28, 2012 | | Nation


Dragon makes history with space station docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The private company SpaceX made history Friday with the docking of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, the most impressive feat yet in turning routine spaceflight over to the commercial sector.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


Calif. defies order to turn over execution drug

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California on Friday joined other states in defying a federal government order to turn over a key execution drug.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


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50 YEARS ON, FIRE STILL BURNS UNDERNEATH PA. TOWN: CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) - It's an anniversary the few remaining souls who live here won't be celebrating.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


2 female Army officers sue to reverse combat ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two women in the Army Reserve have sued the U.S. Department of Defense and the Army in a bid to reverse military policies banning women from serving in combat roles.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


Bus driver taking kids to Disneyland arrested

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An alert police officer who boarded a bus full of recent Utah high school graduates headed to Disneyland averted what could have been a deadly road trip after arresting the driver for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, authorities said Friday.

May 25, 2012 | | Nation


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ONE-TIME TOP CALIF. FOOTBALL PROSPECT EXONERATED : LONG BEACH (AP) - A former high school football star whose dreams of a pro career were shattered by a rape conviction burst into tears Thursday as a judge threw out the charge that sent him to prison for more than five years.

May 24, 2012 | | Nation


Private supply ship flies by space station in critical test; docking next up on agenda

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) - The world's first private supply ship flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station on Thursday, acing a critical test in advance of the actual docking.

May 24, 2012 | | Nation


Justice Dept.: Misconduct by 2 in Stevens case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department's internal ethics watchdog said Thursday that two prosecutors in the bungled corruption case against then-Sen. Ted Stevens engaged in reckless professional misconduct by failing to disclose information favorable to the lawmaker, who eight days after his 2008 conviction lost re-election to the seat he held for 40 years.

May 24, 2012 | | Nation


Senate rejects GOP, Dem plans on student loans; interest rates set to double on July 1

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate rejected dueling Democratic and Republican plans on Thursday for averting a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students, pushing back efforts to resolve the election-season showdown until next month.

May 24, 2012 | | Nation


Tornado doesn't stop Kansas couple's wedding day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - In the plains of central Kansas, tornadoes are so unremarkable that guests barely flinched as a barrel-racing bride wed her bull-riding groom with a twister dropping from the sky just miles away.

May 24, 2012 | | Nation


Senate acts to extend flood insurance program for 60 days to work out deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Thursday voted to extend the life of the National Flood Insurance Program for 60 days, giving lawmakers time to work on a long-term extension that would seek to restore fiscal solvency to the debt-ridden plan.

May 24, 2012 | | Nation


GI contends Muslim faith motive for Ft Hood bomb plot

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Muslim U.S. soldier accused of planning to bomb Fort Hood troops says he wasn't seeking vengeance but justice for people in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a recording played at his federal trial Wednesday.

May 23, 2012 | | Nation


Obama birth certificate OK by Arizona official

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's secretary of state said Wednesday that Hawaii's official verification of President Barack Obama's birth records meets necessary requirements, meaning the president's name will appear on Arizona's ballot in the fall.

May 23, 2012 | | Nation


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Improper disability claims cost $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska’s most active volcano starts erupting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations. But unlike Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, where there's been spectacular images of lava encroaching on a community and burning a home, there's no property at risk in Alaska because of the eruption of Pavlof Volcano.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft surpasses Exxon as 2nd most valuable company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vet has government letter declaring him dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he's alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Justice Department deploys planes to gather cellphone data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Southern Cal port truckers demonstrate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach staged the latest in a string of demonstrations Thursday against what they call unfair labor practices.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sales up ahead of holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


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