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No budging at the budget-cuts deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gridlocked once more, President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders refused to budge in their budget standoff Friday as $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts bore down on individual Americans and the nation's still-recovering economy. "None of this is necessary," said the president after a sterile White House meeting that portended a long standoff.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


Leaving NKorea, Rodman calls Kims 'great leaders'

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Ending his unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea on Friday, ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy" and said his father and grandfather were "great leaders" - an assessment that got short shrift from the U.S. government.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


Lawmakers get violent emails over gun control

DENVER (AP) - The weekend after a heated debate over gun control, Colorado state Rep. Rhonda Fields was flooded with emails, including some she later told police "disturbed and shocked" her.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


Sinkhole that swallowed man 'unstable'

SEFFNER, Fla. (AP) - In a matter of seconds, the earth opened under Jeff Bush's bedroom and swallowed him up like something out of a horror movie. About the only thing left was the TV cable running down into the hole.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

BAD 'FRESH PRINCE' RAP TRIGGERS PA. LOCKDOWN: AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - Now this is a story all about how a high school student's life got turned upside down. But it was all just a bad rap.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


No major objections to Canada pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department on Friday raised no major objections to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and said other options to get the oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries are worse for climate change.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SANTA CLARA SUPERVISOR AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONIES: SAN JOSE (AP) - A Santa Clara County supervisor has resigned from office and agreed to plead guilty to a dozen counts of criminal activity, including perjury and misappropriation of public funds.

March 01, 2013 | | Nation


Poll: 87% say never OK to cheat on taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - With tax season in full swing, a newly released poll says an overwhelming majority of adults don't believe it is ever OK to cheat on their income taxes, with most citing personal integrity as a reason to be truthful.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


GI pleads guilty in WikiLeaks case

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that could send him to prison for 20 years, saying he was trying to expose the American military's "bloodlust" and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Juror dismissed in Bell corruption case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A weeping juror was dismissed Thursday for committing misconduct during deliberations in the public corruption trial of six former officials of the suburban city of Bell.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Doolittle Raider WWII vet Tom Griffin dies at 96

CINCINNATI (AP) - Maj. Thomas C. "Tom" Griffin, a B-25 bomber navigator in the audacious Doolittle's Raid attack on mainland Japan during World War II, has died.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Obama urges court to overturn gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Speedometer top speed often exceeds how fast car can go

DETROIT (AP) - The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


ATF honors 4 agents killed in botched 1993 raid

WACO, Texas (AP) - The 20th anniversary of the disastrous raid on the Branch Davidians compound near Waco passed quietly Thursday, as colleagues of the four agents who died gathered in private and local officials made no plans to mark the day.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Owner: Dog may have been poisoned at Westminster

NEW YORK (AP) - A dog owner says she thinks there's a chance her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show, causing it to die several days later.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Credit card late payments up in 4Q from 3Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many Americans took on more credit card debt and failed to make timely payments in the final quarter of 2013, when consumers typically crank up spending on holiday shopping.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rock thrower shot to death by agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


What can unite liberals & tea partyers? The NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Confederate submarine made history 150 years ago Monday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - On a clear, moonlight night 150 years ago, the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley glided out over glassy seas off South Carolina, sailing into history as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Navy ready to deploy laser for 1st time

BATH, Maine (AP) - Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


White House: Stimulus bill effective

RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Volunteers pack 2 million meals

NOVI, Mich. (AP) - They came from all walks of life - Girl Scouts troops, National Guard units, financial planning offices, Zumba classes - to spend three days packing food for thousands of hungry children they'll never meet.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten pants reach groom in Costa Rica

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota clothier spared no expense after a customer forgot his wedding pants in a changing room and flew off to get married in Costa Rica.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pharmacy responds to execution drug suit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma pharmacy has submitted a sealed response to a Missouri death row inmate's lawsuit accusing it of illegally providing Missouri with a made-to-order drug to be used in his lethal injection.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama visits Sunnylands twice in less than a year

RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - With two visits in less than a year to the sprawling Sunnylands estate in Southern California, President Barack Obama is helping to fulfill the dream of the late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, who hoped the desert property they used as a winter home would become the "Camp David of the West."

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


LA skyscraper cited for cell phone disruptions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles skyscraper has been cited for failing to change its light bulbs. The FCC says they're interfering with cellphones.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: ARIZONA WALMART SHOOTING WAS SELF-DEFENSE: PHOENIX (AP) - A man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense, Chandler police said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


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