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Bookkeeper helped avert tragedy in standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


80 House members: Government shutdown better than 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a third of House Republicans urged their leader Thursday to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the implementation of the health care overhaul they call "Obamacare."

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Manning wants to live as a woman

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Three years after rocking the Pentagon by leaking a mountain of secrets, Bradley Manning created a whole new set of potential complications for the military Thursday by asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Union Pacific seeks cameras to watch crews

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - At least two major U.S. freight railroads are seeking to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

HONOLULU (AP) - A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died Wednesday, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Portland sues firm over outdoor restrooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The City of Portland thinks something stinks about the public bathrooms being marketed by a Southern Oregon company.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Manning gets stiffest punishment

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning stood at attention in his crisp dress uniform Wednesday and learned the price he will pay for spilling an unprecedented trove of government secrets: up to 35 years in prison, the stiffest punishment ever handed out in the U.S. for leaking to the media.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NM county issues same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gay couples rushed to a courthouse in Las Cruces on Wednesday after the county clerk decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a surprise move that came as several legal challenges on the practice make their way through the courts.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Utah thieves vacuum coins from machine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of enterprising thieves took a car wash to the cleaners: They used a powerful shop vacuum to suck quarters out of a coin-operated machine, police said Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman carried 500 plus bullets

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TRIAL BEGINS FOR OHIO MOM CHARGED IN SCHOOL BRAWL : CINCINNATI (AP) - A police officer testified Wednesday that he arrested a woman accused of helping her teenage daughter beat up a classmate at a high school because she "tried to take the law into her own hands" when she bypassed school rules to get on campus.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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A123 sues Apple over battery engineers

NEW YORK (AP) - Battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple, claiming it aggressively poached some key staff members in violation of their nondisclosure and noncompete agreements when they left A123.

February 19, 2015 | | Nation


Florist who refused gay wedding broke law

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law, a judge ruled Wednesday.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Road-rage shootout controversy

LAS VEGAS (AP) - What police first described as the road rage-inspired killing of an innocent mother of four has morphed into a more complex scenario, prompting tough questions and a backlash against her family.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Racist letter in police mailboxes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A threatening letter that disparages black police officers has been found stuffed in mailboxes at a police department.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Airbnb pays millions in back taxes to SF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The short-term housing rental service Airbnb has paid back taxes that ran into the millions of dollars to the city of San Francisco, the company said Wednesday.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Drought forces early stocking in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - For the second year in a row, Nevada wildlife officials are releasing thousands of trout in the Truckee River a month earlier than usual to give them a fighting chance to survive in the cold mountain waters where they've spawned for centuries but face increasing threats from drought.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Man sells watch for $35,000 that he paid $5.99 for

PHOENIX (AP) - A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Firms in port dispute mappeal to workers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maritime companies locked in a contract dispute with West Coast dockworkers took their case directly to rank-and-file longshoremen on Wednesday, as negotiators struggled to reach a deal and break the cargo gridlock that has stalled billions of dollars of international trade.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Dentist charged in death of patient

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A dentist has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Did school principal sell heroin?

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who resigned from his job as an elementary school principal this month was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging that he had been dealing heroin.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Churches offer drive-by ashes

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Too busy to stop in for an Ash Wednesday service? Some churches are offering drive-by ashes.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Oregon couple accused of letting baby starve to death

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon couple involved in online pornography was arraigned Wednesday on murder by abuse charges alleging they let their baby starve to death.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado snow is bright spot

DENVER (AP) - Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates was only a little below normal on Wednesday, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


Feds say Wal-Mart was biased against lesbians

BOSTON (AP) - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


TOY FAIR 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of course.

February 18, 2015 | | Nation


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