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Man gets most severe charge in teens' deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A central Minnesota man accused of killing two unarmed teenagers, shooting them multiple times as they tried to break into his home, has been indicted on first-degree murder charges, prosecutors announced Thursday.

April 25, 2013 | | Nation


Country singer charged with threats to Ga. man

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Police suspect country singer Billy Currington may have videotaped himself chasing a 70-year-old tour boat captain along a coastal Georgia creek and threatening to "finish him off" in a tirade filled with profanities, according to court documents filed Thursday.

April 25, 2013 | | Nation


GOP puts off its health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - An effort by House Republicans to highlight problems with President Barack Obama's health care law by bailing out a program for people with pre-existing medical conditions appeared to backfire Wednesday.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Boston bomb investigation extends to Russia; terror list had one brother

WASHINGTON (AP) - New information emerged Wednesday from U.S. officials that the name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects had been added to a U.S. government terrorist database long before the explosions. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more than 4,000 mourners paid tribute to a campus police officer who authorities say was gunned down by the suspects.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Government reviewing prison phone charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Congressional Black Caucus pressed the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to move swiftly to cut the costs that prison inmates and their families are paying for phone calls, an issue that has been tied up with the regulatory panel for a decade.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Texas plant blast loss likely exceeds $100M

WEST, Texas (AP) - The damage to surrounding homes and businesses caused by an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant was estimated Wednesday to exceed $100 million, as crews continued to sift through a 90-foot-wide crater searching for answers.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mississippi men's feud looms over ricin probe

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The investigation into poisoned letters mailed to President Barack Obama and others has shifted from an Elvis impersonator to his longtime foe, and authorities must now figure out if an online feud between the two men might have escalated into something more sinister.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Obama administration missed Fisker clues

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department did not realize for four months that troubled automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. had missed a crucial production target that was required as part of a half-billion dollar government loan, documents released Wednesday show. The mistake allowed Fisker to obtain an additional $32 million in government funding before the loan was suspended in June 2011.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


White House open to fix on FAA furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under growing pressure, the Obama administration signaled Wednesday it might accept legislation eliminating Federal Aviation Administration furloughs blamed for lengthy delays affecting airline passengers, while leaving the rest of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts in place.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Brown pushing school-funding changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Standing with school leaders from San Diego County to Shasta County, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called his education funding plan a civil rights "cause for the children of California" as he tries to persuade reluctant members of his own party to include his proposal in the upcoming state budget.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

LAW ENFORCERS: NYC-CANADA TRAIN WAS TARGET OF PLOT: NEW YORK (AP) - Two law enforcement officials say the target of a potential cross-border terror attack was a train that runs between New York City and Canada.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Justice: Armstrong was 'unjustly enriched'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


3 murder charges against abortion doc tossed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A judge tossed three of eight murder charges Tuesday in the high-profile trial of an abortion doctor accused of killing babies prosecutors say were born alive at a clinic they dubbed "a house of horrors."

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Napolitano: Immigration bill would boost security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sweeping immigration legislation would improve U.S. security by helping authorities to know who is in the country, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday, as supporters of an immigration overhaul marshaled arguments against opponents trying to slow it down in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


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LA to pay $26M after banning worker naps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles City Council has finalized a $26 million payment to settle a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by garbage truck drivers.

August 13, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Mom helped son burn himself

CHARLOTTE, S.C. (AP) - A Charlotte woman is facing charges after police say she helped her son set himself on fire in a videotaped stunt known as the "fire challenge" that's gaining popularity on social media and has left at least two other children with severe burns.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop to historic low

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) - Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


California: Record hot start to year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The heat records keep falling for California. The state has had its hottest first seven months of the year, crushing the previous mark.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


Betting pool on Sturgis rally deaths

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Members of a Black Hills family and their friends acknowledge that a betting pool they run on how many bikers will die during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is a bit macabre, but they say they mean no harm.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


#Barmageddon: Law students sue over software

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Five law students have sued a Florida software company over a computer submission system that malfunctioned while they and thousands of others across the country were taking the bar exam one day in July - showing that future attorneys may be the last people you want to anger.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


US sends 130 troops to Iraq

CAMP PENDLETON (AP) - Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE WON'T RELEASE NAME OF OFFICER WHO SHOT TEEN: FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man's death.

August 12, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN STRUCK BY 3 VEHICLES, INCLUDING 2 PATROL CARS: GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck by three vehicles on U.S. Highway 395 south of Gardnerville, including two Douglas County sheriff's patrol cars.

August 11, 2014 | | Nation


US ‘fully supports’ Iraq president

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Hawaii Democrats seek unity after dramatic races

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Democratic Unity Breakfast the morning after the primary election is traditionally a time for candidates to set aside their differences and coalesce against the Republican candidates they will face in November.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Killing of unarmed man draws criticism

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, police said Sunday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the killing.

August 10, 2014 | | Nation


Reagan aide Jim Brady’s death ruled homicide

WASHINGTON (AP) - This week's death of former White House press secretary James Brady, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in a 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, has been ruled a homicide, District of Columbia police said Friday.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


Online suicides case back in lower court

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota prosecutors argued Friday that an ex-nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for going online and urging two people to kill themselves, but a defense attorney said there's no evidence to prove that William Melchert-Dinkel's Internet chats led directly to their deaths.

August 08, 2014 | | Nation


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