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Obama team tries to lower expectations for upcoming fall debates with Mitt Romney

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign doesn't want to talk about what the Democrat is doing to prepare for the fall debates with Republican Mitt Romney. But aides are readily setting expectations - and not surprisingly, they want to keep them low for Obama while raising the stakes for Romney.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio inmate says he's too obese at 480 pounds plus for execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death."

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Obama, Romney courting key states, constituencies in bid for more votes

BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are embarking on a week heavy with travel through battleground states and appeals to key constituencies, with both campaigns wrangling over unrest in the Middle East and who is best equipped to rejuvenate the economy.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Occupy is in disarray on its first anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Furor fades a year after military’s gay ban lifted

NEW YORK (AP) - They are images Americans had never seen before. Jubilant young men and women in military uniforms marching beneath a rainbow flag in a gay-pride parade. Soldiers and sailors returning from deployment and, in time-honored tradition, embracing their beloved - only this time with same-sex kisses.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


11 killed in crash at air races honored

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Spectators and racers paid tribute Sunday to 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into box seats at last year's Reno National Championship Air Races.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


African-American Christians waver over vote for president in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That's a worrisome message for the nation's first African-American president, who can't afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


CDC: Kids eat too much salt, as much as adults

CHICAGO (AP) - American children eat as much salt as adults - about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Odd news

• MOVIEGOER UPSET WITH SNACK PRICES LOSES LAWSUIT: DETROIT (AP) - There is no happy ending for a Detroit-area man who challenged the high price of movie snacks.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


US scrambles to rush spies, drones to Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is sending more spies, Marines and drones to Libya, trying to speed the search for those who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but the investigation is complicated by a chaotic security picture in the post-revolutionary country, and limited American and Libyan intelligence resources.

September 15, 2012 | | Nation


Obama honors memory of Libya attack victims

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) - Four Americans killed in an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya returned home Friday, their remains each carried in a slow procession by six Marines as a military band filled a vast air base hangar with the mournful hymn "Nearer My God to Thee."

September 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DELIVERY TIMES RISE FOR IPHONE 5: NEW YORK (AP) - Delivery times climbed quickly as Apple Inc. started taking orders for the iPhone 5 on Friday, suggesting strong demand.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


House votes to end energy loan guarantee program; bill not likely to pass in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Friday pushed a bill through the House shining a campaign-season light on the most conspicuous failure of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. The bill would phase out federal loan guarantees like those that went to the now-bankrupt solar power company Solyndra LLC and left taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


On Bourbon Street, party but don't preach at night

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


Bomb threats prompt evacuations at 3 campuses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Thousands of people streamed off three college campuses Friday after bomb threats prompted officials to issue evacuation orders for schools in Texas, North Dakota and Ohio.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


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Malaysia, FBI analyze missing pilot’s simulator

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger - wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


NYC inmate ‘baked to death’ in cell

NEW YORK (AP) - Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


More than 100 people found in house

HOUSTON (AP) - A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a shot at the head of one cast member before being subdued and left with a black eye, police said Wednesday.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Conduct in neglect case not criminal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Accompanied only by the family dog and his toy truck, a 3-year-old boy wandered the streets near his Oregon home in June 2011 while his father slept.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Half adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

ATLANTA (AP) - Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx profit up, but misses expectations

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx Corp. says its latest quarterly profit rose 5 percent from a year ago despite storms that raised the company's costs, but the results were below analysts' expectations.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


$1.2B Toyota fine: GM’s future?

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors, beware.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Utah men avoid jail time in ancient rock toppling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah men removed from their Boy Scout leadership positions after a viral video showed them toppling an ancient rock formation pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday and avoided jail time.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Top cancer centers now off limits for many

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of America's best cancer hospitals are off-limits to many of the people now signing up for coverage under the nation's new health care program.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after 350-foot fall at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a Texas man at Grand Canyon National Park believe he fell about 350 feet from the canyon's edge after trying to retrieve something, possibly a hat.

March 18, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Putin signs treaty to add Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) - In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia's borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland - provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Deadly downtown chopper crash

SEATTLE (AP) - A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames Tuesday near Seattle's Space Needle, killing both people on board, badly injuring a man in a car and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning commute.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


4 charged in online child exploitation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen men were charged with operating an online child exploitation network that investigators said preyed upon hundreds of boys across the United States and overseas, authorities announced Tuesday.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Bieber claimed foot fracture in Florida

MIAMI (AP) - Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test in Florida that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments to officers, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


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