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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

More evidence gathered in bombing

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston area held funerals for two more of its dead Tuesday - including an 8-year-old boy - as evidence mounted that the older Tsarnaev brother had embraced a radical, anti-American strain of Islam and was the driving force behind the Boston Marathon bombing.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation

Man convicted of starving son, dumping body

DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas jury took less than an hour Tuesday to convict a father accused of slowly starving his 10-year-old son to death, slipping his body into a sleeping bag and dumping it in a rural area where it went undiscovered for a year.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation

Charges dropped in ricin letters sent to Obama

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Charges of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others were dropped Tuesday against an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi who has said since his arrest last week that he had nothing to do with the case.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation

School district gets bulletproof whiteboards

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation

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NEW YORK (AP) - Too close! Too far back! Middle? No way, aisle.

August 14, 2015 | | Nation

Leaking mines pose big issues

SILVERTON, Colorado (AP) - It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Man brings counterfeit chips to poker tournament

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A man admitted Thursday that he brought millions of dollars in counterfeit poker chips to use in a casino's ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Food banks struggle to meet surprising demand

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Food banks across the country are seeing a rising demand for free groceries despite the growing economy, leading some charities to ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Baker who refused gay wedding cake can’t cite his Christian beliefs

DENVER (AP) - A suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing them ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Pilot reports of drone sightings more than double

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, the Federal Aviation Administration reported Thursday.

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Despite federal court order, office won’t issue gay marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - A gay couple marched into the county clerk's office Thursday, carrying a federal judge's order that said the clerk can ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

DNA test proves President Harding fathered daughter out of wedlock

WASHINGTON (AP) - DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation


WASHINGTON (AP) - Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age.

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Samsung unveils two jumbo phones

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple ...

August 13, 2015 | | Nation

Hiring reaches six-month high during June

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to ...

August 12, 2015 | | Nation

Couple accused of turning girl, 13, into sex slave

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida couple turned a teen into their sex slave and sealed her off from the outside world for more ...

August 12, 2015 | | Nation

Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by surgery

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter, who at age 90 still travels the world supporting the humanitarian endeavors that have consumed his time in the ...

August 12, 2015 | | Nation

Lawsuit over using teen as bait in sex sting at school can proceed

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday allowed a lawsuit against an Alabama school board to continue over a 14-year-old girl who ...

August 12, 2015 | | Nation

Burger King: One Direction, Buzzfeed spurred chicken fries

NEW YORK (AP) - Fans of Burger King's chicken fries may have the boy band One Direction and the website Buzzfeed to thank for the ...

August 11, 2015 | | Nation

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