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Shooter in spa killing of four acquitted in 1989 triple homicide in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man authorities say slew his two sisters and their husbands before killing himself at a suburban Atlanta spa appears to be the same person acquitted of killing three men in 1989 in Louisiana.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Democrat lawmaker in Florida resigns over sexy texts to married woman prosecutor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Democratic lawmaker resigned Friday over suggestive and harassing text messages he sent to a married federal prosecutor using a hidden identity.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Teen said 'bin Laden' in plane disruption

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - A 19-year-old from Saudi Arabia pleaded not guilty in Oregon on Friday to interfering with a plane crew.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Small businesses find ways to cope with soaring gasoline prices

NEW YORK (AP) - As any driver knows, rising gas prices can put a dent in a household budget. For small business owners, it can hurt - or even wipe out - profits.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Oil stays above $106 despite supply jump

NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices rose to nine-month highs above $106 a barrel Thursday, driven by market confidence in Germany and continued concerns about tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Pa. man busted on drug warrant after casino win

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of dealing drugs had his luck run out when he won $2,500 playing blackjack at a casino near Philadelphia.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


‘Jeopardy!’ headed to Washington for week of shows

NEW YORK (AP) - "Jeopardy!" is invading the Beltway to put to the test some of Washington's most influential figures.

February 24, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

'IDOL' UNVEILS TOP 24 WITH A TWIST: LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's good news for 25 - not just 24 - singers on "American Idol."

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


13 deaths tied to bath refinishing chemical

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning Thursday about using a common paint-stripping chemical to refinish bathtubs after tying it to 13 deaths in 10 states.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Gay marriage close to legal in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gay marriage is all but legalized in Maryland after the legislature gave its final OK Thursday to the law that's being sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who said he expects to sign it sometime this week.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Father: 'My kid made a mistake' in school

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a frightened 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate sat before a judge in juvenile court Thursday as his father gently rubbed his back.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Palin before resignation e-mails ‘I can't take it anymore’ regarding Alaska politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - In the final months before she resigned as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin displayed growing frustration over deteriorating relationships with state lawmakers and their perceived efforts to "lame duck" her administration, along with outrage over ethics complaints that she felt frivolously targeted her and prompted her to write: "I can't take it anymore."

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Judge acquits man accused in honeymoon death of his wife scuba diving in Australia

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) - A man who spent 18 months in an Australian jail for the drowning death of his wife during a diving trip in that country was acquitted of murder in Alabama on Thursday.

February 23, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HIGH COURT TORN OVER LAW BANNING LIES ABOUT MEDALS: WASHINGTON (AP) - Free speech cases before the Supreme Court often lead justices to consider far-fetched scenarios, and Wednesday's argument over a law making it a crime to lie about having received top military honors was no exception.

February 22, 2012 | | Nation


Girl forced to run 3 hours dies; 2 charged

ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) - At a doublewide trailer along a dirt road in rural Alabama, authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin was forced to run for three hours as punishment for having lied to her grandmother about eating candy bars. The severely dehydrated girl had a seizure and her death days later was ruled a homicide.

February 22, 2012 | | Nation


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Objection! Interrupting lawyer gets sanction

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Petition: Strapping iPads to tortoises is animal cruelty

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado art museum is standing by an upcoming exhibit featuring three tortoises with iPads mounted on their backs, despite calls from animal-rights activists to call off the exhibit as animal abuse.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Mom expected baby to die in garbage can

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis woman whose co-workers found her newborn son gasping for air in a garbage can told a detective she expected the boy to die after she gave birth in a warehouse restroom and dumped the child in the trash, according to court documents.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Gene tied to major breast cancer risk

ATLANTA (AP) - It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sues employer over medical pot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico physician's assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state's largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Anchorwoman charged in shoplifting scheme resigns

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Emmy award-winning television news anchor has resigned from a Sacramento station over allegations that she conspired with her fiance to shoplift $2,500 worth of Coach wallets from a mall.

August 06, 2014 | | Nation


Boy dies after stabbing by 12-year-old

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed by a 12-year-old at a Michigan playground ran screaming to his home and collapsed bleeding on his porch before dying at a hospital a short time later, witnesses and police said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Pair kept child in outdoor cage

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man and a woman face felony charges on allegations that they kept the woman's 7-year-old in an outdoor cage on and off for three weeks, forcing the child to sleep in the enclosure even during rainstorms.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Landslide hits Utah neighborhood

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) - A landslide struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community on Tuesday, destroying a home and forcing evacuations as a rain-soaked hillside tumbled from above.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Man killed in argument over military

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who is charged in the throat-slashing death of another man told police they were arguing over which branch of the United States military was better, the Army or the Marines, Yellowstone County prosecutors said.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Double-decker buses crash in Times Square; fourteen injured

NEW YORK (AP) - A crash between two double-decker tour buses injured 14 people and left Times Square blood-spattered on Tuesday afternoon.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BALTIMORE OFFICER TO PLEAD GUILTY TO KILLING PUPPY: BALTIMORE (AP) - The lawyer for a Baltimore police officer charged with beating and choking his girlfriend's puppy and texting her a photo of the dog's body says his client will plead guilty in the case.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Money for fighting fires to run out

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back some projects designed to help prevent wildfires so that it can meet the expenses of fighting this summer's round of fires.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


More than 100 officers search for 6-year-old

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her home near Bremerton over the weekend, the Kitsap County sheriff's office said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


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