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Obama wins Senate panel's backing

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced Wednesday toward a showdown Senate vote, while the commander in chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval.

September 04, 2013 | | Nation


Vegetarian inmate told fish isn't meat

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A vegetarian prison inmate in Connecticut has a beef with his prison diet, saying the state is feeding him seafood three times a week and justifying it by telling him that fish is not meat.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama gains Syria-strike support

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Won’t process same-sex benefits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Christie claims rival mocked weight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of making a mocking reference to his weight when she suggested that the image of him "frolicking on the beach" was not a boost to tourism.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HIKER FALLS TO DEATH AFTER MT. WHITNEY CLIMB: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers have retrieved the body of a hiker who fell over a cliff to his death after climbing to the summit of California's Mount Whitney.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Case may hinge on property rights

STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - James Crocker had grown weary of the partying canoeists and rafters who encroached on his neatly kept property along Missouri's Meramec River. When he caught a man about to relieve himself on a gravel bar by his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Pa. university kicks Rivera off panel for 'selfie'

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Duquesne University says Geraldo Rivera isn't welcome to appear on a panel at the Pittsburgh school because of a half-naked "selfie" he posted this summer.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty to killing his principal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis teen who police say studied close-combat battle tactics and sharpened his knife the night before he fatally stabbed his high school principal pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Slave’s stay inspired author of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Clemson University professor is convinced that Harriet Beecher Stowe might not have written "Uncle Tom's Cabin" if it were not for a fugitive South Carolina slave she harbored for a night before starting the history-making novel.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


'Heat days' common for sweaty schools

CHICAGO (AP) - When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet towels to drape around their necks.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Diana Nyad first to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sandy's 'freaky' path may be less likely in future

WASHINGTON (AP) - Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


New social network for law enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHILLY CABDRIVER STABBED 11 TIMES IN $205 ROBBERY: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say a Philadelphia cabdriver has been stabbed 11 times by a pair of riders who stole $205 from him.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


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Weather to aid in wildfire fight

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State and is the largest in state history.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Friend convicted of impeding probe

BOSTON (AP) - A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Park to update goat plan after fatal attack

SEATTLE (AP) - Four years after a mountain goat fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park, officials are looking at ways to manage the goats to protect public safety and the environment.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

CHASE ENDS AS MAN RUNS INTO A MISS. POLICE ACADEMY: BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hanks in Egypt to film ‘Hologram for the King’

CAIRO (AP) - Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film "A Hologram for the King" in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country's state news agency reported Saturday.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Ripon High planning all- class reunion Saturday

Ripon High School alumni are excited about their upcoming all-class reunion set for Saturday, July 26, at the Ripon Community Center from 6 p.m. until midnight.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Fonda, Kardashian voice Fox animated episodes

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - Jane Fonda, Sarah Silverman and Nick Offerman are among the guest voices on "The Simpsons" this fall, while Kim Kardashian lends her voice in the final episode of "American Dad."

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


Hanks in Egypt to film ‘Hologram for the King’

CAIRO (AP) - Hollywood star Tom Hanks has started shooting portions of his new film "A Hologram for the King" in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the country's state news agency reported Saturday.

July 21, 2014 | | Nation


RJ Reynolds vows to fight $23.6B award

MIAMI (AP) - The nation's No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Modified duty’ for medics after fatal NYC arrest

NEW YORK (AP) - Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been placed on "modified duty" and barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said Sunday.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


2 Americans killed in fighting

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Force were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


Weather may help wildfire fight

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) - Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


Iraq vet cited for owning 14 pet ducks

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


CHOOSING PHYSICIANS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


Film actor, TV legend James Garner, 86, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.

July 20, 2014 | | Nation


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