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Millions spent on upkeep of empty Katrina lots bought with tax dollars

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 3,000 lots flooded by Hurricane Katrina and bought with federal money in an emergency bailout sit idle across this city - a multimillion-dollar drain on federal, state and city coffers that lends itself to no easy solution.

July 16, 2012 | | Nation


Guns of outlaws Bonnie and Clyde to be auctioned

MANCHESTER, NH (AP) - She kept a Colt .38-caliber revolver close, while he preferred a .45-caliber pistol from the same maker.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Microsoft, NBC dissolve MSNBC.com joint net news venture

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Woman sues Justin Bieber, says concert harmed her hearing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman has filed a $9.2 million lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber, alleging she suffered permanent hearing loss at his Portland concert two years ago.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


National news briefs

ALASKA TOWN: FELINE MAYOR IS THE CAT'S PAJAMAS: TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) - The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Weather stops tandem lawn chair balloon flight

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Hours into their lawn-chair balloon flight, two men made a hard landing after they were hit by hail and snow as thunderstorms swept into central Oregon. But their back-yard aircraft floated away.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Obama says no apology to Romney over Bain attacks

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney's campaign said Sunday that President Barack Obama is willing to say anything to win a second term and should say he's sorry for attacks on the Republican's successful career at a private equity firm. "No, we will not apologize," the president responded, adding that if Romney wants credit for his business leadership, he also needs to take responsibility.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Space workers struggle a year after last shuttle costs them their jobs

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A year after NASA ended the three-decade-long U.S. space shuttle program, thousands of formerly well-paid engineers and other workers around the Kennedy Space Center are still struggling to find jobs to replace the careers that flourished when shuttles blasted off from the Florida "Space Coast."

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Governors put off health care questions until after election

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Millions of uninsured people may have to wait until after Election Day to find out if and how they can get coverage through President Barack Obama's health care law.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Idaho farm hosts 'weed dating' for singles

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - For one night a year, a neighborhood farm in northwest Boise turns into a respite for singles who are tired of the same old dating scene.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SAN FERNANDO COUNCILWOMAN CHARGED IN BEATING OF EX: SAN FERNANDO (AP) - A San Fernando councilwoman has been charged with destroying a laptop computer and picture frame in a fight with a fellow councilman who resigned after their scandalous affair and an ugly breakup that resulted in mutual restraining orders.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


Panel calls for annual PTSD screening

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Institute of Medicine recommended Friday that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan undergo annual screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


Four drug tunnels found along United States’Mexico border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Three sophisticated drug tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation - including one with a railcar system - have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are building passages to escape heightened detection above ground.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


DC chief: Reports differ on officer's 'threats'

WASHINGTON (AP) - If your job is protecting the first lady's motorcade, mouthing off about the boss can lead to more than a citation in a personnel file.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


NRA finds some GOP lawmakers resistant to gun laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Threats, denunciations and verbal potshots between the National Rifle Association and the leaders of the Legislature were common in the decades that Democrats ran the show in the Tennessee Capitol. Turns out Republicans are just as good at running afoul of the powerful gun rights group.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


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Solemn tributes mark Boston bombing

BOSTON (AP) - Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

WASHINGTON (AP) - A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Study shows increase in online info thefts

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Con man gets life for failed decapitation plot

NEW YORK (AP) - A con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam was sentenced to a life term on Monday for a bizarre, behind-bars plot to decapitate a judge and a prosecutor.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDS CHARGE WOMAN IN HILLARY CLINTON SHOE-THROW: LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Push on for federal e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine: Little sign of progress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine and Putin denying that Moscow was interfering in the region.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Malaysia jet search area too deep for submarine

PERTH, Australia (AP) - The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Rancher inspects cattle after showdown

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada rancher said Monday he's trying to determine if federal agents damaged his cattle when the animals were rounded up then released in a showdown with angry protesters over a decades-long dispute about rangeland rights.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL ACCIDENTALLY SHOT, KILLED AT PARTY: GASTON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun that he thought was a toy.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


X-Men’ clip teased at MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Dreyfuss loves acting, but passion is politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Politically, Richard Dreyfuss describes himself as "intensely pre-partisan, and even more intensely anti-shmuck."

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


Jerry Lewis : Women are funny, not when crude

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Lewis says women are funny, but not as crude standup comics.

April 14, 2014 | | Nation


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