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Obama asks for Syria military options

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) - The Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President Barack Obama to order military strikes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggested on Friday.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


Manning's gender transition sets up legal showdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Bradley Manning is the first transgender military inmate to ask for hormone treatments, officials say, a request that could lead to a legal showdown over how - and if - the soldier convicted in the WikiLeaks case will be allowed to live as a female behind bars.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


Random attack kills WWII veteran dead

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Police in Spokane, Wash., have arrested one of two teens suspected of fatally beating an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who had survived the battle for Okinawa.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


No charges after gun goes off in school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - No charges have been filed against a Tennessee kindergartner or his mother after a gun discharged inside the child's backpack in a school cafeteria, but the shooting has led to metal-detecting wands being provided to the district's elementary schools, officials said Friday.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


DA: Race not factor in Aussie's slaying

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Australian baseball player who was allegedly shot and killed at random while he was jogging wasn't targeted because of his race or nationality, the prosecutor in charge of the case said Friday.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


City backs off mandatory gun ownership

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia city is backing off its law that required heads of households to own a gun and ammunition, which leaders said was meant to warn would-be burglars and to send a message to the federal government about gun ownership.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

2 FISHERMEN OVERCOME BY ROTTING-FISH GAS IN MAINE: ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - Decaying herring inside the fish hold of an 89-foot trawler has created enough noxious gas with a rotting-egg smell to sicken two Maine fishermen and leave one of them unconscious.

August 23, 2013 | | Nation


Wal-Mart pushes 'made in America' at supplier summit

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spearheaded an effort Thursday to bring together retailers, suppliers and government officials so they can figure out how to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DHS EMPLOYEE BEHIND RACIST WEBSITE: WASHINGTON (AP) - A Homeland Security employee is the operator of a racist website predicting and advocating a race war, a department official said Thursday.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Council overrides mayor's veto, OK's watchdog

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's biggest police department will get a new watchdog and face easier standards for people to file profiling lawsuits against it after the City Council on Thursday overrode mayoral vetoes amid applause from supporters and angry warnings from opponents.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Doctor: Ohio man revives 45 minutes after heart stops

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who was declared dead when his heart stopped beating for 45 minutes suddenly revived, said his stunned doctors, who can't find an explanation. The man, though, credits his faith.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Some men opt to become single dads

Trey Powell's first name has an extra resonance these days. Though still a bachelor, he now presides over a family of three as the dad of twin daughters born six months ago via a surrogate mother.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Indiana stylists settle $9.5M jackpot suit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Seven hairstylists have reached a confidential settlement with a former co-worker to end a lawsuit over a $9.5 million lottery jackpot, parties in the case said Thursday.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Tour bus overturns along Calif. freeway; 52 are injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino overturned along a Southern California freeway after sideswiping a car, injuring more than 50 people on board Thursday, authorities said.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Bookkeeper helped avert tragedy in standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


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Banks fined more than $5 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets - a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Target beating Wal-Mart in race for turnaround

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


PAID SICK LEAVE MOVEMENT

NEW YORK (AP) - For Shannon Henderson, getting a cold or flu could be the difference between putting food on the table and going hungry.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


KFC resurrects Colonel Sanders for television ads

NEW YORK (AP) - KFC is bringing back Colonel Sanders as the fried chicken chain seeks to refresh its image by harkening back to its past.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


Air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 M

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart 1Q profit falls on pay raises

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 7 percent drop in first-quarter profit as the strong dollar and some efforts to improve its business hurt its bottom line.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


To some, fight is ‘fraud of the century’

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


Feds say Lake Mead will fall below drought trigger point in 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal water managers released a report Monday projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Charges against 170 motorcycle gang members

WACO, Texas (AP) - About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Facing $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare

PHOENIX (AP) - Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake him

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of removing dead rival’s body parts rearrested

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home viewing last month was taken back into custody Monday after bond was set on an additional charge accusing her of removing body parts of the dead woman.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate people

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


CHASING CROWN

BALTIMORE (AP) - American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, yet didn't look unbeatable, as he had in his previous races. His trainer says he struggled. His jockey went to the whip about 30 times to urge him on in the stretch. His owner says the Derby wasn't even close to his best effort.

May 16, 2015 | | Nation


Was Amtrak train hit by flying object?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation's busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


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