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How can red flags be missed?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's sprawling system of background checks and security clearances is so unreliable it's virtually impossible to adequately investigate the nearly 5 million Americans who have them and make sure they can be trusted with access to military and sensitive civilian buildings, an Associated Press review found.

September 19, 2013 | | Nation


NY home trashed by partying teens

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway initially thought the Twitter photos showing young people partying at his family's second home in upstate New York were a hoax. Then he saw pictures of teenagers standing on the dining room table he bought with his Super Bowl bonus.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Mother assaulted; son, 2nd teen arrested

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Two teenage boys have been arrested in a bizarre sword attack on one teen's mother that reportedly included a discussion of killing the woman and eating her liver, a Spokane County sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targeted tea party after granting tax status

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service continued to target conservative political groups even after approving their applications for tax-exempt status, a key Republican lawmaker said Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Clicking 'Like' on Facebook is free speech

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Clicking "Like" on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

VIDEO CONFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FATAL DUI IN OHIO: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Confronted at a hospital by police who said he'd just killed a man, drunk driver Matthew Cordle was angry and in denial.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman didn't reveal homicidal thoughts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday visited two hospitals in the weeks before the rampage but denied that he was depressed or having thoughts of harming himself or others, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday.

September 18, 2013 | | Nation


Lottery players could see more giant jackpots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - If it seems that giant lottery jackpots have people lining up at convenience stores more frequently, just wait: More big payouts could be coming.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The massive fire that destroyed part of a Jersey shore boardwalk and dozens of businesses began accidentally in wiring damaged in Superstorm Sandy, and should prompt coastal property owners to get their own equipment inspected for similar danger, officials said Tuesday.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Damage tallies start as airlifts wane

LYONS, Colo. (AP) - The emergency airlifts of flood victims waned Tuesday, leaving rescue crews to systematically search the nooks and crannies of the northern Colorado foothills and transportation officials to gauge what it will take to rebuild the wasted landscape.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

TEXAS FOOTBALL PLAYER, 12, DIES AFTER ANT BITES: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A 12-year-old boy died after apparently having a severe allergic reaction to ant bites he suffered while warming up during halftime of a South Texas middle school football game, officials confirmed Tuesday.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman told police he was hearing voices

WASHINGTON (AP) - A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to deprive him of sleep.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Too edgy? Too tame? Gay pride parades spark debate

DALLAS (AP) - Initiated as small, defiant, sexually daring protests, gay pride parades have become mainstream spectacles patronized by corporate sponsors and straight politicians as they spread nationwide. For many gays, who prize the events' edginess, the shift is unwelcome - as evidenced by bitter debate preceding Sunday's parade in Dallas.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Wall Street rallies after Summers exits Fed race

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street was happy to see Larry Summers go.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


Turkey Talk Line to have 1st male spokesman

NEW YORK (AP) - This year if you call Butterball's Turkey Talk Line for some cooking advice, you might get a male voice on the line.

September 17, 2013 | | Nation


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Small-car deals abound; buyers go crazy for SUVs

DETROIT (AP) - Louis Cervi was looking to buy a small car for basic transportation with a monthly payment in the mid-$200 range.

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


LendingClub CEO resigns over loan sale

NEW YORK (AP) - The chairman and CEO of the online lending company LendingClub stepped down after an internal review determined that the company's business ...

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


JC Penney to expand major appliances to half of its stores

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney says it will start to sell major appliances online and expand its rollout of the category to nearly 500 ...

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


Cruz campaign sued over music in videos

SEATTLE (AP) - Sen. Ted Cruz's now-defunct presidential campaign is being sued over the background music it used in two videos.

May 09, 2016 | | Nation


Winning $429M ticket is sold in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and the jackpot was at $429 ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Fire chief set 42-acre fire in Maine

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) - A fire chief accused of intentionally setting a grass and marsh blaze that was fought by more than 100 firefighters ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Inquiry into black female cadets’ fists-raised photo taken at West Point

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Sinkhole spurs search for cave by Bass Pro Shops founder

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) - Instead of panicking, Johnny Morris saw an adventure worth digging into when a massive sinkhole swallowed tons of earth at his exquisite ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Trump likes idea of party unity, but on his terms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump says he's all for bringing together the Republican Party, but the many GOP officials he's branded losers and lightweights ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Shoot-up rooms get serious look

NEW YORK (AP) - Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the ...

May 08, 2016 | | Nation


Cruz ends his bid for presidential

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his presidential campaign Tuesday, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination.

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - The combat death of a U.S Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Mom declared brain-dead after Wisconsin interstate shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An Illinois woman has been declared brain-dead after being shot during a random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while traveling home ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Mother gets 1 month in jail for assaulting toddler on plane

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hawaii mother to a month in jail and three months under home confinement for assaulting her ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio village fights class-action status in speed camera lawsuit

NEW MIAMI, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio village's attorney said he will ask the state's high court to overturn an appeal court's ...

May 03, 2016 | | Nation


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