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Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


IRS also screened liberal groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy" were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Former judge pleads guilty to having defendant shocked in court

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Maryland judge pleaded guilty Monday to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom.

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Fantasy sports losing major payment processor

NEW YORK (AP) - An Ohio company that processes payments for daily fantasy sports sites says it will no longer handle their payments and will pull ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Fight leaves Illinois stuck with overdue bills

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Friday afternoon email read with remarkable alacrity, given its message: The trip to a Springfield store to buy all-purpose Fabuloso Cleaner ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Sanders agree to add NH debate

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Democrats would hold a presidential debate next week in New Hampshire before the state's first-in-the-nation primary and three more in ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Donald Trump faces his Iowa test

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - For Donald Trump, Iowa is more than just a race for delegates. It's a test of whether the celebrity businessman and ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


America in flux as 2016 voting begins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Makeshift memorial springs up on highway for rancher

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Decades-long search for Mr. Wonder ends with arrest

BONITA (AP) - Neighbors in a well-to-do section of this San Diego suburb knew him as Frank Szeles, a friendly Cub Scouts leader who frequently gave ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Treasure hunter disappears searching for $2M in gold

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


District: Athletes had ‘fight club’ at Dallas-area school

PLANO, Texas (AP) - Baseball players at a Dallas-area high school had a "fight club" in the batting cages, according to a school district investigation that ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


Obama: More to do to close pay gap for women, minorities

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought to showcase progress on his watch on closing the pay gap for women while keeping up the pressure on ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


Prosecutors use occupiers’ own words against them

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Ammon Bundy and his followers made ample use of social media and videos to summon armed recruits to join their takeover of ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen can stay in juvenile facility

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck won't be moved to an adult jail ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


Fugitive found in ‘elaborate tunnel’

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an "elaborate ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


22 Clinton emails ‘top secret’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton's home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails ...

January 29, 2016 | | Nation


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