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'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Armed militias beware or be shot

PHOENIX (AP) - Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" by one of his deputies.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mosquitoes are worse this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CASE OF GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATE GOES TO GRAND JURY: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge has rejected claims that police had no right to arrest a man who walked around downtown last month wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Recounting near-drowning on spacewalk

\CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Italian astronaut who nearly drowned in his helmet during a spacewalk last month is sharing more details about the terrifying experience, revealing how he felt all alone and frantically tried to come up with a plan to save himself.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfire spending soars past $1B

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mosquitoes are worse this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfire spending soars past $1B

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Armed militias beware or be shot

PHOENIX (AP) - Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" by one of his deputies.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Prison reforms costing LAPD $18M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The transfer of California state prisoners to county jails has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to pull dozens of officers from regular patrol duties to monitor ex-convicts, according to a new report.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Hawaii to study tiger sharks amid spike in attacks

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii officials plan to spend the next two years studying tiger shark movements around Maui amid what they call an unprecedented spike in overall shark attacks since the start of 2012.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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• VICTIM, SUSPECT IN GA. MALL SHOOTING DEAD: MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - After a shooting at a mall in suburban Atlanta, the victim died of her injuries and the suspect apparently killed himself, police said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


IRS bonuses for 1,100 owing back taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


NY hospital: E-cigarette caused injury

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona court rules on DUI law for pot users

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities can't prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban stalled as mayor gets pressure

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man must pay $489K for false call

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man who was 19 when he made a false distress call that triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution to the U.S. and Canadian agencies involved in the needless rescue effort, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx sued over deadly bus crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


FBI investigates serial child molester

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


E-cig industry awaits regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T had strong 1Q on wireless installment plans

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's wireless business had a strong first quarter as the company added more than 1 million subscribers and benefited from an installment plan that permits frequent phone upgrades.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Internet TV case: Justices skeptical

WASHINGTON (AP) - Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Waffle taco doesn’t scare McDonald’s

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's apparently isn't scared by a waffle taco.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.

April 22, 2014 | | Nation


Grieving borrowers told to repay loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


USPS unveils Harvey Milk stamp being issued starting on May 22

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service will feature a close-up, black-and-white photograph of Harvey Milk on its commemorative stamp of the California politician and gay rights icon.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


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