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ELECTRIC GRID AND WHO OVERSEES IT

The U.S. electrical grid is a complex system of power plants, transmission lines, and local distribution networks that deliver power to homes and businesses. It comprises three major grids - Eastern, Western and Texas - which are divided into hundreds of smaller sections. A summary of how power flows on the system, who oversees it and what went wrong in the August 2003 blackout:

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Controversial plan for lab-made bird flu virus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain. This time around, the U.S. government is promising extra scrutiny of such high-stakes research up front.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


10 years later grid faces new threats

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


After 51 hours, man finishes swim hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama calls off Putin summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

INDIANA COMMUNITY HANDS OUT DRUG TESTING KITS: LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) - A southeastern Indiana school is distributing kits so parents can test their children for drug use.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Biker gang leader convicted of casino murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease - by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


More players seeking big jackpots only

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The allure of capturing the estimated $425 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Hasan intent on getting death sentence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Publishers object to Apple remedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government objected Wednesday to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc., saying it will hurt publishers rather than the personal electronics giant.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Attempted murder charge in alleged Oregon tattoo war

North Bend, Ore. (AP) - David Wonnacott qualified for a tattoo license on July 5 and wasted little time establishing a business in a small, coastal Oregon community. Problem is, police said, he did it with a gun.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Retailer drops girls' math shirt after complaints

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - The Children's Place has stopped selling a T-shirt that sparked complaints of sexism.

August 06, 2013 | | 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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