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NYPD: Merchant held for ransom, tortured for month

NEW YORK (AP) - A businessman was snatched from a New York City street in broad daylight, then held captive for more than a month in a warehouse where he was bound and burned with acid as he was held for a $3 million ransom his family back in Ecuador did not have, authorities said.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation


Obama lifts ban on Guantanamo transfers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is lifting his self-imposed ban on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen, where a leadership upheaval has improved the country's security but not eliminated a terrorist organization trying to recruit jihadists.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation




Odd News

COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSTAIN FROM VOTE ON ABSTAINING: YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Three members of a Michigan city council have abstained from voting on a measure that would have prevented them from abstaining on future votes.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation


Jurors deadlock on Jodi Arias penalty; retrial set

PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors who spent five months determining Jodi Arias' fate couldn't decide whether she should get life in prison or die for murdering her boyfriend, sending prosecutors back to the drawing board to rehash the shocking case of sex, lies and violence to another 12 people.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation


Man shot to death while questioned in Boston probe

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities early Wednesday after he turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, officials said.

May 22, 2013 | | Nation


Damage: Thousands of homes, $1.5-$2B

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb this week may have created $2 billion or more in damage as it tore through as many as 13,000 homes, multiple schools and a hospital, officials said Wednesday as they gave the first detailed account of the devastation.

May 22, 2013 | | Nation


50 hurt when Indiana school buses crash

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. (AP) - A school bus slammed into the back of another one Wednesday afternoon, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.

May 22, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

NEARLY ALL US STATES SEE HEFTY DROP IN TEEN BIRTHS: NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report.

May 22, 2013 | | Nation


Broke no laws, IRS official says, then takes 5th

WASHINGTON (AP) - At the center of a political storm, an Internal Revenue Service supervisor whose agents targeted conservative groups swore Wednesday she did nothing wrong, broke no laws and never lied to Congress. Then she refused to answer lawmakers' further questions, citing her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

May 22, 2013 | | Nation


Tornado death toll lowered to 24

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Helmeted rescue workers raced Tuesday to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children.

May 21, 2013 | | Nation


Gay Fla. teen charged for her underage girlfriend

MIAMI (AP) - An 18-year-old Florida cheerleader is facing felony charges that she had sexual contact with her underage, 14-year-old girlfriend, leading gay rights advocates to say the teen is being unfairly targeted for a common high school romance because she's gay.

May 21, 2013 | | Nation


Pentagon wants $450M for Guantanamo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is asking Congress for more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.

May 21, 2013 | | Nation


Texas judge: Lesbian couple can't cohabitate

MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) - A judge has ruled that a North Texas lesbian couple can't live together because of a morality clause in one of the women's divorce papers.

May 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

POLICE DEFEND OFFICER WHO SHOT NY COLLEGE STUDENT: MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - The president of a New York police union defended an officer who accidentally killed a Hofstra University student during a standoff with an armed intruder, saying Tuesday the only person responsible for the woman's death was the gunman who held her hostage.

May 21, 2013 | | Nation


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Girls charged with abusing disabled teen boy

MECHANICSVILLE, Md (AP) - Two teenage girls in southern Maryland bullied an apparently autistic 16-year-old boy into performing sexual acts and crashing through pond ice in episodes they captured on cellphone video, authorities said Wednesday.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


3 who attacked couple went to wrong home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The men accused of severely beating a man and repeatedly sexually assaulting his pregnant wife may have meant to target a different home for a robbery, authorities in Wisconsin said.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants overtime pay for more salaried workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Will Google bring good fortune to Credit Karma?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is betting that good things will happen to Credit Karma, an online service that provides consumers with free copies of the credit scores that define their financial reputations.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Uncle Sam throws a curve with bowl-shaped solar coin

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The United States Mint in San Francisco will soon produce an unusual coin in honor of the nation's favorite pastime.

March 12, 2014 | | Nation


Feinstein sees torture probe meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an extraordinary public accusation, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee declared on Tuesday that the CIA interfered with and then tried to intimidate a congressional investigation into the agency's possible use of torture in terror probes during the Bush administration.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Punitive damages sought in crash case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who was hurt in a Los Angeles accident he blamed on a texting driver is asking a California appeals court for permission to seek punitive damages, his lawyers said Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon couple attacked by cat plans to get it help

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat that trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Obama expands NorCal monument

POINT ARENA (AP) - President Barack Obama is fulfilling a State of the Union pledge to preserve more federal lands by adding more California coastline to a national monument.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Ten Commandments trial starts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A trial has started in federal court on whether a New Mexico city can have a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the lawn in front of Bloomfield City Hall.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Republican Jolly wins Florida congressional race

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections and both sides spent millions auditioning national strategies.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Crimea’s parliament pushes for independence

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - As the campaign increased for tension-filled Crimea to split off from Ukraine in a weekend referendum and join Russia, the region's parliament said Tuesday that if voters approve the move it would first declare itself an independent state, a maneuver that could de-escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Attitudes, laws against pit bulls soften

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog - the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


Losing wrestler hugs opponent’s sick dad

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota high school wrestler won over the crowd with a hug that came away from the mat - and after a loss.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


At tech fest: 3D printers, bitcoin & ‘Titanfall

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Bitcoin, 3-D printed candy and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the geek set is slowly filing out to make room for hordes of musicians descending on the city.

March 11, 2014 | | Nation


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