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Obama presents Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson solemnly received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in a case of battlefield bravery with some odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the paperwork nominating him for the award was lost. He left the military two years ago but wants to return to active duty, a rare move for a medal recipient.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


School punishes student for aiding drunken friend

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts high school senior lost her volleyball team captaincy and was suspended for five games for what she says was an effort to help a drunken friend.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FERTILITY CLINICS HELP MORE GAY COUPLES HAVE KIDS: BOSTON (AP) - Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom" approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman's eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


Video shows officers at car where man died

MORENO VALLEY (AP) - The family of a man who collapsed and died soon after sheriff's deputies pulled him out of his car and handcuffed him wants an investigation into the actions of officers who are seen on a YouTube video of the encounter.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Way before Weight Watchers or "The Biggest Loser," a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Boy testifies against Saudi in rape case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 14-year-old California boy testified Monday that he was "freaked out" when a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant made sexual advances toward him in a Las Vegas casino on New Year's Eve, but he couldn't figure out how to get away before the man sexually assaulted and raped him on a hotel bathroom floor.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Vandals prompt restrictions on Nevada reservation

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A northern Nevada tribe is considering plans to protect sacred sites on its reservation after vandals spray-painted gang symbols and graffiti on a landmark feature.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Boy, 6, drowns in pool on cruise

MIAMI (AP) - A 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Reid, McConnell optimistic of possible deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Racing the clock, the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders closed in on a deal Monday night to avoid an economy-menacing Treasury default and end the two-week partial government shutdown.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


NSA collecting millions of contact lists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world - including those of Americans - in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activity, according to a published report.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Man, 38, with MD finishes marathon

CHICAGO (AP) - A Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon - nearly 17 hours after he started the race.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

HOSPITAL CEO PAY, PATIENT OUTCOMES NOT IN SYNC: CHICAGO (AP) - CEOs at nonprofit hospitals earned an average of $600,000 a year - and in some cases, more than $3 million - but there was no correlation between high pay and good outcomes for patients, according to a new study.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


DCC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) - A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday, pushing past barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.

October 13, 2013 | | Nation


Spending stumbling block to budget deal to avoid debt crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week.

October 13, 2013 | | Nation


Dying Ohio man on gurney leads 24-year-old daughter down aisle

CLEVELAND (AP) - A terminally ill Ohio man who arrived at his daughter's wedding by ambulance gave her away, from a hospital gurney.

October 13, 2013 | | Nation


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Los Banos man gets 14 years for raping men in bathroom

LOS BANOS (AP) - A Central California man has been sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison following his conviction on charges that he drugged and raped two men.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down in Cotati

COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Fire season in expected to get much worse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Salmon, steelhead get help

FRESNO (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled ambitious plans aimed at helping endangered salmon and steelhead thrive again in Central California rivers.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution got underway

PHOENIX (AP) - A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Senator: PTSD made him plagiarize

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Nazi war suspect dies as extradition OK’d

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Getting paid for posts? New twist for Social networking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Thieves got into StubHub accounts for $1.6M payday

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU may fight for California shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it was mulling legal options after a north San Diego suburb's planning commission rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Crews make gains on massive wildfire

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters were making progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


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