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Mall gunman was avid skater

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall was a teenage skateboarding enthusiast who had no criminal record before he showed up at the shopping center armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives, authorities said Sunday.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


White House: Obama could go around Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday's State of the Union speech.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Brutal cold returns to Midwest for extended stay

CHICAGO (AP) - A persistent weather pattern driving bitterly cold air south out of the Arctic will cause temperatures from Minnesota to Kentucky to plummet Monday, turning this winter into one of the coldest on record in some areas.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Crocodile takes 12-year-old Aussie boy, mauls another

DARWIN, Australia (AP) - Rangers resumed hunting Monday for a four-meter (13-foot) crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy and mauled his friend as they swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination in northern Australia.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Gang member gets 31 years for raping lesbian

MARTINEZ, (AP) - A Richmond gang member has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for joining the gang rape of a lesbian in 2008.

January 26, 2014 | | Nation


Student shot to death outside SC State dorm

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A student was shot and killed Friday outside an on-campus dormitory at South Carolina State University, and police were looking for four men who left campus.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Singing or sinking? Bieber hits new low

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For more than a year, Justin Bieber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits: The singer's music career has taken a backseat to his wild boy antics, and a new arrest for a DUI charge marks a new low for the Grammy-nominated pop star.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Small fire near Tahoe contained

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - Firefighters hiked an hour through nearly a mile of thick brush early Friday to snuff out a small wild land blaze near Lake Tahoe, where authorities are bracing for an early start to a potentially dangerous fire season in the Sierra.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

OCCUPY PROTESTER OWES OREGON CITY MORE THAN $7,000: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A woman in a photograph that became a defining image of the monthlong Occupy Portland encampment owes more than $7,000 for legal expenses from her unsuccessful lawsuit against the Oregon city.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Clogged pipe brings arrest in NJ casino fake-chips case

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Talk about a royal flush!

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Woman on trial in pal's killing, fetus theft

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts woman accused of beating and strangling her pregnant friend, then cutting the fetus from her womb, will face a jury next week almost five years after the gruesome crime.

January 24, 2014 | | Nation


Natural gas locomotives: Cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


News from around the nation

COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES THREATENING CALLS: LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Columbine High School, where a school shooting left 13 people dead in 1999, went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls, law enforcement said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


3 dead, 20-plus hurt in I-94 pileup

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - About 30 vehicles, half of them semitrailers, collided amid whiteout conditions in a massive highway pileup that left three people dead and more than 20 others injured - at least one critically - in northwestern Indiana, police said Thursday.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


How some young stars have fared following their arrests

LOS A NGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber's arrest Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence and other offenses adds his name, and mug shot, to the gallery of stars who enjoyed early success and eventually ended up in handcuffs.

January 23, 2014 | | Nation


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Dispute erupts at White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Dad thwarts bold kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


OK for Detroit’s bankruptcy exit plan

DETROIT (AP) - A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to "move past your anger" and help fix the Motor City.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


‘Dark Web’ drug sites challenge law inforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No sooner had authorities announced the shuttering of an alleged illegal online drug bazaar than another popped up claiming to take its place.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Drunken party costs 9 rookie cops their jobs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nine rookie police officers have been fired for their behavior at a drunken graduation party in northern New Jersey.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Beating death: ‘This is just evilness’

COATESVILLE, Pa (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


GPS helps police find woman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman snatched off the streets was rescued with the help of a GPS tracking device that had been installed on the suspect's car by the dealer in case it needed to be repossessed, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher told to stay away after trip

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling means high court review likely

CINCINNATI (AP) - The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


PETA calls for Discovery not to air snake show

NEW YORK (AP) - An animal rights group on Thursday asked the Discovery Channel not to air "Eaten Alive," a show planned for next month where a naturalist attempts to get swallowed by a giant snake.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Thought he killed goblin, not brother

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Beef or Chicken? Beef prices hit fast-food chains

NEW YORK (AP) - Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you'll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft gives away Office apps for iPhone, iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is offering free upgraded versions of its Office software for iPhones and iPads, as the software giant further embraces the so-called "freemium" strategy favored by many newer companies seeking success online.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon introduces voice-recognition

NEW YORK (AP) - Siri, meet Alexa.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Zynga meets 3Q profit forecasts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga Inc. on Thursday reported a wider third-quarter loss, weighed down by higher expenses and lower revenue from its online games.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


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