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Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Ricin was found in the former martial arts studio of the man suspected of sending poison letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, and was also discovered on a dust mask and other items he threw in the trash, federal prosecutors said in a court document made public Tuesday.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


Obama defends counterterrorism effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday his counterterrorism bureaucracy "did what it was supposed to be doing" before the Boston Marathon bombing as his top intelligence official began a review into whether sensitive information was adequately shared and whether the U.S. government could have disrupted the attack.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


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NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADOPTS ALL-VEGETARIAN MENU: NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


Legal tiff settled over Chicago parking meters

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he was able to tweak a deal to privatize the city's parking meters that has proven to be a national embarrassment even as he acknowledged that the city is stuck for the next 71 years with a contract he inherited and despises.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


US assessing reported Syrian chemical use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. and its allies are still trying to figure out details of Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday, as international officials pressed for broader access to suspected attack sites.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Army amputee completes air assault school

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson has become the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a course so grueling his prosthetic leg broke twice over the 10 days spent rappelling down ropes, navigating obstacle courses and completing strenuous road marches.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Man arrested for letting son, 9, drive Ferrari

NEW DELHI (AP) - Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


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SOME LOSING JOBS AMID ALLEGED NEV. PATIENT DUMPING: CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Two staff members who violated discharge policies at a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital were fired Monday and three others are being disciplined following an investigation into busing patients to other states, the governor's office and agency officials said Monday.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Lawyer: Former ricin suspect's home is unlivable

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man's house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said Monday, arguing that the government should repair the home.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


1st female Iraq war resister to be court-martialed

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A court-martial got underway Monday for the first female U.S. Army soldier to flee to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion trial stirs debate on when life ends

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The high-profile murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider sparked courtroom debate Monday over when life ends, a tweak of the politically charged question of when life begins.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect's defense team gets major boost

BOSTON (AP) - The defense team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect got a major boost Monday with the addition of Judy Clarke, a San Diego lawyer who has managed to get life sentences instead of the death penalty for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber and the gunman in the rampage that injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists on them

WASHINGTON (AP) - Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


Dozens of air shows cancel without military jets due to federal budget cuts

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


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2 Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Four gunmen with pistols stuffed into their socks attacked a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Afghanistan's capital Thursday, just hours after militants killed 11 people in an audacious assault on a police station in eastern Afghanistan.

March 20, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine plans pullout from Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) - Surrendering to Russia's inexorable seizure of Crimea, Ukraine announced plans Wednesday for mass troop withdrawals from the strategic peninsula as Moscow-loyal forces seized control of Kiev's naval headquarters here and detained its commander.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


States prevail in voter citizenship suit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, in a decision that could encourage other Republican-led states to consider similar policies.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Malaysia, FBI analyze missing pilot’s simulator

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger - wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


NYC inmate ‘baked to death’ in cell

NEW YORK (AP) - Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


More than 100 people found in house

HOUSTON (AP) - A house overflowing with more than 100 people presumed to be in the U.S. illegally was uncovered just outside Houston on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a shot at the head of one cast member before being subdued and left with a black eye, police said Wednesday.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Conduct in neglect case not criminal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Accompanied only by the family dog and his toy truck, a 3-year-old boy wandered the streets near his Oregon home in June 2011 while his father slept.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Half adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

ATLANTA (AP) - Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx profit up, but misses expectations

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx Corp. says its latest quarterly profit rose 5 percent from a year ago despite storms that raised the company's costs, but the results were below analysts' expectations.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


$1.2B Toyota fine: GM’s future?

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors, beware.

March 19, 2014 | | Nation


Utah men avoid jail time in ancient rock toppling

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two Utah men removed from their Boy Scout leadership positions after a viral video showed them toppling an ancient rock formation pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday and avoided jail time.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Top cancer centers now off limits for many

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of America's best cancer hospitals are off-limits to many of the people now signing up for coverage under the nation's new health care program.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after 350-foot fall at Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities investigating the death of a Texas man at Grand Canyon National Park believe he fell about 350 feet from the canyon's edge after trying to retrieve something, possibly a hat.

March 18, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Nation


Putin signs treaty to add Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) - In a gilded Kremlin hall used by czars, Vladimir Putin redrew Russia's borders Tuesday by declaring the Crimean Peninsula part of the motherland - provoking a surge of emotion among Russians who lament the loss of empire and denunciations from Western leaders who called Putin a threat to the world.

March 18, 2014 | | Nation


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