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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


Prosecutors call first witness vs. Zimmerman

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After taking less than a week to call 18 witnesses, George Zimmerman's defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the neighborhood watch volunteer's second-degree murder trial.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Pig virus found in US; threatens pork prices

DENVER (AP) - Pork prices may be on the rise in the next few months because of a new virus that has migrated to the U.S, killing piglets in 15 states at an alarming rate in facilities where it has been reported.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier’s team rests in Wikileaks trial

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning's defense rested its case Wednesday after presenting evidence from 10 witnesses, hoping to prove the loads of material the soldier gave to WikiLeaks did not threaten national security or U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Injured Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty

BOSTON (AP) - His arm in a cast, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges Wednesday in his first courtroom appearance since his capture at the end of a chaotic week in April.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Navy lands drone on aircraft carrier

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Smoke break? Glitch may limit penalties for tobacco users

WASHINGTON (AP) - They huddle outside office buildings and they can't satisfy their nicotine cravings by lighting up on planes and trains, but now smokers could be getting a break from an unlikely source.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Seeking death penalty in Boston case? A long road

WASHINGTON (AP) - If the Obama administration tries for the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it could face a long, difficult legal battle in a state that hasn't seen an execution in nearly 70 years.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Snowden bound for Venezuela?

MOSCOW (AP) - The WikiLeaks secret-spilling site on Tuesday said NSA leaker Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, trying to put to rest growing confusion over whether he had taken up the country's offer.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Catholic hospitals OK birth control compromise

NEW YORK (AP) - In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Expert: Evidence jibes with Zimmerman's story

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - An expert on gunshot wounds hired by the defense testified Tuesday that George Zimmerman's account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Biden, Brewer among 1,000s to honor firemen

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Nineteen Arizona firefighters who died when an out-of-control wildfire overran them were honored Tuesday by thousands of fellow firefighters and law enforcement officers, Gov. Jan Brewer and Vice President Joe Biden, who called them "men of uncommon valor" while thanking God that one member of the crew survived unhurt.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Gov. Perry reshaped Texas, but flopped nationally

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was a champion of fiercely conservative social activism long before the tea party was born. He oversaw the "Texas Miracle" job-creation boom and became the state's most powerful governor since Reconstruction.

July 08, 2013 | | Nation


White House predicts shrinking deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Monday that the federal budget deficit for the current fiscal year will shrink to $759 billion. That's more than $200 billion less than the administration predicted just three months ago.

July 08, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN ARRESTED AFTER WOMAN SPOTS HIM IN TOILET: SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa man remained jailed Monday on a peeping Tom complaint after authorities discovered him inside a septic tank beneath a women's bathroom at a Sand Springs water park. Kenneth Enslow, 52, was arrested Sunday after a woman called police. She had taken her 7-year-old daughter to the bathroom and noticed a man looking up at her from inside the toilet, Tulsa County Sheriff's Maj. Shannon Clark said. Enslow, who was covered in human waste, was helped from the septic tank by members of the Keystone ...

July 08, 2013 | | Nation


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SUV crashes through home, kills 2

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two young children were killed when an SUV crashed through a house in Reno, Nevada.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two ...

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Republicans return donations from white supremacist leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist ...

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obama says US racism ‘not cured,’ makes point with epithet

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the history of slavery and segregation is "still part of our DNA" in the United States, even if racial ...

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado teen death blamedon hidden form of plague

DENVER (AP) - When a Colorado teen came down with a high fever and muscle aches, his family thought he had the flu. But he was ...

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


General Mills to drop artificial ingredients in cereal

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food ...

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Home sales are finally surging

WASHINGTON (AP) - Real estate has gotten hot again.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Crews slow spread of huge forest fire

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Crews working amid sweltering conditions in rough terrain have slowed the spread of a huge forest fire that's churning through ...

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Lawsuit seeks to memorialize a less heroic side of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the ...

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Egg shortage cuts restaurant profits

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more ...

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Couples, officials, foes readying

CINCINNATI (AP) - With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding ...

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Vets fight to add names of 74

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Stephen Kraus was standing night watch above the pilot house of the USS Frank E. Evans when he spotted the towering ...

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Church reopens doors after shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its tall, wooden doors to the world Sunday, embracing strangers who walked in from the ...

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii ups smoking age to 21

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

June 20, 2015 | | Nation


Tougher fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Friday proposed tough new standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide pollution from trucks and vans, the ...

June 19, 2015 | | Nation


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