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Military drinking 'culture' now a 'crisis'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Abusing alcohol and drugs has been part of military culture historically: troops do it for fun, to ease the stresses of war or to be part of the brotherhood.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Obama team tries to lower expectations for upcoming fall debates with Mitt Romney

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign doesn't want to talk about what the Democrat is doing to prepare for the fall debates with Republican Mitt Romney. But aides are readily setting expectations - and not surprisingly, they want to keep them low for Obama while raising the stakes for Romney.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ohio inmate says he's too obese at 480 pounds plus for execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death."

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Obama, Romney courting key states, constituencies in bid for more votes

BURLINGTON, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are embarking on a week heavy with travel through battleground states and appeals to key constituencies, with both campaigns wrangling over unrest in the Middle East and who is best equipped to rejuvenate the economy.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Occupy is in disarray on its first anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Furor fades a year after military’s gay ban lifted

NEW YORK (AP) - They are images Americans had never seen before. Jubilant young men and women in military uniforms marching beneath a rainbow flag in a gay-pride parade. Soldiers and sailors returning from deployment and, in time-honored tradition, embracing their beloved - only this time with same-sex kisses.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


11 killed in crash at air races honored

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Spectators and racers paid tribute Sunday to 11 people who were killed when a plane crashed into box seats at last year's Reno National Championship Air Races.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


African-American Christians waver over vote for president in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That's a worrisome message for the nation's first African-American president, who can't afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


CDC: Kids eat too much salt, as much as adults

CHICAGO (AP) - American children eat as much salt as adults - about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


Odd news

• MOVIEGOER UPSET WITH SNACK PRICES LOSES LAWSUIT: DETROIT (AP) - There is no happy ending for a Detroit-area man who challenged the high price of movie snacks.

September 17, 2012 | | Nation


US scrambles to rush spies, drones to Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is sending more spies, Marines and drones to Libya, trying to speed the search for those who killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, but the investigation is complicated by a chaotic security picture in the post-revolutionary country, and limited American and Libyan intelligence resources.

September 15, 2012 | | Nation


Obama honors memory of Libya attack victims

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) - Four Americans killed in an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya returned home Friday, their remains each carried in a slow procession by six Marines as a military band filled a vast air base hangar with the mournful hymn "Nearer My God to Thee."

September 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DELIVERY TIMES RISE FOR IPHONE 5: NEW YORK (AP) - Delivery times climbed quickly as Apple Inc. started taking orders for the iPhone 5 on Friday, suggesting strong demand.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


House votes to end energy loan guarantee program; bill not likely to pass in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Friday pushed a bill through the House shining a campaign-season light on the most conspicuous failure of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package. The bill would phase out federal loan guarantees like those that went to the now-bankrupt solar power company Solyndra LLC and left taxpayers on the hook for more than $500 million.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


On Bourbon Street, party but don't preach at night

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden.

September 14, 2012 | | Nation


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Body of missing wife found

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sunken vessel is WW II-era USS Houston

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Amusement park apologizes for gun shirt error

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rethinking giving military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Federal autopsy ordered in teen’s death

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Plan: Sterilize tortoises to save them

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


More charges for Amish-kidnap suspects

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) - More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


New ways for insurers to avoid the sick?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police ID officer, allege teen robbed store

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff, son arrested after assaulting driver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat of prosecution funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Lye mixed into tea month earlier

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Surge in Cuban rafters aiming for US

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Couple arrested in Amish girls’ kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arrested Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


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