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Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


IRS also screened liberal groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy" were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Massive tax package offers breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - From finance companies and manufacturers to teachers and the working poor, there is a tax break for almost everyone in the massive package ...

December 16, 2015 | | Nation


Trump ‘Cruz-ing’ for bruising?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump will be standing at center stage, but Ted Cruz will be in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Bergdahl to face desertion charge in general court-martial

WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo ...

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


NYC bets big on ‘supportive housing’ to curb homelessness

NEW YORK (AP) - The scene of neighbors hanging holiday decorations at their tidy Bronx apartment building was nothing remarkable, except to the people doing it.

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Embalmed head may be that of woman with heart ailment

ECONOMY, Pa. (AP) - A woman whose embalmed head was found in the western Pennsylvania woods more than a year ago may have died of a ...

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Black woman pleads not guilty to fake threats vs. black students

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman pleaded not guilty Monday to making false threats against fellow blacks at the university she previously attended.

December 14, 2015 | | Nation


Average price soon under $2

DALLAS (AP) - Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession.

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Burning Man challenging Nevada tax

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture celebration are challenging the enforcement of a Nevada state tax that they say could cost them ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Banned live school Nativity goes on with mannequins

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Concord High School in northern Indiana used mannequins instead of student actors after a federal judge banned a live Nativity scene that ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Who’s too old for major treatment?

CHICAGO (AP) - Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Athletics finalize deals with relievers

OAKLAND (AP) - Little Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler these days, nine months after the son of reliever John Axford received a ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


Pitcher Samardzija ready to help SF win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija walks around San Francisco and gets his share of hellos, then those friendly strangers go right on their way without ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


MEDICAL COPTER CRASH

MCFARLAND (AP) - A medical helicopter carrying a patient to a hospital crashed amid heavy rain and fog in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, killing ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


Obama, Congress avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Avoiding the high drama of recent year-end budget fights, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday keeping government agencies open into next week, giving ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


FBI continues probe of California lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Specialized divers with the FBI searched a San Bernardino lake for a second day Friday, looking for a computer hard drive and ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


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