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Slain diplomat had passion for foreign affairs

CHICAGO (AP) - Anne Smedinghoff had a quiet ambition and displayed a love of global affairs from an early age, joining the U.S. Foreign Service straight out of college and volunteering for missions in perilous locations worldwide.

April 07, 2013 | | Nation


Slain W.Va. sheriff honored at funeral

DELBARTON, W.Va. (AP) - Slain southern West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum was remembered Sunday for his warmth, kindness and dedication to tackling Mingo County's pervasive drug problems.

April 07, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• 5,000 NYC PAY PHONES WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO 1993: NEW YORK (AP) - Want to journey to a grittier time in New York City's not-too-distant past, when the murder rate was sky-high, Times Square was a crossroads of crime and porn, Starbucks had yet to arrive, and hardly anyone owned a cellphone?

April 07, 2013 | | Nation


Father of 4th-grade Mass. Rapper cleared of abuse

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts child welfare officials concluded that there is no evidence of abuse and neglect in the case of a 9-year-old rapper who drew national condemnation for appearing in sexually suggestive videos.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Winner of Lucas council seat is not a US citizen

LUCAS, Kan. (AP) - The winner of a city council seat in a small north central Kansas town apparently won't be able to take office - at least until he becomes a U.S. citizen.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking an elusive middle ground, President Barack Obama is proposing a 2014 budget that embraces tax increases abhorred by Republicans as well as reductions, loathed by liberals, in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


House group finalizing immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say. That path to citizenship, however, is likely to take at least 15 years for many, longer than envisioned by Senate immigration negotiators or by President Barack Obama.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Ga. man stabbed, unleashed dogs on pig

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man unleashed his two pit bulls on a neighbor's pet pig that got loose in a mobile home park, then stabbed the animal 23 times in front of children and other onlookers, authorities said.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Judge will determine Renoir painting's owner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge will seek to unravel an art mystery and determine the rightful owner of a napkin-sized painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir that a Virginia woman says she bought at a flea market for $7.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Doggone it, owners can’t sue

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Man's best friend is priceless. But a dog gone is worth nothing in Texas.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Many states fight Obama’s overhaul of immigration rules for young people

PHOENIX (AP) - President Barack Obama's decision last year to allow young people living in the U.S. illegally to stay and work marked the biggest shift in immigration policy in decades, hailed as a landmark step toward the American dream for a generation of immigrants.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Mom of frozen baby given 50-year sentence

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois woman who admitted leaving a newborn daughter to freeze to death along a rural roadway in 2004 was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHOENIX POLICE: MAN LEFT AMMUNITION ON SCHOOL BUS: PHOENIX (AP) - Court records show a Phoenix man who reportedly got on a bus, rode it to a school and left a gun magazine with 15 rounds of ammunition on the bus was hearing voices and feared for his life.

April 05, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

VT. JUDGE TELLS DEFENDANT TO CHANGE T-SHIRT: ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont judge refused to arraign a domestic violence suspect until he changed his shirt, which had the words: "I bust mine to kick yours."

April 04, 2013 | | Nation


Ebert, nation's best-known film critic

CHICAGO (AP) - Roger Ebert had the most-watched thumb in Hollywood.

April 04, 2013 | | Nation


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ND tornado prompts safety discussion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


First lady responds to school meal critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Cost to remove some Detroit blight: $850M

DETROIT (AP) - Removing blighted residential properties and small commercial structures that have plagued Detroit neighborhoods for decades would cost $850 million, with perhaps $1 billion more needed to tackle the bankrupt city's larger commercial and industrial property, a task force said Tuesday.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


The CEO got a huge raise. You didn’t. Here’s reasons why.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


LG emphasizes simplicity in G3 smartphone

NEW YORK (AP) - LG's new smartphone provides sharper pictures than other leading phones, while sporting a customizable keyboard that promises to make typing easier.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks-owned chain to offer burgers in LA

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is dipping its toe into the burger business, with plans to open an outpost of its La Boulange chain that caters to the dinner crowd.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


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