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Arizona Gov. Brewer gets book critique from Obama after he lands in Arizona

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer came to greet President Barack Obama upon his arrival outside Phoenix Wednesday. What she got was a critique. Of her book.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Army to cut combat brigades from 45 to 32

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32 in a broad restructuring of its fighting force aimed at cutting costs and reducing the service by about 80,000 soldiers, according to U.S. officials familiar with the plans.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Report: NM license data points to fraud

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver's licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Obama’s State of the Union: American dream in peril, says fast action needed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires, delivering a State of the Union address packed with re-election themes. Restoring a fair shot for all, Obama said, is "the defining issue of our time."

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


In GOP response, Daniels blames Obama for economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has resorted to "extremism" with stifling, anti-growth policies and has tried dividing Americans, not uniting them, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday in the formal Republican response to the president's State of the Union address.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• OLD NYC TOY POODLE CHICHI DIES AT 24, MAYBE 26: NEW YORK (AP) - A toy poodle whose New York City owners had sought to put him in the Guinness World Records book as the world's oldest dog has died.

January 25, 2012 | | Nation


Social Security to resume statements for some

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Social Security benefits statements - which officials stopped mailing to cut costs - will again be sent out to selected age groups.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Iowa sets deadline in mystery jackpot case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery officials warned Monday they will deny payment of a multimillion-dollar jackpot unless the New York attorney who turned in the winning ticket under mysterious circumstances gives them key details by Friday.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CANADIAN PLEADS GUILTY IN VEGAS TO TAX REFUND SCAM: LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 51-year-old Canadian man pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to applying for and receiving IRS tax refunds even though he never worked in the United States.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Romney accuses Gingrich of potential wrongdoing in his consulting work after departing Congress

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched a multipronged attack Monday on rival Newt Gingrich, accusing the former House speaker of engaging in "potentially wrongful activity" in his consulting work, while Gingrich dismissed Romney's criticism as desperate in the wake of a big loss in South Carolina.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Meth fills hospitals with burn patients using ‘shake-and-bake’ to make drugs

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment - a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Rep. Giffords to resign from Congress this week over a year after being shot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona announced Sunday she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago that shook the country.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


GOP race turns to new terrain in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Now it's Florida's turn.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• PURPORTED BONNIE AND CLYDE GUNS SELLS FOR $210K: KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) - Two guns thought to have been used by bank-robbing fugitives Bonnie and Clyde have snatched $210,000 at an auction.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


Evicted 101-year-old woman can’t go home

DETROIT (AP) - The federal government now says a 101-year-old Detroit woman it promised could move back into her foreclosed home four months ago can't return because the building's unsanitary and unsafe.

January 23, 2012 | | Nation


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Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words

NEW YORK (AP) - To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, shot by John Hinckley, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Supremacist sentenced for deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - White supremacist David "Joey Pedersen offered no apology for a multi-state crime spree that left four dead, using his statement at Monday's sentencing to blast police, prosecutors and American foreign policy in a harangue briefly interrupted by a sister who yelled at him to "shut up."

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Feds closing emergency child shelters

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Man: Bringing gun to airport was political statement

PHOENIX (AP) - A medical researcher at a renowned neurological hospital who was arrested last month after police say he pointed a loaded rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix's main airport said Monday that his firearm "was never pointed at anyone" and he was just trying to make a political statement.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

Cops: Missing hair, selfie led to homicide suspect

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lake Erie’s algae woes began a decade ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in northwest Ohio didn't just suddenly appear.

August 03, 2014 | | Nation


Wetlands turn wastewater into tap water

FAIRFIELD, Texas (AP) - As murky water snakes through a man-made wetland between Dallas and Houston, its shallow ponds of lush vegetation slowly filter out phosphorous and nitrates until, a week later, the water runs clear as a creek into the area drinking supply.

August 03, 2014 | | Nation


US missionary with Ebola leaving Liberia Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) - A second American missionary stricken with Ebola is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit.

August 03, 2014 | | Nation


Parched city hopes to cut lake evaporation

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A North Texas city already has deployed two unusual techniques to try to cope with a persistent and lengthy drought, and Wichita Falls just added a third, more extreme tool to try to deal with its dwindling water supply.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Israel pounds Gaza seeking soldier

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel launched dozens of airstrikes early Saturday in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a large-scale search for a soldier Israel suspects was captured by Hamas fighters.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Harley recalls bikes for ignition switch problem

DETROIT (AP) - Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


House OKs bill to address border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state's motorists the chance to score a license plate honoring LeBron James.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man held by North Korea called shy, smart

BAKERSFIELD . (AP) - One of the three Americans detained in North Korea and charged with "anti-state" crimes is a California man raised in the Central Valley oil town of Bakersfield by parents who were petroleum engineers.

August 01, 2014 | | Nation


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