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Charges dropped in ricin letters sent to Obama

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Charges of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others were dropped Tuesday against an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi who has said since his arrest last week that he had nothing to do with the case.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


School district gets bulletproof whiteboards

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


New York City proposes raising age for cigarette purchases to age 21

NEW YORK (AP) - No one under 21 would be able to buy cigarettes in the city under a proposal unveiled Monday to make it the most populous place in America to set the minimum age that high.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

VIETNAM POLICE SEIZE 53 KING COBRAS FROM CAR: HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Vietnamese police say they have seized 53 king cobras from a car in Hanoi and arrested the driver.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

WASHINGTON (AP) - States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Teen arrested in T-shirt flap back in class

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia teenager returned to class Monday wearing the same National Rifle Association T-shirt that led to his suspension and arrest after he refused a teacher's order last week to remove it.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Campbell ends touring career, to release new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Flight delays pile up amid FAA cuts

NEW YORK (AP) - Flight delays piled up across the country Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers began taking unpaid days off because of federal budget cuts, providing the most visible impact yet of Congress and the White House's failure to agree on a long-term deficit-reduction plan.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Boston bombing suspect charged

BOSTON (AP) - The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by a radical brand of Islam but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating and charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with crimes that could bring the death penalty.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Bomb suspect had 2 outbursts at mosque

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - When preachers told congregants at a mosque in November that it was appropriate for Muslims to celebrate U.S. holidays such as the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, a man who would later be a suspect in last week's the Boston Marathon bombing stood up to argue, the mosque said.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NH KILLER APOLOGIZES TO MACHETE VICTIM'S FAMILY : MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A man convicted of hacking a woman to death with a machete and maiming her daughter during a home invasion has ordered his lawyers not to argue for a reduced sentence, and said in a statement Monday that he doesn't deserve or expect forgiveness.

April 22, 2013 | | Nation


Students fight bill that would raise class fees

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Proposed legislation that would raise fees for high-demand courses during summer and winter sessions at California community colleges is meeting opposition from students and faculty.

April 21, 2013 | | Nation


SoCal fire forces evacuation of 200 homes east of Los Angeles

MONROVIA (AP) - Authorities lifted evacuation orders for some residents Saturday night as firefighters made advances on a brush fire in foothills east of Los Angeles, officials said.

April 21, 2013 | | Nation


Despite Brown decree retirees in some state jobs

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Data reviewed by The Sacramento Bee shows that more than two dozen departments are still using retired executives to fill some of the highest-paying positions in state government, the newspaper reported Sunday.

April 21, 2013 | | Nation


Bombing suspects planned more attacks

BOSTON (AP) - As churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Sunday, the city's police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks. The surviving suspect remained hospitalized and unable to speak with a gunshot wound to the throat.

April 21, 2013 | | Nation


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New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


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