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MEDAL OF HONOR

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Ryan Pitts will wear the nation's highest award for combat valor, but the humble and soft-spoken Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles insisted Thursday that the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling tees up gay marriage for top court

DENVER (AP) - When the U.S Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act exactly one year ago, it stopped short of saying states cannot ban gay marriage. But in a string of 17 straight rulings, judges have argued the high court's decision in U.S. vs Windsor means just that: States cannot get in the way of gay couples who want to marry.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Oil train dangers extend past Bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Pot advocates deliver petitions for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana traveled to Salem on Thursday to turn in boxes stuffed with enough signed petitions to bring their total signatures to 145,000 - far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Shiites pushing for al-Maliki’s removal

BAGHDAD (AP) - Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Sudanese Christian woman freed again

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned was freed again on Thursday after being detained on accusations of forging travel documents.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Thousands flee Ukraine for Russia

IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) - As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Cameron isolated in EU leader search

BRUSSELS (AP) - Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief executive may have profound consequences.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Jordanian Radical cleric acquited in 1 case

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A military court on Thursday acquitted a radical Jordanian preacher known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida rhetoric of involvement in a foiled 1999 plot to attack an American school in Amman but postponed a ruling on other terrorism charges.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


EU leaders mark WWI centennial

BRUSSELS (AP) - At a site where their countrymen once slaughtered each other with machine guns, artillery and poison gas, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and other European nations commemorated the 100th anniversary of World War I and vowed Thursday to preserve peace on the continent.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


N.Korea fires short-range projectiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea fired three short-range projectiles Thursday into the waters off its east coast in a possible move to stoke tensions with Seoul, a South Korean defense official said. Pyongyang's military later criticized alleged South Korean shelling in disputed waters.

June 26, 2014 | | Nation


Appeals court: States can’t ban gay marriage

DENVER (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled for the first time Wednesday that states cannot prevent gay couples from getting married, extending the movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


States confront worries about fracking, quakes

AZLE, Texas (AP) - Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


People on no-fly list must have due process

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - When it comes to its no-fly list, the U.S. government has a choice to make.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


Emails: IRS official sought audit of GOP senator

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012.

June 25, 2014 | | Nation


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Charge for teen who encouraged pal to die

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts high school honor roll student accused of encouraging a friend to commit suicide has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Nimoy: He lived long & prospered

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" - an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Teen accused of knocking bus driver unconscious

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One Louisiana teen has been charged with assault and another with saving the day: The first knocked a school bus driver unconscious and the second prevented the bus from crashing.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Debate rages over color of photo of cress in rare light

LONDON (AP) - It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white?

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Gunman kills 7, commits suicide

TYRONE, Mo. (AP) - A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of this tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Mom let 2-year-old daughter sip margarita

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl's sippy cup.

February 27, 2015 | | Nation


Nevada signs off on Olympic betting

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Pot fight with Congress could cost DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new mayor of the nation's capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Bonds reduced for staged kidnapping

TROY, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri judge on Thursday reduced the bond for four people accused of staging a kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy in hopes of teaching the child about potential dangers.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Man who beat wife to death with frying pan gets 30 years

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A man convicted of beating his wife with a frying pan and strangling her said that he misses her daily before he was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison before parole.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Man guilty of setting up wife’s death while on walk with son

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A New York City man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while the couple was on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


3 accused in Islamic State plot

NEW YORK (AP) - Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Did mom poison her child with salt?

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A woman accused of force feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook adds new gender option for users: Fill in the blank

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Vandalism shows Internet’s vulnerability

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions - all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


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