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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


Change in weather needed as Colorado fire keeps growing

DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) - Crews defending small homes, a ski area and a handful of roads against an erratic wildfire in Colorado's southwest mountains hoped Monday for a break - any break - in the weather that will allow them to launch a more strategic assault on the backcountry blaze.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Economic well-being of children slips

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It wasn't so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TEXAS TEEN IMPALED ON HORN OF BULL STATUE: LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A 14-year-old West Texas boy is dead after he ran into a bull statue on the Texas Tech University campus and impaled himself on one of its horns.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rare June rain bringing drought relief to Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - An uncommon summer rain system moving across the Sierra into Nevada should provide some relief from drought, especially across a band of northern Nevada where extreme drought conditions are reported.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Philadelphia schools hunger strike over budget hits 8th day

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ten thousand unused musical instruments. No sports or art programs. No assistant principals, counselors, cafeteria aides or secretaries.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mormons to use technology, less door-to-door in missionary work

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Bullied NY bus monitor teaches kindness year after incident

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - No new carpet or furniture for the home she's lived in for 46 years. No fancy car in the driveway.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


US urges nations to return Snowden

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. grasped for help Monday from both adversaries and uneasy allies in an effort to catch fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The White House demanded that he be denied asylum, blasted China for letting him go and urged Russia to "do the right thing" and send him back to America to face espionage charges.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Navy deal for silencers may be legit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A judge Friday questioned the viability of a prosecution against a man accused of conspiring to illegally build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers on a no-bid contract, ostensibly for the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Officer responding to 911 call charged with rape

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit police officer is accused of raping a woman who had called 911 to report being assaulted by her boyfriend.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Politicians punting again on Social Security reform

As I write this, the president and Congress are once again playing games with Social Security. In the ongoing negotiations over the federal budget, Social Security is being used as a political football, with each side blaming the other for lack of progress in getting near the end zone of any kind of meaningful reform of the retirement program.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Winter doesn’t chill employers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Brutal winter weather snarled traffic, canceled flights and cut power to homes and factories in February. Yet it didn't faze U.S. employers, who added 175,000 jobs, far more than the two previous months.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


MasterCard, Visa plan group focused on data security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Visa and MasterCard want banks and retailers to work together on securing customer data and stop blaming each other after a massive data breach during the holiday season.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Samsung introduces free streaming radio service

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung on Friday unveiled a new free music service for its phones that it touts as a significant improvement from the apps already on the market.

March 07, 2014 | | Nation


Man can be tried in childhood crime

CONROE, Texas (AP) - In the years that followed the 1998 attack that horribly burned her then-8-year-old son, Colleen Middleton felt fear and frustration over the possibility that the person she believed was responsible would never be taken to trial.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Mummified body found in SUV at home

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The body of a woman whom neighbors say they last saw several years ago was found in a sport utility vehicle parked in the garage of a foreclosed home northwest of Detroit.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Splitsvillle for Girl Scouts, Barbie?

NEW YORK (AP) - America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: ‘I’ve got (Latinos) back’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Issuing a last call for health care, President Barack Obama assured Latinos on Thursday that signing up for new insurance exchanges won't lead to deportation for any relatives in the U.S. illegally.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


State analysts doubt CHP aircraft need

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Highway Patrol's fleet of airplanes and helicopters may be getting old, but state lawmakers should not fund the purchase of replacements until the state police force justifies why it needs 26 new aircraft, according to the independent Legislative Analyst's Office.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Costs growing concern in college picks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Judge’s online comments investigated

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


El Nino brewing? Is so, good news for California

SAN FRANCISO (AP) - Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


Albertsons parent to buy Safeway

PLESANTON (AP) - Safeway has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner several supermarket chains.

March 06, 2014 | | Nation


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