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TRIAL BEGINS FOR OHIO MOM CHARGED IN SCHOOL BRAWL : CINCINNATI (AP) - A police officer testified Wednesday that he arrested a woman accused of helping her teenage daughter beat up a classmate at a high school because she "tried to take the law into her own hands" when she bypassed school rules to get on campus.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Armed militias beware or be shot

PHOENIX (AP) - Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" by one of his deputies.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mosquitoes are worse this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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CASE OF GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATE GOES TO GRAND JURY: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge has rejected claims that police had no right to arrest a man who walked around downtown last month wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Recounting near-drowning on spacewalk

\CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Italian astronaut who nearly drowned in his helmet during a spacewalk last month is sharing more details about the terrifying experience, revealing how he felt all alone and frantically tried to come up with a plan to save himself.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfire spending soars past $1B

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Mosquitoes are worse this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfire spending soars past $1B

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Wildfires burning in Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Armed militias beware or be shot

PHOENIX (AP) - Tough-talking Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is warning civilians who embark on armed patrols in remote desert terrain that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" by one of his deputies.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


Prison reforms costing LAPD $18M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The transfer of California state prisoners to county jails has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to pull dozens of officers from regular patrol duties to monitor ex-convicts, according to a new report.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Amazon is moving into smartphones

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic media where the speaker's intent is not always clear.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Teens were lured & beaten on videotape

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Seven teenagers have been charged with luring other teens to places in their upstate New York village where they beat them and videotaped the attacks, despite pleas from two of the victims begging to be let go, authorities said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to sign gay rights order

WASHINGTON (AP) - After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Chicago, NY, Hawaii bid for Obama library

CHICAGO (AP) - At least six locations in three different states entered official bids by Monday's deadline in an effort to house Barack Obama's presidential library.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Fake flowers aided NJ fire; 6 dead

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It was pride of ownership that led a New Jersey family to decorate the front of their home with bright plastic flowers, and it was those same decorations that acted as a fatal accelerant in a fast moving blaze that killed everyone inside, prosecutors said Monday.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Swarm of earthquakes puzzles scientists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moderate earthquake shook northwest Alaska on Monday, the fifth temblor of the same magnitude since April in an area with otherwise little activity, seismologists said.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Priest killed with gun owned by colleague

PHOENIX (AP) - A homeless ex-convict beat a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church then wrestled away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man's assistant, police said Monday as they announced an arrest in the case.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Chelsea Clinton: More community service needed

ATLANTA (AP) - Chelsea Clinton, who has played an increasingly prominent role in her family's foundation, used a speech Monday to call for more community service opportunities for a younger generation and said she supports efforts that would allow more college graduates to reduce their student loan debt through volunteering.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BOY ACCIDENTALLY HANGS SELF FROM BASKETBALL NET: LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old North Carolina boy is in the hospital after he accidentally hanged himself on a basketball goal in his yard.

June 16, 2014 | | Nation


Changing pot laws prompt child-endangerment review

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


Hoarder dies after floor falls into basement

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - A 66-year-old woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was found dead under a pile of debris after the first floor of her Connecticut home collapsed into the basement under the weight of all the clutter, authorities said.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks offers online college program to workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is rolling out a program that would allow its workers to earn an online college degree at Arizona State University at a steeply discounted rate.

June 15, 2014 | | Nation


Machine-like Spurs can taste title

MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs left Miami last June looking so human, Tim Duncan nearly in tears talking about how close they were to another championship.

June 14, 2014 | | Nation


Kaymer coasting

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Martin Kaymer set a U.S. Open record Friday with a game so dominant that he did more than just build a six-shot lead.

June 14, 2014 | | Nation


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