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BODY OF STORM VICTIM LAY UNDETECTED FOR MONTHS: NEW YORK (AP) - In the chaotic days after Superstorm Sandy, an army of aid workers streamed onto the flood-ravaged Rockaway Peninsula looking for anyone who needed help. Health workers and National Guard troops went door to door. City inspectors checked thousands of dwellings for damage. Yet, even as the months dragged by, nobody thought to look inside the tiny construction trailer rusting away in a junk-filled lot at the corner of Beach 40th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. If they had, they would have found the body of Keith Lancaster, a quiet ...

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


HS seniors fare no better than in 70s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Students preparing to leave high school are faring no better in reading or math than their peers four decades ago, the government said Thursday. Officials attributed the bleak finding on more lower-performing students staying in school rather than dropping out.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect downloaded bomb-making instructions

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine, gathered online material on Islamic jihad and martyrdom, and later scrawled anti-American messages inside the boat where he lay wounded, a federal indictment charged Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


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TWO-HEADED TURTLE HATCHES AT ZOO: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo's Friedrich Aquarium. Zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike (van SKYKE') said Wednesday that the two-headed turtle appears healthy and is able to swim and walk. She says experts at the zoo don't foresee any health issues for Thelma and Louise, named for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning road movie of the same name. The San Antonio ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas abortion bill falls after ‘ruckus’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


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IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


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


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Blind man hears, feels his way to mechanic degree

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A blind New Mexico man who recently earned an auto mechanics degree is looking for a job.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Tornadoes flatten tiny town; 2 dead

PILGER, Neb. (AP) - As two giant tornadoes bore down on this tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, Trey Wisniewski heard the storm sirens, glanced out at the blackening sky and rushed with his wife into their basement.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Cesar Chavez removed from Arizona ballot

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez will be removed from the Democratic primary ballot because of invalid nomination signatures, a judge ruled Tuesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman used Craigslist to find driver for son

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A suburban Atlanta woman was jailed after being accused of arranging for her son to travel with a stranger she found on Craigslist.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


The Situation charged in fight at tanning salon

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - It was gym, tan, jail for The Situation as he was arrested Tuesday after a fight at a tanning salon.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Texas’ Perry mulling move to California?

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Could Texas Gov. Rick Perry be California dreamin'?

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Social Security closes offices as demand soars

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration has been closing a record number of field offices because of budget constraints even as the demand for services soars, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


FDA prepping long-awaited plan to get us to reduce salt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty - a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


GM sales, used- car values hold up through recalls

DETROIT (AP) - Consumers looking for a used vehicle aren't shying away from GM models - even though more than 20 million GM cars and trucks have been recalled this year.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


Government pays 76 percent of premium under health law rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law are paying about $80 a month in premiums on average, the administration reported Wednesday.

June 17, 2014 | | Nation


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


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