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Showdown gun control vote set Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Democrat is setting Congress' first showdown vote for Thursday on President Barack Obama's gun control drive as a small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Budget cuts ground military aircraft

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force plans to ground about a third of its active-duty force of combat planes and a top general warned Tuesday that the branch might not be able to respond immediately to every event when needed.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Cuba to turn over Florida couple and their children

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba said Tuesday that it will turn over to the United States a Florida couple who allegedly kidnapped their own children from the mother's parents and fled by boat to Havana, ending days of drama that evoked memories of the Elian Gonzalez custody battle of more than a decade ago.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


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AUDIO: ALASKA SERIAL KILLER WANTED EXECUTION DATE: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Even before he was charged in the slaying of a young barista, Israel Keyes bluntly told authorities in Alaska he would talk about other victims, but only on his terms.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Obama's domestic agenda on the line

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's second-term agenda will be robustly tested this week, with gun control and immigration in the spotlight on Capitol Hill and the White House releasing his long-delayed budget blueprint. In a taste of what lies ahead, Democratic gun legislation arrived on the Senate floor Monday - facing an aggressive Republican effort to block it.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


Frog-phobic man awarded $1.6M

CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) - Paul Marinaccio Sr. traces his fear of frogs to a childhood incident in Italy when a man holding bullfrogs chased him away after he'd wandered from the vineyard where his parents worked.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


Police to probe if Alaska coach hit player

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A police department in Oregon will investigate whether an Alaska assistant high school football coach assaulted a player on a school-sponsored team trip to a summer camp last year.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

LONDON (AP) - Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


Group says 'alarm fatigue' can be deadly

CHICAGO (AP) - Constantly beeping alarms from devices that monitor the vital signs of the critically ill have "desensitized" hospital workers who sometimes ignore the noise, leading to at least two dozen deaths a year on average, a hospital accrediting group said Monday.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


Budget woes could delay NY trial for bin Laden kin

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge said he found it "stunning" to hear Monday that federal budget woes could delay the start of a terrorism trial for Osama bin Laden's son-in-law.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


Hagel seeks change on conviction reversals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is recommending that military commanders be largely stripped of their ability to reverse criminal convictions of service members, a move that comes in response to a congressional uproar over an Air Force officer's decision to overturn a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case, the Pentagon said Monday.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


FDA approves return of drug for morning sickness

WASHINGTON (AP) - Talk about a comeback: A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval again as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


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BOY, 4, ACCIDENTALLY KILLS TENN. DEPUTY'S WIFE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a 4-year-old boy grabbed a loaded gun at a family cookout and accidentally shot and killed the wife of a Tennessee sheriff's deputy.

April 08, 2013 | | Nation


North Korea: US military not taking a chance

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) - The top U.S. military officer said Sunday the Pentagon had bolstered its missile defenses and taken other steps because he "can't take the chance" that North Korea won't soon engage in some military action.

April 07, 2013 | | Nation


Top White House aide says GOP, Democrats must bend for Obama plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Sunday warned Republicans that a "my way or the highway" approach would spell the GOP's defeat in upcoming budget negotiations and told its Democratic allies that they, too, will have to bend on President Barack Obama's delayed spending plan set to be released this week.

April 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Congresswoman proposes e-cigarette rules

SAN MATEO (AP) - A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Modern Family’ dad headlines gay marriage event in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the season finale of the ABC hit 'Modern Family,' actor Ty Burrell's character ends up officiating at the wedding of the show's comical gay couple.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


School leader calls welfare folks ‘lazy pigs’

PHOENIX (AP) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has confirmed he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as "lazy pigs" and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Obama sending military advisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


House GOP elects McCarthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Presbyterians: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


More vets wait 30 days; some waits shorter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, according to an updated audit of 731 VA medical facilities released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Data: iPhone ‘kill switch’ cuts thefts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Harley-Davidson tests electric motorcycles

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Would a Harley still be a Harley if it didn't have that out-of-my-way rumble and those fat, hydrocarbon-belching exhausts?

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Is extending eagle wind farm eagle permits illegal?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Man cited for warning drivers of checkpoint

CLEVELAND (AP) - A suburban Cleveland man says police violated his First Amendment rights to free speech when they cited him for holding a sign warning motorists to turn if they wanted to avoid a drunken-driving checkpoint.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without Congress’ signoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency sweeping through Iraq, the Senate's top Republican and Capitol Hill aides said after the president briefed senior lawmakers Wednesday.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man held on Nazi death camp charges

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 89-year-old Philadelphia man was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a German arrest warrant charging him with aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children while he was a guard at the Auschwitz death camp.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Dead dog found in freezer donated to thrift shop

LOMA LINDA (AP) - Southern California authorities say a freezer donated to a thrift shop contained an unwelcome surprise - a dead dog.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


Board unwittingly OKs slavery reparations

DALLAS (AP) - Leaders in a North Texas county passed a resolution this week supporting reparations to African-Americans for slavery - without even realizing they had done so.

June 18, 2014 | | Nation


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