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NEIGHBORHOOD TESTIFIES ABOUT MARTIN-ZIMMERMAN FIGHT: SANFORD, Fla. - Two neighbors and a police officer gave accounts Friday in George Zimmerman's murder trial that seemed to bolster the neighborhood watch volunteer's contention that he was on his back and being straddled by Trayvon Martin during their confrontation. Neighbor Jonathan Good said it appeared the unarmed teen was straddling Zimmerman, while another neighbor, Jonathan Manalo, said Zimmerman seemed credible when he said immediately after the fight that he had shot Martin in self-defense. Officer Tim Smith testified that Zimmerman's backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side ...

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


Final gov’t birth control rule for faith groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration issued its final compromise Friday for religiously affiliated charities, hospitals and other nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.

June 28, 2013 | | Nation


Spy program collected Internet records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol address of their computer, documents disclosed Thursday show.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Spy program collected Internet records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration gathered U.S. citizens' Internet data until 2011, continuing a spying program started under President George W. Bush that revealed whom Americans exchanged emails with and the Internet Protocol address of their computer, documents disclosed Thursday show.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Goodbye M&Ms, hello granola bars as school snack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


Student loan interest rates will double

WASHINGTON (AP) - Student loan rates will double Monday - at least for a while - after a compromise to keep student loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before the July 1 deadline, senators said Thursday.

June 27, 2013 | | Nation


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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


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Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Parents charged in death of son

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Biologists ID pot gardens as salmon threat

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Government funds lawyers for kids

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Obama administration is spending $4 million on lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children in deportation proceedings, a move an influential Republican lawmaker says is illegal and will fuel an increase in illegal immigration.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Deportation of minors won’t stop

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle is not stopping the deportation proceedings of eight minors suing the federal government over legal representation.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Deportation of minors won’t stop

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle is not stopping the deportation proceedings of eight minors suing the federal government over legal representation.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Gambling industry worth $240B, 1.7M jobs

LAS VEGAS (AP) - U.S. casinos and the makers of the games found inside had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013, a study shows.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Jailed cop killer is graduation speaker

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A man serving life in prison for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


FTC to retailers: Drop caffeinated drawers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked - but at least you can get your money back.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Netflix takes aim at theatrical window

NEW YORK (AP) - Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Viagra ads target women for 1st time

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Apple could be on hook for billions due to illegal tax benefits

BRUSSELS (AP) - Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Court mulls firing for pot use off job

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart where cops shot man pulls air rifles

CINCINNATI (AP) - Pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a 22-year-old man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police, a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to entice care providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

September 30, 2014 | | Nation


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