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CHINA'S CHEN SPEAKS BY PHONE TO CONGRESS HEARING: WASHINGTON (AP) - Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng spoke to a congressional hearing Thursday from his Beijing hospital bed - and requested a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As 20,000 Mormons streamed from the church conference center, a ragtag group of protesters stood across the street shouting that the Latter-day Saints were going to hell. Mormon families, who had gathered here for two days of speeches and spiritual guidance called General Conference, ignored the hecklers or laughed and kept walking.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Officials use bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege - and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of his global jihad's glory days.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Tallest man in US in Mass. seeking shoes, normalcy

CANTON, Mass. (AP) - Finding shoes for the nation's tallest man takes more than a trip to the mall; more like a trip across the country.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Newt Gingrich ends campaign, urges party to back Romney

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Newt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Afghanistan security deal Obama signed has numerous holes in it

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 10-year security compact that President Barack Obama signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai contains promises the United States and Afghanistan cannot guarantee they will keep, and loopholes for both nations.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


Former ICE agent sentenced in no-work scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former federal immigration agent has been sentenced to one month behind bars and a $5,000 fine for lying to investigators about a fraud scheme that netted her and her husband more than $500,000.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


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TESTIMONY ON EDWARDS' WIFE HEARING OF AFFAIR: GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A former adviser to John Edwards recounted Wednesday how the former presidential candidate's now-deceased wife indignantly confronted her husband, baring her chest in front of staff members the day after a tabloid reported that he was cheating on her.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


13 charged in hazing death of band member

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Thirteen people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S., accused in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major who authorities say was mercilessly pummeled by fellow members of the marching band.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


Conviction in thwarted subway bomb plot

NEW YORK (AP) - In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


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FACEBOOK TO MAKE IT EASIER TO BECOME ORGAN DONOR: NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook wants to help you share your organs.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


Obama flies to Afghanistan to tout to nation his foreign policy record

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


SC teacher facing charges over 'Jew' comment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A middle school teacher in South Carolina has been accused of dragging a student under a table during class, telling the boy "this is what the Nazis do to Jews," police said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Iowa case asks: Is it a crime to harass animals?

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors hope to use a rarely enforced federal law to punish two Iowa pilots whose low flying disturbed thousands of resting migratory birds in a case that centers on this question: Is it a crime to harass animals?

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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KIMMEL'S FAT JOKES DON'T BOTHER CHRISTIE: PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says having a sexy television star seated beside him made it easier to absorb the fat jokes Jimmy Kimmel made at his expense during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self

CHICAGO (AP) - A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla posts loss, prepares factory site

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors widened its loss in the second quarter as it prepared for the launch of a new SUV and started work on a massive new battery plant.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado tightening edible pot rules following death

DENVER (AP) - Alarmed by booming sales of highly potent edible marijuana products, Colorado regulators have drafted an emergency rule making it easier for new users to tell how much pot they're eating.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don't want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

July 31, 2014 | | Nation


Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing kids

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


House GOP scrambles for votes

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Drone with contraband crashes at SC prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused in connection with trying to sneak it in.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Weather kills 2,000 a year; cold top culprit

NEW YORK (AP) - The weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year and nearly two-thirds of the deaths are from the cold, according to a new government report.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

NEW YORK (AP) - It's a ship tied to two critical points in American history: Sept. 11, 2001, and the eve of the Revolutionary War.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police arrest mom, say son, 7, went to park alone

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman who let her 7-year-old son walk alone to a park has been charged with felony child neglect.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Man tried to smother ill dad who later died

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Florida man is accused of trying to suffocate his terminally ill father by holding his hand over the man's nose and mouth at a suburban Cleveland nursing home, police said. The 86-year-old man died a few hours later.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-IRS official called conservatives ‘crazies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


Foster parent charged with murder in kid’s hot car death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man accused of leaving his 10-month-old foster child in a hot car where she died was charged Wednesday with murder.

July 30, 2014 | | Nation


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