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Airlines, WTC owners square off

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge began listening to testimony Monday that will help him decide whether the owners of the World Trade Center buildings destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks can pursue billions of dollars in damages from aviation companies linked to the hijacked planes.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ALL INVOLVED AGREE, SAND DUNE RESCUE 'A MIRACLE' : CHICAGO (AP) - One minute, 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was scampering up a massive dune in northern Indiana with his dad and a friend. He was gone the next, without a warning or sound.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Matthews fans meet him in need of ride to Pennsylvania show

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) - A fan on her way to a Dave Matthews concert pulled over to help a stranded bicyclist, who turned out to be none other than the singer himself.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Later retirement may help prevent dementia

BOSTON (AP) - New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

July 15, 2013 | | Nation


Neighborhood watch: Zimmerman jury adjourns deliberations

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - With police and civic leaders urging calm, a jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a cop wannabe who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Penn State OKs Sandusky settlements

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Penn State could soon be paying out millions of dollars to victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky after disclosing Friday it had tentative agreements with some of the young men who say he sexually abused them.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Body exhumed in Strangler case

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) - Investigators have unearthed the remains of a man who once confessed to being the Boston Strangler in a bid to use forensic evidence to connect him to the death of a woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Depp’s interest in Wounded Knee causes a stir

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - For months, questions have swirled about whether developers, activists or tribes would be willing to plunk down millions to buy a portion of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark. Now there's a new potential buyer in the mix: Johnny Depp.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Hulu: Owners halt sale; to inject cash instead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The on-again, off-again sale of Hulu is off - again.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Firing of attractive aid legal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he had grown too attracted to her and worried he would try to start an extramarital affair, the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed Friday in its second crack at the controversial case.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Strange News

TALL MAN DRESSED IN DRAG ROBS BANK: JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police say a western Pennsylvania bank robber was long and tall, but probably not named Sally - despite outward appearances. Instead police in Richland Township, near Johnstown, believe the robber was a 6-foot, 6-inch man who was wearing a wig and women's clothes when he handed a teller a note demanding money at the First National Bank branch about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say the suspect was wearing a straight-haired red wig, black dress and shoes, and was carrying a handbag. Police Chief Michael Burgan says the bank ...

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Planes called before ‘Hotshots’ fire deaths

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona wildfire was so out of control because of winds from a nearby thunderstorm that officials asked for half the available Western U.S. air tanker fleet nearly an hour before 19 members of a Hotshot crew were killed, records obtained by The Associated Press Friday show.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman: Trial jury may consider lesser charge

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain's second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


Message in a bottle: Note found amid Sandy debris helps grieving mother

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) - More than a dozen years ago, a 10-year-old girl scrawled a message on a piece of notebook paper, sealed it up in a green plastic bottle and tossed it into the ocean.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


Attitudes shift amid recession

CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


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California needs storm every other day until end of May to end drought

MERCED (AP) - Two recent storms that washed over bone-dry California delivered welcome rain and snow, but officials from the state's Drought Task Force said Tuesday that much more is needed to alleviate the crisis.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra snowpack one-third normal; March miracle desperately needed

TRUCKEE. (AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s 2015 budget appeals to Demos

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Oscar celeb selfie a landmark moment

NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Minnesota farmer creates granddaddy of a snowman

GILMAN, Minn. (AP) - A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Friends common source of abused meds

CHICAGO (AP) - Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


False alarm ‘Olympus’ movie ad fine $1.9M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• DAUGHTER'S FACEBOOK POST COSTS FATHER $80,000: MIAMI (AP) - A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine tensions increase

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Woman claimed to be sister when she was ticketed

POLK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on forgery and other charges because state police say she identified herself as her sister when she was pulled over and given two traffic tickets, and again when she pleaded guilty before a district judge and was fined.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

NEW YORK (AP() - Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


‘American Idol’ votes routed to pizzeria

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettucine.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case may lead to lawyers at bail hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case looks at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


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