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IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Math, reading scores up slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gay rights bill gets Senate OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


One final toast for surviving Doolittle Raiders this weekend

CINCINNATI (AP) - Military and history buffs will be able to watch online as surviving Doolittle Raiders make a final toast Saturday to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights denial of 'COPSLIE' vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police stun stepdad trying to save son from fire

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Third fire in Tesla Model S reported

DETROIT (AP) - A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher back in class after suspension over requiring student that’s a Jehovah’s Witness to recite p

MIAMI (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11, school district officials said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Holmes’ on dating website: ‘Will you visit me in prison?’

DENVER (AP) - Records from two dating websites where Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked "Will you visit me in prison?" can be used as evidence in his trial, the judge ruled Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Rulings move Ohio child \killer closer to execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Back-to-back rulings Thursday pushed a condemned child killer closer to being executed next week by a lethal two-drug combination never used in the U.S.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Cat used for target practice shot by arrow

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - A cat that Connecticut officials believe was used for target practice has survived being shot by an arrow.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama ‘sorry' people are losing insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a growing furor, President Barack Obama said Thursday he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Anal probes ordered after traffic stop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A southern New Mexico man who was pulled over for not making a complete stop was taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes, three enemas, two body X-rays and a colonoscopy because police thought he was hiding drugs, according a federal lawsuit. In El Paso, a woman crossing the border was stripped searched, vaginally probed then taken to the hospital for more invasive tests, a forced bowel movement, X-rays and scans, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

November 06, 2013 | | Nation


Dinosaur that predates T. rex found in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Paleontologists on Wednesday unveiled a new dinosaur discovered four years ago in southern Utah that proves giant tyrant dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex were around 10 million years earlier than previously believed.

November 06, 2013 | | Nation


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300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

TWISP, Wash. (AP) - About 300 homes - twice as many as previously estimated - have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal in some states - but the neighbors don't have to like it.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple was living in overdue rental truck

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a Mississippi couple found living with their two children and the children's grandmother in an overdue rental truck that had been reported stolen.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Fast food workers push for $15 an hour

CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


Coming out of the Social Security closet

Well, I've written another column that sure touched a nerve. I'm talking about the column that appeared a couple weeks ago in which I shared an email I got from a woman who was upset because her good friend died at age 69 without ever collecting a nickel of her Social Security benefits. She was angry at a financial planner who advised her friend to delay benefits until age 70. Sadly, in this woman's case, that turned out to be bad advice.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


House votes to boost child tax credit for some

WASHINGTON (AP) - More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) - Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

July 25, 2014 | | Nation


As inmate died, lawyers debated

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Doctor fires back at gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) - A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a hospital on Thursday helped stop the patient by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man held after wild car-theft spree

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - A man wielding a rifle and a handgun hijacked a car, burst through a garage door in a stolen SUV and tried to commandeer two state-owned dump trucks before a deputy wrestled him to the pavement on a highway west of Denver, authorities said.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Tornado slams campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man claims penis was mistakenly amputated

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dad charged after dresser kills 2 toddlers

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Not buying insurance may cost you $2,448

MIAMI (AP) - Federal officials have capped the amount of money scofflaws will be forced to pay if they don't buy insurance this year at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon shares fall on 2Q loss

SEATTLE (AP) - Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell Thursday after the e-commerce retailer reported a deeper-than-expected second quarter loss as expenses outpaced a surge in revenue.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


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