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Vegetarian inmate told fish isn't meat

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A vegetarian prison inmate in Connecticut has a beef with his prison diet, saying the state is feeding him seafood three times a week and justifying it by telling him that fish is not meat.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama gains Syria-strike support

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Won’t process same-sex benefits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Christie claims rival mocked weight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of making a mocking reference to his weight when she suggested that the image of him "frolicking on the beach" was not a boost to tourism.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HIKER FALLS TO DEATH AFTER MT. WHITNEY CLIMB: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers have retrieved the body of a hiker who fell over a cliff to his death after climbing to the summit of California's Mount Whitney.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Case may hinge on property rights

STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - James Crocker had grown weary of the partying canoeists and rafters who encroached on his neatly kept property along Missouri's Meramec River. When he caught a man about to relieve himself on a gravel bar by his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Pa. university kicks Rivera off panel for 'selfie'

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Duquesne University says Geraldo Rivera isn't welcome to appear on a panel at the Pittsburgh school because of a half-naked "selfie" he posted this summer.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty to killing his principal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis teen who police say studied close-combat battle tactics and sharpened his knife the night before he fatally stabbed his high school principal pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Slave’s stay inspired author of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Clemson University professor is convinced that Harriet Beecher Stowe might not have written "Uncle Tom's Cabin" if it were not for a fugitive South Carolina slave she harbored for a night before starting the history-making novel.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


'Heat days' common for sweaty schools

CHICAGO (AP) - When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet towels to drape around their necks.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Diana Nyad first to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sandy's 'freaky' path may be less likely in future

WASHINGTON (AP) - Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


New social network for law enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHILLY CABDRIVER STABBED 11 TIMES IN $205 ROBBERY: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say a Philadelphia cabdriver has been stabbed 11 times by a pair of riders who stole $205 from him.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Obama overrules foreign policy team

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama's new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president's ability to overrule them all.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


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Navy considers banning tobacco sales on bases

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Bergdahl’s hometown cancels celebration amid furor

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds - both for and against the soldier.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Court considers restoring NYC big-soda ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York City officials urged the state's top court on Wednesday to reinstate the city's ban on big sodas, arguing that the local Board of Health has authority to restrict products that make people obese and contribute to disease.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Man drives 100s of miles with passenger after she died in car

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area man was so determined to get to Michigan from Arizona that he refused to stop and contact authorities after one of his passengers died, police said Wednesday.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Last of original Navajo Code Talkers dies

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Woman dies after plane propeller hits head

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - An employee at a southwest Ohio skydiving business has died from head injuries she suffered when she walked into a spinning airplane propeller.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Carson City leads nation in warming trend

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Don Quilici has snookered a few Carson City newcomers with bets that it would snow the week of his birthday in early May.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Will that be a 6-bedroom suite or simply just a couch?

NEW YORK (AP) - Private elevators, personal shopping assistants, six-bedroom suites with their own postal codes. Even helipads. This is what the super-rich have come to expect from hotels.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


A new ‘Destiny’ for non- sequel video games at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to expand online savings tool nationwide

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Tattoos can be evidence of a crime

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Teardrops for murders. Spider webs for prison time. Penal code numbers for crimes committed.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


General: Bergdahl case not closed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Immigrants fuel cricket boom

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build "pitches" across the country.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Online pirates thrive on legit ad dollars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


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