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Bookkeeper helped avert tragedy in standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


80 House members: Government shutdown better than 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a third of House Republicans urged their leader Thursday to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the implementation of the health care overhaul they call "Obamacare."

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Manning wants to live as a woman

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Three years after rocking the Pentagon by leaking a mountain of secrets, Bradley Manning created a whole new set of potential complications for the military Thursday by asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Union Pacific seeks cameras to watch crews

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - At least two major U.S. freight railroads are seeking to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

HONOLULU (AP) - A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died Wednesday, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Portland sues firm over outdoor restrooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The City of Portland thinks something stinks about the public bathrooms being marketed by a Southern Oregon company.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Manning gets stiffest punishment

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning stood at attention in his crisp dress uniform Wednesday and learned the price he will pay for spilling an unprecedented trove of government secrets: up to 35 years in prison, the stiffest punishment ever handed out in the U.S. for leaking to the media.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NM county issues same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gay couples rushed to a courthouse in Las Cruces on Wednesday after the county clerk decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a surprise move that came as several legal challenges on the practice make their way through the courts.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Utah thieves vacuum coins from machine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of enterprising thieves took a car wash to the cleaners: They used a powerful shop vacuum to suck quarters out of a coin-operated machine, police said Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman carried 500 plus bullets

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TRIAL BEGINS FOR OHIO MOM CHARGED IN SCHOOL BRAWL : CINCINNATI (AP) - A police officer testified Wednesday that he arrested a woman accused of helping her teenage daughter beat up a classmate at a high school because she "tried to take the law into her own hands" when she bypassed school rules to get on campus.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Law impacts primary care doc shortage

MIAMI (AP) - When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor. The relatively healthy 61-year-old didn't try to see the doctor until last month, when she and her husband both needed authorization to see separate specialists.

December 07, 2014 | | Nation


Deaths renew calls for lookalike guns action

CINCINNATI (AP) - Twice in less than four months, police in Ohio have opened fire with real bullets on young people carrying lookalike guns, raising anguished questions about what could have prevented the deadly encounters.

December 07, 2014 | | Nation


Retailer Delia’s to liquidate operations

NEW YORK (AP) - Delia's said Friday that it plans to liquidate its stores and file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


Gas prices below $2 a gallon in Texas and Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles away to fill up.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ‘99

WASHINGTON (AP) - A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.

December 05, 2014 | | Nation


US: Cleveland police poorly trained, reckless

CLEVELAND (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland reached an agreement Thursday to overhaul the city's police department after federal investigators concluded that officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often and have endangered the public and their fellow officers with their recklessness.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Police cases converge to stir national debate

NEW YORK (AP) - From the White House to the streets of some of America's biggest cities, the New York chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation Thursday about racial justice and police use of force.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

NEW YORK (AP) - The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Uber raises $1.2 billion, valued at $40 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, a sign investors were little fazed by the ride-hailing app's recent spate of bad publicity over privacy violations and its corporate culture.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Air bag maker balks at coast-to-coast recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms

Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they'd rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care.

December 04, 2014 | | Nation


UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

LIMA, Peru (AP) - With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US couple cleared in daughter’s death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - An American couple left the Gulf nation of Qatar on Wednesday after being cleared of charges in their adopted 8-year-old daughter's death, ending a nearly two-year legal saga they contend was rooted in confusion over cross-cultural adoption.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


US contractor ends fifth year in Cuban prison

HAVANA (AP) - Five years to the day after his arrest in Cuba on espionage charges, former U.S. contractor Alan Gross is threatening a hunger strike, refusing almost all visitors and predicting he will die in prison if he isn't freed by his 66th birthday in May, relatives and backers said Wednesday.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


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