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Commander cites 'rot' in nuke force

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel demanded more information Wednesday after the Air Force removed 17 launch officers from duty at a nuclear missile base in North Dakota over what a commander called "rot" in the force. The Air Force struggled to explain, acknowledging concern about an "attitude problem" but telling Congress the weapons were secure.

May 08, 2013 | | Nation


Teen charged with homicide by assault in soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault, a count issued when an attack unintentionally causes death.

May 08, 2013 | | Nation


Man charged with rape, kidnapping

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for a decade were found alive at his run-down home was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and raping them. Prosecutors brought no charges against his brothers, saying there was no evidence they had any part in the crime.

May 08, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

3 PARTIES SPLITTING $1M AWARD: PLOTLOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police say three parties will split the $1 million reward offered during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner, with most of it going to a couple tied up by the rogue ex-cop before his final shootout with authorities.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police facing questions in 3 women's rescue

CLEVELAND (AP) - One neighbor says a naked woman was seen crawling on her hands and knees in the backyard of the house a few years ago. Another heard pounding on the home's doors and noticed plastic bags over the windows.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Intel worker subjected to 'Kick Me' prank

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Intel workers secretly taped a "Kick Me" sign to the back of a co-worker as a prank, then kicked the confused man a number of times as employees at the Rio Rancho Intel plant laughed hysterically at the episode, according to a federal lawsuit.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell

WASHINGTON (AP) - Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Christie has weight-loss surgery

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie, who once famously called himself "the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen," disclosed Tuesday he had secretly undergone weight-loss surgery, a major new step by the potential Republican presidential contender to address both his health and a political vulnerability.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Late-payment rate on mortgages fall

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A resurgent housing market, rising home values and steady job gains are helping more U.S. homeowners stay on top of their mortgage payments.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Home signs warn of presence of predators

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - Brian Speer thought he had completed all of his obligations when he registered in Bradford County as a convicted sex predator after serving an eight-year prison sentence for child molestation.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Delaware now 11th state with gay marriage

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware became the 11th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage when Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed a gay marriage bill into law just minutes after its passage by the state Senate on Tuesday.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gun homicides down 39% since 1990s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993 peak, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress' battle over whether to tighten restrictions on firearms.

May 07, 2013 | | Nation


FBI says raid disrupts planned terror attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - FBI officials said Monday that they foiled a terrorism attack that was being planned in a small western Minnesota town, but they offered no details about the exact targets of the attack - or the motive of the man accused of having a cache of explosives and weapons in a mobile home.

May 06, 2013 | | Nation


SEC: Harrisburg, misled investors

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's debt-laden capital city violated federal antifraud rules for securities issuers by repeatedly giving misleading information that created risks for bond investors at a time the city's finances were rapidly deteriorating, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday.

May 06, 2013 | | Nation


Prosecutor weighs charges in soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah prosecutor said Monday he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.

May 06, 2013 | | Nation


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15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting

MIAMI (AP) - A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teens

CHICAGO (AP) - Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants - long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


1,000 veterans line up for free marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

September 28, 2014 | | Nation


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