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Obama: Syrian carried out chemical attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet U.S. intelligence officials say questions remain about whether the attack could be linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad or high officials in his government.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier sentenced to death for shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Four New Jersey college footb

4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - Four New Jersey college football players are being rewarded for their honesty.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: MLK is his personal hero

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman will ask Florida to pay some bills

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's attorney said Tuesday that he is going to ask the state of Florida to pay for some of his client's non-lawyer legal bills, including for experts, printing and court reporters, and that the price tag could reach $300,000.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Some schools quit healthier lunch program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Seeking to gum up meth production

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More often than not, pharmacist Samuel Arco can tell whether a potential customer is looking for allergy relief or looking to cook up meth.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Readying rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Hole will make giant pumpkin ineligible for fair

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Body found in jilted girlfriend's freezer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


County told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Can strippers save Atlantic City?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Heat prompts early dismissals in Midwest schools

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An unusual, late-summer heat wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday, putting schools and sports events on hold.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


$2M bail set in death of WWII veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


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14 Occupy protesters receive $583K

NEW YORK (AP) - The city has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking what their lawyers Tuesday called the largest settlement to date in a single Occupy-related civil rights case.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


Man dismembered woman, ate body

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man has been charged with killing a woman, dismembering her body and eating part of her corpse in a bizarre case that's perplexing law enforcement in a small pastoral town.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


Mom talking to daughter as teen falls off cliff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Washington teenager was on the phone with her mother as she hiked alone on a mountain in Alaska, saying she was nervous about the slippery terrain before her mother heard a scream, and then silence. The 18-year-old had fallen 30 feet from a cliff.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation


AMA: Classify cheerleading as a sport

CHICAGO (AP) - The American Medical Association says cheerleading should be considered a sport because of its rigors and risks.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Philly-area school has 14 sets of twins graduating

WARMINSTER, Pa. (AP) - Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Father killed daughter’s abuser

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of going on a shooting spree in a rural community was charged Monday with killing the man who molested his daughter more than a decade ago and trying to kill a stepdaughter's boyfriend.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family helped jail O.J. Simpson

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, Fred Goldman was adamant that he would never rest until he had held O.J. Simpson accountable for the killings of his son Ron and Simpson's ex-wife 20 years ago - even if a jury had acquitted the former football star.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Officer says he didn’t refuse to work pride parade

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The attorney for a Salt Lake City police officer who was placed on leave for refusing an assignment to work a gay pride parade last weekend said Monday that his client has been defamed by inaccurate comments made by the police department.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• VIEWERS OF ONLINE GAME REPORTED BREAK-IN: TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - People watching a video feed of a woman playing an online game called authorities to report seeing a home invasion taking place in the woman's apartment, police said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


New patients wait 56 days in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patients seeking care through the VA's Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System waited an average of 56 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor - four times longer than the department's goal.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


Cop killers had anti-government view

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A husband and wife who went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas harbored anti-government beliefs and left a swastika and a "Don't tread on me" flag on the body of one of the two police officers they killed, authorities said Monday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nation


2 officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man and a woman ambushed two police officers eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant, fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said Sunday.

June 08, 2014 | | Nation


Aid targeted for Arizona site holding solo illegal migrant kids

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Officials are working to improve conditions at a makeshift holding center in southern Arizona where immigration authorities are housing hundreds of unaccompanied migrant minors.

June 08, 2014 | | Nation


Texas is last stop in final tour for country star George Strait

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people with duet after duet with some of the biggest names in country music.

June 08, 2014 | | Nation


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