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Guns used in crime not easy to trace

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the fictional world of television police dramas, a few quick clicks on a computer lead investigators to the owner of a gun recovered at a bloody crime scene. Before the first commercial, the TV detectives are on the trail of the suspect.

January 29, 2013 | | Nation


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OBAMA ON IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL: 'NOW IS THE TIME' : LAS VEGAS (AP) - Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders. He hailed a bipartisan Senate group on a similar track but left unresolved key details that could derail the complex and emotional effort.

January 29, 2013 | | Nation


Ex-Ill. Gov. Ryan faces changed world after 5 years in prison

CHICAGO (AP) - When former Illinois Gov. George Ryan steps out of prison on Wednesday after serving five-plus years for corruption, he will return to a life altered by personal tragedy and to a state altered by his and his successor's legacy of corruption.

January 29, 2013 | | Nation


Leafy greens top food poisoning source

NEW YORK (AP) - A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.

January 29, 2013 | | Nation


Texas woman's execution halted; DA won't appeal

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The first woman scheduled to be executed in the U.S. since 2010 won a reprieve Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber.

January 29, 2013 | | Nation


Hagel supports nuclear arms elimination

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon having publicly advocated for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons.

January 29, 2013 | | Nation


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January 29, 2013 | | Nation


Chicago reaches 40 homicides in January

CHICAGO (AP) - A bloody weekend in which seven people were killed and six wounded has put an abrupt end - at least for now - to hopes that Chicago was at least putting a lid on its frightening homicide rate.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Immigration overhaul? GOP, Democrat senators vow action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Side by side, leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged Monday to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Ford, Daimler, Nissan to research hydrogen cars

DETROIT (AP) - Ford is joining with Daimler and Renault-Nissan to speed development of cars that run on hydrogen, with hopes of bringing a vehicle to market in as little as four years.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Arrests along US borders up in last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - A year after Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal border crossers plunged to the lowest levels in nearly 40 years agents have seen a slight increase in arrests, according to Border Patrol arrest data obtained by The Associated Press.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nonfunctional missile launcher shows up at Seattle gun buyback

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police worked with Army officials Monday to track down the history of a nonfunctional missile launcher that showed up at a weapons buyback program and determine whether it was legal or possibly stolen from the military.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Fighter jet missing on training mission

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Italian aircraft on Monday searched the Adriatic Sea after losing contact with a U.S. fighter jet believed to have crashed during a training mission off the coast of Italy.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Experts find new evidence in submarine mystery from Confederacy in Civil War

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Researchers say they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave.

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier who lost 4 limbs in Iraq by bomb has double-arm transplant

BALTIMORE (AP) - On Facebook, he describes himself as a "wounded warrior...very wounded."

January 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Wyoming top in CO2 per person

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Noah’s ark project spurred by debate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The founder of a Bible-themed museum who recently debated evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye said Thursday that the widely watched event helped to boost enthusiasm among followers who invested in a project to build a 510-foot Noah's Ark.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Clay Aiken officially joins congressional race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken officially filed Thursday to run for Congress in North Carolina, saying that he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Married man becomes Maronite Catholic priest

ST. LOUIS (AP) - When Wissam Akiki was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including his wife and daughter.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Cracks force closure of $60M Texas HS stadium

ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A $60 million Texas high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur and price tag will be shut down indefinitely 18 months after its opening, school district officials said Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


5 San Francisco officers indicted by feds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, charging two with stealing money and drugs seized as part of investigations, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona religious bill that angered gays vetoed

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


FDA snoops on whistleblowers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Texas officers suspended for homeless sign competition

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn't violate any city law.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Soldier accused of avoiding flag salute

DENVER (AP) - A photo posted on Instagram that appeared to show a soldier deliberately avoiding saluting the flag touched off a military investigation and a storm of criticism.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Parents upset: Man takes wrong kid home

STERLING, Conn. (AP) - Parents in a small eastern Connecticut town are demanding action by local officials after a man went to a school to pick up his great-grandson and took the wrong child home, possibly because the boys were wearing similar hats.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


Keystone contractor followed federal rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - A consulting firm that helped write an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline complied with federal rules regarding possible conflict of interest, the State Department's inspector general said Wednesday in a report that buoyed supporters of the controversial pipeline and disappointed critics.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


FINGERPRINT SECURITY

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


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