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Prisoner freed 90 years early to appeal sentence

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early will appeal his sentence, his attorney said Tuesday, claiming it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he started a family and reformed his life.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Actor told 911 he shot wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Teen faces life after cops find pot brownies

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Cooler weather helps crews fighting Reno wildfire

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Rain and snow falling Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada was a relief for crews trying to snuff out a wildfire on the edge of Reno. But the wet weather also brought challenges in the steep, slippery canyons northeast of Lake Tahoe that are prone to landslides.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Merriam-Webster adds da ‘Yoopers’

NEW YORK (AP) - Da "Yoopers" up dere in da U.P., Michigan's Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the company's free online database.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Reno wildfire is 5% contained; homes safe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Three helicopters dumped water on a wildfire burning on the edge of Reno on Monday as about 150 firefighters on the ground were getting the upper hand on the blaze, pushing the flames back into the rugged wilderness along the Sierra's eastern front. No homes or structures were threatened.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Minnesota bans anti-bacterial chemical

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It's widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it's being banned in Minnesota.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Inmates complain about birds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Inmates on Ohio's death row complain that birds and bird droppings are getting into their cells through open windows, according to a report released Monday by an inspection committee reviewing conditions at the prison where condemned killers are housed.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona probes whether deputy targeted Hispanics

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff's deputy who recently killed himself may have been shaking down immigrants in an unusual case where authorities discovered hundreds of hours of recorded traffic stops, driver's licenses, passports and other documents in the man's home during a drug investigation, according to newly released court records.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Dropout threatened grad ceremony

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman trying to keep her family from learning she had dropped out of college called in bomb threats to a commencement ceremony at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, police said Monday.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Biden turns down prom invitation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - What happens when you invite Vice President Joe Biden to your high school prom? For one student he couldn't make it, but he sent a personal reply.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Woman walks for help after bear attack

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) - Bloodied and dazed after being slashed by the claws of a brown bear, a woman struggled to walk 2 miles along a curvy, hilly trail to find someone to help her.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Occupy activist gets 90 days in jail in assault

NEW YORK (AP) - An Occupy Wall Street protester who became a cause celebre for activists after she was charged with assaulting a police officer was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, with a judge saying a protest is no excuse for an attack.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• AT&T EYES FOOTBALL IN DIRECTV BUY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the hidden benefits of AT&T's $48.5 billion planned purchase of DirecTV is that it raises the possibility of making DirecTV's programming crown jewel, NFL Sunday Ticket, more broadly available on mobile devices.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Speaker calls students immature, arrogant

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) - A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted college students as "immature" and "arrogant" for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw.

May 18, 2014 | | Nation


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Shinseki resigns amid VA problems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


No charges in death of BART officer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transit police detective who shot and killed a fellow officer in January accidentally mistook him for an armed assailant and won't be charged, California prosecutors said in a report released on Friday.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher ridiculed autistic student

DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan teacher humiliated a student with Asperger's syndrome by videotaping him after he became wedged in a chair and showing the footage to his fifth-grade class and her colleagues, the school's superintendent wrote in a letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police officers indicted in large chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - Six officers in Cleveland's troubled police department were indicted Friday in a November 2012 car chase that ended with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 shots, was decried as a racially motivated execution and is part of a wide-ranging federal investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Toddler severely burned in drug raid

ATLANTA (AP) - Officers raiding a Georgia home in search of a drug suspect used a flash grenade not knowing children were inside, severely burning a toddler who was sleeping just inside the door, authorities and the boy's family said.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Judge orders ‘affluenza’ records turned over

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas judge ordered attorneys for the North Texas teenager who killed four people in a deadly wreck to turn over the records of the psychologist who claimed the teen had "affluenza."

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Google closing smartphone factory in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cross-country flight diverted after dog poops

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Students upset about altered yearbook photos

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) - A group of Utah high school students said they were surprised and upset to discover their school yearbook photos were digitally altered, with sleeves and higher necklines drawn on to cover bare skin.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Shinseki fights for his job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki eroded quickly Thursday, especially among congressional Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns, even as Shinseki continued to fight for his job amid allegations of delayed medical care and misconduct at VA facilities nationwide.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Brazen heroin ring wore ‘Bricks R Us’ shirts

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forty-four people were accused of participating in a Pittsburgh-area heroin ring in which investigators say some members brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


‘The Weed Fairy’ visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• MARYLAND GIRL PLEADS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR BULLYING: LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A 17-year-old Maryland girl accused of assaulting an autistic boy pleaded "responsible" to two misdemeanor charges after her case was transferred from adult to juvenile court.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest fined $200,000 for deception

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


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