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Ex-Marine detained for evaluation after making strident Facebook posts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former Marine involuntarily detained for psychiatric evaluation for posting strident anti-government messages on Facebook has received an outpouring of support from people who say authorities are trampling on his First Amendment rights.

August 20, 2012 | | Nation


NorCal. fire forces thousands to flee as more than 3,000 homes threatened

REDDING - (AP) - Thousands of people were told to leave their homes Sunday as a growing wildfire burning out of control in thick forest threatened rural communities in far Northern California.

August 19, 2012 | | Nation


Man fights to keep wife buried in front yard on street near Alabama community’s downtown

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) - James Davis is fighting to keep the remains of his late wife right where he dug her grave: In the front yard of his home, just a few feet from the porch.

August 19, 2012 | | Nation


Lawsuit over roads in Tahoe Forest in Sierra west of Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A national group representing off-highway recreationists is suing the U.S. Forest Service to try to overturn a new travel management plan on national forest lands in the Sierra west of Reno they say is overly restrictive.

August 19, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• 72 RESCUED WHEN SIGHTSEEING VESSEL TAKES ON WATER: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Coast Guard says responders have rescued 72 people on a sightseeing vessel that began taking on water in Alaska's Glacier Bay after reportedly striking a rock.

August 19, 2012 | | Nation


Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

AIR FRANCE: OUT OF GAS? ASK PASSENGERS TO PITCH IN: PARIS (AP) - An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ex-teacher gets 5-year prison term for student sex

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A former North Texas high school teacher was convicted Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Report accuses general of lavish travel, spending

Report accuses general of lavish travel, spending

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Activists get 2 years for anti-Putin church stunt

MOSCOW (AP) - Three punk rock-style activists who briefly took over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Vladimir Putin were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism on Friday, a decision that drew protests around the world as it highlighted the Russian president's intensifying crackdown on dissent.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Brazilian worker survives iron bar piercing his skull

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A 24-year-old construction worker survived after a 6-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said Friday.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


For Ryan, physical fitness a lifelong endeavor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Paul Ryan's dogged commitment to fitness and healthy living can be traced to 1986 when, at age 16, he found his father dead of a heart attack in the family's Janesville, Wis., home.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Philly-area swim club settles minority bias case from sale of their facilities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dozens of black and Hispanic children who said they experienced racial discrimination at a swim club in an overwhelmingly white suburb will share proceeds from the sale of the club, which filed for bankruptcy after their allegations, according to a settlement made public Thursday.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer ordered to pay $4.5M to gay U-M student

DETROIT (AP) - A jury on Thursday awarded a gay University of Michigan student body president $4.5 million in his lawsuit against a former Michigan assistant attorney general who posted about him in an anti-gay blog.

August 17, 2012 | | 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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