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US slams hostage-taking; Clinton to call Algeria

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration appeared to be in the dark Thursday about a hostage situation at a natural gas plant in Algeria, where Algerian forces launched a military assault to free dozens of foreign hostages, including an unknown number of Americans, held by Islamist militants.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research by federal agencies?

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Nearly as many Americans die from guns as from car crashes each year. We know plenty about the second problem and far less about the first. A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


Michelle Obama shows off new hairstyle: bangs

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's something a little different these days about Michelle Obama: bangs in her hair.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


House GOP may seek short-term debt limit extension

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - House Republicans may seek a quick, short-term extension of the government's debt limit, a move that would avoid an immediate default by the Treasury as the party seeks to maximize leverage in negotiations over spending cuts with President Barack Obama this spring, officials said Thursday.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


'Last Stand' star Schwarzenegger talks gun control: No connection to film violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't think there's a parallel between film and real-world gun violence.

January 17, 2013 | | Nation


FAA grounds all Boeing 787s

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The federal government grounded Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jetliner Wednesday, declaring that U.S. airlines cannot fly the 787 again until the risk of battery fires is addressed.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

'STAND CLOSER TO THE RHINO' RESULTS IN GRAVE WOUND: JOHANNESBURG (AP) - When do you not listen to the African wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Marine pleads guilty to urinating on Afghan corpse

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A Marine who pleaded guilty Wednesday to urinating on the corpse of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan will likely be demoted one rank under a plea agreement, although a military judge called for a much harsher sentence.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Fed survey: US economy picked up at end of year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Holiday shopping, strong auto sales and a recovering housing market helped boost the U.S. economy from the middle of November through early January, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Gun used to kill 3 in Ky. bought same day

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A gunman enraged by a domestic dispute bought a gun and fatally shot his former girlfriend, her uncle and her cousin in the parking lot of a small southeastern Kentucky college, police said Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Space station to get $18M balloon-like room

LAS VEGAS (AP) - NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to swap out the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space for inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


Rage over Conn. tragedy tops 9/11

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans were angrier about last month's horrific school shooting in Connecticut than they were about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


San Francisco officials mull Milk for airport name ballot proposition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco lawmaker on Tuesday introduced legislation that would ask voters to rename the city's airport after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


California home prices rise by more than 20% in December

SAN DIEGO (AP) - California home prices rose more than 20 percent in December - with the San Francisco Bay area witnessing its sharpest increase in at least two decades - as buyers competed for scarce inventory, a research firm reported Wednesday.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


‘Conrad Bain of 'Diff'rent Strokes' dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died.

January 16, 2013 | | Nation


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Baby of dead pregnant woman in critical condition

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man whose pregnant fiancee was struck and killed by a van in a Pittsburgh parking lot says their son was born by emergency cesarean section and doctors are evaluating whether he was harmed by a lack of oxygen.

November 28, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• Police: Man held after choking neighbor's loud dog: PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire police say a man who broke into his neighbor's apartment to silence a barking dog ended up getting bitten and arrested. They say a brawl erupted Friday morning when Roger Pelletier forced his way into the Portsmouth apartment because he was frustrated by the constant barking of her Shih Tzu, Oreo. Police say Pelletier tried to strangle Oreo, leading to a confrontation with the dog's owner. They say Oreo bit Pelletier several times. The dog's owner wasn't injured. Oreo has been ...

November 28, 2014 | | Nation


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