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Obama presents Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson solemnly received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in a case of battlefield bravery with some odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the paperwork nominating him for the award was lost. He left the military two years ago but wants to return to active duty, a rare move for a medal recipient.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


School punishes student for aiding drunken friend

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts high school senior lost her volleyball team captaincy and was suspended for five games for what she says was an effort to help a drunken friend.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

FERTILITY CLINICS HELP MORE GAY COUPLES HAVE KIDS: BOSTON (AP) - Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom" approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman's eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


Video shows officers at car where man died

MORENO VALLEY (AP) - The family of a man who collapsed and died soon after sheriff's deputies pulled him out of his car and handcuffed him wants an investigation into the actions of officers who are seen on a YouTube video of the encounter.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Portly Taft helped usher in modern obesity care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Way before Weight Watchers or "The Biggest Loser," a president known for his girth was helping to usher in a modern approach to treating obesity.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Boy testifies against Saudi in rape case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 14-year-old California boy testified Monday that he was "freaked out" when a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant made sexual advances toward him in a Las Vegas casino on New Year's Eve, but he couldn't figure out how to get away before the man sexually assaulted and raped him on a hotel bathroom floor.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Vandals prompt restrictions on Nevada reservation

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A northern Nevada tribe is considering plans to protect sacred sites on its reservation after vandals spray-painted gang symbols and graffiti on a landmark feature.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Boy, 6, drowns in pool on cruise

MIAMI (AP) - A 6-year-old boy drowned in one of the pools aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship while at sea, the company said in a statement Monday.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Reid, McConnell optimistic of possible deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Racing the clock, the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders closed in on a deal Monday night to avoid an economy-menacing Treasury default and end the two-week partial government shutdown.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


NSA collecting millions of contact lists

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been sifting through millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world - including those of Americans - in its effort to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activity, according to a published report.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


Man, 38, with MD finishes marathon

CHICAGO (AP) - A Venezuelan man with muscular dystrophy was the last runner to cross the finish line of the Chicago Marathon - nearly 17 hours after he started the race.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

HOSPITAL CEO PAY, PATIENT OUTCOMES NOT IN SYNC: CHICAGO (AP) - CEOs at nonprofit hospitals earned an average of $600,000 a year - and in some cases, more than $3 million - but there was no correlation between high pay and good outcomes for patients, according to a new study.

October 14, 2013 | | Nation


DCC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) - A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday, pushing past barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown.

October 13, 2013 | | Nation


Spending stumbling block to budget deal to avoid debt crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans and Democrats hit an impasse Sunday over spending in their last-ditch struggle to avoid an economy-jarring default in just four days and end a partial government shutdown that's entering its third week.

October 13, 2013 | | Nation


Dying Ohio man on gurney leads 24-year-old daughter down aisle

CLEVELAND (AP) - A terminally ill Ohio man who arrived at his daughter's wedding by ambulance gave her away, from a hospital gurney.

October 13, 2013 | | Nation


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Cops’ crew member killed in police shooting

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show "Cops" as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Boston suspect’s sister charged in NY bomb threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Final ruling issued against part of Utah’s polygamy ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Pilot’s fate unknown in jet crash

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


ALS group awash in cold cash

NEW YORK (AP) - In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter's call for comment, the group's ubiquitous "ice bucket challenge" had brought in a few million more dollars.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Shooting by 9-year-old stirs debate

PHOENIX (AP) - The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

August 27, 2014 | | Nation


Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

HOUSTON (AP) - The iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome could come back to life as an indoor park that county officials say would be the world's largest, according to the newest proposal for reusing the stadium and saving it from demolition.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

CHICAGO (AP) - "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


‘Guilty plea in man’s Craigslist killing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of Honor gets OK for WWI hero

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Rare Superman comic book fetches $3.2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Gold thief offers to pay for nugget

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple charged in scheme to get girl pregnant

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama couple who wanted a baby repeatedly sexually assaulted an underage girl in hopes she'd get pregnant and give them the infant, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


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