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Convict who inspired 3 strikes law released

FRESNO (AP) - A man whose long rap sheet inspired California's three strikes law is back living in Fresno after being released under the state's prison realignment law.

November 24, 2013 | | Nation


Lawmakers seek to ban imitation toy firearms

SANTA ROSA (AP) - California lawmakers want to ban the manufacture and sale of imitation firearms like the one a 13-year-old boy was carrying when he was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy last month.

November 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rabbi whose good friend became the pope

NEW YORK (AP) - It was September, not an easy time for a religious Jew to be traveling. The Jewish month of Tishrei was ending with its marathon of holy days. Kosher wine would be needed. There were Sabbath blessings to recite. Fortunately, Rabbi Abraham Skorka had a friend with the run of a hotel who arranged for kosher meals and said "amen" to the rabbi's prayers.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


More than 1 in 10 kids has ADHD

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Deliveryman finds teddy bear bomb

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina newspaper deliveryman picked up a teddy bear on a rural road, only to have authorities tell him later a bomb had been stuffed inside.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. teacher's throat cut and partially naked

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - The body of a popular Massachusetts teacher who police say was killed by one of her students was found in the woods, naked from the waist down and with her throat slit and a note that read, "I hate you all," according to court documents released Friday.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Gun group considered leaving Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown after last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Trail of Tears sign displayed at football game

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Students at a Tennessee high school held up a sign that referred to the Trail of Tears at a recent football game against a team nicknamed the Indians, officials said.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Navy Yard gunman had access pulled

WASHINGTON (AP) - The company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter pulled his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told Navy officials about the withdrawal, The Associated Press has learned.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Anniversary of JFK death brings sadness, solemnity

DALLAS (AP) - It was the same time, 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. It was the same place, downtown Dallas.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Lee U. students apologize for blackface costume

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two students at Lee University in Tennessee have apologized for wearing blackface when they dressed up for a rap-themed party last week.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


Duke lacrosse accuser found guilty of murder

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The woman who falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

November 22, 2013 | | Nation


'Monster' cosmic blast zipped harmlessly by Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Astronomers call it the monster. It was the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed. Had it been closer, Earth would have been toast.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


More drivers positive for pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - More drivers have been testing positive for marijuana since Washington legalized the drug last year, according to new figures from the State Patrol.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


Board member-elect apologizes for Newtown comment

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A newly elected school board member in a Connecticut town neighboring the one where 26 people were killed at an elementary school has apologized for saying on Facebook that he'll observe the anniversary of the Newtown shooting by distributing ammunition.

November 21, 2013 | | Nation


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Police hunt for clues by remains discovery

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


‘Easy Rider’ chopper at auction might be phony

CALABASAS (AP) - The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Reno business recruiting secret: Downtown dining

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Stan Thomas tried to persuade a Northern California tech company to move here but it didn't want to.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Investigation of risqué video of women with guns posing with cops

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who have found some of their officers were in the film.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man gets life in loud music killing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Detroit museum defends 6-figure salaries

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is defending the six-figure salaries of its two top executives, saying Friday that it didn't anticipate a backlash when raises were granted a few years ago, before the city filed for bankruptcy.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama offers plan to tighten card security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s under- used credit card declined in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 8, who was slain lived in drug den

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The home of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was abducted and killed apparently was a nest of drug abuse and sales, police said.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


FBI director Comey warns against cellphone encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Second nurse contracts Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


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