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Prosecutors getting to motive in trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The prosecutors pursuing the death penalty against the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will soon begin trying to answer a difficult but key question: Why did Maj. Nidal Hasan attack his fellow soldiers in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base?

August 19, 2013 | | Nation


Advocates rally around assisted suicide

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - No one may ever know Barbara Mancini's intentions when she allegedly handed her dying 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine at his central Pennsylvania home.

August 19, 2013 | keith roacha | Nation


Helping dogs improve doorbell ring manners

DEAR DIDI: My dog is very well behaved at all times, except when the doorbell rings or someone knocks on the door. He acts insane when that happens. He is a Shih Tzu/Poodle cross and 3 years old. What would you suggest to help? Mickey's Mom

August 19, 2013 | Didi Mcelroy | Nation


Higher speed limits sacrificing safety?

CHICAGO (AP) - Bombarded with ads and warnings, motorists are well aware of the dangers of drunken driving and texting behind the wheel. A more basic message about the hazards of high speeds, meanwhile, is getting lost as more states raise speed limits, safety advocates say.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


NJ governor: Ease access to kids' medical pot

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana, but he was unwilling to go as far as state lawmakers wanted.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

STUDENTS BUNK AT WATER PARK AMID HOUSING SQUEEZE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio university short on housing says some students will start the school year in temporary, off-campus living quarters with an unusual perk: free access to water slides.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


NY mayor: Fingerprint tenants

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City public housing tenants should be fingerprinted as a way of keeping criminals out of their buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday, adding that the buildings often had broken locks that allowed trespassers in.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


3-day marijuana festival & rally at Seattle park

SEATTLE (AP) - Thousands streamed into a Seattle waterfront park Friday for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival - an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado last fall.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Two Russian cosmonauts turn cable

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - In a record-long spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts rigged cable outside the International Space Station on Friday for a new lab that's due to arrive in a few months.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Grizzly attacks injure 4 in and near Yellowstone

Grizzly attacks injure 4 in and near Yellowstone

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


He stole $840,000 a quarter at a time

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - From the moment parking meter mechanic James Bagarozzo began his scheme to steal from the machines, his life became overrun with quarters. He stashed them in his pockets, in a sack in his truck, in closets at his house.

August 16, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CAMPBELL SOUP SUED OVER HEART-HEALTHY LABEL: NEW YORK (AP) - A new lawsuit is contesting the validity of the heart-healthy claims on some cans of Campbell's soups.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


EPA may have tried to skirt disclosure law

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency's use of personal email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public disclosure requirements.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


US scraps military drills with Egypt

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama scrapped plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises Thursday, announcing the first concrete U.S. reaction to the spiraling violence in and around Cairo but stopping well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual American military aid.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


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VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Comic Marty Allen marks 93rd birthday with stand-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On his 93rd birthday, comedian Marty Allen could easily rest on his laughs.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Utah OKs reviving firing squads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


$243M to turn Astrodome into large civic park

HOUSTON (AP) - A proposal to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and build a tree-lined green space around the structure could cost nearly $243 million, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit research group focused on land use.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Police: No evidence of gang- rape at University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Robert Kennedy Jr. speaks out against vaccine requirements

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Calling the federal agency that makes recommendations on vaccines a "sock puppet" for that industry, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke out Monday against making it harder for parents to exempt their children from vaccinations.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Three dead in as scaffolding falls at high-rise

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


More Americans turn to refund advances

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

March 22, 2015 | | Nation


Baristas stop writing ‘Race Together’

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, ending a visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect.

March 22, 2015 | | Nation


Brown calls Cruz ‘unfit’ to run for president

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' views on climate change make the Texas Republican unfit to run for president and that he would entertain making another bid for the White House himself if he were younger.

March 22, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect dead, officer hurt in Arizona Wal-Mart brawl

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) - An overnight brawl in an Arizona Wal-Mart parking lot has left one person dead and two others wounded, including a police officer who was shot in the leg.

March 22, 2015 | | Nation


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