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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


Groups offered $67M to sign up uninsured

CHICAGO (AP) - With the new health law's enrollment period set to open in just a little more than six weeks, President Barack Obama's administration announced $67 million in awards Thursday to organizations that will help people understand their new insurance opportunities and get signed up.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Toddler dies after ingesting liquid laundry packet

MIAMI (AP) - A 7-month-old Florida boy has died after swallowing a candy-colored liquid laundry packet, raising concerns about the access that young children have to the increasingly popular products.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Digital era threatens drive-ins

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - Through 80 summers, drive-in theaters have managed to remain a part of the American fabric, surviving technological advances and changing tastes that put thousands out of business. Now the industry says a good chunk of the 350 or so left could be forced to turn out the lights because they can't afford to adapt to the digital age.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Obesity very high in 13 states; many in southern states

ATLANTA (AP) - Adult obesity still isn't budging, the latest government survey shows.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Drug tests for public housing challenged

CHICAGO (AP) - A policy forcing residents in Chicago's public housing developments to submit to annual drug tests violates privacy and other constitutional rights, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday that seeks a court order halting the practice, which critics say is rare nationally.

August 15, 2013 | | Nation


Fire destroys 13 homes near resort town

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) - A wildfire threatened hundreds of homes Wednesday after destroying more than a dozen others outside the resort town of Park City.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


NYC officials cool to judge’s order for police body cameras

NEW YORK (AP) - Police officers around the country have been able to protect themselves against citizen complaints by wearing tiny body cameras, but a federal judge's plan to force some New York officers to start wearing the devices has angered the city's mayor and police unions.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for Jesse Jackson Jr.: a 2 ½-year sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison Wednesday for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, the judge scolding the son of the famed civil rights leader for using the money as a "piggy bank" and sentencing his wife to a year as well.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Manning takes stand, says he’s sorry

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


NY prosecutor, Judge Judy's son, sues sheriff for $5M

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor who's the son of TV's Judge Judy sued the local sheriff for $5 million on Wednesday for saying the prosecutor had interfered in a child rape case.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


NY prosecutor, Judge Judy's son, sues sheriff for $5M

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - A prosecutor who's the son of TV's Judge Judy sued the local sheriff for $5 million on Wednesday for saying the prosecutor had interfered in a child rape case.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MAN TRIED TO ROB PA. GIRL, 8, WITH KNIFE: READING, Pa. (AP) - A man has been jailed on charges that he tried to rob an 8-year-old girl who was on her way to buy vegetables at an eastern Pennsylvania market with $5 from her grandmother.

August 14, 2013 | | Nation


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Daughter due benefits gives retiree options

Q: I am about to turn 62. I am trying to decide if I want to retire and take my Social Security now; or wait until age 66 to get higher benefits. I know everyone has to make a similar decision. But I have a bit of a twist. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and I know she is due benefits on my account until she is 18. I am wondering: Can I file for her Social Security now and defer my own until age 66? Or can I "file and suspend" my benefits so that she can get hers?

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Sprint now sets up new phones at your home

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A new customer strategy for Sprint: Phone setup in your house.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Google shaking up search formulas on smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Verizon slices up bundle, customers cam choose

NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Barbie shows signs of life

NEW YORK (AP) - Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Car accident starts events that leave 4 dead

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road - right into the path of an oncoming van.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutors: NY office worker posed as dentist, pulled teeth

NEW YORK (AP) - An office manager was arraigned Thursday on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


SEC questions LA Unified on use of bonds for iPad project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


Louisiana deputy shot while directing traffic near school

LULING, La. (AP) - In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


California vaccine revision bill stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Snow falls behind in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Snow pack is well below normal, but close watchers of water, weather and fire in Colorado are heartened by healthy reservoir levels and short- and long-term forecasts of precipitation.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Girl Scout troop starts at gay pride center

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


School for strippers might have kept going, if not for noise

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion on Florida's Gulf Coast might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


ORGANIC SALES GROW

WASHINGTON (AP) - The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


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