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US officials defend handling of Boeing 787 battery mishaps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama administration officials struggled Wednesday to defend their initial statements that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe while promising a transparent probe of mishaps involving the aircraft's batteries.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Random alcohol tests for sailors in US

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Military considers joining firefighting sooner

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio couple admits forcing kids into plastic boxes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


40 years later, abortion foes march on

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on the rights established by the Supreme Court in the landmark ruling that still defines one of the nation's most intractable debates.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


General defers plea at hearing on sex charges

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An Army general brought back from Afghanistan to face court-martial on a series of sexual misconduct charges deferred entering a plea Tuesday.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NC WOMAN SUES NYPD OVER EMPIRE STATE SHOOTING: MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A North Carolina college student hit by police gunfire during a shooting outside the Empire State Building argued in a lawsuit Tuesday that the police department and the officers involved need better training to deal with such confrontations in the future.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Schwarzenegger calls for wider gun debate

LONDON (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Judge lets NYPD resume suspicion-less stops

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge let the New York Police Department on Tuesday temporarily resume stop-and-frisk stops she believes are unconstitutional while she decides what permanent remedies are necessary to prevent illegal stops in thousands of privately owned buildings.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Judge lets NYPD resume suspicion-less stops

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge let the New York Police Department on Tuesday temporarily resume stop-and-frisk stops she believes are unconstitutional while she decides what permanent remedies are necessary to prevent illegal stops in thousands of privately owned buildings.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff: Only courts can rule on gun control

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado sheriff whose county includes the movie theater where 12 people were shot and killed last year says law-enforcement officers have no right to ignore gun-control laws unless the courts rule them unconstitutional.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to regain their budget footing versus President Barack Obama, Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent a first-ever U.S. default for at least three months.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Fight led to Texas college shooting

HOUSTON (AP) - A fight between two people erupted in gunfire Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


European high-speed rail link is halted

BRUSSELS (AP) - It was supposed to be the perfect 21st century link between two bustling European capitals. Instead, the new high-speed Fyra line connecting Amsterdam and Brussels turned into the missing link.

January 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation honors Martin Luther King on day of Obama’s second inauguration

ATLANTA (AP) - Commemorative events for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. slid seamlessly into celebrations of the swearing-in Monday of the nation's first black president, with many Americans moved by the reminder of how far the country has come since the 1960s.

January 21, 2013 | | Nation


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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


Tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon teenager’s drone worried firefighting crews

BEND, Ore. (AP) - It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAINE LOBSTERMAN CATCHES RARE BLUE LOBSTER: SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

ATLANTA (AP) - The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man fatally struck by arrow in south state

LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Southern California home.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Pediatricians’ Rx for schools: Later start times

CHICAGO (AP) - Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


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