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Obama considers training Syria rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels, in a move that would greatly expand the current CIA training being done quietly in Jordan, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

September 05, 2013 | | Nation


Kids’s use of e-cigarettes increasing

ATLANTA (AP) - Children - like adults - are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students.

September 05, 2013 | | Nation


Man killed by own remote control copter

NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage remote control helicopter enthusiast flying one in a park on Thursday was struck in the head by it and killed.

September 05, 2013 | | Nation


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MAN CHARGED WITH SPREADING HIV CLAIMS 300 PARTNERS: DEXTER, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who told authorities he had sexual contact with as many 300 people since being diagnosed with HIV pleaded not guilty on Thursday to infecting another man with the virus, and prosecutors said more charges are expected.

September 05, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman's wife filing for divorce

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's wife filed for divorce Thursday, less than two months after her husband was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin and a week after she pleaded guilty to perjury in his case.

September 05, 2013 | | Nation


Driver confesses in video killing man in crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A driver has confessed in a video posted online that he's to blame for a wrong-way car crash stemming from a night of heavy drinking that killed another man and says he's willing to take "full responsibility."

September 05, 2013 | | Nation


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DE LA CRUZ, ONE OF FARMWORKER MOVEMENT'S 1ST FEMALE LEADERS DIES FRESNO . (AP) - Jessie Lopez De La Cruz, a longtime leader in the national farmworker movement, has died. She was 93.

September 04, 2013 | | Nation


Video game boosts mental abilities

NEW YORK (AP) - It probably won't become as popular as "Grand Theft Auto," but a specialized video game may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks at once.

September 04, 2013 | | Nation


NAACP-KKK meeting a first?

DENVER (AP) - A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organizer paying $50 to join the civil rights organization, participants said.

September 04, 2013 | | Nation


Obama wins Senate panel's backing

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced Wednesday toward a showdown Senate vote, while the commander in chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval.

September 04, 2013 | | Nation


Vegetarian inmate told fish isn't meat

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A vegetarian prison inmate in Connecticut has a beef with his prison diet, saying the state is feeding him seafood three times a week and justifying it by telling him that fish is not meat.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama gains Syria-strike support

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Won’t process same-sex benefits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Christie claims rival mocked weight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of making a mocking reference to his weight when she suggested that the image of him "frolicking on the beach" was not a boost to tourism.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


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HIKER FALLS TO DEATH AFTER MT. WHITNEY CLIMB: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers have retrieved the body of a hiker who fell over a cliff to his death after climbing to the summit of California's Mount Whitney.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


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Chicago cuts: Layoffs, less maintenance

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts - including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation - to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn't afford.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Maine crews use drone to rescue 2 boys

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) - Officials in Maine used a drone to help deliver a life jacket to a boy stranded on a rock in the middle of a raging river before bringing him and another boy to safety.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Southern Christian Leadership: Confederate emblems ‘treason’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The national president of a civil-rights group says Confederate symbols represent "treason" and should be removed from public objects, including the Mississippi state flag.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


2 share pageant title after miscount, but one is upset

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) - One winner of a teenage Miss 4th of July pageant is upset. The other agreed to share the title but isn't talking. And the pageant organizer is defending herself from accusations she rigged the results.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Kim Kardashian says sexy selfies can be empowering

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The big reveal from Kim Kardashian's guest turn for San Francisco's revered Commonwealth Club of California on Tuesday night? She was wearing maternity Spanx under her black designer dress to conceal cellulite, not her pregnant belly.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


NM governor denounces Trump’s comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez denounced GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexican immigrants and called his comments "horrible."

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


VICTIM OF ABUSE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Congregants, protesters gather at Indiana Church of Cannabis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


‘MARRIAGES EQUALITY’

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Episcopalians to vote on marrying gays in churches

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Episcopalians were set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for gay couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Store owner replaces ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a "No Gays Allowed" sign in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage says he decided to take a "bold" stand for his beliefs.

July 01, 2015 | | Nation


Giants finish month under .500

MIAMI (AP) - The San Francisco Giants ended June the way they started it - with a loss.

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Pope speaks before Congress Sept. 24

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


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