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Officials fret about creatures on tsunami dock that drifted across Pacific Ocean

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - When the tsunami hit the northern coast of Japan last year, the waves ripped four dock floats the size of freight train boxcars from their pilings in the fishing port of Misawa and turned them over to the whims of wind and currents.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


Vet gave show errant photo by 'mistake'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An "America's Got Talent" contestant scrutinized for claims about being injured in Afghanistan made a mistake when he gave the show a photograph of another soldier and passed it off as himself, the man's fiancée said Thursday.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


Suicides are surging among US troops

WASHINGTON (AP) - Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year - the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


House passes homeland security spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House passed a $46 billion measure Thursday funding the Homeland Security Department, including more than $5 billion in disaster relief spending that complies with a budget agreement last summer opposed by tea party conservatives.

June 07, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MILEY CYRUS, LIAM HEMSWORTH ARE ENGAGED: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - It turns out "The Last Song" was only the beginning for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Teen guilty in texting-while-driving crash

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts teenager was sentenced Wednesday to spend a year in jail for a fatal traffic accident that happened while he was texting.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Lake Tahoe water level hits likely annual high

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The water level of Lake Tahoe hit what could be its high mark for the year after a dry winter and scant spring runoff.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Nation's unions lost big in the Wisconsin showdown over collective bargaining

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's definitive victory in Wisconsin's recall election is already reverberating in other state capitals. It exposed the shrunken political muscle of the unions that tried to oust him, underscoring their vulnerability to attacks from the right and inability to retaliate.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


Penn State-heavy jury picked in sexual-abuse case trial of former football coach

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A jury dominated by people with Penn State loyalties was selected Wednesday to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate in the child sexual abuse scandal that rocked the university and led to football coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

June 06, 2012 | | Nation


New TV series awards bunker to winning survivalist on Spike network

NEW YORK (AP) - The Spike television network is airing a competition this fall to award a fortified bunker to a family that believes the end of the world is near.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


New TV series awards bunker to winning survivalist on Spike network

NEW YORK (AP) - The Spike television network is airing a competition this fall to award a fortified bunker to a family that believes the end of the world is near.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


Al-Qaida No. 2 dies in drone strike in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan has killed al-Qaida's second-in-command, officials from both countries confirmed Tuesday, the most significant victory so far in the controversial bombing campaign and the biggest setback to the terror network since the death of Osama bin Laden.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


First lady walks fine line on NYC drink proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level, but she offered some kind words Tuesday for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to do just that. She later issued a statement backing away from taking a stand on New York's controversial proposed ban.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


NM court upholds gay discrimination ruling against photography business

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple's commitment ceremony violated state anti-discrimination laws, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled.

June 05, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

LAPTOP SNAPS THIEF'S PHOTO, LEADING TO HIS ARREST: ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Open an app. See a flash. Get arrested.

June 04, 2012 | | Nation


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Salaries rising for fundraisers at nation’s largest non-profits

WASHINGTON (AP) - Raising money for charity has become lucrative work.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Kentucky inmate starves to death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment and in how hunger strikes are handled at the facility. Prison officials have asked prosecutors to investigate after The Associated Press began asking questions about the inmate's death.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Army shrinks, young officers pushed out

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Boy Scouts ban church that allowed gay man to lead troop

SEATTLE (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


12 states ban sodomy a decade after court ruling

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A dozen states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled they are unconstitutional.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Search group sues FAA over drone use

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


89-year-old smoker plans to move

MILFORD, Ohio (AP) - An 89-year-old woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone smoke-free and she won't give up cigarettes.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after being shot at courthouse

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Defendant Siale Angilau was listening to a witness describe gang initiation rituals on Monday when authorities said he grabbed a pen, rushed toward the witness and lunged at him.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• LAWMAKER SHELVES BILL TO NAME BIBLE AS STATE BOOK: BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Shreveport lawmaker is scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.

April 21, 2014 | | Nation


16-year-old survives in wheel well of Maui flight

HONOLULU (AP) - A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Fuels from corn waste worse than gas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Part of Wyoming resort is still slip, sliding away

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Navy OKs changes for submariners’ sleep times

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bid, Dick, bid: ‘Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

BROOKLINE, N.H. (AP) - In the portrait, the little boy's blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There's a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He's an All-American boy.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bee colonies damaged after almond pollination

MODESTO (AP) - Some California beekeepers say pesticides may be to blame for the death or damage of as many as 80,000 bee colonies after the insects pollinated almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley.

April 20, 2014 | | Nation


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