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Numbers game muddies NSA debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to win over public trust, the Obama administration has been throwing around a lot of numbers as it tries to describe - in as much detail as possible without jeopardizing national security - the terror plots it says were thwarted by the government's sweeping surveillance of U.S. communications.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman's trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Watchdog faults background check of NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data - just as news media disclosed more information about those programs.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe of crash

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Russia could stand in way of Obama's nuke weapon cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons, rather than make cuts on his own, President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in no mood to agree.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI uses drones for surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are "worthy of debate," FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Compromise eyed on border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FATHER SENTENCED FOR BINDING KIDS OUTSIDE WAL-MART: LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for binding and blindfolding two of his children a year ago in a Wal-Mart parking lot in eastern Kansas.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for woman who buried mom in yard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman who quit her job to care for her elderly mother felt at a loss to support herself when the older woman died so she buried her in the yard of their Florida home and lived off her mother's Social Security checks for 14 years, her lawyers and federal authorities say.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


IRS playing $70M in employee bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


As the West burns, feds cut funding for fire prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI digging at ex-home of famed NY mobster

NEW YORK (AP) - FBI agents with jackhammers and shovels were digging Tuesday under a New York City house once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas."

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS worker: No political bias against tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups' tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Feds fire, demote employees over killing, rape

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal probation officers in upstate New York have been fired or demoted after a man they were monitoring was charged with slipping out of his electronic bracelet, raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

CALAIS, Maine (AP) - A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Arizona prison to relocate more than 350 additional inmates

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Corrections officials were relocating more than 350 inmates Sunday following a disturbance at a privately run prison in Kingman.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


‘Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike’ fizzle at July 4th box office

NEW YORK (AP) - July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Escapee will now spend 23 hours a day in a cell

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) - The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


2 people dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two people were killed and three remained missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit a barge and capsized in the Ohio River, Kentucky authorities Asaid Sunday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Idaho’s gay marriage ban remains in state constitution

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Trial to examine retaliation charge against Arizona sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) - The sheriff of metro Phoenix has long been known for jailing inmates in tents and pink underwear and cracking down on illegal immigration. But an upcoming trial will force Sheriff Joe Arpaio to answer for a pattern of behavior that his critics have long found deeply troubling.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Solar plane ends record-breaking flight

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

July 03, 2015 | | Nation


Same-sex couple can’t divorce

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce.

July 03, 2015 | | Nation


Crews working wildfires in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fire crews are making progress on a dozen small wildfires in southern Nevada, with an end likely in sight for the fire south of Lake Tahoe near the California border that has been burning for weeks.

July 03, 2015 | | Nation


400-foot Ferris wheel stops: All 66 riders safely taken off ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A technical crew with The Orlando Eye safely evacuated all 66 stranded riders from the Ferris wheel that towers 400 feet over central Florida after the attraction shut down Friday afternoon, authorities said.

July 03, 2015 | | Nation


Suit in deaths of 19 firefighters ends in little cash

PHOENIX (AP) - A dozen families who lost loved ones when 19 members of a Hotshot firefighting crew were overcome by a 2013 wildfire originally wanted $220 million from the state for their deaths, plus changes to how Arizona responds to fires and trains its crews.

July 03, 2015 | | Nation


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