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Senate boost for background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservative senators from both parties announced their support for expanding background checks for gun buyers Wednesday, giving a burst of momentum to advocates of stronger restrictions. But big questions remain about whether President Barack Obama can push significant gun controls through Congress.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman holding firefighters killed; 4 hostages OK

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - A gunman who was having financial problems held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, demanding his cable and power be turned back on, before being shot dead when SWAT members stormed the house, authorities said Wednesday. The hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract the gunman before moving in, but they will be fine, a fire official said.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Senate plan to stiffen border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of senators finalizing a landmark immigration bill has agreed to require greatly increased surveillance of the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross it, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Maine hermit living in wild for 27 years arrested

ROME, Maine (AP) - A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples has been caught in a surveillance trap at a camp he treated as a "Walmart," authorities said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Spending cuts, higher smokers' taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mixing modest curbs on spending with tax increases reviled by Republicans, President Barack Obama proposed a $3.8 trillion budget on Wednesday that would raise taxes on smokers and wealthy Americans and trim Social Security benefits for millions.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Medication: Study shows antibiotic overuse

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DEVICE TO SCARE BIRDS CAUSES GUARD BASE LOCKDOWN: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi base on Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from an airport runway, authorities said.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Obama to nominate package of labor board members

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Judge undecided whether Anthony's story can be sold

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A judge said Tuesday that he will take 30 days before deciding whether the trustee in Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case can sell the commercial rights to her life story as a means to clear some of her outstanding debts.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Student arrested in college stabbing attacks

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - A student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college Tuesday, wounding at least 14 people - many in the face and neck - before being subdued and arrested, authorities and witnesses said.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


FBI investigating recording of McConnell talks; GOP leader likens it to Watergate tactics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Campaign aides to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed using actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she had decided to challenge him in his re-election bid next year, according to a secret recording posted by a magazine.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Teens jump from runaway car on Va. highway

MINT SPRING, Va. (AP) - Two teens leapt from a speeding car with malfunctioning brakes in Virginia on Tuesday before a state trooper used his patrol car to force it into an interstate highway guardrail.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada jury awards $500M in hepatitis case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury has ordered the state's largest health management organization to pay $500 million in punitive damages to three plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Showdown gun control vote set Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Democrat is setting Congress' first showdown vote for Thursday on President Barack Obama's gun control drive as a small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Budget cuts ground military aircraft

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force plans to ground about a third of its active-duty force of combat planes and a top general warned Tuesday that the branch might not be able to respond immediately to every event when needed.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


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ABC faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations

NEW YORK (AP) - George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


San Bernardino proposes huge cuts as part of bankruptcy plan

SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - The city of San Bernardino would slash retirees' health care coverage and contract for fire and waste disposal services under a proposed bankruptcy exit plan.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Oklahoma woman accused of removing dead rival’s body parts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home last month is now accused of removing body parts of the deceased woman.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Woman: Flight attendant barred call to husband

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin woman says a Southwest Airlines flight attendant barred her from calling her husband after he sent her a suicidal text, and she's wondering if more could have been done to save his life.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Man who shot at Zimmerman charged

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Death for Boston Marathon bomber

BOSTON (AP) - After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


College tries to ban app Yik Yak on campus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The College of Idaho is trying to ban an app named after the 1950s novelty song, "Yakety Yak," after some students reported being harassed or bullied through the application.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He as 89.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Why did train speed up before derailment?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Teen, soldier boyfriend to stand trial in slaying

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The homicide case against an eighth-grader and her soldier boyfriend, who are accused of conspiring by text message to have her mother killed, was sent to county court for trial Thursday after a hearing in which prosecutors showed photos of the victim.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Why US economic growth has disappointed this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn't living up to the high hopes it began the year with.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


WWI vet to receive Medal of Honor

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly a century after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation's highest service medal.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Lawmakers OKs notice for sexual topics

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made an appearance in the New Hampshire Senate on Thursday as lawmakers approved a measure requiring schools to give parents at least two weeks' notice if a teacher plans to use material related to human sexuality or sexual education that some could consider objectionable.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Protesters told to end 11-year vigil inside closed church

BOSTON (AP) - Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado’s rain isn’t helping reservoirs

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is slogging through a wetter than normal spring, with heavy rains restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


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