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Fiscal crisis, budget battle mark Panetta’s tenure as Obama’s Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's plane returned home Saturday night, completing his final official overseas trip, his staff gathered to salute his time as Pentagon chief and present him with a symbol of his tenure: a plastic meat ax.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Aviation tech advances, FAA tries to keep up

DALLAS (AP) - After two separate and serious battery problems aboard Boeing 787s, it wasn't U.S. authorities who acted first to ground the plane. It was Japanese airlines.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Obama take oath for second term

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House, embarking on a second-term quest to restore a still-shaky economy and combat terrorists overseas while swearing an age-old oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Latinos take on bigger role in Obama inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Latinos are taking a more prominent role in President Barack Obama's second inauguration, from the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice swearing in the vice president to a star-studded celebration of Latino culture.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Flu season debate over paid sick time laws as many can’t afford not to work

NEW YORK (AP) - Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself in to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Obama adviser optimistic on immigration overhaul nut not on gun control measures

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top White House adviser said Sunday the stars seem aligned for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul this year, but he sounded less confident about prospects for toughening the nation's gun laws.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Schumer: Senate Democrats will pass budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats intend to approve a budget for the first time in almost four years, a prominent lawmaker said Sunday, but he said it will call for higher tax revenues that Republicans are sure to oppose.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Chaplain is 1 of 5 NM shooting victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials have identified one of the five people found shot to death in a New Mexico home as a Fire Department chaplain who also worked with jail inmates.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

• DC LOWERS TURNOUT PROJECTIONS FOR INAUGURATION: WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia officials have lowered their turnout estimate for Monday's presidential inauguration.

January 20, 2013 | | Nation


Push for requiring gun liability insurance

BOSTON (AP) - As lawmakers cast around for ways to curb gun-related violence, some are hoping the insurance market might offer incentives.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


GOP: House to vote on debt limit increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government's borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Woman guilty in stepson's dehydration death

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas woman was convicted Friday in the dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson who was denied water for days during record-high temperatures in North Texas.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Companies donating security technology to Newtown school housing Sandy Hook students

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut company said Friday it has nearly finished installing state-of-the-art security equipment at a school to which students were moved after the deadly Newtown school shooting.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


TSA to remove controversial X-ray scanners

WASHINGTON (AP) - Those airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away.

January 18, 2013 | | Nation


Flu season 'bad one for the elderly.

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of older people hospitalized with the flu has risen sharply, prompting federal officials to take unusual steps to make more flu medicines available and to urge wider use of them as soon as symptoms appear.

January 18, 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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