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Obama: Syrian carried out chemical attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet U.S. intelligence officials say questions remain about whether the attack could be linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad or high officials in his government.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier sentenced to death for shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Four New Jersey college footb

4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - Four New Jersey college football players are being rewarded for their honesty.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: MLK is his personal hero

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman will ask Florida to pay some bills

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's attorney said Tuesday that he is going to ask the state of Florida to pay for some of his client's non-lawyer legal bills, including for experts, printing and court reporters, and that the price tag could reach $300,000.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Some schools quit healthier lunch program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Seeking to gum up meth production

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More often than not, pharmacist Samuel Arco can tell whether a potential customer is looking for allergy relief or looking to cook up meth.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Readying rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Hole will make giant pumpkin ineligible for fair

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Body found in jilted girlfriend's freezer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


County told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Can strippers save Atlantic City?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Heat prompts early dismissals in Midwest schools

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An unusual, late-summer heat wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday, putting schools and sports events on hold.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


$2M bail set in death of WWII veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


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USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


2 officers shot, suspect dead at Wal-Mart

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - Two officers are in stable condition, with one requiring surgery, and the suspect is dead following a shooting Saturday at a Wal-Mart ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 ‘pre-planned execution’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio were sophisticated, planned executions, authorities said Sunday, as they also revealed that ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Minnesota law agencies issue marijuana wax danger warning

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota are warning of a rise in seizures of a potent marijuana concentrate.

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


1 dead, 1 ‘cooperating’ after shooting death during services

NORTH WALES, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a dispute between two members of a suburban Philadelphia church during a Sunday worship service ended with one person ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Trump stream ahead as rivals show signs of fading

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump surged Sunday toward another round of pivotal presidential primaries as their party leaders faced new questions ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Gunman wounds 2 outside prom

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) - An 18-year-old man opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside of a high school prom in northern Wisconsin, wounding two students before ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump top suggestion to replace school’s name of Robert E. Lee

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A YU-U-U-GE name is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas elementary school named after the top hero of the ...

April 24, 2016 | | Nation


Woman killed baby girl, put body in dumpster

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A woman beat to death a 13-month-old girl under her care on a rural Montana Indian reservation, threw the baby's body ...

April 23, 2016 | | Nation


Drones may be new firefighting tool

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires - drones.

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Judge sentences defendant, spends night in jail with him

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge sent a retired Special Forces sergeant to jail for violating probation - then spent the night in the ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


8 relatives shot dead, some while sleeping

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - Eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Officers didn’t stand by and watch teens drown

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - When three Florida teenagers stole a car, crashed it into a cemetery pond and then drowned, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Day care shut down after child forgotten in hot SUV dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The state forced a Louisville day care to shut down immediately Wednesday, two days after a toddler forgotten in a hot SUV ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio boy electrocuted while conducting YouTube experiment

VERMILON, Ohiom (AP) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy was electrocuted apparently while attempting to conduct an experiment he saw on YouTube that involves a high-voltage traveling ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


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