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Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Ricin was found in the former martial arts studio of the man suspected of sending poison letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, and was also discovered on a dust mask and other items he threw in the trash, federal prosecutors said in a court document made public Tuesday.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


Obama defends counterterrorism effort

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday his counterterrorism bureaucracy "did what it was supposed to be doing" before the Boston Marathon bombing as his top intelligence official began a review into whether sensitive information was adequately shared and whether the U.S. government could have disrupted the attack.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


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NYC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADOPTS ALL-VEGETARIAN MENU: NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City elementary school has adopted an all-vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps and veggie chili.

April 30, 2013 | | Nation


Legal tiff settled over Chicago parking meters

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he was able to tweak a deal to privatize the city's parking meters that has proven to be a national embarrassment even as he acknowledged that the city is stuck for the next 71 years with a contract he inherited and despises.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


US assessing reported Syrian chemical use

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. and its allies are still trying to figure out details of Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday, as international officials pressed for broader access to suspected attack sites.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Army amputee completes air assault school

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson has become the first amputee to complete Army air assault school, a course so grueling his prosthetic leg broke twice over the 10 days spent rappelling down ropes, navigating obstacle courses and completing strenuous road marches.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Man arrested for letting son, 9, drive Ferrari

NEW DELHI (AP) - Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some Colorado residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


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SOME LOSING JOBS AMID ALLEGED NEV. PATIENT DUMPING: CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Two staff members who violated discharge policies at a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital were fired Monday and three others are being disciplined following an investigation into busing patients to other states, the governor's office and agency officials said Monday.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Lawyer: Former ricin suspect's home is unlivable

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man's house is uninhabitable after investigators searched it but failed to find evidence of the deadly poison ricin, a lawyer said Monday, arguing that the government should repair the home.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


1st female Iraq war resister to be court-martialed

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) - A court-martial got underway Monday for the first female U.S. Army soldier to flee to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion trial stirs debate on when life ends

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The high-profile murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider sparked courtroom debate Monday over when life ends, a tweak of the politically charged question of when life begins.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boston suspect's defense team gets major boost

BOSTON (AP) - The defense team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect got a major boost Monday with the addition of Judy Clarke, a San Diego lawyer who has managed to get life sentences instead of the death penalty for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber and the gunman in the rampage that injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

April 29, 2013 | | Nation


Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists on them

WASHINGTON (AP) - Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


Dozens of air shows cancel without military jets due to federal budget cuts

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Avalanche levels Montana house; 2 saved, 1 missing

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood in the western Montana city of Missoula on Friday, destroying a house and leaving an elderly woman missing, but rescuers found an elderly man and an 8-year-old boy alive, police said.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Friday, a toxic mix that addiction specialists say is not uncommon in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Too few pilots or too little pay?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Primaries offer test of voter ID laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


RFK daughter acquitted in drugged driving case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Nannies, babysitters, maids & Social Security

Q: We are going to hire a nanny to help care for our two small children. We have heard different opinions about whether we will have to deduct Social Security taxes from the wages we will be paying this person. Can you please clarify this?

February 28, 2014 | Tom Margenau | Nation


Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Sotheby’s takes back huge diamond after bidder defaults

NEW YORK (AP) - Sotheby's says an enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" is back in its possession after the buyer couldn't pay for the jewel and defaulted.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Cost of worker housing subsidies plagues Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - As the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston grows, so does the amount of money the city needs to subsidize housing for city employees.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube video purports to show high court action

WASHINGTON (AP) - A protest group has posted what appears to be the first video of the Supreme Court taken inside the courtroom with the court in session.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Have it your way at McDonald’s

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's plans to expand a test this year that lets people order customized burgers.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Power utility lets customers compare usage to neighbors

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Public Service of New Hampshire is looking at whether a little peer pressure can prod people to reduce their electricity use.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


California data breaches hit 21.3 million accounts over two years

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California businesses and government agencies have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years, leading state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Best Buy returns to profit in 4th Q

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


How corporate America forced veto of Arizona’s bill impacting gay rights

NEW YORK (AP) - When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


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