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A look at military-style semiautomatic rifles

PHOENIX (AP) - Military-style semiautomatic rifles have been used in at least four high-profile shootings in the past year. Bushmaster variations of the weapon have been used in two recent attacks, including the Newtown, Conn., school shootings and the Christmas Eve ambush slayings of two New York firefighters. While commonly called the AR-15, Colt and Armalite have been the only companies to make weapons by that specific name. Many other manufacturers, however, now sell similar versions of the rifle largely styled after the military's fully automatic M-16.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


FDA approves first new tuberculosis drug in 40 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a Johnson & Johnson tuberculosis drug that is the first new medicine to fight the deadly infection in more than four decades.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Questions over sex change snag divorce case

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man who garnered national media attention for giving birth to three children after having a sex-change operation has hit a snag in his divorce proceedings that could prevent him from having his marriage legally dissolved.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Roberts urges full financial support for court system

Roberts urges full financial support for court system

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted.

December 31, 2012 | | Nation


Deal reached for stopping milk prices from soaring all the way to $7 a gallon

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital Sunday after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


GOP governors walk balance beam

ATLANTA (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who made a fortune as a health care executive, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After the Democratic president won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. With a federal deadline approaching, he also said while Florida won't set up the exchange for individuals to buy private insurance policies, the feds can do it.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama wants gun violence measures passed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


America now on edge of fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Capitol Hill deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" was proving elusive Sunday as a deadline to avert tax hikes on virtually every American worker and block sweeping spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and other federal agencies grew perilously near.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


National news briefs

9 KILLED IN TOUR BUS CRASH ALONG OREGON HIGHWAY: PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A tour bus careened through a guardrail along an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down a steep embankment Sunday, killing nine people and injuring more than 20 others, authorities said.

December 30, 2012 | | Nation


2012 styles that made our heads turn

NEW YORK (AP) - Every year fashion offers up the good, the bad and the ugly. But what the industry is really built on - and consumers respond to - is buzz.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Burned bear cub recovering, may be released soon

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - An orphaned black bear cub burned in a wildfire last summer is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary official said.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


Gays in Maine poised for first weddings

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Chris Kast and Byron Bartlett already consider themselves married after a 2010 ceremony overlooking Portland Harbor, but now they're doing it all over again - planning to be among the first to get a marriage license when Maine's same-sex marriage law goes into effect at midnight.

December 28, 2012 | | Nation


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A new ‘Destiny’ for non- sequel video games at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to expand online savings tool nationwide

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Tattoos can be evidence of a crime

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Teardrops for murders. Spider webs for prison time. Penal code numbers for crimes committed.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


General: Bergdahl case not closed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Immigrants fuel cricket boom

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build "pitches" across the country.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Online pirates thrive on legit ad dollars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Transgender man sues NYC over locker room access

NEW YORK (AP) - A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


More inmates released with no supervision

NEW YORK (AP) - Increasing numbers of prison inmates nationwide are serving their full sentences and then going free without any supervision by parole or probation officers, according to a new report which says the trend is worrisome.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Police seek man after kindergarten melee

CINCINNATI (AP) - One man hit another while newly graduated kindergarten students were celebrating with punch and cookies, triggering a melee that involved up to 20 people and resulted in the lockdown of an elementary school near Cincinnati, authorities said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Encrypted email rising amid spying fears

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Chicago sues over painkiller marketing

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T: DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

NEW YORK (AP) - In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


UAW raises dues for 1st time in 47 years

DETROIT (AP) - Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Instagram vamps up photo editing tools for phones

NEW YORK (AP) - The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


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