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Bookkeeper helped avert tragedy in standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


80 House members: Government shutdown better than 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a third of House Republicans urged their leader Thursday to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the implementation of the health care overhaul they call "Obamacare."

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Manning wants to live as a woman

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Three years after rocking the Pentagon by leaking a mountain of secrets, Bradley Manning created a whole new set of potential complications for the military Thursday by asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment.

August 22, 2013 | | Nation


Union Pacific seeks cameras to watch crews

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - At least two major U.S. freight railroads are seeking to install cameras in their locomotives to make sure crews are following rules and avoiding cellphone use.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Woman who lost arm to shark in Maui dies

HONOLULU (AP) - A German woman who lost her arm in a shark attack died Wednesday, one week after she was bitten while snorkeling off Maui.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Portland sues firm over outdoor restrooms

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The City of Portland thinks something stinks about the public bathrooms being marketed by a Southern Oregon company.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Manning gets stiffest punishment

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning stood at attention in his crisp dress uniform Wednesday and learned the price he will pay for spilling an unprecedented trove of government secrets: up to 35 years in prison, the stiffest punishment ever handed out in the U.S. for leaking to the media.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NM county issues same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gay couples rushed to a courthouse in Las Cruces on Wednesday after the county clerk decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a surprise move that came as several legal challenges on the practice make their way through the courts.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Utah thieves vacuum coins from machine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A pair of enterprising thieves took a car wash to the cleaners: They used a powerful shop vacuum to suck quarters out of a coin-operated machine, police said Wednesday.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman carried 500 plus bullets

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TRIAL BEGINS FOR OHIO MOM CHARGED IN SCHOOL BRAWL : CINCINNATI (AP) - A police officer testified Wednesday that he arrested a woman accused of helping her teenage daughter beat up a classmate at a high school because she "tried to take the law into her own hands" when she bypassed school rules to get on campus.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Illegal war' provoked rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - American soldiers deploying overseas to "engage in an illegal war" provoked the deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, the soldier accused in the attack said Wednesday after refusing to mount a defense during his trial.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


NSA illegally collected thousands of communications

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court - which ruled its actions unconstitutional - and then fixed the problem.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


Feds running out of wildfire money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 21, 2013 | | Nation


20-year-old charged in school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A gunman opened fire with an assault rifle Tuesday at officers who shot back at an Atlanta-area elementary school, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

August 20, 2013 | | Nation


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Commandments monument must come down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Is Trump tarnishing brand?

NEW YORK (AP) - Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be?

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Some newer cars burn too much oil

DETROIT (AP) - Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines - mainly from Audi, BMW ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Greece’s bailout expires, country defaults

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Economist: Puerto Rico needs bankruptcy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


A WORLD APART

NEW YORK (AP) - When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was ...

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


Culture of kids bullying their parents

NEW YORK (AP) - There's a difference in parenting between a little backtalk and kids actually bullying their grown-ups.

June 30, 2015 | | Nation


NBC to Donald Trump: You’re fired

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Lightning on mountain sends 3 to hospital

GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) - Lightning struck near the top of a more than 14,000-foot mountain popular with hikers, sending three people to hospitals and killing ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Kentucky clerks object to ruling, halt all marriage licenses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A few court clerks in Kentucky were refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple Monday as an objection to the U ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escapee

NEW YORK (AP) - A state trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed prison escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


Frontline focuses on ‘Growing Up Trans’

NEW YORK (AP) - "Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities ...

June 29, 2015 | | Nation


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