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Website contractors point fingers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration's health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site's crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going live.

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


Demolition begins on Sandy Hook school building

Demolition begins on Sandy Hook school building

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


Dallas police seek indictment for fired officer

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police will seek a grand jury indictment against an officer who was fired after shooting a mentally ill man in a disputed incident caught on tape, police said Thursday.

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


2 shot at National Guard armory

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by others soldiers, officials said Thursday.

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


Oswald wedding ring sells for $108K at auction

DALLAS (AP) - Lee Harvey Oswald's gold wedding band, which he left in a cup on the dresser as he headed to work at the Texas School Book Depository the morning of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, sold at auction on Thursday for $108,000.

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


City needs sand due to eroding beaches

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) - For one California beach city, every grain of sand counts.

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

CLASSMATE: ACCUSED MASS. TEEN STAYED AFTER SCHOOL: DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - A teacher who was allegedly killed by one of her students had asked him to stay after school the day she was killed, a classmate said Thursday, as students met with grief counselors and tried to come to grips with the slaying of the popular teacher.

October 24, 2013 | | Nation


NYC teen sues Barneys, police on purchase hassle

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York teen has filed a lawsuit against high-profile department store Barneys, the city and its police department over an incident in which he says he was wrongfully detained after making an expensive purchase because he is a young black man.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


Family wants answers in funeral mix-up

CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) - The family of Jerry Moon wants to know how the wrong body ended up in his casket at his Washington state funeral.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


Sign-up snags, fix-it efforts detailed

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the defensive, the Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday its problem-plagued health insurance website didn't get enough testing before going live. It said technicians were deep into the job of fixing major computer snags but provided no timetable.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


Babies born with HIV may be cured

ATLANTA (AP) - Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus - a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


CDC says stomach bug linked to cilantro, salad mix

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some Texas cases in a severe stomach bug outbreak last summer have been linked to Mexican cilantro.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


Man gets 6 years after DUI crash confession

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who acknowledged his confessional video would give prosecutors what they needed to put him away for a long time for a fatal wrong-way car crash was proved mostly right Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to 6 1/2 years in prison.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


Soft-spoken teen accused of killing teacher

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - A well-liked teacher was found slain in woods behind this quiet Massachusetts town's high school, and a 14-year-old boy who was found walking along a state highway overnight was charged with killing her.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


Boys weren't targets in shooting

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The parents of the two boys wounded by a seventh-grader who fatally shot their teacher before turning a semi-automatic handgun on himself said Wednesday they don't believe their children were targeted in the schoolyard rampage.

October 23, 2013 | | Nation


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Archivist: IRS didn’t follow federal law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


KFC probes claim scarred child was asked to leave

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Fried chicken chain KFC said an outside investigator for a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has completed an investigation into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Extremist kidnap 91 in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Extremists have abducted 91 more people, including toddlers as young as 3, in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday, providing fresh evidence of the military's failure to curb an Islamic uprising and the government's inability to provide security.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine’s brass warns he could end cease-fire

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's president warned Tuesday that he may terminate weeklong cease-fire early after rebels downed a military helicopter, while Russia urged the Kiev leadership to extend the truce and launch talks with the rebels.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Company test space balloon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff's deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV ...

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Surge forces officials to take action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s plea deal includes orders for a vasectomy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to knock up to five years off his prison term in a child endangerment case that has evoked the country's dark history of forced sterilization.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


U.S. justifies drone killings by citing al-Qaida law

NEW YORK (AP) - The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaida and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released Monday.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• VAGINA SCULPTURE TRAPS U.S. STUDENT: BERLIN (AP) - An American exchange student who got stuck in a giant vagina sculpture was freed by firefighters in southwestern Germany.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sgt. Bergdahl in outpatient care in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the U.S. Army said in a statement Sunday. Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving inpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. He is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, according to the statement. The Army said his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


President Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Friends mourn missing hiker

SEATTLE (AP) - Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’

NEW YORK (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


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