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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


A new front for gun background checks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters.

April 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Eisenhower Memorial unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) - Architect Frank Gehry is maintaining key elements of his design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall in a revised concept presented Thursday, despite recent criticism from a federal arts panel and outside groups.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


NYC mayor: Do as I say, not as I do?

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's official vehicles were spotted breaking several traffic laws on Thursday, just two days after he laid out a sweeping traffic safety plan that included harsh restrictions on reckless drivers.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Some police lies to suspects are unfair

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police can lie when interrogating suspects, but when the lies become "patently coercive," any confession cannot be used as evidence, New York's highest court ruled Thursday.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Flu waning; younger adults hit hardest

ATLANTA (AP) - Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Iowan fired for using forklift on candy machine

MILFORD, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has lost his job and unemployment benefits for using a forklift to get a candy bar from a malfunctioning vending machine, state records say.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Boy killed in argument over 15-year-old’s baby

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - A 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend struck him following an argument over the teen's infant daughter then stuffed his body under a mattress in an abandoned field, court documents said.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Settlement in boy’s death at Lassen Park

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The federal government will pay $3.5 million to the family of a 9-year-old boy crushed to death by a retaining wall at a national park in Northern California.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Wrestlers out of meet after lynching photo

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Eight New Jersey high school wrestlers scratched from a state tournament days after a photo surfaced of team members apparently simulating a lynching were intending to show school spirit, their attorney said Thursday.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Outrage over impaired driving survey

READING, Pa. (AP) - Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother's house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would detect the presence of illegal or prescription drugs in his system.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


T-Mobile offers infinite upgrades

NEW YORK (AP) - T-Mobile is allowing people who participate in its $10-a-month Jump program to upgrade their phones anytime, eliminating the previous limit of two upgrades a year.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Does WhatsApp deal show Facebook knows what’s up?

MENLO PARK (AP) - If Facebook hopes to remain the social networking leader, CEO Mark Zuckerberg knows the company must follow the people. That realization compelled Zuckerberg to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application that is redefining the concept of texting while its audience of 450 million users expands at an even faster clip than Facebook itself.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


To raise or not to raise wages? That’s the question for retailers

NEW YORK (AP) - Gap's decision this week to raise the hourly wages of workers at its stores nationwide puts pressure on other major U.S. retailers to do the same.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart offers weak outlook on sales shortfall

NEW YORK (AP) - Much like its low-income shoppers, Wal-Mart can't seem to catch a break as the U.S. economy rebounds.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Hewlett-Packard 1Q earnings, revenue top views

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street's forecasts, mainly on the surprising strength of personal computer sales to businesses.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


Number of United States farms declines to 2.1 million while farmers getting older

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of U.S. farms is declining even as the value of their crops and livestock has increased over the past five years, a government census of American agriculture released Thursday says.

February 20, 2014 | | Nation


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