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Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation

Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation

Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation

Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

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X-Rays, inside out

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Did you know that Marie Curie, the discoverer of radium and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, designed mobile X-ray vehicles ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

2 men found guilty of murder in 2010 border agent’s death

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Two men were convicted of murder Thursday in the killing of a Border Patrol agent whose death brought to light the bungled ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Man who tortured, killed dogs gets up to 28 years

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 25-year-old former presidential scholar and psychology major convicted of torturing, killing and dismembering seven dogs was sentenced to up to 28 ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Rains drench East Coast; woman drowns in her vehicle

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Drenching rains along an already-saturated East Coast caused major flooding Thursday, drowning a woman whose car quickly filled up with water ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Gunman kills 9 at college

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - A gunman opened fire at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with ...

October 01, 2015 | | Nation

Casinos: We’re the good guys

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The industry group representing casinos, racetracks and sports books in 40 states where gambling is legal wants there to be no confusing ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

Convicted of cigarette-smuggling

NEW YORK (AP) - A Maryland man accused of spearheading the smuggling of more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes into New York state was ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

Mom accused of tossing baby to death from window

NEW YORK (AP) - A woman who apparently hid her pregnancy from her boyfriend, gave birth in his home and then tossed her newborn daughter out ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

Officer’s gesture brings homeless man to tears

ROELAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - Touched by the plight of a homeless man forced to walk several hours a day to his job, a Kansas police ...

September 30, 2015 | | Nation

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