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Congress ends shutdown, avoids default

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


Four dead after boat capsizes

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Ten people were found clinging to the hull of a small boat that capsized early Wednesday off South Florida, trapping the bodies of four dead women and one survivor in a tiny pocket of air beneath it.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


NH gas clerk fired for pulling gun on robber

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire gas station clerk who thwarted an attempted robbery by pulling out a handgun was fired because company policy prohibits staff from carrying firearms.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


Bank customer killed in Reno, Nev., robbery

RENO (AP) - A customer was killed Wednesday when a robber opened fire inside a Bank of America branch, leaving employees and other patrons traumatized, police said.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


74-year-old to her rapist: 'Rot in hell'

NEW YORK (AP) - As she faced the ex-convict who raped her in Central Park, a 74-year-old woman condemned him Wednesday with composed anger, calling him a "sexual terrorist" and an "evil infestation."

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


Curious worker set off dry ice bombs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A baggage handler arrested after dry ice bombs exploded at Los Angeles International Airport planted the three devices out of personal curiosity, police said Wednesday.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


THE HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the bill approved Wednesday by Congress to end the partial government shutdown and extend the debt limit:

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


Thieves rented cars, sold them for cheap

\HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - Thieves used counterfeit credit cards and phony driver's licenses created in a suburban man's bedroom to rent luxury vehicles at airports that were then turned around and sold at deeply discounted prices, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

TWO COUNTY EMPLOYEES REPRIMANDED OVER 'GHOST CAMERA': BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Two county employees in Montana have been reprimanded after a motion-activated camera was installed in a little-used room in the health department in the hopes of capturing paranormal activity.

October 16, 2013 | | Nation


Holmes gave 'self-satisfying' smirk

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A police officer responding to the deadly Colorado theater shooting testified Tuesday that he asked James Holmes twice whether he had an accomplice, but Holmes only looked at him and smiled.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


City pays $6 million for two wrongful murder convictions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The city of Council Bluffs will pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with two Omaha, Neb., men who sued after the courts concluded they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years for the shooting death of a retired police captain.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


Bullying case: girls aged 12, 14 charged

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff said Tuesday.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


Newtown to keep school razing under wraps

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - When the old Sandy Hook Elementary School is demolished, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be taken away and melted down in an effort to eliminate nearly every trace of the building where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


Exhibit shows Connally's clothing when JFK was shot

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Your eyes instinctively seek the holes in the vintage 1960s black wool men's business suit. The white cotton dress shirt with now-faded blood stains more vividly illustrates the horror of a half century ago.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


New seats squeeze in more passengers

NEW YOPRK (AP) - It's not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days.

October 15, 2013 | | Nation


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SiriusXM fires ‘Opie & Anthony’host over tweets

NEW YORK (AP) - "Opie & Anthony" radio show host Anthony Cumia has been fired by satellite radio company SiriusXM, which cited his "racially charged" and "hate-filled" remarks on Twitter as the reason.

July 04, 2014 | | Nation


Coast survives Hurricane Arthur

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to parts of the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

July 04, 2014 | | Nation


Oldest American turns 116

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title - she's now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said.

July 04, 2014 | | Nation


Chestnut chows down 61 hot dogs

NEW YORK (AP) - High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.

July 04, 2014 | | Nation


Army bases could lose 80% of force

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Army bases and surrounding communities across the country would lose up to 80 percent of their military and civilian workforces if maximum cuts in both budget and force size go into effect at the end of the decade, according to worst-case scenario projections.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Maine ear biter cleared of assault charges

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who bit off a portion of another man's ear during a fight has been acquitted of assault charges.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Lack of rainfall won’t stop fireworks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four years of severe drought.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Unwanted oxen? Try bear urine

NOME, Alaska (AP) - Alaska wildlife officials have turned to an unusual source in efforts to persuade a herd of musk oxen to leave this Bering Sea coastal town for good.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS NATION

VETERAN DIES WAITING FOR AMBULANCE IN VA HOSPITAL: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria - 500 yards from the emergency room - died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


DEATH IN HOT SUV

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man who police say intentionally killed his toddler son by leaving the boy inside a hot SUV was exchanging nude photos with women the day his son died and had looked at websites that advocated against having children, a detective testified Thursday.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Waitresses at Colorado eatery carry loaded guns

RIFLE, Colo. (AP) - Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly - and its waitresses do, too.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Child’s family won’t directly accept donation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The family who says their 3-year-old girl was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because her scars disturbed customers won't directly accept a $30,000 donation but instead wants the money given to the foundation of a doctor who will work on her face, according to an attorney's statement.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


Google cuts search links in Europe

BRUSSELS (AP) - Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The U.S. internet giant said Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


32,000 missionaries to get iPad minis

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


June report shows recovery is accelerating

WASHINGTON (AP) - A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.

July 03, 2014 | | Nation


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