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Soldier to admit Afghan massacre in plea bargain

SEATTLE (AP) - The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

CHICAGO (AP) - Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every patient in intensive care.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Neighbor sours on property sale to Vt. governor

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Soon after the successful real estate investor built his McMansion on a rural dirt road here outside Vermont's capital, he began throwing his wealth around, striking a deal to bail out his neighbor from a looming tax sale by buying the man's property for a quarter of its appraised value.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Letters to NYC mayor test positive for ricin

NEW YORK (AP) - Two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and his gun-control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Obama preparing to name Comey to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI, people familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Chance for sibling 1st at National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - She looks like her sister. She spells like her sister, tracing the letters on her palm as she calls out the letters. Her goal is become the back half of the first set of sibling champions in National Spelling Bee history.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Controversies add to Obama's frustrations

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the opening months of his second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Train explosion caused by chemical cargo

ROSEDALE, Md. (AP) - Train operator CSX Transportation on Wednesday pointed to a hazardous chemical in a rail car as the source of an explosion on a derailed train near Baltimore that sparked a fire, rattled homes and damaged buildings. A company spokesman said officials still weren't sure what caused the sodium chlorate to explode in the first place, but it ignited another chemical in a second car.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

$1M BAIL FOR MAN ACCUSED IN BABY-FREEZER CASE: TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying.

May 29, 2013 | | Nation


Looking to IRS scandal for momentum

WASHINGTON (AP) - The storm engulfing the Internal Revenue Service could provide a boost for lawmakers who want to simplify U.S. tax laws - a code that is so complicated most Americans buy commercial software to help them or simply hire someone else to do it all.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Twister debris would create mile-high pile

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Before residents of Moore can rebuild, they'll have to deal with the debris from the deadly tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb: crushed wood, mangled siding and battered belongings that could make a pile reaching more than a mile into the sky.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


7 charged in $6B online money laundering

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling it perhaps the biggest money laundering scheme in U.S. history, federal prosecutors charged seven people Tuesday with running what amounted to an online, underworld bank that handled $6 billion for drug dealers, child pornographers, identity thieves and other criminals around the globe.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Healthy quintuplets born in Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend with help from a team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses ensuring the mother and the tiny babies survived.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

CUSTOMERS SETTLE BILLS FORGOTTEN IN BOSTON BLASTS: BOSTON (AP) - Amid the chaos and fear in the moments after the Boston Marathon explosions, many restaurant customers fled without settling their tabs.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


Mass. paid welfare benefits to the dead

BOSTON (AP) - The state's welfare agency made millions of dollars in questionable payments to people who were dead or otherwise ineligible for benefits, and missed numerous opportunities to detect potential fraud, according to an audit made public Tuesday.

May 28, 2013 | | Nation


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Tattoos can be evidence of a crime

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Teardrops for murders. Spider webs for prison time. Penal code numbers for crimes committed.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


General: Bergdahl case not closed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Immigrants fuel cricket boom

EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Cricket, the international game of bats and balls that isn't baseball, is enjoying a surge of popularity in America, with the debut of a national league this spring and higher demand to build "pitches" across the country.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Midwest VA hospitals also had secret waiting lists

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The problems with delayed care and unauthorized wait lists that caused a furor at a Veterans Affairs health care campus in Arizona existed at several facilities in the Midwest, but in much smaller numbers, VA officials said in letters to two U.S. senators.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Online pirates thrive on legit ad dollars

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie and music piracy thrives online in part because crafty website operators receive advertising dollars from major companies like Comcast, Ford and McDonald's.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Transgender man sues NYC over locker room access

NEW YORK (AP) - A transgender man who said he was harassed and then humiliated after he was booted from a male locker room at a public pool has sued New York City.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


More inmates released with no supervision

NEW YORK (AP) - Increasing numbers of prison inmates nationwide are serving their full sentences and then going free without any supervision by parole or probation officers, according to a new report which says the trend is worrisome.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Police seek man after kindergarten melee

CINCINNATI (AP) - One man hit another while newly graduated kindergarten students were celebrating with punch and cookies, triggering a melee that involved up to 20 people and resulted in the lockdown of an elementary school near Cincinnati, authorities said Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Encrypted email rising amid spying fears

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Chicago sues over painkiller marketing

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is seeking damages in a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T: DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

NEW YORK (AP) - In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


UAW raises dues for 1st time in 47 years

DETROIT (AP) - Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


Instagram vamps up photo editing tools for phones

NEW YORK (AP) - The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular.

June 03, 2014 | | Nation


12-year-old girls charged in stabbing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.

June 02, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher reinstated after segregation lesson

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - A southeast Michigan public school teacher who was removed from the classroom while district officials looked into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate has been reinstated, his lawyer said.

June 02, 2014 | | Nation


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