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White House defends Secret Service chief

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House expressed renewed confidence Thursday in the director of the Secret Service in the midst of a sordid prostitution scandal that has threatened to become a serious political distraction in an election year. A key lawmaker who oversees the Secret Service predicted more firings there soon.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Honda appeal seeks to reverse hybrid owner's award in California claims court

TORRANCE (AP) - Lawyers for American Honda Motor Co. returned to court Thursday to try to overturn a highly publicized small claims court award to a woman who sued over the fuel economy of her hybrid Honda Civic.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Cruise line: Captain never told of disabled boat seen by passengers

RIO HATO, Panama (AP) - A Panamanian man and his two friends had been drifting for 16 days in an open fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean when they saw a huge white ship. They would be saved, they thought, and Adrian Vasquez began waving a dark red sweater.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Dismissal of 2 Haditha Marines sought

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy on Thursday initiated dismissal proceedings against two Marines from a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005, saying they lied to military investigators after the massacre.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


2011 was worst measles year in 15 years

ATLANTA (AP) - Last year was the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 15 years, health officials said Thursday.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Subway plotter: We wanted to spread panic

NEW YORK (AP) - An admitted al-Qaida recruit testified Wednesday that he and two friends were determined to "weaken America" by strapping on suicide bombs and attacking New York City subways around the eighth anniversary of 9/11, but now hopes for redemption.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


New military photo scandal: Panetta apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized Wednesday for gruesome, newly revealed photographs that show U.S. soldiers posing with the bloodied remains of dead insurgents in Afghanistan. He said war can lead young troops to "foolish decisions" and expressed concern the photos could incite fresh violence against Americans.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TRANSCANADA SUBMITS NEW ROUTE FOR OIL PIPELINE: WASHINGTON (AP) - The company planning the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline has proposed a new route through Nebraska that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


3 agents out in wake of Secret Service scandal involving hiring prostitutes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The prostitution scandal at the Secret Service claimed its first casualties Wednesday. The agency announced three agents are leaving the service, even as separate U.S. government investigations were under way. The tawdry episode took a sharp political turn when presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would fire the agents involved.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Secret Service calls Ted Nugent over anti-Obama screed at NRA gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rocker and gun rights champion Ted Nugent says he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to explain his raucous remarks about what he called Barack Obama's "evil, America-hating administration" - comments some critics interpreted as a threat against the president.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


'World's oldest teenager' Dick Clark dead at 82

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and producer who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand" and rang in the New Year for the masses at Times Square, has died. He was 82.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


2nd panel blasts GSA executive for parties, trips, & big bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - The main figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal took trips to Hawaii, Napa Valley and the South Pacific islands, all after the agency's inspector general warned top officials about the excesses.

April 17, 2012 | | Nation


Bill increases hunter access to public lands

WASHINGTON (AP) - A hunting bill passed by the House on Tuesday makes it harder to restrict hunting and fishing on public lands and ensures that the hunter's arsenal will continue to include lead bullets.

April 17, 2012 | | Nation


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‘Guilty plea in man’s Craigslist killing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of Honor gets OK for WWI hero

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


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