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Prayers and silence mark Titanic centenary near spot of disaster

ABOARD MS BALMORAL (AP) - With prayers, a hymn and a moment of silence broken by a ship's deep whistle, passengers and crew on a memorial trip marked 100 years to the moment since the Titanic sent more than 1,500 people to a watery grave.

April 16, 2012 | | Nation


Obama: ‘Angry’ if Secret Service allegations true about hiring prostitutes in Columbia

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) - President Barack Obama, speaking for the first time about allegations that Secret Service agents hired prostitutes, said Sunday that "of course I'll be angry" if those accusations are proven true by an investigation.

April 16, 2012 | | Nation


Nation new briefs

• DETAILS OF GOVERNMENT SWITCH TO PAPERLESS PAYMENTS: WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - How the changes in delivering Social Security and other government benefits will work:

April 16, 2012 | | Nation


Ticket to Titanic maiden voyage sold at NY auction for $56,250

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York auction house has sold an original ticket to the 1912 launch of the Titanic and a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner, plus items recovered from the wreckage miles underwater.

April 15, 2012 | | Nation


NH police chief, days from retirement, shot dead

GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) - Michael Maloney was only a few days from retirement as chief of a small-town New Hampshire police department. After more than a quarter-century in law enforcement, he was eager to begin the next chapter of his life.

April 13, 2012 | | Nation


Obama pays $162,074 in taxes on $789,674 income

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressuring Mitt Romney on taxes, President Barack Obama's campaign re-released more than a decade of tax records Friday, a political maneuver designed to pressure the Republican presidential candidate to divulge tax records beyond two years and to stop "hiding" details of his huge personal wealth.

April 13, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ARMY SERGEANT RECEIVES 2ND HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR: FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A Brazilian-born Army sergeant credited with saving two lives during an attack in Afghanistan while wounded has been presented with the nation's second highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


Democrats ‘consultant slams Romney’s wife for not working; Obama defends rival’s wife

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House - and President Barack Obama himself - rushed into a damage control campaign Thursday to blunt the impact of a Democratic consultant's suggestion that Ann Romney isn't qualified to discuss the economy because she "hasn't worked a day in her life."

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


West prepares for dangerous fire season

DENVER (AP) - The West's 2012 wildfire season exploded in earnest last month with a wind-whipped blaze that killed three people in rugged alpine canyon country near Denver. It took a 700-strong federal firefighting team a week of labor, day and night, to tame the blaze - and other states throughout the West took notice.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


GSA interns treated to conference at resort

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional interns often work out of storage areas or even in hallways, but the General Services Administration interns fared much better.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


‘White House: Failed NKorean launch 'provocative'

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say a rocket launched by North Korea failed moments after being fired, but the Obama administration still described the launch as a "provocative action" that threatens regional security. It said it has lost confidence in Pyongyang and would carry out its threat to halt a planned delivery of food aid to the communist country.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


Prosecutors: Zimmerman ignored police dispatcher warning to not confront teen

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer followed and confronted the black teenager after a police dispatcher told him not to.

April 12, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MARC ANTHONY FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM JENNIFER LOPEZ: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marc Anthony has made his breakup from Jennifer Lopez official by filing for divorce months after the superstar couple announced their separation.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GOP lawmaker: 75-plus Dems are communists

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Rep. Allen West said he believes 75-plus House Democrats are members of the Communist Party, a claim that echoed Joe McCarthy's unsubstantiated 1950s charges that communists had infiltrated the top ranks of the U.S. government.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


GSA spent millions in relocation costs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The General Services Administration inspector general was told the agency spent as much as $330,000 to move an employee from Denver to Hawaii, an example of millions of dollars wasted in relocation costs.

April 11, 2012 | | Nation


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New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency's ban on commercial drone flights.

August 22, 2014 | | Nation


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