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AIR FRANCE: OUT OF GAS? ASK PASSENGERS TO PITCH IN: PARIS (AP) - An emergency layover in Syria's capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Forest Service now tries to tamp out every flame

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - If lightning strikes in the New Mexico wilderness and starts a fire, the blaze would normally be little more than a blip on the radar of land managers who have earned a reputation for letting flames burn to keep forested lands from growing into a tangled mess.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Ex-teacher gets 5-year prison term for student sex

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A former North Texas high school teacher was convicted Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Report accuses general of lavish travel, spending

Report accuses general of lavish travel, spending

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Activists get 2 years for anti-Putin church stunt

MOSCOW (AP) - Three punk rock-style activists who briefly took over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Vladimir Putin were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism on Friday, a decision that drew protests around the world as it highlighted the Russian president's intensifying crackdown on dissent.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Brazilian worker survives iron bar piercing his skull

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A 24-year-old construction worker survived after a 6-foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head, doctors said Friday.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


For Ryan, physical fitness a lifelong endeavor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Paul Ryan's dogged commitment to fitness and healthy living can be traced to 1986 when, at age 16, he found his father dead of a heart attack in the family's Janesville, Wis., home.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Philly-area swim club settles minority bias case from sale of their facilities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dozens of black and Hispanic children who said they experienced racial discrimination at a swim club in an overwhelmingly white suburb will share proceeds from the sale of the club, which filed for bankruptcy after their allegations, according to a settlement made public Thursday.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer ordered to pay $4.5M to gay U-M student

DETROIT (AP) - A jury on Thursday awarded a gay University of Michigan student body president $4.5 million in his lawsuit against a former Michigan assistant attorney general who posted about him in an anti-gay blog.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Kennedy: Rep. Jackson in ‘deep’ depression

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is in a "deep" depression and has "a lot of work" ahead of him on the road to recovery, former Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Thursday after visiting the hospitalized Chicago Democrat.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Full appeals court to hear ‘boobies’ bracelet case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A full federal appeals court will weigh an eastern Pennsylvania school district's efforts to ban breast-cancer fundraising bracelets that say "I (heart) boobies!"

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Real-life Walter White sought on meth charge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A man who shares the same name with television's most noted meth dealer is wanted by authorities in Alabama for allegedly violating his probation for a past meth conviction.

August 17, 2012 | | Nation


Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in federal income taxes

GREER, S.C. (AP) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Shooting prompts gun bills in big states

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on the presidential campaign.

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


Conservative, gay rights groups spar over shooting with Chic-fil-A connection

WASHINGTON (AP) - As authorities revealed details about the Family Research Council shooting, the head of the influential conservative organization blamed the attack on "reckless rhetoric," but then delivered his own politically-charged remark, saying critics gave the accused gunman "a license to shoot an unarmed man."

August 16, 2012 | | Nation


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Iran launches airstrikes in Iraq against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranian jets have carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in recent days, Pentagon officials and independent analysts say, underscoring the strange alliances generated by the war against the extremist group that has beheaded Americans and killed and terrorized Iraqi civilians.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - When Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Islamic extremists, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab threatened to retaliate by bringing down Nairobi's skyscrapers.

December 03, 2014 | | Nation


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