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Watchdog faults background check of NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data - just as news media disclosed more information about those programs.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe of crash

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Russia could stand in way of Obama's nuke weapon cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons, rather than make cuts on his own, President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in no mood to agree.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI uses drones for surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are "worthy of debate," FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Compromise eyed on border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FATHER SENTENCED FOR BINDING KIDS OUTSIDE WAL-MART: LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for binding and blindfolding two of his children a year ago in a Wal-Mart parking lot in eastern Kansas.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for woman who buried mom in yard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman who quit her job to care for her elderly mother felt at a loss to support herself when the older woman died so she buried her in the yard of their Florida home and lived off her mother's Social Security checks for 14 years, her lawyers and federal authorities say.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


IRS playing $70M in employee bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


As the West burns, feds cut funding for fire prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI digging at ex-home of famed NY mobster

NEW YORK (AP) - FBI agents with jackhammers and shovels were digging Tuesday under a New York City house once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas."

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS worker: No political bias against tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups' tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Feds fire, demote employees over killing, rape

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal probation officers in upstate New York have been fired or demoted after a man they were monitoring was charged with slipping out of his electronic bracelet, raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

DRIVER SAYS HE WAS SPEEDING SO HE COULD DRY CAR: BLACK DIAMOND, Alberta (AP) - He was drying off his freshly washed car.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


18 mayors want Congress to limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Flier warning: ‘Don’t tattle’ on bullies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Cancer risk with fibroid procedure

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Salmonella decline seen in food

NEW YORK (AP) - The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Merck tablet gets OK t to reduce ragweed allergies

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook rolls out location- sharing feature

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Chipotle plans first price hike in 3 years as popularity soars

DENVER (AP) - Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Target expands subscription service

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers' homes.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart jumps into money transfer business

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Diabetic heart attacks & strokes falling

NEW YORK (AP) - In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Fake abduction in park outrages bystanders

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) - Police are investigating possible charges against people who staged a fake kidnapping in a park, terrifying parents and children who thought it was real.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Teen pees in reservoir, Portland dumping 38M gallons of water

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Armed robber was never told to report to prison 13 years ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged with marathon hoax

BOSTON (AP) - The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


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