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US Senate plans background check for guns vote today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has set a vote for Wednesday on a bipartisan plan for expanding background checks to more gun buyers, with supporters facing an uphill path to victory.

April 16, 2013 | | Nation


Retry Ohio man for sleepover fire, 9 deaths

CINCINNATI (AP) - A former drug dealer convicted in the arson deaths of a woman and eight children at a birthday sleepover should get a new trial because of contradictory and "deeply troubling" testimony from jailhouse informants at his trial, a federal appeals panel ruled on Tuesday.

April 16, 2013 | | Nation


Letter with ricin sent to Miss. senator

WASHINGTON (AP) - An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, congressional officials said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after a bombing killed three and left more than 170 injured at the Boston Marathon.

April 16, 2013 | | Nation


Pressure-cooker bombs suspected

BOSTON (AP) - Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out - with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel - but said they still didn't know who did it and why.

April 16, 2013 | | Nation


Fox removes 'Family Guy' episode from websites

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox has pulled from websites a recent episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and has no immediate plans to air it again.

April 16, 2013 | | Nation


Restaurant manager, 8-year-old among Boston bomb victims

BOSTON (AP) - Third-grader Martin Richard had just gotten ice cream and was near the Boston Marathon finish line, eagerly watching for friends to run by. Krystle Campbell was enjoying the race with her best friend, hoping to get a photo of the other woman's boyfriend after he conquered the last mile.

April 16, 2013 | | Nation


Unions: Wal-Mart had role in NY minimum wage deal that uses tax dollars to subsidize

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Several labor unions say more than $400,000 in contributions by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. since 2010 helped bring about the creation of an unusual taxpayer-paid subsidy last month to help employers offset a higher minimum wage in New York.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Tobacco firms make $3.1Be payments under settlement

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nation's top cigarette companies have made their payments as part of the longstanding settlement in which some cigarette makers are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: NM MAN TRIED TO TRADE MCDONALD'S FOR SEX: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - It appears that this happy meal didn't end with a happy deal.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Climbers recover body of boy from Alaska glacier

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Soldiers from the Army's Alaska Northern Warfare Training Center helped recover the body of a 9-year-old boy whose snowmobile fell an estimated 200 feet into a glacier crevasse.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


The 78-year-old runner behind the Boston photo

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 78-year-old Washington state man running his third Boston Marathon was near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of two bomb blasts and caught in a news photograph that quickly went viral.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

INMATE, 84, ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL PROSECUTOR: CONROE, Texas (AP) - An 84-year-old woman jailed on a theft charge allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill the Houston-area prosecutor handling her case and to maim his boss, one of the apparent targets said Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Bombing kills 3, injures over 130

BOSTON (AP) - Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Psst. Tax deadline not much of a deadline for most

WASHINGTON (AP) - Here's a little secret for all you procrastinators on Tax Day: The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but as long as you don't owe any additional taxes, there is no penalty for filing a few days late.

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


Witnesses describe scene of Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON (AP) - Witnesses who heard the bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon walked into a scene of chaos and carnage where they had expected celebration and revelry. A few accounts from people who were there:

April 15, 2013 | | Nation


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Legislator who foiled robbery credits his gun

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near Pennsylvania's Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Air tanker wing may have hit tree

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The wing of a firefighting aircraft might have hit a tree and broken off before the tanker crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, federal investigators said Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: More families freed than deported

ARTESIA, NM (AP) - One of three centers used for detaining Central American families who have entered the U.S. illegally this year has started releasing many more detainees than it deports, a New Mexico city official said.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


CDC: It could have done more on Ebola

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The nation's top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas to the nurse who treated him.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Cops: Boy, 10, fatally beat woman, 90, in her bed

TYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly punched her, killing her in her bed, prosecutors said.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Beachgoers form human chain to rescue swimmer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Beachgoers in Oregon pulled a struggling swimmer to shore by forming a human chain after she and seven others were stranded on a rocky outcropping during high tide.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Too soon? How about not at all for Ebola Halloween

NEW YORK (AP) - No holiday screams pop culture controversy quite like Halloween.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Ala. pastor knew he had AIDS, had affairs with parishioners

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - After listening to his sermons for 24 years, parishioners of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church probably thought they knew the Rev. Juan D. McFarland.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


2 accused of attacking Vegas elderly school crossing guard for doing his job

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 21-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend are accused of attacking a Las Vegas school crossing guard who witnesses told police waved them to a stop in an Audi sedan as it sped through a school zone, according to an arrest report made public Tuesday.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged in drug overdose of boy, 9

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man was charged with child endangerment after police said a 9-year-old boy who was staying at his home died of an apparent drug overdose.

October 14, 2014 | | Nation


Bus driver accused of DUI during field trip

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah school bus driver was arrested Monday on suspicion of DUI after driving erratically and nearly hitting a car on a busy stretch of highway while taking 67 elementary-school students on a field trip, authorities said.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Donor sperm mix-up triggers suit

NEW YORK (AP) - What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby?

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Man just freed from prison kills mom

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Just two days after a convicted murderer had been released from prison, he was arrested and charged in the beating death of his 64-year-old mother, authorities said.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bear hunters will get cookbooks in New Jersey

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - Hunters who bring in a bear to be weighed in New Jersey once the season starts will receive a cookbook that includes such recipes as "bear on a satay stick" and "grilled bear loin with brown sugar paste" to remind them that the animals are edible.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


Police: More than 50 arrested in protests

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.

October 13, 2014 | | Nation


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