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US officials defend handling of Boeing 787 battery mishaps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama administration officials struggled Wednesday to defend their initial statements that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is safe while promising a transparent probe of mishaps involving the aircraft's batteries.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Random alcohol tests for sailors in US

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Military considers joining firefighting sooner

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - Military and civilian officials are weighing whether to make it easier to call in military planes to help fight wildfires, a top general said Wednesday.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio couple admits forcing kids into plastic boxes

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio couple has pleaded guilty to punishing their three children by forcing them into plastic storage boxes sealed with duct tape and only a square cut in the top for air.

January 23, 2013 | | Nation


40 years later, abortion foes march on

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on the rights established by the Supreme Court in the landmark ruling that still defines one of the nation's most intractable debates.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


General defers plea at hearing on sex charges

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An Army general brought back from Afghanistan to face court-martial on a series of sexual misconduct charges deferred entering a plea Tuesday.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NC WOMAN SUES NYPD OVER EMPIRE STATE SHOOTING: MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A North Carolina college student hit by police gunfire during a shooting outside the Empire State Building argued in a lawsuit Tuesday that the police department and the officers involved need better training to deal with such confrontations in the future.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Schwarzenegger calls for wider gun debate

LONDON (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Judge lets NYPD resume suspicion-less stops

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge let the New York Police Department on Tuesday temporarily resume stop-and-frisk stops she believes are unconstitutional while she decides what permanent remedies are necessary to prevent illegal stops in thousands of privately owned buildings.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Judge lets NYPD resume suspicion-less stops

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge let the New York Police Department on Tuesday temporarily resume stop-and-frisk stops she believes are unconstitutional while she decides what permanent remedies are necessary to prevent illegal stops in thousands of privately owned buildings.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Sheriff: Only courts can rule on gun control

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado sheriff whose county includes the movie theater where 12 people were shot and killed last year says law-enforcement officers have no right to ignore gun-control laws unless the courts rule them unconstitutional.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to regain their budget footing versus President Barack Obama, Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent a first-ever U.S. default for at least three months.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


Fight led to Texas college shooting

HOUSTON (AP) - A fight between two people erupted in gunfire Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms.

January 22, 2013 | | Nation


European high-speed rail link is halted

BRUSSELS (AP) - It was supposed to be the perfect 21st century link between two bustling European capitals. Instead, the new high-speed Fyra line connecting Amsterdam and Brussels turned into the missing link.

January 21, 2013 | | Nation


Nation honors Martin Luther King on day of Obama’s second inauguration

ATLANTA (AP) - Commemorative events for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. slid seamlessly into celebrations of the swearing-in Monday of the nation's first black president, with many Americans moved by the reminder of how far the country has come since the 1960s.

January 21, 2013 | | Nation


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E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Justice Department deploys planes to gather cellphone data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Southern Cal port truckers demonstrate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach staged the latest in a string of demonstrations Thursday against what they call unfair labor practices.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sales up ahead of holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Banks fined billions for rigging currency market prices

LONDON (AP) - Traders with nicknames like the "Three Musketeers" and the "A-Team" plotted over Internet chat rooms to manipulate currency markets for years, profiting at the expense of clients - and then congratulating themselves for their brilliance - regulators said Wednesday, as they fined five banks $3.4 billion.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


House, Senate to vote on Keystone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Pot patient sues after firm won’t hire her

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


Drone sightings up dramatically

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


GOP win in Alaska adds to party’s sweep

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race, beating a first-term incumbent as voter disapproval of President Barack Obama swept Democrats out of office and allowed the GOP to seize control of the Senate.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


District scraps religious names on calendar

BALTIMORE (AP) - Presented with the opportunity to recognize a Muslim holiday on the school calendar for the first time, leaders of Maryland's largest school district went a different direction: They removed all mention of religious holidays from the calendar.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation


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