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CHINA'S CHEN SPEAKS BY PHONE TO CONGRESS HEARING: WASHINGTON (AP) - Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng spoke to a congressional hearing Thursday from his Beijing hospital bed - and requested a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - As 20,000 Mormons streamed from the church conference center, a ragtag group of protesters stood across the street shouting that the Latter-day Saints were going to hell. Mormon families, who had gathered here for two days of speeches and spiritual guidance called General Conference, ignored the hecklers or laughed and kept walking.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Officials use bin Laden letters to degrade al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (AP) - Letters from Osama bin Laden's last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege - and its leader seemingly near wit's end about the passing of his global jihad's glory days.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Tallest man in US in Mass. seeking shoes, normalcy

CANTON, Mass. (AP) - Finding shoes for the nation's tallest man takes more than a trip to the mall; more like a trip across the country.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Newt Gingrich ends campaign, urges party to back Romney

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Newt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

May 03, 2012 | | Nation


Afghanistan security deal Obama signed has numerous holes in it

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 10-year security compact that President Barack Obama signed with Afghan President Hamid Karzai contains promises the United States and Afghanistan cannot guarantee they will keep, and loopholes for both nations.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


Former ICE agent sentenced in no-work scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former federal immigration agent has been sentenced to one month behind bars and a $5,000 fine for lying to investigators about a fraud scheme that netted her and her husband more than $500,000.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


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TESTIMONY ON EDWARDS' WIFE HEARING OF AFFAIR: GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A former adviser to John Edwards recounted Wednesday how the former presidential candidate's now-deceased wife indignantly confronted her husband, baring her chest in front of staff members the day after a tabloid reported that he was cheating on her.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


13 charged in hazing death of band member

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Thirteen people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S., accused in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major who authorities say was mercilessly pummeled by fellow members of the marching band.

May 02, 2012 | | Nation


Conviction in thwarted subway bomb plot

NEW YORK (AP) - In what authorities called the most serious terror threat since the Sept. 11 attacks, a New York City man was convicted Tuesday of plotting with two of his former classmates at a Queens high school to attack the subways as suicide bombers.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


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FACEBOOK TO MAKE IT EASIER TO BECOME ORGAN DONOR: NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook wants to help you share your organs.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


Obama flies to Afghanistan to tout to nation his foreign policy record

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he's overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden's death one year ago.

May 01, 2012 | | Nation


SC teacher facing charges over 'Jew' comment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A middle school teacher in South Carolina has been accused of dragging a student under a table during class, telling the boy "this is what the Nazis do to Jews," police said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


Iowa case asks: Is it a crime to harass animals?

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors hope to use a rarely enforced federal law to punish two Iowa pilots whose low flying disturbed thousands of resting migratory birds in a case that centers on this question: Is it a crime to harass animals?

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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KIMMEL'S FAT JOKES DON'T BOTHER CHRISTIE: PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says having a sexy television star seated beside him made it easier to absorb the fat jokes Jimmy Kimmel made at his expense during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

April 30, 2012 | | Nation


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Threat conviction tossed in violent poem case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has tossed the conviction of a Utah man who was found guilty of threatening to kill a professor by sending an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Smoking rates on rise in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


EPA wants to expand water control

CORRALES, N.M. (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she's not backing down on her agency's efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inspector blasts asteroid protection

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Victim’s family praying for girl in range accident

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting-range instructor who was accidentally shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi say they're praying for her.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


4 students hurt, 1 seriously, in Denver lab fire

DENVER (AP) - Four students were burned and one suffered serious injuries Monday after a fire erupted in a Denver high school chemistry laboratory while the teacher was conducting a demonstration with methanol, officials said.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Bob Crewe, ‘Walk Like a Man’ writer, dead at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

CHINESE CITY CREATES CELLPHONE SIDEWALK LANE: BEIJING (AP) - Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

DENVER (AP) - The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview airing Monday night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN SUSPECTED OF FIRING ON KIDS AT ICE CREAM TRUCK: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Police say that after a nine-hour standoff they have arrested a 59-year-old man suspected of shooting at a group of children who were surrounding an ice cream truck in San Bernardino.

September 15, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.

September 14, 2014 | | Nation


Charges in dead babies case

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) - A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


Video shows witness raising hands

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cellphone video that shows a witness raising his hands in the air immediately after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer in Ferguson appears to support previous accounts and could bolster arguments that Michael Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts said Friday.

September 12, 2014 | | Nation


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