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Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation

Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation

Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation

Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation

Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation

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Former baby sitter charged with kidnapping

HAMILTON, Mass. (AP) - The former baby sitter of a toddler who disappeared from her home and was found sitting by the side of a road ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation

Deer hunt in recreational area sparks backlash

BOSTON (AP) - A plan to allow hunting in a nearly 11-square-mile swath of pristine forest within sight of downtown Boston to thin the exploding deer ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation

Hollywood studio pays off ‘Barefoot Bandit’s’ restitution

SEATTLE (AP) - A Hollywood studio has paid more than $1 million to settle the "Barefoot Bandit's" court-ordered restitution in exchange for the rights to ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation

College presidents defend importance of free speech

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - As debates about race and other social issues flare on campuses, college presidents are increasingly intervening to draw a line when cultural ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation

Utilities see potential in drones

BLENHEIM, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines ...

November 22, 2015 | | Nation


CARSON CITY. Nev. - A project to link Las Vegas and Southern California with a high-speed train got a boost this week when the newly formed ...

November 22, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS | Nation

Gunmen attack hotel killing 20

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages Friday at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Trump rivals decry his call for registering US Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential rivals rushed Friday to condemn Donald Trump's support for a government database to track Muslims in the United States, drawing ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Obama visits Asian refugee center amid raging debate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Pushing back against efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Week after attacks, defiant Parisians honor the dead

PARIS (AP) - A week after the deadliest attacks on France in decades, shell-shocked Parisians honored the 130 victims with candles and songs Friday, knowing that ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Democrats push to prevent gun sales to those on terror list

WASHINGTON (AP) - People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Pregnant woman fatally stabbed; baby survives

NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed to death on Friday in a New York City apartment and investigators have a suspect into ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Clinton wants tax credit to help with heath care

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending the coming weeks promoting a series of tax benefits that she says will help boost the take-home ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation


EASTON, Pa. (AP) - From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

Turlock latest E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle

NEW YORK (AP) - An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now ...

November 20, 2015 | | Nation

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