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Lawyer: Suspect in massacre of 16 Afghan civilians remembers little about what happened

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - The Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime shooting rampage has a sketchy memory of the night of the massacre, his lawyer said Monday after meeting his client for the first time.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Students want watch leader who shot teen arrested

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - College students around Florida rallied Monday to demand the arrest of a neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teen last month, though authorities may be hamstrung by a state law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Kids found slashed in Mass. home fire; mom charged with trying to kill them

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Blood and lighter fluid stained Tanicia Goodwin's clothes and slash wounds marked her neck when she walked to a police station, smashed a display case in the lobby and collapsed to the floor.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


'Sneakerheads' rush for shoes for cred & profit

CHICAGO (AP) - They are lined up in the freezing rain, waiting patiently, stubbornly. All night. All for a few pairs of shoes.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


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PG&E PRESENTS NEW $5B GAS SAFETY PLAN TO CPUC: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives are proposing a $5 billion plan to boost safety standards on the company's natural gas lines.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Social Security benefits for babies born via artificial insemination after dad's death?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Karen Capato used the frozen sperm of her deceased husband to conceive twins, but the government denied them Social Security benefits as their father's survivors. Her situation, more common as reproductive technology advances, had a mostly unsympathetic Supreme Court grappling Monday with the definition of "child,' inheritance law and artificial insemination.

March 19, 2012 | | Nation


Many willing to cut Army shooting suspect slack for massacring 16 Afghanistan civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) - He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defenseless children. Under normal circumstances, Americans would dismiss such an act as worthy of only one response: swift and merciless punishment.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


New wrinkle in pot debate: Stoned driving and enforcing DUI laws

DENVER (AP) - Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


Israelis agree Iran hasn't decided on atom bomb, still have great concern on capability

JERUSALEM (AP) - Despite saber-rattling from Jerusalem, Israeli officials now agree with the U.S. assessment that Tehran has not yet decided on the actual construction of a nuclear bomb, according to senior Israeli government and defense figures.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


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STUDY OF 'METH BABIES' FINDS BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS: CHICAGO (AP) - The first study to look at methamphetamine's potential lasting effects on children whose mothers used it in pregnancy finds these kids at higher risk for behavior problems than other children.

March 18, 2012 | | Nation


Sneeze causes accident that knocks out power

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona.

March 17, 2012 | | Nation


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BERKELEY HIRES LAW FIRM FOR PROBE OF POLICE CHIEF: BERKELEY (AP) - Berkeley officials have hired a law firm to investigate an order by the city's police chief that sent an officer to a reporter's home after midnight to request changes in a story.

March 16, 2012 | | Nation


Lawyer: Afghanistan suspect in massacre of 16 Afghan civilians was loath to deploy

SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend had been reluctant to leave on his fourth deployment and had been staying in a camp where someone was "gravely injured" the day before the shooting, a Seattle lawyer said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Study: Young people not so 'green' compared to older generations

CHICAGO (AP) - They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders were when they were young.

March 15, 2012 | | Nation


Militia group wants to arrest Neighborhood Watch leader that shot & killed unarmed youth

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Members of a self-described black militia group will attempt a citizen's arrest on a white neighborhood watch leader who has admitted to fatally shooting an unarmed African-American teen in an Orlando suburb, but has not been charged, a leader of the group said Thursday.

March 15, 2012 | | 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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