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IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Math, reading scores up slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Gay rights bill gets Senate OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of gays, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


One final toast for surviving Doolittle Raiders this weekend

CINCINNATI (AP) - Military and history buffs will be able to watch online as surviving Doolittle Raiders make a final toast Saturday to comrades who died in or since their World War II bombing attack on Japan.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights denial of 'COPSLIE' vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Police stun stepdad trying to save son from fire

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Third fire in Tesla Model S reported

DETROIT (AP) - A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Teacher back in class after suspension over requiring student that’s a Jehovah’s Witness to recite p

MIAMI (AP) - A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witness, to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11, school district officials said Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Holmes’ on dating website: ‘Will you visit me in prison?’

DENVER (AP) - Records from two dating websites where Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked "Will you visit me in prison?" can be used as evidence in his trial, the judge ruled Thursday.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Rulings move Ohio child \killer closer to execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Back-to-back rulings Thursday pushed a condemned child killer closer to being executed next week by a lethal two-drug combination never used in the U.S.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Cat used for target practice shot by arrow

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - A cat that Connecticut officials believe was used for target practice has survived being shot by an arrow.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama ‘sorry' people are losing insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a growing furor, President Barack Obama said Thursday he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he repeatedly said they could keep under his signature health care law. But the president stopped short of apologizing for making those promises in the first place.

November 07, 2013 | | Nation


Anal probes ordered after traffic stop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A southern New Mexico man who was pulled over for not making a complete stop was taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes, three enemas, two body X-rays and a colonoscopy because police thought he was hiding drugs, according a federal lawsuit. In El Paso, a woman crossing the border was stripped searched, vaginally probed then taken to the hospital for more invasive tests, a forced bowel movement, X-rays and scans, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

November 06, 2013 | | Nation


Dinosaur that predates T. rex found in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Paleontologists on Wednesday unveiled a new dinosaur discovered four years ago in southern Utah that proves giant tyrant dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus rex were around 10 million years earlier than previously believed.

November 06, 2013 | | Nation


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‘Extreme’ solar storm heading toward Earth

WASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists say ozone layer recovering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


School drops ‘Arabs’ for ‘Mighty Arabs’

THERMAL (AP) - A Southern California high school has changed its nickname from the Arabs to the Mighty Arabs and has adopted a logo with a nobler image, school officials announced Wednesday.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


T-Mobile to sell phones that call, text on Wi-Fi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models with a built-in feature that taps into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can't connect to the wireless carrier's cellular network.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Seniors burdened with student debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments.

September 10, 2014 | | Nation


Did sheriff allow inmates furloughs?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Gadsden County sheriff was accused Tuesday of allowing inmates - including violent felons - out of jail without court permission for short periods so they could visit with family or meet girlfriends in motel rooms.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Ranchers sue feds over access to mouse habitat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - In the latest dispute over public lands in the West, New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas after a tiny mouse won endangered species protections in the Southwest.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


5 children found dead in Alabama

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - A man is suspected of killing his five children in South Carolina and then driving all the way to Alabama before dumping their bodies on a dirt road and fleeing to Mississippi, authorities said. Following his arrest, he led police to the site where the lifeless children were found wrapped in individual plastic bags.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-nurse guilty of assisting suicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Missouri prepares for 8th execution of 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to halt the execution of a Missouri inmate, hours before he was scheduled to be put to death.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 83, denies guilt in husband’s death

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - An 83-year-old woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to beating her 89-year-old husband to death in their home.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Apple bets on wearable devices

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple unveiled its long-anticipated smartwatch Tuesday, introducing a device that transplants the features of an iPhone onto a smaller screen that's never more than an arm's length away.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Honda rolls out its own self-driving car

DETROIT (AP) - Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Recovery drives dollar sharply higher

NEW YORK (AP) - In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


Clinton juggernaut hits campaign trail

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Clinton juggernaut hits the midterm campaign trail this week as the power couple lends fundraising prowess and their seal of approval to Democratic candidates shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama. For Hillary Rodham Clinton, the events with Democratic donors and activists are keeping her profile high as she weighs a second bid for the presidency.

September 09, 2014 | | Nation


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