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Prisoner freed 90 years early to appeal sentence

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early will appeal his sentence, his attorney said Tuesday, claiming it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he started a family and reformed his life.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Actor told 911 he shot wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Teen faces life after cops find pot brownies

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Cooler weather helps crews fighting Reno wildfire

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Rain and snow falling Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada was a relief for crews trying to snuff out a wildfire on the edge of Reno. But the wet weather also brought challenges in the steep, slippery canyons northeast of Lake Tahoe that are prone to landslides.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Merriam-Webster adds da ‘Yoopers’

NEW YORK (AP) - Da "Yoopers" up dere in da U.P., Michigan's Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the company's free online database.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Reno wildfire is 5% contained; homes safe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Three helicopters dumped water on a wildfire burning on the edge of Reno on Monday as about 150 firefighters on the ground were getting the upper hand on the blaze, pushing the flames back into the rugged wilderness along the Sierra's eastern front. No homes or structures were threatened.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Minnesota bans anti-bacterial chemical

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It's widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it's being banned in Minnesota.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Inmates complain about birds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Inmates on Ohio's death row complain that birds and bird droppings are getting into their cells through open windows, according to a report released Monday by an inspection committee reviewing conditions at the prison where condemned killers are housed.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona probes whether deputy targeted Hispanics

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff's deputy who recently killed himself may have been shaking down immigrants in an unusual case where authorities discovered hundreds of hours of recorded traffic stops, driver's licenses, passports and other documents in the man's home during a drug investigation, according to newly released court records.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Dropout threatened grad ceremony

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A woman trying to keep her family from learning she had dropped out of college called in bomb threats to a commencement ceremony at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, police said Monday.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Biden turns down prom invitation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - What happens when you invite Vice President Joe Biden to your high school prom? For one student he couldn't make it, but he sent a personal reply.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Woman walks for help after bear attack

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) - Bloodied and dazed after being slashed by the claws of a brown bear, a woman struggled to walk 2 miles along a curvy, hilly trail to find someone to help her.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Occupy activist gets 90 days in jail in assault

NEW YORK (AP) - An Occupy Wall Street protester who became a cause celebre for activists after she was charged with assaulting a police officer was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail, with a judge saying a protest is no excuse for an attack.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• AT&T EYES FOOTBALL IN DIRECTV BUY: LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the hidden benefits of AT&T's $48.5 billion planned purchase of DirecTV is that it raises the possibility of making DirecTV's programming crown jewel, NFL Sunday Ticket, more broadly available on mobile devices.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Speaker calls students immature, arrogant

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) - A commencement speaker on Sunday blasted college students as "immature" and "arrogant" for protesting another speaker who then decided to withdraw.

May 18, 2014 | | Nation


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Was Amtrak train hit by flying object?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation's busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it crashed, investigators said Friday, raising new questions about the deadly accident.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


ABC faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations

NEW YORK (AP) - George Stephanopoulos apologized to viewers Friday for donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and failing to disclose it earlier, as ABC News now finds its chief anchor in a credibility crisis on the eve of a presidential campaign.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


San Bernardino proposes huge cuts as part of bankruptcy plan

SAN BERNARDINO . (AP) - The city of San Bernardino would slash retirees' health care coverage and contract for fire and waste disposal services under a proposed bankruptcy exit plan.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Oklahoma woman accused of removing dead rival’s body parts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home last month is now accused of removing body parts of the deceased woman.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Woman: Flight attendant barred call to husband

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Wisconsin woman says a Southwest Airlines flight attendant barred her from calling her husband after he sent her a suicidal text, and she's wondering if more could have been done to save his life.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Man who shot at Zimmerman charged

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Death for Boston Marathon bomber

BOSTON (AP) - After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


College tries to ban app Yik Yak on campus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The College of Idaho is trying to ban an app named after the 1950s novelty song, "Yakety Yak," after some students reported being harassed or bullied through the application.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He as 89.

May 15, 2015 | | Nation


Why did train speed up before derailment?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Teen, soldier boyfriend to stand trial in slaying

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The homicide case against an eighth-grader and her soldier boyfriend, who are accused of conspiring by text message to have her mother killed, was sent to county court for trial Thursday after a hearing in which prosecutors showed photos of the victim.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Why US economic growth has disappointed this year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn't living up to the high hopes it began the year with.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


WWI vet to receive Medal of Honor

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly a century after Sgt. William Shemin pulled wounded comrades to safety on a World War I battlefield, his heroism has finally earned him the nation's highest service medal.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Lawmakers OKs notice for sexual topics

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made an appearance in the New Hampshire Senate on Thursday as lawmakers approved a measure requiring schools to give parents at least two weeks' notice if a teacher plans to use material related to human sexuality or sexual education that some could consider objectionable.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


Protesters told to end 11-year vigil inside closed church

BOSTON (AP) - Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | | Nation


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