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Plane laser attacks probed by terrorism unit

NEW YORK (AP) - The FBI announced Friday it has assigned its Joint Terrorism Task Force to lead a probe of laser attacks on the cockpits of two planes approaching LaGuardia Airport this week, inviting help from the public as well to fight a growing threat against the nation's air transportation.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


Artist Christo faces opposition to project

DENVER (AP) - Installation artist Christo has said opposition to his planned "Over the River" project on the Arkansas River in Colorado is part of the art, and he welcomes debate over what is appropriate for his displays.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


Stepmom of teen accused in bullying arrested

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The stepmother of a 14-year-old accused of bullying a Florida girl prior to her suicide was arrested and charged with child abuse after a video depicting the woman beating a boy was posted on Facebook, a sheriff said Friday.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

ELLEN GIVES $10K TO NH WAITRESS FOR SOLDIERS' TAB: CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid - more than 300 times over - by television star Ellen DeGeneres.

October 18, 2013 | | Nation


NH high court hears texting case before high school students

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's highest court went to a high school to hear arguments in a case it thought would resonate with the more than 500 students in the audience: Whether reading a text message while driving can amount to recklessness worthy of a prison sentence.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Obama slams GOP as government reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) - In withering day-after criticism, President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the 16-day partial government shutdown was a Republican-provoked spectacle that "encouraged our enemies" around the world.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Panel: Discharge Marine captain in urination case

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - A U.S. Marine Corps panel is recommending that an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Video confessor seeks reduced sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking should receive a sentence well below the maximum of eight years to send a message about the value of taking responsibility, his attorneys argue in a court filing.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Parks open, workers back in office

WASHINGTON, D.C, (AP) - From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks and offices reopened Thursday. Furloughed employees were relieved to get back to work - even if faced with email backlogs - but many worried about another such disruption in a matter of months.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Trooper who gave murder suspects ride to another shooting demoted

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran Ohio trooper who has since been demoted violated State Highway Patrol policies when he picked up two teenage murder suspects on a highway and gave them a ride to a nearby truck stop where police say they shot and injured a man, according to the report from the internal investigation.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


King papers go for more than $130K

NEW YORK (AP) - Some civil rights movement history went up for sale Thursday, as papers from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including speech outlines and letters, brought in more than $130,000 at auction.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Good night's sleep cleans out gunk

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Donor egg pregnancies on the rise

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal outcome - a single baby born on time at a healthy weight - is still uncommon, a study found.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Worker: Fired for helping assaulted woman?

HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man says he was fired from his job at Wal-Mart after he tried to help a woman being assaulted in the parking lot of one of the retail giant's stores and ended up fighting with her attacker.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


Man shot dead after getting lost in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - An Arkansas man who police say got lost driving around the city was shot and killed early Thursday, apparently by a man he had just asked for directions.

October 17, 2013 | | Nation


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172 people on cruise ill with norovirus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 172 people on a cruise ship arriving in California on Sunday have fallen ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly monthlong trip.

November 16, 2014 | | Nation


Song to dying infant captures heart of many via Internet

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Surgeon with Ebola coming to US

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - A surgeon working in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown Saturday to the United States for treatment, officials from Sierra Leone and the United States said.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Improper disability claims cost $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska’s most active volcano starts erupting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations. But unlike Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, where there's been spectacular images of lava encroaching on a community and burning a home, there's no property at risk in Alaska because of the eruption of Pavlof Volcano.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft surpasses Exxon as 2nd most valuable company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vet has government letter declaring him dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he's alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


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