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• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff's deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV ...

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Surge forces officials to take action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s plea deal includes orders for a vasectomy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to knock up to five years off his prison term in a child endangerment case that has evoked the country's dark history of forced sterilization.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


U.S. justifies drone killings by citing al-Qaida law

NEW YORK (AP) - The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al-Qaida and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum released Monday.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• VAGINA SCULPTURE TRAPS U.S. STUDENT: BERLIN (AP) - An American exchange student who got stuck in a giant vagina sculpture was freed by firefighters in southwestern Germany.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine's declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Sgt. Bergdahl in outpatient care in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the U.S. Army said in a statement Sunday. Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving inpatient treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston. He is now receiving outpatient care on the base in San Antonio, according to the statement. The Army said his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase in social interaction.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


President Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida-inspired militants who have violently seized territory in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize other countries in the region, President Barack Obama said.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Friends mourn missing hiker

SEATTLE (AP) - Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’

NEW YORK (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


Proposal would give vets discount on name-brands

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods - a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation


65% of senior VA execs got bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Murder charge still pending against woman at 102 in death of roommate

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


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Firefighter shot responding to call in Maryland improving

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AP) - A firefighter shot while responding to a call for help at a home in a Maryland suburb of Washington and has ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Florida school bus driver charged with sex assault

WINTER HAVEN, Florida (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a school bus driver has been arrested and charged for sexually assaulting four special needs students.

April 17, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton takes heat over racially charged joke

NEW YORK (AP) - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over a comedy skit that some people feel was ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday definitively ruled out a bid for president this year, insisting that the party's choice should emerge ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


2 stuck on Alaska glacier are rescued

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Rescuers on Tuesday picked up two skiers who were stranded on an Alaska glacier for four days.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Trump is amassing delegates who might not be loyal to him

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Police: Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped

SEATTLE (AP) - A man dismembered a nurse and mother of three in her suburban home then drove her head and other remains to Seattle, where ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Judge: says using Confederate emblem on flags ‘anti-American’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge said Tuesday that the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Jury: Firefighter fraudulently collected disability pension

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former firefighter accused of collecting a state disability pension while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook: New ways to chat, stream video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Looking for new ways to engage with its audience, Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


NY to become latest state to exempt tampons from sales tax

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is poised to become the latest state to repeal its sales tax on tampons in response to a national ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

DETROIT (AP) - The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Demand for the new Tesla is wild, limited to tech fans

FREMONT (AP) - Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


CDC: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) - The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


New steps to help people with disabilities and student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven, safeguarding their Social Security payments.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


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