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Watchdog faults background check of NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with a security clearance background check conducted on the 29-year-old federal contractor who disclosed previously secret National Security Agency programs for collecting phone records and Internet data - just as news media disclosed more information about those programs.

June 20, 2013 | | Nation


Former TWA Flight 800 investigators want new probe of crash

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Former investigators are pushing to reopen the probe into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, saying new evidence points to the often-discounted theory that a missile strike may have downed the jumbo jet.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Russia could stand in way of Obama's nuke weapon cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - By saying he intends to bargain with Russia over new reductions in nuclear weapons, rather than make cuts on his own, President Barack Obama is asking for cooperation from a former Cold War foe in no mood to agree.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI uses drones for surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are "worthy of debate," FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Compromise eyed on border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - After secretive talks, key senators expressed optimism Wednesday night that they were closing in on a bipartisan agreement to toughen the border security requirements in immigration legislation that also offers a path to citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FATHER SENTENCED FOR BINDING KIDS OUTSIDE WAL-MART: LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for binding and blindfolding two of his children a year ago in a Wal-Mart parking lot in eastern Kansas.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Prison for woman who buried mom in yard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman who quit her job to care for her elderly mother felt at a loss to support herself when the older woman died so she buried her in the yard of their Florida home and lived off her mother's Social Security checks for 14 years, her lawyers and federal authorities say.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


IRS playing $70M in employee bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


Deen says she used slur but doesn't tolerate hate

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


As the West burns, feds cut funding for fire prevention

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - As the West battles one catastrophic wildfire after another, the federal government is spending less and less on its main program for preventing blazes in the first place.

June 19, 2013 | | Nation


FBI digging at ex-home of famed NY mobster

NEW YORK (AP) - FBI agents with jackhammers and shovels were digging Tuesday under a New York City house once occupied by a famed gangster who inspired Robert De Niro's character in the movie "Goodfellas."

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


IRS worker: No political bias against tea party

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Internal Revenue Service manager and self-described conservative Republican said the close scrutiny of tea party groups' tax forms originated in his Cincinnati IRS office and not in Washington, according to a full transcript of his interview by congressional investigators released Tuesday.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Feds fire, demote employees over killing, rape

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal probation officers in upstate New York have been fired or demoted after a man they were monitoring was charged with slipping out of his electronic bracelet, raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

DRIVER SAYS HE WAS SPEEDING SO HE COULD DRY CAR: BLACK DIAMOND, Alberta (AP) - He was drying off his freshly washed car.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


18 mayors want Congress to limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

June 18, 2013 | | Nation


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Study: Vitamin B3 may help prevent certain skin cancers

ATLANTA (AP) - For the first time, a large study suggests that a vitamin might modestly lower the risk of the most common types of skin cancer in people with a history of these relatively harmless yet troublesome growths.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Backlash in Austin over man’s advice about female officials

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - They ask lots of questions that can require patience, they tend to tune out financial arguments - and with Hillary Clinton running for president, more are probably on the way.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Dog blocked bullet zooming toward its owner’s head

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Gunfire that struck a Montana bartender as he carried his injured dog outside his house after a shift likely would have killed him if it didn't hit the pit bull first, the man's brother said this week.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Nail in the eye creates barely a scratch

BOSTON (AP) - There must have been a four-leaf clover in those weeds. A 27-year-old landscaper escaped with barely a scratch after a nearly 3-inch nail hurtled into his eye when he accidentally hit it with a weed-whacker.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


‘Minecraft’ most streamed video game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Minecraft" has built a big reputation on YouTube.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook seeks better pay for contractors

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart plans unlimited online shipping for $50 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon's $99 per year Prime service.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Smokers have better luck quitting when their own money is wagered

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to offering cash to get smokers to quit, more people go for the carrots than the stick - but the stick gets better results.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Move to allow eviction notices sent by email

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers finalized a bill Tuesday that would let landlords email eviction notices to tenants or notify them through social media, which supporters said is a reflection that more business is done online and detractors said is inadequate for something as serious as evictions.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Verizon Wireless, Sprint settle allegations of bogus charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


ITT Educational faces SEC charges of student loan cover-up

NEW YORK (AP) - ITT Educational Services is facing charges that it duped investors by concealing huge losses on loans made to students attending the company's for-profit colleges scattered across the country.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Couple died shielding daughter from twister

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Melissa and Michael Mooneyhan met as high school students and quickly fell in love. The two were married in 2004, even before they graduated.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Owners of NY gay hotel face criticism over Ted Cruz dinner

NEW YORK (AP) - An owner of a gay-oriented New York City hotel lashed out at "extremists" who have urged a boycott over a dinner invitation to Sen. Ted Cruz, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Black professor regrets comments critical of white college students

BOSTON (AP) - An incoming Boston University professor who called "white college males" a "problem population" and was publicly criticized by the university's president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


House votes to block EPA’s regulation of streams, wetlands

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


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