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Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK (AP) - The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


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NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Times Square's crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

DENVER (AP) - The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Throwing the book: Unreturned library books

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

SC GOV. HALEY GETS A BERETTA PISTOL FOR CHRISTMAS: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Santa was apparently right on target for Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


As city cycling grows, so does tax temptation

CHICAGO (AP) - Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Knockout game leads to hate crime charge

HOUSTON (AP) - A white Houston-area man was arrested Thursday on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game"-style attack.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Man climbs fence at Phoenix airport, runs to airliner

PHOENIX (AP) - Two men were arrested Christmas Day on opposite sides of the country after they breached perimeters at major airports, raising questions about security measures and whether more needs to be done to protect the nation's transit hubs.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Fla. church signs roll the dice getting hip with marquee quips

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read: "Christmas - Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Tribe sues makers of film ‘Out of the Furnace’

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Members of the Ramapough Native American tribe have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the makers of a recent Hollywood movie they say depicts their people in a negative light.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Cold & dark Christmas for thousands

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to more than half a million homes left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Girl who got caroling wish has died

WEST READING, Pa. (AP) - A terminally ill girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers outside her home over the weekend died early on Christmas morning, her family said.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Cab driver finds $300K in back seat

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


First-class stamps to cost 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Dr. Phil sues National Enquirer over spousal abuse articles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - "Dr. Phil" McGraw and The National Enquirer are lining up for a courtroom brawl after the television talk show host and ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Civil rights complaint filed over homeless roundup

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Fort Peck Tribe and Wolf Point-area law enforcement agencies conspired to illegally round up homeless people in July 2013 to ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Video game spectating is the new advertising

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The rise of online audiences watching video gamers stream themselves playing isn't simply a new form of entertainment seen by millions ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


SHOOTING 360 VIDEOS

VATICAN CITY (AP) - As cameras that shoot 360-degree photos and videos become affordable, curious users will face a new challenge: Figuring out how to take ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Nude models become artists’ canvases in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - About 100 naked people gathered on Saturday to paint the town red - and blue, green, orange, magenta and neon yellow.

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Black Lives Matter dispute precedes killing

LAKESHIRE, Mo. (AP) - The uncle of a man fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis County police officer said his nephew had been arguing with ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Obama urges calm after shootings

MADRID (AP) - President Barack Obama on Sunday urged respect and restraint from Americans angered by the killing of black men by police, saying anything less ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Militant groups part of police attacks?

DALLAS (AP) - Police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota were followed by calls from black militant groups and others to seek vengeance against ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Shooter taunted police for 2 hours

DALLAS (AP) - The suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police taunted authorities during two hours of negotiations, laughing at them, singing and at one ...

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Women more likely than men to face poverty in retirement

CHICAGO (AP) - During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they're more likely to live in poverty.

July 10, 2016 | | Nation


Woman sheds tears of joy as cherished US flag found

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cathy Scoppo's heart sank the moment she noticed the U.S. flag that had draped the casket of her World ...

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


Gun-firing, flame-throwing drones

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut father and son are headed for a court showdown with the Federal Aviation Administration over whether the agency can force ...

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


Body of US student missing in Rome found

ROME (AP) - The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the Tiber ...

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


Obama, Clinton serenading voters

WASHINGTON (AP) - They've been bitter rivals, allies and colleagues.

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


NASA spacecraft arrives at Jupiter

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Braving intense radiation, a NASA spacecraft reached Jupiter on Monday after a five-year voyage to begin exploring the king of the planets.

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


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