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INFANT DIES AFTER BEING LEFT IN SUV: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 5-month-old boy died after being left in an SUV parked outside the family's Southern California home, and authorities say the boy's father might have forgotten about him.

September 10, 2013 | | Nation


Officials misused surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - U.S. officials for nearly three years accessed data on thousands of domestic phone numbers they shouldn't have and then misrepresented their actions to a secret spy court to reauthorize the government's surveillance program, documents released Tuesday show.

September 10, 2013 | | Nation


Oklahoma school changes policy on student dreadlocks

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma charter school has changed its dress code after inciting criticism for telling a 7-year-old girl that her dreadlocks violated the school's policy.

September 10, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman's wife won't press charges

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - The sobbing wife of George Zimmerman called 911 on Monday to report that her estranged husband was threatening her with a gun and had punched her father in the nose, but hours later she decided not to press charges against the man acquitted of all charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

September 09, 2013 | | Nation


Utah man looks for softball, finds drowning man

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - If it weren't for a home run during a recreational softball playoff game in northern Utah, a man who fell into an irrigation ditch might have drowned.

September 09, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: I might lose congressional vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call to back retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last month.

September 09, 2013 | | Nation


Man who confessed in video turns himself in

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A harsh sentence for an Ohio driver who made an online video confessing that he caused a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking would send the wrong message to people trying to take responsibility for a crime, his attorneys said Monday.

September 09, 2013 | | Nation


School closes after flags burned outside

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina high school has been evacuated for the day after someone burned several American flags outside the front entrance before classes started.

September 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

NYC MAN DIES AFTER PUNCHED IN POSSIBLE BIAS ATTACK: NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a 62-year-old New York City man has died less than a week after he was assaulted by a man who threatened to "punch the first white man" he saw.

September 09, 2013 | | Nation


Lawyer runs practice out of his barber shop in Conn.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Donald E. Howard II had no trouble passing the state's bar exam in 2012, but he hasn't yet gone after his barber's license.

September 08, 2013 | | Nation


Education chief: Maybe start school for teens later in day

WASHINGTON (AP) - A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

September 08, 2013 | | Nation


Proven link to gas attack lacking

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. But Obama's top aide says the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking.

September 08, 2013 | | Nation


WTC naming rights sold for $10

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) - The public agency that owned the World Trade Center sold its naming rights to a nonprofit more than two decades ago for $10 and now pays thousands of dollars a year to use the name, according to a published report.

September 08, 2013 | | Nation


Opting kids out of standardized tests

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - While his eighth-grade classmates took state standardized tests this spring, Tucker Richardson woke up late and played basketball in his Delaware Township driveway.

September 08, 2013 | | Nation


Arkansas SWAT officers kill man, 107, in standoff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A 107-year-old man was killed after SWAT officers shot back at him during a standoff at a home, police in the southeastern Arkansas city of Pine Bluff said Sunday.

September 08, 2013 | | Nation


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2nd judge wants info on lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Police back off on plan to take explicit photograph of teen boy

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Utah may drop daylight saving time

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah residents said Thursday that officials should reject daylight saving time and join Arizona and Hawaii as the only states that don't adjust their clocks.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Whoops! Police say tow truck tried to snag undercover car

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Whoops!

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Portman considering ‘16 presidential bid

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he has definite plans to run in 2016 - at least for re-election. Whether he decides to aim higher, he said, will depend on the field of presidential candidates and the issues they campaign on.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Prostitute in Google case linked to 2nd death

MILTON, Ga. (AP) - Two months before police say a high-priced prostitute calmly left a Google executive dying from a heroin overdose on his yacht, the woman panicked on the phone with a 911 dispatcher as her boyfriend lay on the floor of their home in the throes of a fatal overdose.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

HOT SPOT: YELLOWSTONE ROAD MELTS, SITES CLOSED: CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


‘Game of Thrones’ earns 19 Emmy nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Emmy voters may need to steel themselves to sort through this year's top nominees: a macabre, medieval-style tale; a meth kingpin and his violent downfall; a bleak mystery about detectives tracking a ritual killer, and a heartbreaking saga of the AIDS epidemic's roots.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Improper payments by feds top $100B

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


First singing, then tragedy at camp

MANCHESTER, Md. (AP) - More than 100 young campers sang songs, read stories and prayed in an open-air pavilion, as they did each night at the River Valley Ranch camp. Then, the sky began to darken and a light rain began to fall.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


John Wayne heirs sue Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Artist: Santa Fe police pulled rifle for dog poop

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A well-known American Indian artist said police in New Mexico pulled a rifle on him after his dog pooped in his SUV and a woman mistook his cleanup efforts for a burglary.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


Reid blocks votes on gun proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


6 dead in shooting at suburban Houston home

SPRING, Texas (AP) - Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb.

July 09, 2014 | | Nation


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