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Hiker dies on trek to 'Wave' in desert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The brutal summer heat proved too much for another hiker visiting The Wave, a flowing sandstone rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border that claimed the lives of a California couple earlier this month.

July 23, 2013 | | Nation


GOP, Demos clash over immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn't enough.

July 23, 2013 | | Nation


Officer killed during rescue of hiker near Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas police officer who was rescuing a hiker stranded in an off-limits area of a mountain northwest of the city died after falling from a helicopter hoist line Monday night.

July 23, 2013 | | Nation


Economic concerns drive college choices more than ever

WASHINGTON (AP) - College costs are driving decisions about which schools to attend, what to study and even where to live, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae.

July 23, 2013 | | Nation


Teen's DNA linked him to girl's death

SAGINAW, Texas (AP) - A teenager suspected of suffocating his 6-year-old neighbor with plastic bags, wrapping her body in a tarp and dumping it about a mile from her home was shot Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with officers trying to serve arrest and search warrants.

July 23, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BABY'S BODY FOUND IN CAR TRUNK AT OHIO AUTO SHOP: SHELBY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a mechanic working on a car found a baby's body inside a box in the vehicle's trunk at a repair shop in northern Ohio.

July 23, 2013 | | Nation


Court stops Dallas suburb's illegals renters law

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas suburb can't enforce a law that bans immigrants in the United States without legal permission from renting apartments, a federal appeals court said Monday. It's the latest ruling on a series of laws that local governments have passed targeting immigration.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Man who killed teen gets life

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 76-year-old Milwaukee man who fatally shot his unarmed teenage neighbor was sentenced to life in prison Monday, days after telling the court he killed the boy for justice because he believed he stole his shotguns.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Idaho state police: No crime in teen's treatment

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - An investigation by the Idaho State Police has found no criminal wrongdoing by a law enforcement agency that named a man as its most wanted person on its Facebook page before he committed suicide.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Drumming 'grandma' a hit with 2M views

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A white-haired, bespectacled drummer from Wisconsin whose spontaneous solo jam session at a local music shop was caught on video has become a hit online, with more than 2 million views so far of her drumstick-twirling performance so far.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman helped 4 out of wrecked SUV

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle in central Florida last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, officials said Monday.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Youth activists detained trying to enter US

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. authorities have detained eight activists who asked to be allowed to re-enter the United States from Mexico on humanitarian grounds in a protest against American immigration policies.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Skip breakfast, invite heart attack?

ATLANTA (AP) - Another reason to eat breakfast: Skipping it may increase your chances of a heart attack.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


UK's Kate gives birth to royal heir

LONDON (AP) - Champagne bottles popped and shouts of "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" erupted at Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


Hells Angel member pleads guilty

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang accepted a plea deal Monday, just as he and a member of a rival gang were about to go on trial for murder charges stemming from a 2011 shootout at a northern Nevada casino.

July 22, 2013 | | Nation


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Ferguson pledges outreach efforts

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Was American beheaded in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Body of missing wife found

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sunken vessel is WW II-era USS Houston

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Amusement park apologizes for gun shirt error

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rethinking giving military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Federal autopsy ordered in teen’s death

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer has spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes-violent protests in suburban St. Louis.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Plan: Sterilize tortoises to save them

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


More charges for Amish-kidnap suspects

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) - More charges are expected soon against a northern New York couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters and sexually abusing them, a prosecutor said Sunday.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


New ways for insurers to avoid the sick?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

August 17, 2014 | | Nation


Police ID officer, allege teen robbed store

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Police on Friday identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager and released documents alleging the young man had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a "strong-arm" robbery shortly before he was killed.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff, son arrested after assaulting driver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat of prosecution funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Lye mixed into tea month earlier

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


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