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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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Students clean up after mayhem near pumpkin fest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.

October 19, 2014 | | Nation


‘Easy Rider’ chopper at auction might be phony

CALABASAS (AP) - The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" is up for auction this weekend in California.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Reno business recruiting secret: Downtown dining

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Stan Thomas tried to persuade a Northern California tech company to move here but it didn't want to.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Investigation of risqué video of women with guns posing with cops

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who have found some of their officers were in the film.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man gets life in loud music killing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Detroit museum defends 6-figure salaries

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is defending the six-figure salaries of its two top executives, saying Friday that it didn't anticipate a backlash when raises were granted a few years ago, before the city filed for bankruptcy.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama offers plan to tighten card security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s under- used credit card declined in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet?

October 17, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 8, who was slain lived in drug den

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The home of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was abducted and killed apparently was a nest of drug abuse and sales, police said.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


FBI director Comey warns against cellphone encryption

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas

HOUSTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

October 16, 2014 | | Nation


Second nurse contracts Ebola

DALLAS (AP) - The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


Legislator who foiled robbery credits his gun

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state lawmaker who got into a shootout with a 15-year-old boy who was trying to rob him near Pennsylvania's Capitol said Wednesday the experience proves the value of packing a gun.

October 15, 2014 | | Nation


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