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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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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


Special ops drawn to Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE (AP) - Keith David spent years flying around the globe on covert missions, making life-and-death decisions and overseeing multiple units unleashing airstrikes against insurgents ...

July 04, 2016 | | Nation


The libertarian alternative for president, Gary Johnson

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson sees a path to the White House. The former Republican governor of New Mexico can boast a running mate, former Massachusetts ...

July 02, 2016 | | Nation


Pope says gays deserve an apology

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis says gays - and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


Fentanyl worries changing way narcotics officers operate

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The street version of fentanyl blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans is also threatening police officers, forcing changes in long-standing ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


For Trump and Brexit voters, same frustrations

MAYBOLE, Scotland (AP) - At the heart of the campaign that led Britain to vote to leave the European Union was a desire to regain independence ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


Bureau plan to sterilize mustangs

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds - a ...

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


Defending AR-style firearms

ATLANTA (AP) - Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago.

June 26, 2016 | | Nation


High hits 118 degrees in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) - People across the Southwest were preparing Monday for another threat of triple-digit temperatures that left two dead over the weekend.

June 20, 2016 | | Nation


2M kids get concussions from sports, play

CHICAGO (AP) - As many as 2 million concussions from sports or play activities occur in U.S. children and teens each year and many receive ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Climate change ‘damaging’ national parks

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change is already damaging America's national parks, with rising temperatures causing Yosemite ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


Warship trades peed for firepower, armor

BATH, Maine (AP) - The Navy spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fulfill its need for speed with a new class of fast and ...

June 19, 2016 | | Nation


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