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NBC hopes talent show can sink ‘Rising Star’

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC is fighting amateur with amateur.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Actor Oldman apologizes for defending Gibson and Baldwin

NEW YORK (AP) - Gary Oldman is defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their comments on Jews and homosexuals, saying people need to take a joke.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Rose Byrne to make Broadway debut

NEW YORK (AP) - James Earl Jones is getting some help with his revival of "You Can't Take It With You" - Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne and Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford have jumped aboard.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Musician Teenie Hodges dead at 68

Teenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Sinatra’s NJ license plate up for sale

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license is on the auction block.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Hachette Book Group buys Perseus

NEW YORK (AP) - In a three-way deal that would continue a wave of consolidation in the publishing industry, Hachette Book Group has purchased the publishing division of the Perseus Book Group, while selling Perseus' client-service business to leading distributor Ingram Content Group.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ draft sells for $2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Archivist: IRS didn’t follow federal law with lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


KFC probes claim scarred child was asked to leave

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Fried chicken chain KFC said an outside investigator for a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has completed an investigation into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Extremist kidnap 91 in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Extremists have abducted 91 more people, including toddlers as young as 3, in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday, providing fresh evidence of the military's failure to curb an Islamic uprising and the government's inability to provide security.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine’s brass warns he could end cease-fire

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's president warned Tuesday that he may terminate weeklong cease-fire early after rebels downed a military helicopter, while Russia urged the Kiev leadership to extend the truce and launch talks with the rebels.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Company test space balloon

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


ODDITIES IN THE NEWS

• THIEF STEALS, CRASHES MODEL A: PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Central Oregon authorities say a 79-year-old man took a 1930 Ford Model A coupe to church on Sunday to show it off. But when he left it so he could get a bite of lunch, sheriff's deputies say, it was stolen and crashed into the Crooked River south of Prineville. Photos show the mangled vehicle in the river, but no estimate of the damage was immediately available. Capt. Michael Boyd says 34-year-old Erik Blake Halpin, described as a transient, was accused of drunken driving and unauthorized use of a vehicle. KTVZ-TV ...

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Surge forces officials to take action

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

June 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s plea deal includes orders for a vasectomy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man who has fathered children with several women has agreed to get a vasectomy to knock up to five years off his prison term in a child endangerment case that has evoked the country's dark history of forced sterilization.

June 23, 2014 | | Nation


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GOP LETTER TO IRAN

WASHINGTON (AP) - Criticism of 47 Republican senators' letter to Iranian leaders escalated Friday, and one of the lawmakers expressed misgivings about writing directly to an adversary to raise doubts about President Barack Obama's nuclear negotiations.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) - Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future.

March 13, 2015 | | Nation


Effort to tamp down tensions in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - With measured remarks and a conciliatory tone, police, political leaders and civil-rights activists on Thursday sought to tamp down tensions after two police officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Man serves almost 900 days in jail, didn’t commit a crime

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man waiting to testify in an Oregon murder case has been held in jail as a material witness for nearly 900 days, though he has committed no crime.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


‘Firewater’ remark draws ire of American Indian team’s fans

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An owner of a sports website apologized Thursday after one of its commentators used the term "firewater" in describing how supporters of an American Indian boys' high school basketball team would celebrate its first-round victory at the state tournament.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Philly buses ordered to accept ads featuring Hitler

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's transit system has been ordered to accept provocative ads that include a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader after a federal judge ruled in favor of a pro-Israel group's free-speech lawsuit.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Report: Raising legal age for tobacco would stop, delay use

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Raising the legal age to buy tobacco to higher than 18 would likely prevent premature death for hundreds of thousands of people, according to a report issued Thursday by the Institute of Medicine.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyers: Cleveland officer lawfully fired last of 137 shots

CLEVELAND (AP) - Charges against a police officer who jumped on the hood of a car and fired the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed a pair of unarmed suspects should be dismissed because he believed his life was in danger, his attorneys said.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Kathy Griffin turns in her ‘Fashion Police’ badge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The "Fashion Police" force is dwindling, with Kathy Griffin following Kelly Osbourne out the door.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


‘Breaking Bad’ creator wants pizza-tossing fans to stop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One thing the creator of "Breaking Bad" finds bad is fans who have been throwing pizzas at the New Mexico home that was featured on the show.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


2 police officers shot in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday as protesters gathered following the resignation of the city's embattled police chief, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Vote for firing squad shows frustration with drug shortages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Miniature dachshund 56 pounds lighter now

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Ferguson police chief resigns

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Warm February takes toll on snowpack

SEATTLE (AP) - Warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


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