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Shinseki resigns amid VA problems

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beset by growing evidence of patient delays and cover-ups, embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned from President Barack Obama's Cabinet Friday, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


No charges in death of BART officer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A transit police detective who shot and killed a fellow officer in January accidentally mistook him for an armed assailant and won't be charged, California prosecutors said in a report released on Friday.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher ridiculed autistic student

DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan teacher humiliated a student with Asperger's syndrome by videotaping him after he became wedged in a chair and showing the footage to his fifth-grade class and her colleagues, the school's superintendent wrote in a letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police officers indicted in large chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - Six officers in Cleveland's troubled police department were indicted Friday in a November 2012 car chase that ended with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 shots, was decried as a racially motivated execution and is part of a wide-ranging federal investigation.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Toddler severely burned in drug raid

ATLANTA (AP) - Officers raiding a Georgia home in search of a drug suspect used a flash grenade not knowing children were inside, severely burning a toddler who was sleeping just inside the door, authorities and the boy's family said.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Judge orders ‘affluenza’ records turned over

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas judge ordered attorneys for the North Texas teenager who killed four people in a deadly wreck to turn over the records of the psychologist who claimed the teen had "affluenza."

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Google closing smartphone factory in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cross-country flight diverted after dog poops

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Students upset about altered yearbook photos

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) - A group of Utah high school students said they were surprised and upset to discover their school yearbook photos were digitally altered, with sleeves and higher necklines drawn on to cover bare skin.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Shinseki fights for his job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki eroded quickly Thursday, especially among congressional Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns, even as Shinseki continued to fight for his job amid allegations of delayed medical care and misconduct at VA facilities nationwide.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Brazen heroin ring wore ‘Bricks R Us’ shirts

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forty-four people were accused of participating in a Pittsburgh-area heroin ring in which investigators say some members brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


‘The Weed Fairy’ visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• MARYLAND GIRL PLEADS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR BULLYING: LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A 17-year-old Maryland girl accused of assaulting an autistic boy pleaded "responsible" to two misdemeanor charges after her case was transferred from adult to juvenile court.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest fined $200,000 for deception

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


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Why airlines didn’t avoid risky Ukraine airspace

WASHIGNTON, D.C. (AP) - The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane with nearly 300 people on board over war-torn eastern Ukraine is likely to have profound consequences for the world's airlines.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Israel pushes in Gaza, expanding ground effort

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday in a ground offensive that officials said could last up to two weeks as the prime minister ordered the military to prepare for a "significantly" wider campaign.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


FBI issues warning on air conditioner coolant

ATLANTA (AP) - As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market - with potentially dangerous consequences.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Fire empties another town

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) - A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes Friday, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community in the scenic Methow Valley, a sheriff said.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Toyota makes it easier to yell at kids

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids.

July 18, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling sparks debate on retroactive gay rights

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A new Connecticut Supreme Court ruling is adding to the debate on whether gay marriage rights should be applied retroactively and qualify same-sex couples for rights and benefits for which they weren't entitled before state laws allowed them to marry.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Risk of quakes increased for one-third of US

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Hate crimes under investigation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


5-Hour Energy sued over ad claims

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


No trauma on 8 decaying bodies at mortuary

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - No signs of trauma or foul play were found on eight decaying bodies discovered at an abandoned funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas, officials said.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Warden fired over prisoner’s scalding death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A warden and two of his assistants were fired because the investigation of an inmate who died in a scalding shower was taking too long, prison officials said Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Remains found in investigation of funeral director

BOSTON (AP) - Investigators looking into an unlicensed Massachusetts funeral director accused of stealing from customers said Thursday they have found human remains in a rented storage unit, a day after finding cremated remains at another storage facility linked to him.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Israel invades after Hamas rejects truce

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


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