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Government reviewing prison phone charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Congressional Black Caucus pressed the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to move swiftly to cut the costs that prison inmates and their families are paying for phone calls, an issue that has been tied up with the regulatory panel for a decade.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Texas plant blast loss likely exceeds $100M

WEST, Texas (AP) - The damage to surrounding homes and businesses caused by an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant was estimated Wednesday to exceed $100 million, as crews continued to sift through a 90-foot-wide crater searching for answers.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Mississippi men's feud looms over ricin probe

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The investigation into poisoned letters mailed to President Barack Obama and others has shifted from an Elvis impersonator to his longtime foe, and authorities must now figure out if an online feud between the two men might have escalated into something more sinister.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Obama administration missed Fisker clues

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Energy Department did not realize for four months that troubled automaker Fisker Automotive Inc. had missed a crucial production target that was required as part of a half-billion dollar government loan, documents released Wednesday show. The mistake allowed Fisker to obtain an additional $32 million in government funding before the loan was suspended in June 2011.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


White House open to fix on FAA furloughs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under growing pressure, the Obama administration signaled Wednesday it might accept legislation eliminating Federal Aviation Administration furloughs blamed for lengthy delays affecting airline passengers, while leaving the rest of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts in place.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Brown pushing school-funding changes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Standing with school leaders from San Diego County to Shasta County, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called his education funding plan a civil rights "cause for the children of California" as he tries to persuade reluctant members of his own party to include his proposal in the upcoming state budget.

April 24, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

LAW ENFORCERS: NYC-CANADA TRAIN WAS TARGET OF PLOT: NEW YORK (AP) - Two law enforcement officials say the target of a potential cross-border terror attack was a train that runs between New York City and Canada.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Justice: Armstrong was 'unjustly enriched'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


3 murder charges against abortion doc tossed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A judge tossed three of eight murder charges Tuesday in the high-profile trial of an abortion doctor accused of killing babies prosecutors say were born alive at a clinic they dubbed "a house of horrors."

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Mormon bishop with Samurai sword runs off attacker

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Napolitano: Immigration bill would boost security

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sweeping immigration legislation would improve U.S. security by helping authorities to know who is in the country, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday, as supporters of an immigration overhaul marshaled arguments against opponents trying to slow it down in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


More evidence gathered in bombing

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston area held funerals for two more of its dead Tuesday - including an 8-year-old boy - as evidence mounted that the older Tsarnaev brother had embraced a radical, anti-American strain of Islam and was the driving force behind the Boston Marathon bombing.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Man convicted of starving son, dumping body

DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas jury took less than an hour Tuesday to convict a father accused of slowly starving his 10-year-old son to death, slipping his body into a sleeping bag and dumping it in a rural area where it went undiscovered for a year.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


Charges dropped in ricin letters sent to Obama

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Charges of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others were dropped Tuesday against an Elvis impersonator from Mississippi who has said since his arrest last week that he had nothing to do with the case.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


School district gets bulletproof whiteboards

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: bulletproof whiteboards.

April 23, 2013 | | Nation


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Trial begins in crash that killed 6

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Lawyers defending a Nevada trucking firm being sued for negligence in a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train told jurors Tuesday that Union Pacific Railroad officials manipulated or destroyed evidence that would have proved a malfunctioning crossing gate and signal lights were responsible for the deaths of the truck driver and five people on board the California Zephyr.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Bear escapes habitat at Texas zoo; no one hurt

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A 220-pound black bear who managed to climb out of a South Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbor seals before staffers tranquilized him.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Judge frees mayor in kids camp dispute

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - After spending four days behind bars as the result of a feud over a children's day camp, a suburban mayor walked out of jail Tuesday with stubble on his chin and re-election on his mind.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Afghan soldier kills US general, wounds 15

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, wounding about 15 including a German general and two Afghan generals.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Three killed in shooting outside furniture plant

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) - Three people were found dead Tuesday in a shooting at a parking lot outside northern Indiana furniture plant, a sheriff said.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Attorney general’s photo used in online dating scam

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A photo of Montana Attorney General Tim Fox was used in an online dating scam that cost an Indiana woman $150,000, state officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Israel, Hamas to negotiate new deal

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The outlines of a solution for battered, blockaded Gaza are emerging after Tuesday's tentative Israel-Hamas cease-fire: Norway is organizing a donor conference and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas aims to oversee rebuilding and reassert his authority in the territory, lost to Hamas in 2007.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


2nd American with Ebola arrives in US

ATLANTA (AP) - An American aid worker infected with Ebola arrived Tuesday in Atlanta, joining a second patient being given an experimental treatment that has never before been tested on humans.

August 05, 2014 | | Nation


Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words

NEW YORK (AP) - To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, shot by John Hinckley, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON (AP) - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Supremacist sentenced for deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - White supremacist David "Joey Pedersen offered no apology for a multi-state crime spree that left four dead, using his statement at Monday's sentencing to blast police, prosecutors and American foreign policy in a harangue briefly interrupted by a sister who yelled at him to "shut up."

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Feds closing emergency child shelters

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Man: Bringing gun to airport was political statement

PHOENIX (AP) - A medical researcher at a renowned neurological hospital who was arrested last month after police say he pointed a loaded rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix's main airport said Monday that his firearm "was never pointed at anyone" and he was just trying to make a political statement.

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

Cops: Missing hair, selfie led to homicide suspect

August 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lake Erie’s algae woes began a decade ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in northwest Ohio didn't just suddenly appear.

August 03, 2014 | | Nation


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