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Mideast poses new perils for Obama on trip

WASHINGTON (AP) - On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strategic landscape nearly unrecognizable from the one he encountered on his first trip to the region shortly after assuming office in 2009.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


Progress slows on bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dispute over budget cuts that threaten dozens of smaller control towers with closure slowed Senate progress Tuesday on legislation to avoid a government shutdown on March 27.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


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PETA SEEKS CRIMINAL CHARGES IN IDITAROD DOG DEATH: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The asphyxiation death of a dog removed from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has outraged animal rights activists who have long criticized the 1,000-mile race as cruel.

March 19, 2013 | | Nation


UCF: Student who killed self was planning ‘wider” attack on campus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A University of Central Florida student planned an attack on campus but committed suicide in a dorm before carrying it out, authorities said Monday.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Airman at center of rabies was outdoorsman

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - William Edward Small was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, trap and fish. When the 20-year-old airman died while undergoing training in Florida's panhandle, his death was shocking enough.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Woman who lost downloading case says she can't pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman at the center of a long-running court fight over the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music said there's still no way she can pay record companies the $222,000 judgment she owes after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal Monday.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009 in social media world

WASHINGTON (AP) - After Friendster came MySpace. By the time Facebook dominated social media, parents had joined the party, too. But the online scene has changed - dramatically, as it turns out - and these days even if you're friends with your own kids on Facebook, it doesn't mean you know what they're doing.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Former Oklahoma QB, friend were flight crew

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - People who knew former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis say his passion for flying began before he arrived at the school and led the Sooners to back-to-back national championships in the 1970s.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


'Bible' producers dismiss Obama-Satan connection

NEW YORK (AP) - The producers of the cable TV miniseries on the Bible say Internet chatter that their Satan character resembles President Barack Obama is "utter nonsense."

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Severe storms, large hail pummel parts of South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms Monday raked across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-size hail.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Pastor gets life sentence for killing 2nd wife

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A former Pennsylvania pastor was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole in the fatal bludgeoning of his second wife in 2008.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Bloomberg: keep tobacco products out of sight

NEW YORK (AP) - Cigarettes would have to be kept out of sight in New York City stores under a first-in-the-nation plan unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday, igniting complaints from tobacco companies and smokers who said they've had enough with the city's crackdowns.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

2 CHARGED WITH THREATENING GIRL IN OHIO RAPE CASE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have arrested two eastern Ohio girls suspected of making social media threats against a West Virginia girl who accused two high school football players of raping her in a case that drew widespread attention.

March 18, 2013 | | Nation


Private jet crashes in Indiana neighborhood killing people

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A private jet apparently experiencing mechanical trouble crashed Sunday in a northern Indiana neighborhood, leaving multiple people dead after it hit three homes, becoming lodged in one of them, authorities and witnesses said.

March 17, 2013 | | Nation


Letter from boot camp in 1953 returned to sender

NILES, Mich. (AP) - It was 1953 and then-Pvt. Bob Rodgers had just arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., for basic training when he sat down to write a letter to his wife after the post's power went out.

March 17, 2013 | | Nation


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Bill would speed removals of Central American kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Texas lawmakers announced legislation Monday to speed removals of tens of thousands of Central American kids from the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington searched for a solution to the growing crisis.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Giant African snails seized at in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package - 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Survivor has no memory of deadly strike

DENVER (AP) - Justin Teilhet doesn't remember hearing a boom or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


3 charged with trying to extort sheik’s son

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Criminal charges have been filed against a woman and two of her attorneys for falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Saudi sheik's son in a scheme to extort at least $15 million, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Man dies after running into Utah festival bonfire

GRANTSVILLE, Utah (AP) - A man died over the weekend after jumping into a huge ceremonial bonfire at a Utah event similar to the Nevada countercultural festival Burning Man, authorities said.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

CALIFORNIA BIG-CAT PARK APPEALS SAFETY ORDERS: FRESNO . (AP) - The operator of an animal park in Central California said Monday he's appealing orders to increase security more than a year after a volunteer was killed there by a lion.

July 14, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: Cop killer said he was ‘going to be famous’

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was "going to be famous," authorities said.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief

LATTA, S.C. (AP) - When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


Got a rash? Tablet might be the cause

CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors

CHICAGO (AP) - The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


$3.7B border request ‘too much’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Drought drawing bears near people

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Union leader derides Obama education chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Seattle city attorney’s 1st-day pot buy broke workplace rule

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes acknowledges he broke a drug-free workplace rule when he brought marijuana back to his office after buying on the first day of legal sales in Washington state.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

FEDS: WOMAN SENT NUDE PHOTOS OF SON, 4, TO BOYFRIEND: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


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