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Obama to step up military support of rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has authorized sending weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time, U.S. officials said Thursday, after the White House disclosed that the United States has conclusive evidence President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against opposition forces trying to overthrow him.

June 13, 2013 | | Nation


Police: Gunman shot 3, self at St. Louis business

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An argument inside a St. Louis home health care business escalated into gun violence Thursday when a man shot three other people before turning the gun on himself, police said.

June 13, 2013 | | Nation


1 dead, 77 hurt in Louisiana plant explosion

GEISMAR, La. (AP) - A ground-rattling explosion Thursday at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed one person and injured dozens of others, authorities said. Witnesses described a chaotic scene of towering flames and workers scrambling over gates to escape the plant.

June 13, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ZIMMERMAN JURORS TO BE SEQUESTERED UP TO A MONTH: SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The six jurors and four alternates eventually picked to hear the second-degree murder case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be sequestered for the two to four weeks the trial will last, the judge presiding over the case said for the first time Thursday.

June 13, 2013 | | Nation


Idaho high school drops Redskins logo, mascot

DRIGGS, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho high school will drop its longtime "Redskins" nickname, logo and mascot in a move its top administrator says was made to show respect for Native Americans.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Pool water heater cited in NC motel deaths

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A faulty pool water heater was the source of carbon monoxide that killed an 11-year-old boy at a North Carolina motel last weekend and a couple who slept in the same room about two months earlier, police said Wednesday.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Rare Superman comic book sells for $175,000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A rare copy of the comic book featuring Superman's first appearance that went undiscovered for over 70 years in the insulation of a Minnesota house has sold for $175,000.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Committee rejects overhaul of military justice

WASHINGTON (AP) - Siding with the Pentagon's top brass, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday to keep commanders involved in deciding whether to prosecute sexual assault cases, rejecting an aggressive plan to stem sex-related crimes in the armed forces by overhauling the military justice system.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Prosecutor says man endangered teen's life in hoax

PHOENIX (AP) - A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that a man on trial for carrying out a terrorism hoax in Phoenix last summer could have gotten his 16-year-old nephew killed when he sent him into a street with a fake grenade launcher as he filmed the masked teen pointing it at passing vehicles during rush-hour traffic.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Boy admits killing mom in fight over chores

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio boy admitted he fatally shot his mother in the head with a rifle when he was 10 after what a relative described as an argument over chores.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Southern Baptists oppose gay Scout rule

HOUSTON (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts, though it doesn't explicitly call for churches to drop all ties with the organization.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Wildfires burn out of control in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A wildfire fueled by hot temperatures, gusty winds and thick, bone-dry forests has destroyed 92 homes, damaged five more and prompted more than 7,000 residents northeast of Colorado Springs to flee, sheriff's official said Wednesday.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Transgender suit goes to Maine high court

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday over whether transgender students can use the bathroom of their choice, and the girl at the heart of the case said she hoped justices would recognize the right of children to attend school without being "bullied" by peers or administrators.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

10-YEAR-OLD BEHIND WHEEL OF SUV: KENNER, La. (AP) - Police in Louisiana say a call about an SUV being driven recklessly on Interstate 10 led them to pull over a 10-year-old boy who was driving.

June 12, 2013 | | Nation


Levees, removable walls proposed

Levees, removable walls proposed

June 11, 2013 | | Nation


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Tunica hosts Twinkie eating contest

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - Joey Chestnut will seek to defend his title today at the 2014 World Twinkie-Eating Championship at the Bally's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

November 08, 2014 | | Nation


Dispute erupts at White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Dad thwarts bold kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


OK for Detroit’s bankruptcy exit plan

DETROIT (AP) - A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to "move past your anger" and help fix the Motor City.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


‘Dark Web’ drug sites challenge law inforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No sooner had authorities announced the shuttering of an alleged illegal online drug bazaar than another popped up claiming to take its place.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Drunken party costs 9 rookie cops their jobs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nine rookie police officers have been fired for their behavior at a drunken graduation party in northern New Jersey.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Beating death: ‘This is just evilness’

COATESVILLE, Pa (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


GPS helps police find woman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman snatched off the streets was rescued with the help of a GPS tracking device that had been installed on the suspect's car by the dealer in case it needed to be repossessed, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher told to stay away after trip

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling means high court review likely

CINCINNATI (AP) - The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


PETA calls for Discovery not to air snake show

NEW YORK (AP) - An animal rights group on Thursday asked the Discovery Channel not to air "Eaten Alive," a show planned for next month where a naturalist attempts to get swallowed by a giant snake.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Thought he killed goblin, not brother

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Beef or Chicken? Beef prices hit fast-food chains

NEW YORK (AP) - Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you'll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft gives away Office apps for iPhone, iPad

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is offering free upgraded versions of its Office software for iPhones and iPads, as the software giant further embraces the so-called "freemium" strategy favored by many newer companies seeking success online.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon introduces voice-recognition

NEW YORK (AP) - Siri, meet Alexa.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


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