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Record crop payout stirs subsidy debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Mom accused of tying daughter to bed held on $620K

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - A single mother made an initial court appearance Friday after being accused of locking her 4-year-old daughter in an apartment bedroom for up to 12 hours a day - tethered to a bedpost and left with a plastic tote bin to use as a toilet.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


'Embarrassed' ex-Pittsburgh police chief to plead guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Former city police Chief Nate Harper will plead guilty to charges that he conspired to steal city police funds deposited into unauthorized police credit union accounts and failed to file federal tax returns from 2008 to 2011, his attorneys said Friday.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Police arrest 2 teens in Georgia baby's killing

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A pair of teenagers was arrested Friday and accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face and wounding his mother during their morning stroll through a leafy, historic neighborhood in southeast Georgia.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


ND lawmakers define life as starting at conception triggers new debate

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota didn't set out to become the abortion debate's new epicenter.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Democrats work to pass budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats neared approval of their first budget proposal in four years on Friday, calling for almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering safety net programs targeted by House Republicans. The Democrats also would reverse automatic spending cuts that are beginning to strike both the Pentagon and domestic programs.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MAN FINDS KNIFE IN BACK 3 YEARS AFTER STABBING : YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (AP) - A Canadian man was just scratching what he thought was an old itch this week when it turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his back for almost three years.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Senators close in on immigration deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - A last-minute dispute over wages for lower-skilled workers flared Friday as senators scrambled to sketch out a deal on a sweeping immigration bill before Congress takes a two-week recess.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

YELLOWSTONE BISON HUNT TAKES MOST SINCE '89: BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Hunters killed more wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park this season than they have in decades, with the numbers driven by strong participation from American Indians who harvest the animals under longstanding treaty rights.

March 22, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HOMEOWNER FIRED WARNING AT TEEN INTRUDER: STERLING, Va. (AP) - Police say a homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a 16-year-old neighbor who drunkenly entered the wrong home by mistake.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


'Peace is possible,' Obama insists

JERUSALEM (AP) - Insisting "peace is possible," President Barack Obama on Thursday prodded both Israelis and Palestinians to return to long-stalled negotiations with few, if any, pre-conditions, softening his earlier demands that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territory.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Bill would expand background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gun control legislation the Senate debates next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday in a victory for advocates of gun restrictions.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


House passes Republican budget plan promising $4.6 trillion in cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moving on two fronts, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted to keep the government running for the next six months while pushing through a tea-party flavored budget for next year that would shrink the government by another $4.6 trillion over the next decade.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


No Powerball winner? Officials watch $320 million jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Viola Mourton buys a Powerball ticket every day. But with a $320 million jackpot that could grow in the next few days, she's upping her chances Thursday and buying several at her local convenience store.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


Texas shootout may tie to prison chief death

DECATUR, Texas (AP) - A man who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief led authorities in Texas on a harrowing, 100 mph car chase Thursday that ended after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers, authorities said.

March 21, 2013 | | Nation


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Texas’ Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat of prosecution funds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Lye mixed into tea month earlier

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An industrial cleaning solution that ended up in tea that a woman drank at a Utah restaurant was unintentionally mixed into a bag of sugar a month earlier, authorities said Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Surge in Cuban rafters aiming for US

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Wildfire managers: Drones a threat to firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off, wildfire managers say.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Couple arrested in Amish girls’ kidnapping

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arrested Friday in the kidnapping of two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Inmate religious ceremonies gets new look

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Three Kentucky death row inmates should get another chance to show they have the right to a sweat lodge, powwow and traditional foods to conduct Native American religious ceremonies behind bars at the prison, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

August 15, 2014 | | Nation


Specks returned from space may be alien visitors

BERKELEY (AP) - There may be itsy-bitsy aliens among us.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, girl killed in porn pics case

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey ex-con was charged with strangling his cousin and her 10-year-old foster daughter after the woman found him taking pornographic pictures of the girl, authorities said Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


8 arrested in daring NJ casino heist

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A recently fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


New Orleans clears of 160 homeless

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - City workers wearing gloves - and a few in face masks - threw sofas, armchairs and quilts into garbage trucks Thursday, clearing out a homeless encampment of about 160 people. Officials said it attracted rats and called it a public health hazard.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher accused of being drunk in class

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona high school teacher who feared she was too inebriated to drive took a cab to work, then continued drinking throughout the day until students alerted administrators that she was cursing and yelling at them, authorities said Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


First Guard troops at Texas-Mexico border

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) - The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.

August 14, 2014 | | Nation


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