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Rising tax revenue eases pressure for cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising tax receipts are shrinking the federal deficit, and that will shape the budget debate when Congress returns from vacation next month. The big question for lawmakers: Should they renew, end or modify the tens of billions of dollars in "sequester" cuts in government spending that took effect earlier this year?

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Manning's max possible sentence cut to 90 years

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Tuesday by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Escape artist pulls off locked coffin skydive

SERENA, Ill. (AP) - A Wisconsin daredevil freed himself from shackles and a locked casket while plummeting to the earth at 130 miles per hour on Tuesday, eventually parachuting gently into a northern Illinois field.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Obama pitches mortgage overhaul

PHOENIX (AP) - Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation's mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left "holding the bag" for the mortgage giants' bad bets.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Childhood obesity shows its dropping

ATLANTA (AP) - For many years, doctors have been wringing their hands as more and more U.S. children grew fat. Now, that may be changing, with the first evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING 3: TOWN STOLE MY HOME: SAYLORSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A disabled junk dealer feuding with local officials over his debris-strewn property packed a rental car with guns and ammunition before opening fire at a town meeting and killing three men, authorities said Tuesday.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Zombie complains of skate park noise

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The noise from a new skate park in Connecticut is too much for rocker Rob Zombie.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Gunman meticulously planned attack

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan fired the last of 146 bullets in his assault on Fort Hood, then walked outside where he met two civilians who asked about the commotion and the laser-sighted pistol in his hand.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Utah man accused of running speakeasy from home’s garage

SANDY, Utah (AP) - A Utah man who police say ran a speakeasy out of his garage for years in the middle of a suburban residential neighborhood has been arrested after he sold drinks to an undercover officer.

August 06, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights to take drivers license test in Hawaiian

HONOLULU (AP) - A man who speaks Hawaiian wants to be able to use the language to take his driver's license exam and says that his inability to do so is a form of discrimination that goes against the state constitution.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Man fights to take drivers license test in Hawaiian

HONOLULU (AP) - A man who speaks Hawaiian wants to be able to use the language to take his driver's license exam and says that his inability to do so is a form of discrimination that goes against the state constitution.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Personal 'Obamacare' accounts debut

WASHINGTON (AP) - You can now open your own personal "Obamacare" account - but you'll have to wait awhile before you can actually use it to pick a health insurance plan.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


NY man tried to sell baby via Craigslist ad

NEW YORK (AP) - A 22-year-old man angry with a woman he dated posted photos of her 2-month-old daughter in a Craigslist ad and tried to sell the baby for $100, prosecutors said Monday.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Police pageant winner threw bombs

Police pageant winner threw bombs

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


Will fast-food protests help spur higher minimum wage?

NEW YORK (AP) - Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City - one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant - but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car. So he decided to draw attention to his plight: He walked off work in protest.

August 05, 2013 | | Nation


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Man serves almost 900 days in jail, didn’t commit a crime

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A man waiting to testify in an Oregon murder case has been held in jail as a material witness for nearly 900 days, though he has committed no crime.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


‘Firewater’ remark draws ire of American Indian team’s fans

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An owner of a sports website apologized Thursday after one of its commentators used the term "firewater" in describing how supporters of an American Indian boys' high school basketball team would celebrate its first-round victory at the state tournament.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Philly buses ordered to accept ads featuring Hitler

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's transit system has been ordered to accept provocative ads that include a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader after a federal judge ruled in favor of a pro-Israel group's free-speech lawsuit.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Report: Raising legal age for tobacco would stop, delay use

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Raising the legal age to buy tobacco to higher than 18 would likely prevent premature death for hundreds of thousands of people, according to a report issued Thursday by the Institute of Medicine.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyers: Cleveland officer lawfully fired last of 137 shots

CLEVELAND (AP) - Charges against a police officer who jumped on the hood of a car and fired the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed a pair of unarmed suspects should be dismissed because he believed his life was in danger, his attorneys said.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


Kathy Griffin turns in her ‘Fashion Police’ badge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The "Fashion Police" force is dwindling, with Kathy Griffin following Kelly Osbourne out the door.

March 12, 2015 | | Nation


‘Breaking Bad’ creator wants pizza-tossing fans to stop

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One thing the creator of "Breaking Bad" finds bad is fans who have been throwing pizzas at the New Mexico home that was featured on the show.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


2 police officers shot in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday as protesters gathered following the resignation of the city's embattled police chief, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Vote for firing squad shows frustration with drug shortages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Miniature dachshund 56 pounds lighter now

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Once a wanton wiener dog, Dennis went on a diet and is now a happy shadow of his former self after losing more than 75 percent of his body weight.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Ferguson police chief resigns

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The police chief in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Warm February takes toll on snowpack

SEATTLE (AP) - Warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Soldier who was victim advocate admits organizing prostitution ring

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - An Army officer admitted to a military tribunal Wednesday that he betrayed his role at Fort Hood as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by organizing a prostitution ring at the sprawling Central Texas base.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


FTC sues DirecTV, alleges hidden fees and deceptive ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is taking the nation's biggest satellite TV provider to court, accusing DirecTV of misleading millions of consumers about the cost of its programming.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


Powdered alcohol gets OK

NEW YORK (AP) - A powdered alcohol intended to be mixed up into drinks has gained approval from a federal regulator.

March 11, 2015 | | Nation


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