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Obama wins Senate panel's backing

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced Wednesday toward a showdown Senate vote, while the commander in chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval.

September 04, 2013 | | Nation


Vegetarian inmate told fish isn't meat

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A vegetarian prison inmate in Connecticut has a beef with his prison diet, saying the state is feeding him seafood three times a week and justifying it by telling him that fish is not meat.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Obama gains Syria-strike support

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing of a military strike against Syria, winning critical support from House Speaker John Boehner while key Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Won’t process same-sex benefits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive to do so, while Mississippi won't issue applications from state-owned offices. Both states cited their respective bans on gay marriage.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Christie claims rival mocked weight

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of making a mocking reference to his weight when she suggested that the image of him "frolicking on the beach" was not a boost to tourism.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HIKER FALLS TO DEATH AFTER MT. WHITNEY CLIMB: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park rangers have retrieved the body of a hiker who fell over a cliff to his death after climbing to the summit of California's Mount Whitney.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Case may hinge on property rights

STEELVILLE, Mo. (AP) - James Crocker had grown weary of the partying canoeists and rafters who encroached on his neatly kept property along Missouri's Meramec River. When he caught a man about to relieve himself on a gravel bar by his yard last month, a nasty confrontation ensued that ended with one person dead and Crocker accused of killing him.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Pa. university kicks Rivera off panel for 'selfie'

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Duquesne University says Geraldo Rivera isn't welcome to appear on a panel at the Pittsburgh school because of a half-naked "selfie" he posted this summer.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Teen pleads guilty to killing his principal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis teen who police say studied close-combat battle tactics and sharpened his knife the night before he fatally stabbed his high school principal pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Slave’s stay inspired author of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Clemson University professor is convinced that Harriet Beecher Stowe might not have written "Uncle Tom's Cabin" if it were not for a fugitive South Carolina slave she harbored for a night before starting the history-making novel.

September 03, 2013 | | Nation


'Heat days' common for sweaty schools

CHICAGO (AP) - When city students arrived for the first day of school under the blazing temperatures of a Midwest heat wave, staff greeted them with some unusual school supplies: water bottles, fans and wet towels to drape around their necks.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Diana Nyad first to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Sandy's 'freaky' path may be less likely in future

WASHINGTON (AP) - Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering currents that last year shoved Superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


New social network for law enforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PHILLY CABDRIVER STABBED 11 TIMES IN $205 ROBBERY: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say a Philadelphia cabdriver has been stabbed 11 times by a pair of riders who stole $205 from him.

September 02, 2013 | | Nation


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FCC chairman backs AT&T-DirecTV deal

NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Congress pursues changes after pier shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Urged on by anguished testimony from the father of a murder victim, Congress plunged into a heated debate over immigration on Tuesday as ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Scientists record explosion at Alaska volcano

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An explosion Tuesday morning rocked Alaska's Cleveland Volcano but scientists have detected no ash cloud that could threaten jets crossing the ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Feds: Man tried to export night-vision goggles to China

HONOLULU (AP) - A man was arrested in Hawaii for allegedly arranging to buy six pairs of military-grade night-vision goggles from an undercover federal agent and ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Bill Cosby’s attorneys asking judge to keep settlement sealed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby's lawyers argued on Tuesday that his admission to using quaaludes in the 1970s doesn't mean he drugged and sexually ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Theater shooter may never be executed even if sentenced to die

DENVER (AP) - The time has come for jurors to hear whether James Holmes should be executed for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


‘Archie’ cartoonist Tom Moore dies in his native El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Tom Moore, the "Archie" cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character, has died in Texas. He ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Court overturns Blagojevich convictions

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


I-10 California bridge passed inspection, failed in flash flood

DESERT CENTER (AP) - The interstate bridge that washed out in the desert between Los Angeles and Phoenix easily withstood its daily load of thousands of ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Child hurt when SUV rolls off freeway, into cars

VICTORVILLE (AP) - Authorities say an 8-year-old child was seriously injured when an SUV carrying seven people careened off a Southern California freeway and into a ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Gold falls to lowest level in 5 years

NEW YORK (AP) - Investors are running out of reasons to own gold.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Fed directs 8 biggest banks: Hold more

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are directing the eight biggest U.S. banks to hold capital at levels above industry requirements to cushion against unexpected losses ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Apple has cash cow in iPhone

CUPERTINO (AP) - Smartphone sales may be slowing for some tech companies, but not for Apple.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Cost of insurance forcing many in Detroit to ‘drive dirty’

DETROIT (AP) - Like most Americans, the drivers of Detroit are required to carry auto insurance whenever they get behind the wheel, but many law-abiding residents ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


New legal marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety

DENVER (AP) - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so ...

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


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