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Zimmerman: Trial jury may consider lesser charge

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain's second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


Message in a bottle: Note found amid Sandy debris helps grieving mother

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) - More than a dozen years ago, a 10-year-old girl scrawled a message on a piece of notebook paper, sealed it up in a green plastic bottle and tossed it into the ocean.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


Attitudes shift amid recession

CHICAGO (AP) - Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


DNA links DeSalvo to Strangler victim

BOSTON (AP) - Investigators helped by advances in DNA technology finally have forensic evidence linking longtime suspect Albert DeSalvo to the last of the 1960s slayings attributed to the Boston Strangler, leading many of the case's players to hope that it can finally be put to rest.

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


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STATE REMOVES SIGNS OBJECTING TO TWIN TUNNELS: WALNUT GROVE (AP) - Activists opposed to California's $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are accusing state transportation workers who removed anti-tunnel yard signs of trying to silence them. The signs proclaiming "Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!" have disappeared over the past several days from yards fronting a state highway in Sacramento County. Transportation officials they were placed too close to the highway, violating state law. Caltrans spokesman Gareth Lacy says any private sign is forbidden within a state right of way. The state Natural Resources Agency, which oversees ...

July 11, 2013 | | Nation


Prosecutors call first witness vs. Zimmerman

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After taking less than a week to call 18 witnesses, George Zimmerman's defense attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the neighborhood watch volunteer's second-degree murder trial.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Pig virus found in US; threatens pork prices

DENVER (AP) - Pork prices may be on the rise in the next few months because of a new virus that has migrated to the U.S, killing piglets in 15 states at an alarming rate in facilities where it has been reported.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier’s team rests in Wikileaks trial

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Pfc. Bradley Manning's defense rested its case Wednesday after presenting evidence from 10 witnesses, hoping to prove the loads of material the soldier gave to WikiLeaks did not threaten national security or U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Injured Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty

BOSTON (AP) - His arm in a cast, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges Wednesday in his first courtroom appearance since his capture at the end of a chaotic week in April.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Navy lands drone on aircraft carrier

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy successfully landed a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military's capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.

July 10, 2013 | | Nation


Smoke break? Glitch may limit penalties for tobacco users

WASHINGTON (AP) - They huddle outside office buildings and they can't satisfy their nicotine cravings by lighting up on planes and trains, but now smokers could be getting a break from an unlikely source.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Seeking death penalty in Boston case? A long road

WASHINGTON (AP) - If the Obama administration tries for the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it could face a long, difficult legal battle in a state that hasn't seen an execution in nearly 70 years.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Snowden bound for Venezuela?

MOSCOW (AP) - The WikiLeaks secret-spilling site on Tuesday said NSA leaker Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, trying to put to rest growing confusion over whether he had taken up the country's offer.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Catholic hospitals OK birth control compromise

NEW YORK (AP) - In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


Expert: Evidence jibes with Zimmerman's story

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - An expert on gunshot wounds hired by the defense testified Tuesday that George Zimmerman's account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence.

July 09, 2013 | | Nation


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NYC to pay $6.25 million to man cleared in 1989 killing

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


South revisits its many Confederate images

ATLANTA (AP) - Calls to remove Confederate imagery from public places multiplied rapidly across the South and beyond Tuesday, with opponents eyeing state flags, license plates and statues of Civil War politicians and generals.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


SUV crashes through home, kills 2

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two young children were killed when an SUV crashed through a house in Reno, Nevada.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities - research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Republicans return donations from white supremacist leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obama says US racism ‘not cured,’ makes point with epithet

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the history of slavery and segregation is "still part of our DNA" in the United States, even if racial epithets no longer show up in polite conversation. He uttered the N-word in making his point.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado teen death blamedon hidden form of plague

DENVER (AP) - When a Colorado teen came down with a high fever and muscle aches, his family thought he had the flu. But he was dead within days and the rare cause was only revealed later.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


General Mills to drop artificial ingredients in cereal

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Home sales are finally surging

WASHINGTON (AP) - Real estate has gotten hot again.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Crews slow spread of huge forest fire

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Crews working amid sweltering conditions in rough terrain have slowed the spread of a huge forest fire that's churning through timber in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Lawsuit seeks to memorialize a less heroic side of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Egg shortage cuts restaurant profits

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more - if it's even on the menu.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Couples, officials, foes readying

CINCINNATI (AP) - With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Vets fight to add names of 74

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Stephen Kraus was standing night watch above the pilot house of the USS Frank E. Evans when he spotted the towering outline of the Australian aircraft carrier bearing down on the American destroyer. The 22-year-old sailor from California dashed off to signal a warning, but it was too late.

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


Church reopens doors after shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its tall, wooden doors to the world Sunday, embracing strangers who walked in from the street or tuned in from home for the first worship service since a white gunman was accused of killing nine black church members.

June 21, 2015 | | Nation


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