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Report: Fake officer stopped real police

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a man driving a truck with police lights on top made a crucial misstep during a bogus police stop in northern New Mexico.

August 08, 2013 | | Nation


ELECTRIC GRID AND WHO OVERSEES IT

The U.S. electrical grid is a complex system of power plants, transmission lines, and local distribution networks that deliver power to homes and businesses. It comprises three major grids - Eastern, Western and Texas - which are divided into hundreds of smaller sections. A summary of how power flows on the system, who oversees it and what went wrong in the August 2003 blackout:

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Controversial plan for lab-made bird flu virus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain. This time around, the U.S. government is promising extra scrutiny of such high-stakes research up front.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


10 years later grid faces new threats

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


After 51 hours, man finishes swim hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly 51 hours after jumping into a lake near the Michigan-Canada border, a long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" finished his 22-mile journey to Detroit while hauling hundreds of pounds of bricks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama calls off Putin summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama called off an upcoming Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, sending a stern message of disapproval over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

INDIANA COMMUNITY HANDS OUT DRUG TESTING KITS: LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) - A southeastern Indiana school is distributing kits so parents can test their children for drug use.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Biker gang leader convicted of casino murder

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take out a high-ranking official of the rival group.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Group: Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk

ATLANTA (AP) - Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease - by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


More players seeking big jackpots only

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The allure of capturing the estimated $425 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Hasan intent on getting death sentence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - On the first day Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a fight for his life, he claimed responsibility for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He posed no questions to most witnesses and rarely spoke. On one of the few times he did talk, it was to get on the record that the alleged murder weapon was his, even though no one had asked.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher elevations over the past half century.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Publishers object to Apple remedy

NEW YORK (AP) - Publishers who have settled an electronic book pricing dispute with the federal government objected Wednesday to penalties the government wants to impose on Apple Inc., saying it will hurt publishers rather than the personal electronics giant.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


Attempted murder charge in alleged Oregon tattoo war

North Bend, Ore. (AP) - David Wonnacott qualified for a tattoo license on July 5 and wasted little time establishing a business in a small, coastal Oregon community. Problem is, police said, he did it with a gun.

August 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Mayor: Cop killer said he was ‘going to be famous’

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A gunman who killed a rookie officer responding to a report of an armed robbery at a drugstore early Sunday never tried to rob the store and instead lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was "going to be famous," authorities said.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief

LATTA, S.C. (AP) - When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


Got a rash? Tablet might be the cause

CHICAGO (AP) - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors

CHICAGO (AP) - The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.

July 13, 2014 | | Nation


$3.7B border request ‘too much’

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Drought drawing bears near people

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Long accustomed to dealing with bad news "garbage" bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Union leader derides Obama education chief

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Seattle city attorney’s 1st-day pot buy broke workplace rule

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes acknowledges he broke a drug-free workplace rule when he brought marijuana back to his office after buying on the first day of legal sales in Washington state.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

FEDS: WOMAN SENT NUDE PHOTOS OF SON, 4, TO BOYFRIEND: CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has been charged with sending nude photos of her 4-year-old son to her boyfriend.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones to deliver packages

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Tobacco firms in merger talks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Big Tobacco may soon get smaller.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


2nd judge wants info on lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

July 11, 2014 | | Nation


Police back off on plan to take explicit photograph of teen boy

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


Utah may drop daylight saving time

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah residents said Thursday that officials should reject daylight saving time and join Arizona and Hawaii as the only states that don't adjust their clocks.

July 10, 2014 | | Nation


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