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West's wildfire season roars on

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A wildfire destroyed 10 to 15 houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of exclusive Utah homes Tuesday as lightning-sparked blazes devoured dry grass and brush across the West and burned to the edges of small communities in several states.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

5 MEMBERS OF 'TEXAS' MUSICAL KILLED IN AUTO WRECK: LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Five members of a popular summer musical production, including three West Texas A&M University theater students, have been killed in a car accident in the Texas Panhandle, officials said Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Missing border collie found stuck in a tree

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A 7-year-old border collie who was missing from his Iowa home for a few days didn't get very far - he only went up.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Man takes poison after child sex conviction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama businessman convicted on a child sex charge died after he apparently swallowed poison following the reading of the verdict, a medical official said Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Head of rodeo group resigns over clown’s Obama mask

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event in which a rodeo clown riled up the crowd as a bull chased a masked man imitating President Barack Obama.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Nuclear unit fails key security test

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the nation's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection, marking the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military's most sensitive mission, the general in charge of the nuclear air force told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Teen jailed in attack on disabled friend

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh 15-year-old choked his physically disabled best friend over a girl and beat him until he was unconscious, then pushed his body over a wooded hillside from which the victim emerged a day later, police said.

August 13, 2013 | | Nation


Judge upholds verdict in ex-cheerleader's case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday upheld a $338,000 verdict against the website thedirty.com, saying the operator of the site "played a significant role" in developing the content that libeled a former Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Divorce-related legal feud lasts 17 years

CINCINNATI (AP) - A 17-year legal fight between two law professors over their divorce and continuing disputes has drawn criticism from judges who say the pair set a bad example.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

GA. MAN ACCUSED OF BEHEADING PUPPIES ARRESTED: MABLETON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say an Atlanta area man has been arrested after he was accused of beheading two puppies.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Suspected gunman dies after bus shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - A gunman barged onto a bus and shot the driver during rush hour in busy downtown Seattle on Monday, sparking a foot chase that ended when he ran onto another bus carrying about 15 people and was cut down when officers fired through the windows, authorities said.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Mob boss 'Whitey' Bulger guilty in 11 killings

BOSTON (AP) - James "Whitey" Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Briefs

WOMAN POSES AS NURSE AT SAN JOSE HOSPITAL: SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities are telling San Francisco Bay Area hospitals to be on alert after a woman was arrested for pretending to be a nurse at a San Jose medical center.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


Guns N' Roses proposal prompts police probe

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping the guitarist of Guns N' Roses execute a grand romantic gesture.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


LAPD car impound policy for unlicensed drivers struck down

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge struck down a Los Angeles Police Department policy Monday that makes it easier for unlicensed drivers to keep their cars instead of having them impounded after the drivers are stopped by police.

August 12, 2013 | | Nation


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Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

HOUSTON (AP) - The iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome could come back to life as an indoor park that county officials say would be the world's largest, according to the newest proposal for reusing the stadium and saving it from demolition.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

CHICAGO (AP) - "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Miley Cyrus’ date wanted by police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


‘Guilty plea in man’s Craigslist killing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of Honor gets OK for WWI hero

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The secretary of defense has recommended a posthumous Medal of Honor for a black World War I soldier from upstate New York who saved a comrade while fighting off a German attack in France, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

August 26, 2014 | | Nation


Rare Superman comic book fetches $3.2M

NEW YORK (AP) - A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Gold thief offers to pay for nugget

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man suspected of walking out of a Juneau, Alaska, jewelry store with a gold nugget worth nearly $5,000 developed a conscience and paid for it - after his image was distributed by police through a "crime stoppers" program.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Couple charged in scheme to get girl pregnant

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama couple who wanted a baby repeatedly sexually assaulted an underage girl in hopes she'd get pregnant and give them the infant, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

NEW YORK (AP) - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 75, gets life for killing husband

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon teenager’s drone worried firefighting crews

BEND, Ore. (AP) - It cost a Bend teenager about $800 in revenue from chores, yard work and birthday gifts to buy a miniature aircraft and a camera he sent aloft to capture video of a forest fire this summer that was threatening the western edge of the city.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAINE LOBSTERMAN CATCHES RARE BLUE LOBSTER: SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) - A Maine lobsterman says he and his 14-year-old daughter caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

August 25, 2014 | | Nation


Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

ATLANTA (AP) - The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


Man fatally struck by arrow in south state

LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Southern California home.

August 24, 2014 | | Nation


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