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Obama tries to regain control amid controversies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack and forced out the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following revelations that the agency targeted conservative political groups. The moves were aimed at halting a perception spreading among both White House opponents and allies that the president has been passive and disengaged as controversies consume his second term.

May 15, 2013 | | Nation


Petraeus email objected to Benghazi talking points

WASHINGTON (AP) - Then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points the Obama administration used after the deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, because he wanted to see more details revealed to the public, according to emails released Wednesday by the White House.

May 15, 2013 | | Nation


IRS head ousted over tea party targeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hurrying to check a growing controversy, President Barack Obama ousted the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service late Wednesday amid an outcry over revelations that the agency had improperly targeted tea party groups for scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status.

May 15, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

ARMY GENERAL FACING SEX CHARGES HAD PORN ON LAPTOP; FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An expert in Afghan culture has testified that pornography found on the computer of a U.S. Army general then deployed to the Muslim country would be highly offensive to local residents.

May 15, 2013 | | Nation


Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


SC amputee, 80, dies after being attacked by dogs

HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) - An 80-year-old South Carolina double-amputee has died from his injuries after he was dragged from his wheelchair and attacked by four dogs, authorities said Tuesday.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Man dribbling soccer ball to Brazil killed by vehicle on Oregon highway

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) - A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Abortion doctor agrees to life in prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence on Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Tougher drunken driving threshold?

WASHINGTON (AP) - States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half- from .08 blood alcohol level to .05_matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries, a federal safety board recommended Tuesday. That's about one drink for a woman weighing less than 120 pounds, two for a 160-pound man.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Simpson was dependent on main attorney

LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson became so dependent on his lawyer during his Las Vegas armed robbery trial that the former football star would have done anything Yale Galanter advised - including passing up the chance to testify, his co-counsel testified Tuesday.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


US launches drone from aircraft carrier

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (AP) - A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday in a test flight that could eventually open the way for the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft from just about any place in the world.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Drunk ASU student left at hospital with Post-it

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona State University student who passed out and was left in a wheelchair in a hospital lobby with a Post-it note to tell doctors that he had participated in a drinking competition apparently put back about 20 shots of tequila.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

HOLMES PROSECUTION LISTS 3,500 POTENTIAL WITNESSES: CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Court documents say prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings have listed about 3,500 potential witnesses they could call during the trial of defendant James Holmes.

May 14, 2013 | | Nation


Judge OKs class-action settlement over Skechers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge approved a $40 million class-action settlement Monday between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought toning shoes after ads made unfounded claims that the footwear would help people lose weight and strengthen muscles.

May 13, 2013 | | Nation


Eat more insects; good for you, good for world

ROME (AP) - The latest weapon in the U.N.'s fight against hunger, global warming and pollution might be flying by you right now.

May 13, 2013 | | Nation


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Police said mom killed 6 newborns so she could continue taking meth

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah mother told authorities that she killed six of her newborns and stored their bodies in a garage because she was addicted to drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility of raising them, police said Tuesday, revealing a suspected motive for the first time.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


After Detroit, Flint ponders bankruptcy

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - As Detroit struggles to climb out of bankruptcy, another Michigan city with strong ties to the auto industry may be about to fall into the same hole.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found

ATLANTA (AP) - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Prosecutor among 1st buyers of legal pot

SEATTLE (AP) - Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle's top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy?

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• FEDERAL JUDGE STIRS CONTROVERSY WITH BLOG POST: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge in Nebraska is again drawing attention because of his personal blog, this time for using an obscene reference to suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court should not have heard the Hobby Lobby case.

July 08, 2014 | | Nation


Officer wanting ‘0INK’ triggers vanity plate row

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


4 in 10 US homes are cellphone only

ATLANTA (AP) - More American households are ditching their old telephones: 4 out of 10 only use cellphones, a government survey shows.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Hospital settles with woman over search

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Texas hospital and its emergency room physicians have reached a $1.1 million settlement with a New Mexico woman who sued them and U.S. customs officials after she was subjected to a body cavity search, her attorneys said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


First fuselage removed from derailment

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Uber cuts NYC prices to compete with cabs

NEW YORK (AP) - Uber Technologies says it is temporarily cutting its prices in New York City with the aim of making its service cheaper than an average taxi ride, the car service app announced Monday.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Officer who killed family had raped wife

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their kids and confronting him for raping her, new documents show.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Vet sues after burial with gay partner denied

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.

July 07, 2014 | | Nation


Backlash against foreign worker visas

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) - Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company.

July 06, 2014 | | Nation


Nonprofits help dying make farewell videos

SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn't remember the sound of her mother's voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were left.

July 06, 2014 | | Nation


Coastal California town sold for undisclosed price

HARMONY (AP) - A small town midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway has been sold for an undisclosed price.

July 06, 2014 | | Nation


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