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Nasty weather for holiday travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targets tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Adopted boy's abandonment stirs worry

CINCINNATI (AP) - When an Ohio couple recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, prosecutors said they committed a crime. People within the adoption community say giving up a child after so much time is rare and undermines the lifelong commitment that adopted children require.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Bombers cross China's claimed air defense zone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Days after China asserted greater military control over a swath of the East China Sea to bolster claims to a cluster of disputed islands, the U.S. defied the move Tuesday as it flew two B-52 bombers through the area.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


USA News

SEWER BODY PARTS ID'D AS MISSING LA COUNTY WOMAN'S: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities on Tuesday identified a woman whose body parts were found at two Los Angeles County water treatment plants, but there was still no word on how she died.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Judge rejects OJ Simpson's bid for new trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star's bid for freedom based on the claim that his original lawyer botched his armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas more than five years ago.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Cop convicted in death of unarmed teen

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma jury Tuesday convicted a veteran police captain of first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed teenager who was running away after scuffling with the officer.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Teen cartel killer released in Mexico, goes to US

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A 17-year-old U.S. citizen who acknowledged being a killer for a Mexican drug cartel finished his three-year juvenile-offender term for homicide, kidnapping and drug and weapons possession and returned to the United States.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Mother of bullied girl wants tougher laws

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The mother of a Florida girl who committed suicide after complaining about being bullied said Monday that she will push lawmakers to pass new anti-bullying legislation because current laws don't do enough to protect children.

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


Obama pushes back against critics of Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pushing back hard, President Barack Obama forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program on Monday, declaring that the United States "cannot close the door on diplomacy."

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap dilemma

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


Poll numbers down, Obama tells donors to buck up & give money

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stung by plunging approval numbers at a low point in his presidency, President Barack Obama is urging donors to buck up and making a thread-the-needle appeal for bipartisanship with Republicans even as he calls for replacing the House GOP majority and holding his Democratic edge in the Senate.

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

SAN ANTONIO OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPE IN POLICE CAR: SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio police officer is accused of handcuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman in a case decried by the police chief, who calls it "unthinkable."

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio prep football rape grand jury charges 4 more

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school superintendent and three others were charged Monday with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of a nearly passed-out 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


Newton gunman's motive still a mystery

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Why Adam Lanza went on his murderous shooting rampage at a Newtown elementary school is a mystery and may never be known, prosecutors said in a report Monday as they closed their yearlong investigation.

November 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Nitrogen gas death penalty bills advances

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma could become the first state to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a proposal to reinstate a method of execution that hasn't been used in the U.S. in decades but which supporters say would be painless and foolproof.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Babies R Us, sued in sisters’ dresser deaths

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A dresser that fell on two toddler sisters, killing them, had been sold without a strap designed to keep it from tipping over, according to a lawsuit filed against the retailer that sold it and the company that manufactured it.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Lawyer takes on DUI checkpoints

MIAMI (AP) - Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don't have to speak to police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, won't permit a search and want a lawyer. At least, that's the view of a South Florida attorney.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


IRS goes after widow over cash deposit

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Officer indicted in killing of unarmed man in NYC stairwell

NEW YORK (AP) - A rookie police officer who fired into a darkened stairwell at a Brooklyn public housing complex, accidentally killing a man who had been waiting for an elevator, has been indicted in his death, a lawyer said Tuesday.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


NBC suspends anchor Brian Williams

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC announced Tuesday that it is suspending Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Doubting Mormon ousted over website

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion.

February 10, 2015 | | Nation


Debate brews over Williams’ future

NEW YORK (AP) - A vigorous debate over Brian Williams' future is brewing as "NBC Nightly News" aired Monday without the decade-long anchor.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Dad says teen could have been subdued

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A mentally ill teenager killed by police in an East Texas police station last month had gone there believing authorities would hospitalize her and was shot after officers had several opportunities to subdue her, the teen's parents said Monday.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


11-year-old charged with murder

CLEVELAND (AP) - An 11-year-old suburban girl has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with her and her mother to give the baby's mom a break.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Teen guilty in sledgehammer deaths

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the sledgehammer slayings of an Ohio couple and could face life in prison without parole.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Are Missouri town jails ‘debtors prisons’?

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Federal lawsuits allege that jails in the St. Louis County towns of Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors' prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars.

February 09, 2015 | | Nation


Pharrell, Beyonce Rosanne Cash collect three Grammys awards each

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pharrell won four Grammys last year, and in the first hour of the awards show Sunday, he already earned three honors.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


A mix of traditional and audacious

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Grammys newcomer Sam Smith looked dapper in a white bow tie and Madonna rocked one of the season's most eclectic red carpets Sunday in a bedazzled two-corner black hat and burlesque-esque corset with matching thigh-high boots.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


Teen arrested in mall shooting

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A teenager who police say opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area mall, shooting his intended target as well as a couple, was arrested early Sunday after police used surveillance footage and an Instagram photo to link the suspect to the shooting.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


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