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Planes called before ‘Hotshots’ fire deaths

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona wildfire was so out of control because of winds from a nearby thunderstorm that officials asked for half the available Western U.S. air tanker fleet nearly an hour before 19 members of a Hotshot crew were killed, records obtained by The Associated Press Friday show.

July 12, 2013 | | Nation


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


Nation news briefs

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


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Inaction leaves gay couples in limbo

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Days after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear any appeals from states trying to uphold gay marriage bans, Diane Ansley and Cathy McGaughey waited for hours in a church basement for a federal judge's order that would finally allow them to exchange their vows.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


GOP, White House clash on Secret Service scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two years after a prostitution scandal rocked the Secret Service, a Republican congressman renewed allegations Thursday about possible involvement by a White House volunteer and said he smelled efforts to cover it up. White House officials adamantly denied wrongdoing and said there'd been no attempt to keep anything quiet.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Oregon governor’s fiancee admits to sham marriage

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee admitted Thursday that she violated the law when she married an immigrant seeking to retain residency in the United States.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Giuliani to defend video game firm vs. ex-dictator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will defend Activision in court against a lawsuit filed by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega over the "Call of Duty" franchise, the video game maker said Thursday.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban migration to US surges

HAVANA (AP) - The number of Cubans heading to the United States has increased dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, eliminating a costly exit visa and making it easier for emigrants to return, new U.S. government figures show.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Newlyweds die in apparent murder-suicide

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana couple was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide only hours after they were married, authorities say.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Mexico’s junk food taxes hit Pepsi, Coke bottom lines

NEW YORK (AP) - No wonder Coke and Pepsi are spending millions of dollars to fight proposed taxes on sugary drinks in California.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Dairy Queen latest to suffer customer card data hacking

NEW YORK (AP) - Ice cream and fast food chain Dairy Queen is the latest retailer to reveal a hack of its customer data.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T to pay $105M for bogus phone charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T wireless customers may want to take a closer look at their old phone bills because they may have money coming back to them.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Sen. Wyden: NSA tech spying hurts economy & Silicon Valley

PALO ALTO (AP) - Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are undercutting the Internet economy and want Congress to step up stalled reform.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


EPA says new vehicle mileage hits record 24.1 mpg, gains slow

DETROIT (AP) - Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slowing.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Step toward artificial hand with touch sense

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Police mistake black teen for home burglar

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) - Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla factory may add 35,000 more residents

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada will have nearly 35,000 more residents in the year 2032 than it would have if the state hadn't landed the Tesla Motors battery factory and another out-of-state business, according to new projections released Wednesday.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking danger for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) - It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


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