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Gunman holding firefighters killed; 4 hostages OK

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) - A gunman who was having financial problems held four firefighters for hours in a suburban Atlanta home, demanding his cable and power be turned back on, before being shot dead when SWAT members stormed the house, authorities said Wednesday. The hostages had cuts and bruises from explosions officers set off to distract the gunman before moving in, but they will be fine, a fire official said.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Senate plan to stiffen border security

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of senators finalizing a landmark immigration bill has agreed to require greatly increased surveillance of the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross it, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Maine hermit living in wild for 27 years arrested

ROME, Maine (AP) - A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples has been caught in a surveillance trap at a camp he treated as a "Walmart," authorities said Wednesday.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Spending cuts, higher smokers' taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mixing modest curbs on spending with tax increases reviled by Republicans, President Barack Obama proposed a $3.8 trillion budget on Wednesday that would raise taxes on smokers and wealthy Americans and trim Social Security benefits for millions.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Medication: Study shows antibiotic overuse

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


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DEVICE TO SCARE BIRDS CAUSES GUARD BASE LOCKDOWN: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - After a report of gunfire, Air National Guard officials locked down a Mississippi base on Wednesday, but the noise thought to be shots turned out to be a device used to scare birds away from an airport runway, authorities said.

April 10, 2013 | | Nation


Obama to nominate package of labor board members

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Judge undecided whether Anthony's story can be sold

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A judge said Tuesday that he will take 30 days before deciding whether the trustee in Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case can sell the commercial rights to her life story as a means to clear some of her outstanding debts.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Student arrested in college stabbing attacks

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - A student went on a building-to-building stabbing attack at a Texas community college Tuesday, wounding at least 14 people - many in the face and neck - before being subdued and arrested, authorities and witnesses said.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


FBI investigating recording of McConnell talks; GOP leader likens it to Watergate tactics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Campaign aides to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell proposed using actress Ashley Judd's past bouts with depression against her if she had decided to challenge him in his re-election bid next year, according to a secret recording posted by a magazine.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Teens jump from runaway car on Va. highway

MINT SPRING, Va. (AP) - Two teens leapt from a speeding car with malfunctioning brakes in Virginia on Tuesday before a state trooper used his patrol car to force it into an interstate highway guardrail.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada jury awards $500M in hepatitis case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury has ordered the state's largest health management organization to pay $500 million in punitive damages to three plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit stemming from a Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Showdown gun control vote set Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Democrat is setting Congress' first showdown vote for Thursday on President Barack Obama's gun control drive as a small but mounting number of Republicans appear willing to buck a conservative effort to prevent debate from even beginning.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Budget cuts ground military aircraft

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force plans to ground about a third of its active-duty force of combat planes and a top general warned Tuesday that the branch might not be able to respond immediately to every event when needed.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


Cuba to turn over Florida couple and their children

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba said Tuesday that it will turn over to the United States a Florida couple who allegedly kidnapped their own children from the mother's parents and fled by boat to Havana, ending days of drama that evoked memories of the Elian Gonzalez custody battle of more than a decade ago.

April 09, 2013 | | Nation


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Officials resign in porn office emails case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two top state officials resigned Thursday in the growing scandal surrounding office emails containing pornography in the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Stars of ‘Real Housewives’ get real prison time for fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The married stars of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are trading the drama of reality TV for prison.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Court takes up hear religious bias over hijab

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf conflicted with the company's dress code, which the clothing chain has since changed.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Protesters pack meeting on plan to promote patriotism in schools

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Students and parents fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses blasted the school board Thursday ahead of a possible vote on the proposal, accusing the new conservative majority of trying to indoctrinate students with their politics.

October 02, 2014 | | Nation


Court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Secret Service chief resigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


White women sue over sperm from black donor

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio woman and her partner have sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Catholics challenge abortion order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

ATLANTA (AP) - Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ebola-infected man sent home from ER

DALLAS (AP) - The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Man guilty in killing over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man who opened fire on a carload of black teenagers in an argument over their loud "thug" music was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding skills

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Pepsi plans soda sweetened with stevia

NEW YORK (AP) - Coke and Pepsi are squaring off again, this time with natural sweeteners.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Pay by phone or keep using plastic?

NEW YORK (AP) - PayPal, Apple and others are betting on billions in mobile payments.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


Reno plans festival to celebrate blue jeans

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada tourism officials are planning a three-day festival in Reno next fall to celebrate and promote the city as the birthplace of what became modern blue jeans.

October 01, 2014 | | Nation


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