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Ex-hitman heartbroken Bulger was informant

BOSTON (AP) - An ex-gangster who admitted killing 20 people was unemotional Monday when describing his line of work at the trial of his former partner, James "Whitey" Bulger, but called himself heartbroken when he learned that Bulger had become an FBI informant.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Official: Solar plane to help energy use on ground

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized balsa wood toy airplane.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Miss USA crown goes to Connecticut contestant Erin Brady

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The newest Miss USA is leaving a white-collar job behind for the glamour and excitement that go with her new role - and she can't wait.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


NYC aims to require composting food scraps

NEW YORK (AP) - Legions of apartment dwellers will soon be asked - and may eventually be forced - to start collecting food scraps for composting, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest bid to make the Big Apple greener.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FBI REACHES MILESTONE IN MOST WANTED FUGITIVE LIST: WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has reached a milestone in its 63-year-old program of pursuing its "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives."

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

FBI REACHES MILESTONE IN MOST WANTED FUGITIVE LIST: WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has reached a milestone in its 63-year-old program of pursuing its "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives."

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


To ease shortage of organs, grow them in a lab?

NEW YORK (AP) - By the time 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally got a lung transplant last week, she'd been waiting for months, and her parents had sued to give her a better shot at surgery.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Miss Utah latest beauty queen to botch answer

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Miss Utah Marissa Powell is the latest beauty queen to trip on national television, not over her gown, but during the interview segment.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio police chief takes criminals to task online via Facebook page

Ohio police chief takes criminals to task online via Facebook page

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Shopper is killed chasing bank robber

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania bank robber fatally shot a supermarket customer who ran after him and tried to stop his getaway car, police said.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Hitchhiking cat 'Mata Hairi' headed home to Oregon

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A well-traveled cat named "Mata Hairi" will soon be reunited with her owner after spending nearly 10 months traveling thousands of miles with a hitchhiker who rescued her from the rain.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Still no Hoffa after 1st day of latest search

Still no Hoffa after 1st day of latest search

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Texas, SD court Conn. gun makers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The governors of Texas and South Dakota visited Connecticut on Monday to court gun manufacturers that have threatened to leave since the state passed tough new gun-control laws this year in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada non-Hispanic white population shrinks

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's non-Hispanic, white population shrunk in all but three counties from 2010 to 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures.

June 17, 2013 | | Nation


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Zimmerman arrested on assault charge

MIAMI (AP) - Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend.

January 11, 2015 | | Nation


Muslim hailed for life-saving courage

PARIS (AP) - At a kosher supermarket in Paris, a quick-thinking Muslim employee hides several Jewish shoppers in the basement before sneaking out to brief police on the hostage-taker upstairs. In the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, a poker-faced businessman fools a pair of gunmen into believing they're alone in the building before being allowed to leave unharmed.

January 11, 2015 | | Nation


Crash survivor inaugurates Golden Gate safety barrier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A survivor of a 2008 head-on crash on the Golden Gate Bridge spoke Sunday from her wheelchair to help inaugurate a new mobile median safety barrier for the iconic San Francisco span.

January 11, 2015 | | Nation


Republicans vote to continue their straw poll

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republicans in Iowa have opted to carry on with their presidential straw poll, a summer political tradition that detractors decry as a sideshow.

January 11, 2015 | | Nation


Brown’s plan has downturn in mind

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Ever mindful that the next economic downturn could be right around the corner, Gov. Jerry Brown released a record $113 billion California spending plan on Friday that resists calls for expanding social services and instead dedicates billions for paying down debt and saving for a rainy day.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


French forces kill gunmen, end rampage

ARIS (AP) - With explosions and gunfire, security forces Friday ended three days of terror around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper and an accomplice who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket to try to help the brothers escape.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


‘Eco-terrorist’ freed amid evidence dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Northern California man described by federal officials as an anarchist and eco-terrorist intent on blowing up government and commercial buildings was set free after nine years in prison when the government conceded that evidence in the case was never turned over to his defense attorney.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


NY cops slowed arrests, stopped ticketing

NEW YORK (AP) - Enough New York police officers stopped writing tickets and making low-level arrests in the weeks since two officers were fatally shot that the number of summonses plummeted 90 percent, the city's police commissioner said Friday.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


Critically hurt man left in towed car for 6 hours

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio sheriff's office is trying to figure out how a critically injured man was left inside a vehicle for six hours after it was towed from a crash scene in suburban Dayton on New Year's Day.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


Golden Gate Bridge closing this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge will shut down to private vehicles for 52 hours starting at midnight Friday so workers can install a moveable median barrier designed to prevent head-on collisions, part of an effort to increase safety along the iconic structure.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


GADET SHOW

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sure, the International CES show was chock full of connected cars, smart home sensors, music gear and computer gadgets, as you'd expect. There were even drones buzzing the 160,000-plus people that tromped across the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space along the Las Vegas Strip. But if you didn't get to see some of these goodies, well, you just haven't lived.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


Tech coming to a car near you

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


US to allow Mexican trucks in with screening

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs, potentially ending a longstanding dispute.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


Cattle plunge through ice, die drowning

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An estimated 100 cattle drowned when they fell through the ice on a reservoir that straddles the South Dakota-Nebraska border.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


Streak of solid hiring bolsters confidence about 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A healthy month of hiring in December capped the best year for U.S. job growth since 1999, demonstrating that employers are more confident than they've been since the Great Recession began.

January 09, 2015 | | Nation


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