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Sen. McCain slams release of illegals

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Friday that some of the more than 2,000 illegal immigrants recently released by the Homeland Security Department because of budget cuts may have been convicted of serious crimes, citing "local sources."

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Push for mandatory gun ownership

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A town of 140 people in western Maine is considering an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory, the latest of a handful of communities nationwide to pass or consider such a rule even though the measures are widely considered unenforceable.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


SD teachers can now be armed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law Friday a measure allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns, the first of its kind since the Connecticut school shooting.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Newspaper criticized by Asian American group

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont newspaper is being criticized by the Asian American Journalists Association for publishing a poster using a print type associated with Chinese calligraphy for the words "fry Rice" to urge a local school to beat its opponent - Rice Memorial High School - in a state championship game.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Court limits border searches of personal electronic devices

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Border Patrol agents must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before conducting comprehensive searches of laptops or other digital devices in what civil liberties activists are calling a significant victory for privacy rights.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DAMAGES AWARDED IN J&J'S DEPUY HIP IMPLANT CASE : LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

March 08, 2013 | | Nation


Study: Cash can bribe dieters to lose weight

ATLANTA (AP) - Willpower apparently can be bought. The chance to win or lose $20 a month enticed dieters in a yearlong study to drop an average of 9 pounds - four times more weight than others who were not offered dough to pass up the doughnuts.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


Obama presses on with GOP charm offensive over budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Punctuated with the sounds of ringing phones and clinking china, President Barack Obama's new legislative diplomacy has Republicans wondering what took so long.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


Ga. backs relaxing gun laws for mentally ill

ATLANTA (AP) - While some states push to tighten gun control laws after the Connecticut school massacre, lawmakers in gun-friendly Georgia want to ease rules preventing some mentally ill people from getting licenses to carry firearms.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


GAO: Wasted courthouse space costs $51M a year

MIAMI (AP) - Millions of square feet of wasted space in federal courthouses that have opened since 2000 are costing U.S. taxpayers upwards of $51 million a year, congressional auditors reported Thursday.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


Student rapper's conviction in threat case tossed

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Illinois appeals court has thrown out the conviction and five-year prison sentence against an aspiring rapper who prosecutors said threatened a murderous rampage in a scribbled note found in the college student's car.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


Man pleads no contest in cartel beheading

PHOENIX (AP) - A man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the beheading of a man in Arizona who police say had stolen drugs from a Mexican drug cartel.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

RETRIAL IN PHILLY AFTER MISTRIAL OVER LOST EYEBALL: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A retrial has begun in Philadelphia after a mistrial was declared when a man's prosthetic eye popped out while he was testifying.

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


Paul’s 13-hour ‘Rand Stand’ Senate filibuster energizes supporters in CIA appointment fight

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it Rand's Stand: A nearly 13-hour stall tactic on the Senate floor that thrust a tea party hero back into the national spotlight - a real-life version of the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


How budget cuts could affect you

Government agencies are already taking steps to comply with automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. Some examples:

March 07, 2013 | | Nation


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Tesla sets delivery record, but losses rise to 74.7M in 3rd Q

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


Study: Not all college work ends up boosts future earnings

SEATTLE (AP) - A short-term college certificate, for a very specific job-training program like how to use computers for office work, probably won't help students earn more money in the long run, a new study has found.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


OPEC shaken by Saudi move

VIENNA (AP) - Saudi Arabia showed little concern for fellow OPEC members by unilaterally cutting its oil prices to the U.S. this week, a move that casts doubts on the cartel's credibility and its ability to find a common plan to stabilize the slumping energy market.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


Lucas museum: ‘Palace for Jabba the Hutt’?

CHICAGO (AP) - The sketches of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Chicago museum show a flowing white building topped with a hovering ring. The newly unveiled architectural designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were drawing a range of reaction on Wednesday, from snide comments to forthright admiration.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


Pot backers look to California after wins

SEATTLE (AP) - Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation's capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it's a big one: California.

November 05, 2014 | | Nation


Republicans surge to Senate control

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


5 things to watch for after the election

WASHINGTON (AP) - Five things to look for the morning after Election Day:

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Voters holding their noses, hope for change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Coast to coast, voters cast ballots with an audible harrumph on Tuesday - many of them unhappy with their choices and doubtful things will get better no matter who wins.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

NEW YORK (AP) - Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Wisconsin’s Walker wins for 3rd time in four years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years - and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Mom accused of tossing son off bridge

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Woman’s ATM card used in Maryland

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A bank card belonging to a woman abducted from a Philadelphia street was used the next morning in Maryland by a man whose grainy image was caught on bank cameras, police said Tuesday as relatives tearfully pleaded for her return.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Taliban detainee brought from Afghanistan to USA for trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Marathon suspect’s sister pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Ambush suspect used Internet

PITTSBURG, Pa (AP) - The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


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