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Ed Koch, New York's feisty mayor, dies

NEW YORK (AP) - When Ed Koch was mayor, it seemed as if all of New York was being run by a deli counterman. Koch was funny, irritable, opinionated, often rude and prone to yelling.

February 01, 2013 | | Nation


Detroit to close 50 parks, restrict work

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit will close nearly half of its parks and reduce maintenance and other services at dozens of others after the City Council passed on a deal with the state to operate the city's massive Belle Isle park, Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday.

February 01, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SHERIFF: SC TEEN OFFERED $5,000 TO KILL GRANDMA: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Investigators say a South Carolina teen offered to pay his friends $5,000 to kill the grandparents who raised him because they were too strict.

February 01, 2013 | | Nation


Obama offers new birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.

February 01, 2013 | | Nation


Hunt for murderer mistakenly freed

CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities searched Friday for a convicted murderer from Indiana who was mistakenly released after a Chicago court appearance, as officials in Illinois admitted they lost paperwork directing them to return him to Indiana.

February 01, 2013 | | Nation


Fox's Geraldo Rivera weighing US Senate run

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Geraldo Rivera, who hosts a weekend show on Fox News Channel, said Thursday he's seriously thinking about running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Congress sends bill to President averting federal government default

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress sent President Barack Obama drama-free legislation on Thursday raising the debt ceiling, averting a government default and putting off the next tax-and-spending clash between the White House and Republicans until later in the year.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


County prosecutor killed near N. Texas courthouse annex

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - An assistant district attorney was shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas courthouse where he worked, and authorities said they were searching through his cases to try to find clues about why he may have been targeted.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

NEV. CARJACKER HAD $495K WORTH OF POT IN SUV: SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Authorities recovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of nearly $500,000 from the SUV that was carrying four suspected drug traffickers from Florida before one fled a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Nevada, stole a state trooper's cruiser and ultimately shot himself to death.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Sperm whale secretion may spell fortune for UK man

LONDON (AP) - One very smelly sperm whale secretion may soon make one lucky British beachcomber a very happy man.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Negotiators talking to captor through pipe

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) - Speaking into a 4-inch-wide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: FLA. MAN ARRESTED AFTER POCKET-DIALING 911: ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) - A conversation with two passengers landed a Florida tow truck driver in jail after his cellphone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Furor over proposed shift in Scouts no-gays policy

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America faces intensifying criticism from the left and right over a proposal to move away from a mandatory no-gays membership policy and allow troop sponsors to decide the matter for themselves.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


US looking at action against China cyberattacks espionage campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyber-espionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against U.S. companies and government agencies.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


Broker gets 50 years for $215M theft

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - For years, Russ Wasendorf Sr. enjoyed the perks of being a successful businessman: a corporate jet, a fancy swimming pool at his mansion, an extensive wine collection and top chefs who made him meals at the restaurant and office buildings he owned.

January 31, 2013 | | Nation


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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


Circus cited for hair-hanging stunt that injured 9

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus misused a key rigging component in a hair-hanging stunt, causing a fall that seriously injured eight acrobats, federal workplace safety regulators said Tuesday.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


Lava spares family headstone in cemetery

HONOLULU (AP) - As slow-moving lava approached a cemetery in a rural Hawaii town, Aiko Sato placed flowers at the headstone of the family plot she's tended to over the years, thinking it would be the last time she would see it.

November 04, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

OHIO GIRL, 3, SHOT BY 4-YEAR-OLD BROTHER: LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old Ohio girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head by her 4-year-old brother, who found a gun in a dresser.

November 03, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda completes skyscraper wire walks

CHICAGO (AP) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world Sunday with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on the high wire without a safety net or a harness.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Terminally ill ‘death with dignity’ advocate dies by taking lethal drugs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A young woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state's assisted-suicide law took lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor and has died, a spokesman said Sunday.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


House Democrats mutter about less outside spending by special interests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Environmentalists, labor and women's groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Nurse: No option but to fight quarantine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients said she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated and is hopeful that others who return from West Africa won't face the same reaction.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Seniors could be key on medical pot

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida constantly generates talk of young people potentially flooding the polls. But seniors are the most reliable voters and could be key to the outcome of the measure.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Virgin disaster a reminder of fatal explosion in 2007

MOJAVE (AP) - The loss of an experimental spaceship that broke up over the Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another, has renewed criticism of the way the craft's designer and Virgin Galactic handled a deadly explosion seven years ago.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


Bear trap violators appealing convictions

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Reno woman intends to appeal her 30-day jail sentence for tampering with a bear trap after she and her mother became the first people prosecuted in Nevada for interfering with the capture of troublesome bears at Lake Tahoe.

November 02, 2014 | | Nation


5 football players charged in assault

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling "Football strong!" The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

October 31, 2014 | | Nation


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