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Texas abortion bill falls after ‘ruckus’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Texas carries out 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Reports: Al-Qaidi, terrorists changing ways after leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaida and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It's an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight.

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Odd News

MICHIGAN MAN TURNS IN BANK ROBBER MOM: BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. MLive.com reports the man told police his mother was at his home in Kent County's Byron Township. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18. Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids. A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She ...

June 26, 2013 | | Nation


Deen’s career cooked after racial slur?

NEW YORK (AP) - Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Neyt’ to US request for Snowden

MOSCOW (AP) - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Men’s Wearhouse explains why it fired Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) - Men's Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many shoppers' minds.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Key part of voting law thrown out

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deeply divided Supreme Court threw out the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, a decision deplored by the White House but cheered by mostly Southern states now free from nearly 50 years of intense federal oversight of their elections.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

IRS CREDIT CARDS USED FOR WINE, PORN: WASHINGTON - Poor oversight by the Internal Revenue Service allowed workers to use agency credit cards to buy wine for an expensive luncheon, dorky swag for managers' meetings and, for one employee, romance novels and diet pills, an agency watchdog said Tuesday. Two IRS credit cards were used to buy online pornography, though the employees said the cards were stolen. One of the workers reported five agency credit cards lost or stolen. IRS employees used agency credit cards to make more than 273,000 purchases totaling nearly $108 million in 2010 and 2011, according ...

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Broadway marquees dim in honor of late Gandolfini

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Texas set to execute 500th inmate

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


GOP divided on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans are split over the immigration bill steaming toward approval at week's end, a divide that renders the ultimate fate of White House-backed legislation unpredictable in the House and complicates the party's ability to broaden its appeal among Hispanic voters.

June 25, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman was fed up with "punks" getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because he wanted to," not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer's attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman's head against the pavement.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Gettysburg celebrates 150th anniversary of battle

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rights case ruling favors transgender girl

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials say a suburban Colorado Springs school district discriminated against a 6-year-old transgender girl by preventing her from using the girls' bathroom, in what advocates described as the first such ruling in the next frontier in civil rights.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Whataburger takes stand against Texas’ new open carry gun law

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants ...

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


NY City disability pride parade draws thousands marking milestone

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City hosted its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using ...

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


Manteca High grad returns as city’s newest podiatrist

The Manteca medical community has a new homegrown podiatrist - Dr. Jack A. Harvey, DPM.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


Court agrees with light sentence for Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday agreed with a sentence of probation for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, rejecting arguments by ...

July 10, 2015 | | Nation


Bad behavior by some Hawaii telescope protesters

HONOLULU (AP) - After months of protesters camping on Mauna Kea to block construction of a giant telescope near its summit, the state is trying to ...

July 10, 2015 | | Nation


Judge releases 3 kids locked up for failing to meet with dad

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge on Friday released three siblings who have spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged ...

July 10, 2015 | | Nation


Lawsuit alleges Waco biker grand jury conflict of interest

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A biker arrested after a deadly shootout involving bikers and police in Waco, Texas, argued Friday that it's a conflict ...

July 10, 2015 | | Nation


Gleeson says his ‘Star Wars’ character is ‘evil’

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Here's the latest from Friday's sessions at the Comic-Con International fan festival in and around the San Diego Convention Center ...

July 10, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate flag comes down Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Saying South Carolina's history has forever changed, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill Thursday to relegate the Confederate flag to ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


United pilot flushed bullets down toilet on plane

DALLAS (AP) - A United Airlines captain threw bullets in a trash bin accessible to passengers and later flushed them down a toilet on board a ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Utah hunter who killed gray wolf won’t be charged

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah hunter who killed the first gray wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in seven decades won't face criminal ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Man accused of killing 7 people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


De Blasio, after hit from Cuomo, does not back down

NEW YORK (AP) - The cold war between New York's two leading Democrats is showing no signs of abating.

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


3 sisters missing in Wyoming wilderness are found safe

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Three Midwestern sisters who were missing for days in a rugged Wyoming wilderness area were found alive in a remote area and ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


NYPD making some undocumented stops, monitor report says

NEW YORK (AP) - The federal monitor overseeing changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy said Thursday the reform effort is moving in ...

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


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