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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


Minority, poor students gain from charters

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


IRS also screened liberal groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service's screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency acknowledged Monday. Terms including "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy" were used by agency workers to help pick groups for closer examination, according to an internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press.

June 24, 2013 | | Nation


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Fresno County city approves medical marijuana service

COALINGA (AP) - The Coalinga City Council has voted to allow a medical marijuana dispensary, commercial cultivation and delivery services within city limits, making it the ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mazda plans expansion of US headquarters in California

IRVINE (AP) - Mazda will keep its U.S. headquarters in California and will expand into a state-of-the-art facility with a 10-year lease.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


UNLIMITED DATA

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Chrysler aims to revive minivan

DETROIT (AP) - Thirty-three years ago, Chrysler invented the minivan. Now, it's reinventing it - with styling reminiscent of an SUV, high-tech features and a first-ever ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


$1.4B prize: Myths, misconceptions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday's Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Wearing unearned medals is free speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Bowie never stopped looking ahead

NEW YORK (AP) - It was hardly a coincidence that David Bowie named his greatest hits collection "Changes."

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mormons’ 150th temple will open in Provo

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The Mormon Church unveiled its 150th temple on Monday - a renovated historical tabernacle in Provo that nearly burned down in 2010.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Extraditing ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Mexican authorities saying they're committed to extraditing Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, it appears more likely than ever ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Judge reduces bond for mom of ‘affluenza’ teen

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a deadly wreck could soon leave jail after a ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Thief stuffs snake in his pants at store

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A snake thief smuggled a 2-foot-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Kentucky moves ahead with plans to dismantle health exchange

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's new Republican administration is moving forward with plans to shut down the state's health insurance exchange, becoming the first ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Courtroom shows tribal rift after Wash. school shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - The courtroom was divided Monday along the lines that have separated an American Indian tribe since one of their own killed four high ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


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