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Immigration overhaul: Senate passes historic bill

WASHINGTON - With a solemnity reserved for momentous occasions, the Senate passed historic legislation Thursday offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows. The bill also promises a military-style effort to secure the long-porous border with Mexico.

June 27, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Supreme Court gives gay marriage historic boost

WASHINGTON - In a historic day for gay rights, the Supreme Court gave the nation's legally married gay couples equal federal footing with all other married Americans on Wednesday and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

June 26, 2013 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Putin: 'Nyet' to US request to turn over Snowden

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

June 25, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


US: Send Snowden back

WASHINGTON - The U.S. grasped for help Monday from both adversaries and uneasy allies in an effort to catch fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The White House demanded that he be denied asylum, blasted China for letting him go and urged Russia to "do the right thing" and send him back to America to face espionage charges.

June 24, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Judge accepts insanity plea in Colo. shooting case

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes' plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater shooting suspect.

June 04, 2013 | By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press | Nation


Damage checks begin after deadly Midwest twisters

OKLAHOMA CITY - Emergency officials set out Saturday morning to see how much damage a violent burst of thunderstorms and tornadoes caused as it swept across the Midwest overnight, killing at least nine and injuring dozens.

June 01, 2013 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Nation


2 dead when tornado hits Oklahoma City area

OKLAHOMA CITY - Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs Friday, trapping people in their vehicles as it swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat the storm home.

May 31, 2013 | By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press | Nation


US economy grew 2.4 percent in first quarter

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2.4 percent annual rate from January through March, slightly slower than initially estimated. Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, but businesses restocked more slowly and state and local government spending cuts were deeper.

May 30, 2013 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


Philly abortion doctor guilty in 3 babies' deaths

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's debate over abortion.

May 13, 2013 | By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press | Nation


Boston Marathon bombing suspect is charged

BOSTON - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal prosecutors in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill - a crime that carries a possible death sentence.

April 22, 2013 | By DENISE LAVOIE and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Nation


Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON - Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to what they scorn as "Obamacare."

April 22, 2013 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


Official: 14 bodies recovered after Texas blast

WEST, Texas - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety.

April 19, 2013 | By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press | Nation


FBI issues photos of 2 suspects in Boston bombing

BOSTON - The FBI released photos and video Thursday of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack.

April 18, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Crews seek survivors, bodies after Texas blast

WEST, Texas - Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris or bodies of the dead.

April 18, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Miss. man accused of sending letters with ricin

OXFORD, Miss. - A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings.

April 17, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


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US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON - After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.

July 30, 2014 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Nation


US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

July 28, 2014 | By MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE Associated Press | Nation


Medicare's own health looking better, report says

WASHINGTON - Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

July 28, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press | Nation


SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press | Nation


Hospital gunman kills caseworker, intended to kill others, official says

MEDIA, Pa. - A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

July 25, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


2 courts issue conflicting decisions on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

July 21, 2014 | By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press | Nation


Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

WASHINGTON - When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?

July 16, 2014 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press | Nation


Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

CHICAGO - Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

July 14, 2014 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Nation


House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

WASHINGTON - A key Republican said Friday that President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar emergency request for the border is too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans are demanding as their price for approving any money.

July 11, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER Associated Press | Nation


7 dead in Massachusetts apartment fire

LOWELL, Mass. - Seven people died in a fast-moving Massachusetts apartment fire in the predawn hours Thursday, officials said.

July 10, 2014 | By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press | Nation


10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor - including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

July 09, 2014 | By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press | Nation


Cleveland wins bid to host Republican convention in 2016

WASHINGTON - Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP's 2016 presidential pick will accept the party's nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.

July 08, 2014 | By PHILIP ELLIOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Nation


Forgotten vials of smallpox found in old storage room

ATLANTA - A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week - decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

July 08, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


North Carolina coast survives Hurricane Arthur

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power Friday in a swipe at North Carolina's dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy Fourth of July beach weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea.

July 04, 2014 | By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press | Nation


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