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Florida resort hotel also serves as military test site

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - To the tourists who frolic in the crystal-blue surf of this picturesque, white-sand beach, the Fort Walton Beach Holiday Inn Resort looks like, well, a Holiday Inn with a large beach ball statue on top. But to military officials, it is known as Eglin Air Force Range Test Site A5.

June 23, 2014 | By MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL Associated Press | Nation


US memo justifying drone killings released

NEW YORK - The secret U.S. government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration's program of "targeted killings."

June 23, 2014 | By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press | Nation


Long scattered, adoptees search for lost families

MCCAYSVILLE, Ga. - They were adopted off-the-books decades ago, scattered by a Georgia doctor who took $100 or $1,000 or something in between to send desperate couples home with new sons and daughters. Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never knew, before time runs out.

June 20, 2014 | By KANTELE FRANKO and ALEX SANZ Associated Press | Nation


Back to Iraq: Obama sending military advisers

WASHINGTON - Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.

June 19, 2014 | By JULIE PACE and HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press | Nation


Republicans: Obama must defend Christian values

WASHINGTON - Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America's leaders must do more to defend Christian values at home and abroad, blaming President Barack Obama for attacks on religious freedom as they courted social conservatives expected to play a critical role in the next presidential contest.

June 19, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | Nation


Feds say trucker in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding

NEWARK, N.J. - The driver of a tractor-trailer that plowed into a limousine van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and several friends, killing one person and severely injuring Morgan and two others, was speeding in the final moments before the crash, according to a preliminary report released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | By DAVID PORTER Associated Press | Nation


Mayor drops F-bomb in declaring big day for LA

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti used the F-bomb in declaring it a big day for LA, bringing 19,000 hockey fans to their feet, lighting up the Twitterverse in delight and, oh yeah, leaving some folks scratching their heads, wondering just what the heck the normally soft-spoken elected official was thinking.

June 17, 2014 | By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press | Nation


Security beefed up at US embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON - Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was bolstered and some staff members were being moved out of Iraq's capital city as it was threatened by the advance of an al-Qaida inspired insurgency, a State Department spokeswoman said Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | By KIMBERLY HEFLING Associated Press | Nation


Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dead

LOS ANGELES - Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

June 15, 2014 | By ANTHONY MCCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer | Nation


Study: Teens are drinking less, texting more

NEW YORK - American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study of worrisome behavior.

June 12, 2014 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Nation


George H.W. Bush celebrates 90th with parachute jump

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday by making a tandem parachute jump near his summer home in coastal Maine, delivering on a vow he made five years ago even though he can no longer use his legs.

June 12, 2014 | By DAVID SHARP Associated Press | Nation


Food fight: Federal healthy lunch regulations have some gagging

A new Rasmussen poll finds that just 25 percent of Americans believe the federal government should set school lunch nutrition standards; 51 percent think those decisions should be made locally, while 15 percent prefer to see state governments decide.

June 11, 2014 | By ERIC SCHULZKE Deseret News National | Nation


GOP jockeying in the House after Cantor's defeat

WASHINGTON - Anticipating a swift shake-up in their leadership, House Republicans jockeyed for position on Wednesday after Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary defeat to an underfunded and unknown political newcomer.

June 11, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Congress, FBI moving on VA health care

WASHINGTON - Congress is moving with what one senator called "lightning speed" to help thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care.

June 11, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Nation


Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

WASHINGTON - More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.

June 09, 2014 | By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press | Nation


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Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

WASHINGTON - Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

September 29, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | Nation


Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

WASHINGTON - Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a spokesman said.

September 22, 2014 | By PETE YOST and ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press | Nation


New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 ceremonies

NEW YORK - The nation's gathering war against a new upsurge in Islamic terror hung heavy over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, stirring both anxiety and determination among those who came to ground zero to remember their loved ones.

September 11, 2014 | By RACHELLE BLIDNER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press | Nation


Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 04, 2014 | By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer | Nation


Court grants Obama plea to re-hear health case

WASHINGTON - The federal appeals court in Washington threw out a ruling Thursday that called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the president's health care law.

September 04, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


30 teens escape from Nashville detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thirty teens "overwhelmed" their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. By Tuesday evening, seven were still on the run.

September 02, 2014 | By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press | Nation


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