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Edward Snowden got asylum in Russia, lawyer says

MOSCOW - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday.

August 01, 2013 | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | Nation


Bradley Manning acquitted of aiding the enemy

FORT MEADE, Md. - U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy - the most serious charge he faced - but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges Tuesday, more than three years after he spilled secrets to WikiLeaks.

July 30, 2013 | By DAVID DISHNEAU and PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press | Nation


Ark. district arming more than 20 teachers, staff

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. - As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying. In a split-second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom.

July 30, 2013 | By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press | Nation


Ex-coach: Paterno said Penn State erred on Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Longtime Penn State head coach Joe Paterno said that the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a former assistant coach testified Monday during a hearing for three top school officials accused of a cover-up.

July 29, 2013 | By MARC LEVY Associated Press | Nation


US says it won't seek death penalty for Snowden

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.

July 26, 2013 | By PETE YOST Associated Press | Nation


Once-mighty Motor City files for bankruptcy

DETROIT - Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.

July 18, 2013 | By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE Associated Press | Nation


Obama: Immigration debate will slip into the fall

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday conceded that an immigration overhaul cannot be achieved by his August deadline. With House Republicans searching for a way forward on the issue, the president said he was hopeful a bill could be finalized this fall - though even that goal may be overly optimistic.

July 16, 2013 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation


Zimmerman trial protesters aim to keep up momentum

NEW YORK - Thousands of demonstrators from across the country - chanting, praying and fighting tears - protested a jury's decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, and organizers say they'll try to maintain the momentum with vigils next weekend.

July 15, 2013 | By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press | Nation


Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano resigning

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system.

July 12, 2013 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press | Nation


Crash investigators turn to cockpit decisions

SAN FRANCISCO - Investigators trying to understand why Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed focused Monday on the actions of an experienced pilot learning his way around a new aircraft, fellow pilots who were supposed to be monitoring him and why no one noticed that the plane was coming in too slow.

July 08, 2013 | By JOAN LOWY and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press | Nation


Arizona wildfire kills 19 members of elite crew

YARNELL, Ariz. - An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields.

June 30, 2013 | By JACQUES BILLEAUD and JOHN MARSHALL Associated Press | Nation


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


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Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | Nation


Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

June 29, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent | Nation


US declares wood storks no longer endangered

TOWNSEND, Ga. - The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it's getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.

June 26, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Nation


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


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