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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


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


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Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO - Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

August 11, 2014 | By HAVEN DALEY and HILLEL ITALIE Associated Press | Nation


Vandalism, looting after vigil for Missouri man

FERGUSON, Mo. - A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

August 11, 2014 | By JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR Associated Press | Nation


Obama's Iraq aim: Contain, not destroy, extremists

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions of how deeply the U.S. will be drawn into the sectarian conflict, and whether airstrikes alone can stop the militants' momentum.

August 08, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS and LARA JAKES AP National Security Writers | Nation


CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented

WASHINGTON - The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, a U.S. health official said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Nation


Iselle to give Hawaii first hurricane in 22 years

HONOLULU - Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific. It didn't - and now Hawaii is poised to take its first direct hurricane hit in 22 years.

August 07, 2014 | By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press | Nation


Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

WASHINGTON - A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss.

August 04, 2014 | By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press | Nation


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