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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

WASHINGTON - For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.

September 30, 2013 | By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent | Nation


Senate set to OK budget bill, but fight not over

WASHINGTON - A potential government shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Democratic-led Senate moved Friday toward approving legislation keeping federal agencies from locking their doors on Tuesday. But disputes with the Republican-run House and among GOP lawmakers themselves ensure the battle will spill into the weekend at least, and quite possibly beyond.

September 27, 2013 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Nation


Burger King launching lower-calorie french fry

NEW YORK - Burger King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries.

September 24, 2013 | By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer | Nation


Obama: To honor victims, we 'have to change'

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as patriots but also individuals - one with a talent for fixing cars, another who coached softball and yet another who loved hockey and her cats.

September 23, 2013 | By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press | Nation


'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family' crowned at Emmys

LOS ANGELES - "Breaking Bad," the brutal saga of an everyman's ambition turned evil, captured its first best drama Emmy Award on Sunday, while "Modern Family" won its fourth consecutive trophy for top comedy series.

September 22, 2013 | By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer | Nation


Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices

WASHINGTON - The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been hearing voices and was being treated for mental illness in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but was not stripped of his security clearance, officials said Tuesday.

September 17, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


13 killed by lone gunman in Navy Yard rampage

WASHINGTON - A defense contractor went on a shooting rampage Monday inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard, spraying bullets in the hallways and firing from a balcony onto workers in an atrium below. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.

September 16, 2013 | The Associated Press | Nation


Obama: I might lose Syria vote in Congress

WASHINGTON - Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would do if lawmakers reject his call to back retaliation for a chemical weapons attack last month.

September 09, 2013 | By DAVID ESPO and JULIE PACE Associated Press | Nation


Report: Ohio kidnapper called mother of 1 victim

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro said he called the mother of one of his captives and told the woman her daughter was alive and had become his wife, according to interrogation videotapes.

September 06, 2013 | By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS AP Legal Affairs Writer | Nation


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


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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


Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

WASHINGTON - Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

August 28, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer | Nation


Woman unearths past of forgotten Indian cemetery

WINSLOW, Ariz. - A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them.

August 28, 2014 | By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press | Nation


Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

MIAMI - The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad.

August 26, 2014 | The Associated Press | Nation


Inspector General: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

WASHINGTON - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.

August 26, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Nation


Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

August 25, 2014 | By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer | Nation


Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

WASHINGTON - The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

August 21, 2014 | By PETE YOST and MARCY GORDON Associated Press | Nation


Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq.

August 20, 2014 | By LARA JAKES AP National Security Writer | Nation


Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Ferguson after subdued protests

CLAYTON, Mo. - As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death.

August 20, 2014 | By JIM SUHR | Nation


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