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Defense lawyer recaps WikiLeaks case at law school

09/25/2013 1:02am
The lawyer who defended Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning against charges of leaking classified information is discussing the court-martial at Roger Williams University Law School in Bristol, R.I.

Highlights of twin fiscal deadlines facing govt

09/25/2013 1:28am
Separate legislation must be passed as the federal government faces two fiscal deadlines this fall. A stopgap spending bill would prevent a partial government shutdown, and a different bill would allow the government to borrow more money. Where those measures stand:

Poll: Jersey residents spent less time at shore

09/25/2013 3:52am
Many New Jersey residents spent less time at the shore than usual this summer, according to a poll released Wednesday, giving credence to officials' oft-repeated worries that visitors would stay away during the lucrative season because of a perception that Superstorm Sandy had wiped out the entire coastline.

Exploding battery causes Ohio police HQ evacuation

09/25/2013 4:22am
Officials say a battery for construction equipment exploded at police headquarters in Ohio's capital, causing a boom that prompted an evacuation and search of the building in downtown Columbus.

Oklahoma teen found guilty in school shooting plot

09/25/2013 5:36am
A teenager who authorities say tried to recruit classmates for a mass shooting and bomb attack at his northeastern Oklahoma high school has been convicted in a plot to kill students, teachers and police officers.

Lawyer: NJ teen charged in girl's slaying released

09/25/2013 7:31am
The brother of a New Jersey teenager who admitted killing a 12-year-old girl who wanted to trade bike parts has been released from a juvenile jail.

Heritage language programs on the rise

09/25/2013 8:23am
Dorothy Villarreal grew up dreaming in Spanish, first in Mexico and later in South Texas, where her family moved when she was six. She excelled in school _ in English. But at home life was in Spanish, from the long afternoon chats with her grandparents to the Spanish-language version of Barbie magazines she eagerly awaited each month. She figured she was fluent in both languages.

Lawsuit in Binghamton shooting rampage dismissed

09/25/2013 8:26am
A federal judge has dismissed a $3.75 million lawsuit filed against sporting goods retailer Gander Mountain by the husband of a woman killed in a shooting rampage at a Binghamton civic organization four years ago.

Clinton to evaluate women's rights across globe

09/25/2013 9:17am
Hillary Rodham Clinton says she plans to lead an effort to evaluate the progress women have made around the globe in becoming full and equal participants in society.

State Dept audit: Benghazi review wasn't biased

09/25/2013 9:24am
A State Department audit has found that an investigation of the deadly attack on the Benghazi, Libya diplomatic post was unbiased. But it says weaknesses persist in how the U.S. identifies threats overseas.

Suspected coke found in kidney bean cans in Mass.

09/25/2013 10:07am
Police stopped a car for speeding and found suspected cocaine with a street value of $1 million hidden inside cans labeled as kidney beans, authorities said.

CX-5 is hot-selling Mazda crossover SUV

09/25/2013 10:16am
In its first year, the Mazda CX-5 crossover sport utility vehicle won over auto critics with its driver-pleasing handling, comfortable interior and sporty looks.

Fact sheet: Mazda CX-5

09/25/2013 10:16am
2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Governor signs bill hiking California minimum wage

09/25/2013 10:29am
Gov. Jerry Brown has put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years.

Harvard's endowment surges 11.3 percent to $32.7B

09/25/2013 10:39am
Harvard University's endowment earned an 11.3 percent gain on investments in the most recent fiscal year to surge to $32.7 billion, university officials said.

The longest US Senate filibusters

09/25/2013 10:48am
The longest U.S. Senate filibusters since 1900, when the Senate began keeping precise records, the senators who spoke for hours on end, the issues and the years:

Swallow, 39 other AGs urge tight regulation of e-cigarettes

09/25/2013 11:04am
Forty attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

Library of Congress evacuated for water alarm

09/25/2013 11:06am
The historic main building of the Library of Congress was evacuated after sprinklers went off in the building.

Suit accuses NM doc of implanting unneeded devices

09/25/2013 11:10am
A lawsuit headed to trial in New Mexico accuses a doctor, hospital and an international biomedical firm of teaming up to implant unneeded pacemakers and other devices in patients to boost profits.

Abercrombie settles Calif. suits over head scarves

09/25/2013 11:15am
Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to make religious accommodations and allow workers to wear head scarves as part of a settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed in California, lawyers announced Monday.

Unlicensed doc gets prison in Vegas stem cell scam

09/25/2013 11:31am
An 87-year-old unlicensed physician was sentenced Tuesday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for heading a stem cell scam in Las Vegas that prosecutors said preyed on terminally ill patients and exposed them to risky placenta implant procedures.

Details emerge in Colo. soldier, wife slaying

09/25/2013 11:40am
A teenager charged with killing a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife as he burglarized the newlyweds' Colorado Springs home is trying to get his case moved to juvenile court.

Why you should care about latest govt budget fight

09/25/2013 12:06pm
You've heard it all before.

'Yellow brick road' leading to Mass. pirate booty

09/25/2013 12:06pm
He calls it "the yellow brick road" because it's literally sprinkled with gold dust.

Sandy man arrested in Nevada on ID theft charges

09/25/2013 12:13pm
A 41-year-old Utah man has been arrested on identity theft charges in northeast Nevada.

Obama not disappointed he didn't meet Rouhani

09/25/2013 12:13pm
The White House says President Barack Obama isn't disappointed that he didn't get to meet Iranian President Hasan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) this week.

Study: BP spill did wide damage to sea-floor life

09/25/2013 12:30pm
A Texas A&M researcher says the BP oil spill did at least moderate damage to the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the well that blew out and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

FTC: $1M settlement in debt collection scheme

09/25/2013 12:33pm
A debt collection operation that involved text messages and collectors allegedly posing as attorneys has led to a $1 million settlement with the federal government.

Gun group plans shotgun giveaway in central Fla.

09/25/2013 12:40pm
A gun group is offering free shotguns to residents in Florida, billing it as a way for people to protect themselves against crime.

Governor signs bill hiking California minimum wage

09/25/2013 12:58pm
Calling it a "matter of justice," Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation.

US borrowing authority to be exhausted by Oct. 17

09/25/2013 1:19pm
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the government will have exhausted its borrowing authority by Oct. 17, leaving the United States just $30 billion cash on hand to pay its bills.

State Dept audit: Benghazi review wasn't biased

09/25/2013 1:20pm
A State Department audit found Wednesday that an investigation into last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was unbiased, countering claims from GOP members of Congress that it lacked independence. But the audit says weaknesses persist in how the State Department identifies threats overseas.

Va. prosecutor: Mo. ex posted nudes of her online

09/25/2013 1:46pm
A Virginia prosecutor has asked a St. Louis County court for an order of protection against a Missouri lawyer who was once former Gov. Bob Holden's chief legal counsel, accusing him of harassing her since their relationship ended and of posting nude photos of her on Twitter.

US renews global terror alert

09/25/2013 1:48pm
The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for U.S. citizens following the attack by al-Qaida linked extremists on an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Group: FBI harassing friends of man shot by agent

09/25/2013 1:51pm
A civil rights group accused the FBI on Wednesday of harassing friends of a Chechen man shot to death in his Orlando apartment by an agent during questioning about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Ohio gay marriage lawsuit expanded to others

09/25/2013 1:57pm
A lawsuit seeking to have the out-of-state marriages of two gay Ohio couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples, despite a statewide ban on gay marriage.

NJ's 1-2 punch on dunes: $1 settlement, lawsuits

09/25/2013 2:12pm
With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, New Jersey took two big steps Wednesday toward protecting its still-vulnerable coastline from future storms.

'Cruz effect' further empowering Texas grass roots

09/25/2013 2:12pm
Ted Cruz's talkathon on the U.S. Senate floor had no hope of legislative success and boiled down to largely political performance art. But in Texas, the combative style his 21-hour speech demonstrated could be transformative.

Study: BP spill damaged sea-floor life for miles

09/25/2013 2:12pm
The vast 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill damaged the tiny animals that live on the sea floor for about 57 square miles around the blown-out BP oil well, with severe damage in about nine square miles of that area, says a researcher from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

US signs treaty to regulate global arms trading

09/25/2013 2:12pm
The United States, the world's largest arms dealer, has joined 106 other nations in signing a treaty that regulates global arms trading, but there is strong resistance in the Senate, which must ratify it.

US: ATF misplaced 420 million cigarettes in stings

09/25/2013 2:24pm
Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday.

A glance at America's new $100 bill

09/25/2013 2:59pm
The U.S. Federal Reserve will begin distributing on Oct. 8 a new-look $100 bill with enhanced security features as part of its design. Here's a look at some of what's on the new note:

New $100 bill has ink well, more color, 3-D

09/25/2013 3:01pm
A glitzier, high-tech version of America's $100 bill is rolling off the presses and headed for wallets soon.

HP severs ties with Navy Yard shooter's employer

09/25/2013 3:05pm
Hewlett-Packard Co. says it's severing ties with a subcontractor that employed Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.

Hundreds honor 2 fathers killed at Navy Yard

09/25/2013 3:31pm
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday to celebrate the life of a federal worker and lifelong Washington Redskins fan who was gunned down at the Washington Navy Yard last week.

Survivor of 1985 Philadelphia MOVE bombing dies

09/25/2013 3:42pm
Michael Moses Ward, one of two survivors of the 1985 bombing of the militant group MOVE in a Philadelphia neighborhood and the only child to make it out alive, has died at 41.

Zoos make party animals out of goats and sheep

09/25/2013 3:49pm
Sheep and goats may not be known as party animals, but they're increasingly at the center of the celebration as petting zoos grow in popularity for birthdays, graduations and other bashes.

Tribal elders say they'll sue Cherokee NC bear zoo

09/25/2013 3:56pm
Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians said Wednesday they're planning to sue a North Carolina roadside zoo that houses bears in concrete pits on reservation land unless they release the animals to a reputable sanctuary.

Car recovered from Okla. lake shows sign of wreck

09/25/2013 3:58pm
A Camaro connected to the 1970 disappearance of three teens that was recovered from an Oklahoma lake shows signs of an accident, while a second car connected to another case appears not to have been in a wreck, a state trooper said.

In 21 hours, Cruz talks Obamacare in GOP terms

09/25/2013 4:00pm
Stunt or principled stand, Sen. Ted Cruz's talkathon against Obamacare scored 21 hours of cable television time to describe the president's signature law in the most conservative terms. By noon Wednesday when the Texas freshman finally sat down, tea party groups supporting him were in full fundraising mode.

Ohio AG fights subpoenas for himself, Boehner

09/25/2013 4:01pm
Leading Ohio Republicans including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and the state attorney general have been subpoenaed to testify in a $100 million multi-state fraud trial, as the defense tries to show the defendant's GOP-leaning political donations were legal.

Woman, 60, accused of abducting grandson in 2000

09/25/2013 4:20pm
A 60-year-old woman and her young grandson moved around Missouri for years while she took jobs at residential care facilities until a suspicious school official called authorities, putting an end to their itinerant life.

Spotlight on corruption at Illinois sentencing

09/25/2013 4:27pm
Triggering disagreement over just what constitutes public trust, a judge on Wednesday sentenced a famously brash Chicago Democrat to six months in prison for failing to declare campaign cash he spent at casinos as taxable income.

NC school system lifts ban on "Invisible Man"

09/25/2013 4:28pm
A North Carolina school board has rescinded its ban on Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," returning it to local high school libraries.

Calif. doctor saves choking diner with knife

09/25/2013 4:29pm
Dinner was just getting served to a crowd of doctors and elected officials when a cry to dial 911 rang out at The Mark restaurant.

Scalia expects NSA program to end up in court

09/25/2013 4:39pm
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that the courts ultimately will have to determine the legality of surveillance programs by the National Security Agency.

Official: $11B eyed in JPMorgan settlement talks

09/25/2013 4:46pm
An $11 billion national settlement is under discussion to resolve claims over JPMorgan's handling of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the recession, said a government official familiar with ongoing negotiations among bank, federal and New York state officials.

Lawmaker: Kenya attack shows al-Qaida's reach

09/25/2013 5:10pm
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers says the terrorist attack on an upscale Nairobi shopping mall shows al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab has a "concerning ability" to strike outside its base of Somalia and stage a sophisticated, multilayered attack.

Judge tosses some claims in Earhart wreckage case

09/25/2013 5:41pm
It's been more than 75 years since aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra vanished somewhere over the South Pacific yet the mystery of her disappearance made waves Wednesday halfway around the world in a Wyoming court.

Booker shows Christie 'guv love' during NJ race

09/25/2013 5:55pm
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker showed Republican Gov. Chris Christie some "guv love" at a charter school ribbon-cutting on Wednesday as he stood to benefit from Christie's popularity during a difficult stretch in the campaign.

Anti-shutdown bill advances; big fight still looms

09/25/2013 6:23pm
Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Construction convoy creeps over Colorado mountains

09/25/2013 6:41pm
A convoy of heavy construction equipment crept over a high-elevation highway through Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday to join a massive road rebuilding project after the Colorado floods.

US says Israelis, Palestinians aim for final deal

09/25/2013 6:42pm
Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to intensify peace talks aimed at reaching a final agreement, not an interim accord, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Friendly rivals, Biden and Clinton share spotlight

09/25/2013 6:48pm
One is a party luminary who draws intense political speculation wherever she goes. The other is the vice president of the United States, harboring his own higher ambitions. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Biden appeared together Wednesday in New York, an event putting on display the unusual dynamics between these two friends and sometime-rivals.

EPA to probe molasses spill with state of Hawaii

09/25/2013 6:49pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health said Wednesday they will jointly investigate a spill of 1,400 tons of molasses in Honolulu Harbor.

3 freight trains collide in Texas, 4 crew hurt

09/25/2013 6:55pm
Three freight trains collided in the Texas Panhandle before dawn Wednesday, derailing up to 30 cars and injuring four crewmembers including two critically.

Police: Businessman shoots into NY office, flees

09/25/2013 7:01pm
A disgruntled vendor walked into a suburban light fixture company where he had done business and opened fire Wednesday, killing one employee, wounding another person and leading to the lockdown of a nearby mall, police said.

Man gets 85 years in slayings of Md. mom, daughter

09/25/2013 7:01pm
A man accused of killing five women in a suburban Washington county entered an Alford plea in the slayings of a nurse and her daughter and has been sentenced to 85 years in prison.

Russia expects Syria resolution in next 2 days

09/25/2013 7:05pm
The U.N. Security Council, long paralyzed by deep divisions over how to deal with the Syrian conflict, is about two days away from agreeing on a resolution to require Damascus to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpiles, Russia's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday.

UN wants help for Lebanon's refugee challenge

09/25/2013 7:16pm
The United Nations is mobilizing support for Lebanon to help it counter the economic effects of hosting nearly a million Syrian refugees.

Foreign weapons sent to rebels in Syria worry Iraq

09/25/2013 7:39pm
Iraq's top diplomat warned outside nations Wednesday not to send military aid to Syria's rebellion for fear they could assist jihadist groups that he said might have a role in a future government in Damascus.

Ailing father in US asks Iran leader to free son

09/25/2013 8:14pm
The ailing father of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran is pleading for the release of his son in a letter delivered Wednesday to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, in New York to attend a meeting of world leaders.

FBI: Navy Yard gunman left note about radio waves

09/25/2013 8:15pm
Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves, the FBI said Wednesday in a disclosure that explains the phrase he etched on his shotgun: "My ELF Weapon!"

Small plane crashes near bank in Chicago suburb

09/25/2013 8:55pm
Authorities say one person was killed and another injured when a single-engine plane crashed in suburban Chicago.

Maine mom confronts missing toddler's dad at court

09/25/2013 8:57pm
Two days after going public with evidence she said police told her about her missing daughter, Trista Reynolds and her supporters screamed at and chased the girl's father following an unrelated court appearance.

Israel must do more to normalize ties with Turkey

09/25/2013 11:28pm
Turkey's foreign minister says there has been "some progress" in improving Turkish-Israeli relations but Israel has not yet fulfilled all conditions for normalizing ties.

George H.W. Bush witness at Maine same-sex wedding

09/25/2013 11:55pm
Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said.
 
   
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