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Lhota attacks de Blasio in final NYC mayor debate

10/31/2013 12:32am
New York City mayoral hopefuls Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota debated for a final time, offering starkly different leadership styles for the very different versions of the future they see for the nation's largest city.

Alaska's Young longest serving Republican in House

10/31/2013 1:06am
Alaska's sole representative in the U.S. House now has another distinction: the longest-serving Republican in the chamber.

Report: Deputy shot boy before partner left car

10/31/2013 1:22am
Demonstrators in a Northern California town are protesting the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy by a sheriff's deputy, with some calling for the officer to face charges.

PROMISES, PROMISES: A big one that got away

10/31/2013 1:23am
President Barack Obama's soothing promise that Americans happy with their health insurance could simply keep it was doomed from the start, and everyone familiar with the market seemed to recognize that except the president. Even his aides said four years ago, early in the huge push for his health care law, that he wasn't to be taken literally on that point.

HOA to pay $65K after banning family's ambulance

10/31/2013 1:27am
Born with a brittle bone disorder, 19-year-old Las Vegas resident Eric Doyle has experienced more than 500 painful fractures in his lifetime and is so fragile that he spent virtually all of his teen years confined to a hospital bed at his home.

Driver speeding to 'get air' in fatal Wash. crash

10/31/2013 8:02am
Investigators in eastern Washington believe a 16-year-old new driver was speeding to "get air" on a section of road that teens use as jump when he crashed earlier this month, killing two 15-year-old girls in his car.

Man pleads not guilty in killings of 3 Ohio women

10/31/2013 8:14am
A sex offender suspected of killing three Ohio women pleaded not guilty Thursday to updated charges including aggravated murder that could lead to a death sentence if he's convicted.

Judge OKs video testimony by condemned Ohio killer

10/31/2013 8:16am
A federal judge is allowing a condemned Ohio child killer to testify by video at a hearing over the state's plan to use a never-tried lethal drug combination on him next month.

Dozens see fireball flash over Northwest

10/31/2013 8:25am
Dozens of people reported seeing a fireball flash across Northwest skies at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, moving east to west.

Woman says she robbed Oregon store for her kid

10/31/2013 8:32am
A woman who robbed an Oregon clothing boutique told the clerk: "Your money is insured. My kid isn't."

More than 850,000 attend NM hot-air balloon fest

10/31/2013 8:40am
An annual hot-air balloon festival in New Mexico that draws visitors from around the globe says its attendance increased substantially this year over last.

Justices reverse wrongful death Va. Tech verdict

10/31/2013 8:56am
The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the April 16, 2007, killing of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Wyo.-based wilderness academy sued over 2011 death

10/31/2013 8:56am
The mother of a Minnesota man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a well-known Wyoming-based wilderness training academy.

Ex-firefighter pleads guilty to arsons in Va.

10/31/2013 9:37am
A former volunteer firefighter charged in a string of arsons on the Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts.

After 2 1/2 years in jail, trial for alleged pirate

10/31/2013 9:43am
For 2 1/2 years, a Somali man has languished in jail, waiting for his trial on piracy charges to begin _ even though the judge in the case says he's not a pirate and has concluded that the lengthy pretrial lockup violates his constitutional rights.

Food stamp cuts kick in as Congress debates more

10/31/2013 10:11am
More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.

Wal-Mart reinstates disabled Colo. greeter

10/31/2013 10:17am
Wal-Mart is giving a disabled Colorado man his job back after he was fired as a store greeter for clocking in late after lunches.

Prosecutor: W.Va. courthouse shooter hated gov't

10/31/2013 10:39am
An ex-police officer who fired 26 shots into the glass facade of a federal courthouse in West Virginia had a "deep hatred for the federal government," a recently broken heart and serious health problems before he was shot to death by an officer at the scene, a federal prosecutor said Thursday.

Manning says gender ID dispute could go to court

10/31/2013 10:44am
Imprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to receive treatment for gender identity disorder, also known as gender dysphoria.

Belgian pleads not guilty to US export violations

10/31/2013 10:59am
A 36-year-old Belgian businessman has pleaded not guilty to trying to ship products that could be used in nuclear-related programs from a Chicago-area company to Malaysia, via Belgium.

Scaffolding on Washington Monument to come down

10/31/2013 11:07am
The National Park Service says crews will begin removing the scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument starting in less than two weeks.

Pa. woman jailed in crash that killed 6 people

10/31/2013 11:52am
A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on charges she was under the influence of prescription medicine when she crashed head-on into another vehicle on Labor Day weekend, killing her young daughter, nephew and four people in the other vehicle.

Lowe, father of IBM personal computer, dies at 72

10/31/2013 12:26pm
William C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.

Why spy on allies? Even good friends keep secrets

10/31/2013 12:45pm
In geopolitics, just as on the playground, even best friends don't tell each other everything. And everybody's dying to know what the other guy knows.

Nation's largest landfill closing in California

10/31/2013 12:51pm
The nation's largest landfill, where 130 million tons of garbage has been dumped, is closing Thursday after more than a half-century of service.

Africa to push UN resolution to delay Kenya trials

10/31/2013 12:51pm
The African Union says its members will introduce a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to delay the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya's leaders for a year.

Shell prepares Arctic offshore exploration plan

10/31/2013 12:53pm
Royal Dutch Shell PLC will submit an Arctic offshore exploration plan for waters off northern Alaska but has not made a final decision on whether to drill in 2014, the company announced Thursday.

Hallmark's ugly sweater ornament stirs controversy

10/31/2013 12:58pm
What might have been just another ugly holiday sweater has become something of a public relations issue for greeting card giant Hallmark.

Sand pile collapses on, kills 7-year-old Wash. boy

10/31/2013 1:08pm
Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was digging alone in a sand pile near his central Washington home died after the pile collapsed, burying his head, arms and shoulders.

Iraqi PM: Terror 'found a second chance' in Iraq

10/31/2013 1:13pm
Terrorists "found a second chance" to thrive in Iraq, the nation's prime minister said Thursday in asking for new U.S. aid to beat back a bloody insurgency that has been fueled by the neighboring Syrian civil war and the departure of American troops from Iraq two years ago.

Woman who killed pimp paroled from Calif. prison

10/31/2013 1:14pm
A woman who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing her former pimp was released Thursday under a new California law that allows resentencing of certain inmates convicted as juveniles.

Dig turns up ancient artifacts at upstate NY site

10/31/2013 1:26pm
Archaeologists have uncovered 10,000-year-old Native American artifacts near a popular state-owned beach in the southern Adirondacks, making it among the earliest known occupied sites in New York state, officials announced Thursday.

ME says doc's wife may have drowned in tub

10/31/2013 1:53pm
A medical examiner has testified that the wife of a Utah doctor on trial for murder may have died from drug toxicity combined with heart disease.

Officials: Israeli airstrike inside Syria

10/31/2013 2:02pm
Officials say Israeli warplanes attacked a military target inside Syria.

Woman accused of paint vandalism found incompetent

10/31/2013 2:03pm
A judge says a woman accused of splattering green paint at the Washington National Cathedral is incompetent to stand trial.

Big campaign group gets involved in tiny Iowa race

10/31/2013 2:09pm
No election may be too small or too local for the independent political groups vying for influence in the United States.

Cities in red states push federal health plan

10/31/2013 2:10pm
The scene in a city-owned building may look like a hurricane has swept through Houston: Nurses giving vaccine shots, people scurrying around with files and papers and officials leaning over computers helping bleary-eyed parents fill out forms as their children munch on free pretzels.

BP announces divestment plans, no details

10/31/2013 2:12pm
BP plc announced plans this week to divest $10 billion in assets before the end of 2015.

Kerry to Mideast, Europe on damage control mission

10/31/2013 2:31pm
Secretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American surveillance activities revealed by ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

Ohio boy's mom indicted in alleged cancer scheme

10/31/2013 3:01pm
A central Ohio woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son has been indicted on felony charges of child endangerment and theft.

After unity, some Democrats push back on Obama

10/31/2013 3:02pm
Just two weeks after President Barack Obama saw his Democratic Party put up an unyielding front against Republicans, his coalition is showing signs of stress.

Snags set back air traffic control system update

10/31/2013 3:14pm
After a decade of work and billions of dollars spent, the modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system is in trouble. The ambitious and complex technology program dubbed NextGen has encountered unforeseen difficulties at almost every turn.

Senators: What's the strategy in Syria?

10/31/2013 3:24pm
Obama administration officials defended U.S. efforts in Syria Thursday against blistering criticism from Republicans who claim Washington has goals, but no strategy to find a solution that would end the bloody conflict affecting nations throughout the Mideast.

Woman charged for alleged illegal injections

10/31/2013 3:28pm
A woman traveled South Texas injecting people with what appears to be some kind of liquid rubber under the guise that it was collagen or Botox, local and federal authorities said Thursday.

Treasury loosen rules on health spending accounts

10/31/2013 3:37pm
Workers who take advantage of special tax-free accounts to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses could soon be allowed to carry over up to $500 from one year to the next.

US lawmakers to head to Europe to address NSA

10/31/2013 3:45pm
U.S. lawmakers will head to Europe to help address concerns abroad about alleged U.S. spying and convince the Europeans of the need to continue joint anti-terrorism efforts with the U.S., the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on European affairs said Thursday.

Ohio guard investigated in inmate suicide resigns

10/31/2013 3:53pm
An Ohio prison guard has resigned after the state says it found falsified logs documenting checks on a death row inmate who later committed suicide.

Jewell: Congress must fight for more park funds

10/31/2013 4:03pm
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands.

No ethics case for members arrested during protest

10/31/2013 4:12pm
The House Ethics Committee won't investigate eight House members arrested during an immigration protest near the Capitol earlier this month.

Legislation would require Decatur jobs in ADM deal

10/31/2013 4:24pm
Archer Daniels Midland would be required to create new jobs in Decatur should the agribusiness giant receive state incentives for keeping its headquarters in Illinois, legislation filed Thursday said.

Firm seeks Vt. power line under Lake Champlain

10/31/2013 4:26pm
A New York company announced Thursday it hopes to build a 150-mile power line from the Canadian border under Lake Champlain and then across Vermont to the town of Ludlow where it would connect to the New England electric grid.

Man says he was drunk, angry when killed neighbors

10/31/2013 4:27pm
A 66-year-old great-grandfather told police he was filled with anger and alcohol when he shot two women with an assault rifle in a Detroit retirement home, enraged at what he believed were their persistent intrusions into his relationship with another woman.

Border Patrol made about 420,000 arrests last year

10/31/2013 4:33pm
The head of the Border Patrol says his agents made about 420,000 arrests in the budget year that ended in September, a 15 percent increase from the previous year.

Feds: Lightning may be cause of ND oil spill

10/31/2013 4:54pm
A lightning strike may have caused a pipeline rupture that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil in a North Dakota wheat field, federal regulators said in a report issued Thursday.

Arrest made in Mont. national monument vandalism

10/31/2013 5:12pm
Federal officials have apprehended a person they believe carved a set of names into a national monument in Montana where explorer William Clark signed his moniker more than 200 years ago.

Cory Booker sworn in as newest US senator

10/31/2013 5:13pm
Former Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is starting his new job in an unusual position _ a freshman Democratic senator with celebrity status.

Montana, feds to seek damages from Exxon spill

10/31/2013 5:13pm
After two years of review, Montana and federal officials notified Exxon Mobil Corp. on Thursday that they intend to seek damages for injuries to birds, fish and other natural resources from a major crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River.

Pa. residents living above mine fire free to stay

10/31/2013 5:16pm
The few remaining residents of a Pennsylvania coal town that was largely razed in the 1980s because of an underground mine fire that still burns today have gotten their wish _ to be left alone, free to live out their lives there.

Pilot blamed in June F-16 crash in Arizona

10/31/2013 5:18pm
An instructor pilot is to blame for the June crash of an F-16 fighter at Luke Air Force Base west of Phoenix because he made a rapid climbing turn after hitting several birds while taking off, robbing the plane of airspeed and the ability to recover, according to an Air Force investigation report released Thursday.

Manning says gender ID dispute could go to court

10/31/2013 5:24pm
Imprisoned documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to get treatment for gender identity disorder, also called gender dysphoria.

Indiana man cleared of killing family posts letter

10/31/2013 5:35pm
A former Indiana State Police trooper acquitted in the slayings of his wife and two children after spending 13 years in prison has written a letter to supporters saying he feels blessed by the latest turn of events and is moving forward in his life.

Pumpkins replace politics at White House Halloween

10/31/2013 5:40pm
Finally, the White House has pulled off a successful web launch.

Calif. panel passes new rail worker safety rules

10/31/2013 6:17pm
The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved new safety regulations for transit agencies' rail workers that are believed to be the first of their kind in the nation.

Report: DHS employees abusing overtime allowances

10/31/2013 6:33pm
Employees from six Homeland Security Department offices have abused an overtime program and cost the government about $8.7 million a year, according an Office of Special Counsel letter and report sent Thursday to the president and Congress.

Changes pursued in US security clearance system

10/31/2013 6:56pm
The decision to grant a security clearance to a man who later killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard was made without a review of a critical police report, but background investigators still followed the correct standards, the top federal personnel management official told a Senate panel Thursday.

Vatican polls parishes on birth control, marriage

10/31/2013 7:04pm
The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year.

FAA Oks air passengers using gadgets on planes

10/31/2013 7:18pm
Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.

Cross-border drug tunnel equipped with rail system

10/31/2013 7:52pm
A tunnel designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system, U.S. authorities said Thursday, making it one of the most sophisticated secret passages discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border.

How to make sense of 4 families slain in 4 days?

10/31/2013 8:02pm
It was a chilling series of horrors: four mass killings involving four different families, in four states over four bloody days, leaving 14 adults and seven children dead.

Texas flooding kills 2, prompts dozens of rescues

10/31/2013 8:11pm
Two men were killed as heavy rains across Central Texas swelled rivers and creeks and triggered flash flooding Thursday, prompting dozens of rescues across a region that's been dealing with a long, punishing drought.

Fugitive CA rapist caught after publicized search

10/31/2013 8:19pm
A paroled rapist who vanished after allegedly cutting off his ankle monitor was booked on suspicion of making dozens of threatening calls to the family of his 80-year-old victim, authorities said Thursday.

Children rescued after bus topples into Kan. creek

10/31/2013 9:24pm
Ten Kansas children and a school bus driver were pulled to safety from a fast-moving creek Thursday after the bus toppled into the water and landed half-submerged on its side.

Boy who killed neo-Nazi father hears decree

10/31/2013 11:56pm
The boy, dressed up for court with his unruly blond hair slicked down, whispered with his lawyer but showed no reaction when a judge decreed that he be confined to a juvenile lockdown facility for murdering his neo-Nazi father when he was 10.