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Coast Guard officer injured in Alaska rescue dies

12/19/2013 12:17am
The Coast Guard says one of its officers who was injured last month while rescuing crew members from a disabled fishing vessel off Alaska has died of his injuries.

Lawyer: Accused Harvard student was under pressure

12/19/2013 12:30am
A Harvard student accused of making a bomb threat to get out of a final exam was under a great deal of pressure and seems remorseful, his lawyer said Wednesday after his client was freed on bail.

Quotations in the News

12/19/2013 1:02am
"Children see total lawlessness and total impunity ... I think it reinforces this notion of hopelessness, of no protection. They see adult family members arrested, detained, and beaten, and homes looted. It's terribly destructive to their emotional well-being and their sense of place in the world." _ UNICEF emergency coordinator Bob McCarthy, speaking about how armed fighters attacks on villages in Central African Republic are impacting the country's children.

US ambassador to visit Central African Republic

12/19/2013 1:43am
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations plans an eight-hour visit to the Central African Republic to press transitional leaders to hold people accountable for vicious acts of violence and force armed groups to lay down their weapons to restore calm in the country shattered by violence and fear.

5 major NSA spying task force recommendations

12/19/2013 1:54am
Five major recommendations from the 46 proposals by the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology to change National Security Agency surveillance programs and other intelligence and counterterrorism operations:

White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

12/19/2013 1:56am
There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term.

A look at the congressional budget agreement

12/19/2013 1:57am
The budget agreement passed by Congress sets spending limits for two years and averts a possible government shutdown in January. It increases government deficits in 2014 and 2015 but reduces them over 10 years by a total of $23 billion.

DIGITS: Public softens on marijuana legalization

12/19/2013 2:06am
With legal sales of marijuana in Colorado just two weeks away, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds public opposition to legalization declining.

Bernanke's new formula for pleasing investors

12/19/2013 2:17am
In his final performance, Ben Bernanke rewrote the script.

Pakistan protests may make US fly war cargo out

12/19/2013 2:27am
U.S. officials, frustrated that hundreds of military shipments heading out of Afghanistan have been stopped on the land route through Pakistan because of anti-American protests, face the possibility of flying out equipment at an additional cost of $1 billion.

Fewer deportations big issue for Asians, Hispanics

12/19/2013 2:44am
With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds.

NJ Transit bus crashes into building, 9 injured

12/19/2013 5:38am
Officials are investigating a crash involving a taxi and a New Jersey Transit bus that caused the bus to careen into a building in Newark and sent nine people to the hospital.

Arson attempted at atheist billboard in NJ

12/19/2013 7:48am
Police say someone tried to torch a billboard in New Jersey that was put up by atheists to protest a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner.

Former attorney pleads to threatening judge

12/19/2013 8:34am
A Montana attorney has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor for making threats against a judge in an apparent ploy to get the judge to recuse herself from his civil case.

Christmas is more cultural than religious for many

12/19/2013 9:21am
For a significant number of Americans, Christmas has largely lost its religious meaning, becoming an occasion focused instead on visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

Marshals service denies some of diplomat's claims

12/19/2013 9:23am
The U.S. Marshals Service is denying claims by an Indian diplomat that she was subjected to a cavity search when she was arrested on charges of visa fraud.

Goldstein, publisher of Screw magazine, dies in NY

12/19/2013 9:24am
Al Goldstein, the bearded, bird-flipping publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down legal barriers against pornography and raged against politicians, organized religion and anything that even suggested good taste, died Thursday, according to a friend. He was 77.

US blacklists 4 members of Japan crime syndicate

12/19/2013 10:01am
The U.S. has blacklisted four senior members of a Japanese crime syndicate in an effort to disrupt illicit activities and undermine their financial stability.

FBI targeting corruption in New Mexico rural areas

12/19/2013 10:07am
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it will begin an aggressive campaign to drive out corruption in New Mexico's rural areas after the state saw a rash of high profile cases of small town corruption in recent years.

Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts gifts over gay ban

12/19/2013 10:18am
Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders after a review of the company's philanthropy guidelines, the company said Thursday.

La. gov. critical of A&E over Robertson 'hiatus'

12/19/2013 10:34am
The A&E cable television network's suspension of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of his home state.

In God we trust, maybe, but not each other

12/19/2013 11:20am
You can take our word for it. Americans don't trust each other anymore.

Husband of Patty Hearst dies at 68

12/19/2013 11:29am
Bernard L. Shaw, a San Francisco police officer who served as Patty Hearst's body guard and later married her, has died at the age of 68.

You can trust us on this, but you probably won't

12/19/2013 11:48am
Do you keep a close watch when you hand over your credit card?

How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

12/19/2013 11:51am
The Associated Press-GfK poll on the American public's trust in others was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 3-7. It is based on online interviews of 1,227 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

AP hires Alan Suderman as Va. Statehouse reporter

12/19/2013 11:52am
Alan Suderman, an investigative reporter with the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., is joining The Associated Press to cover Virginia state government and politics.

Senate leader vows Jan. vote on jobless benefits

12/19/2013 11:56am
The Senate's top Democrat promised Thursday that the chamber would vote in early January on extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Guilty plea in NJ to ivory, rhino horn smuggling

12/19/2013 12:10pm
A Chinese national acknowledged Thursday that he was the mastermind of an international smuggling operation that illegally transported more than $4 million in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory from the U.S. to China over the last several years.

6 states receive $280M in early learning grants

12/19/2013 12:45pm
Six states were announced Thursday as winners of a combined $280 million in government grants to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Pakistan protests may make US fly war cargo out

12/19/2013 1:16pm
U.S. officials, frustrated that hundreds of military shipments heading out of Afghanistan have been stopped on the land route through Pakistan because of anti-American protests, face the possibility of flying out equipment at an additional cost of $1 billion.

FDA to make food safety rules more farmer-friendly

12/19/2013 1:24pm
The Food and Drug Administration says it will revise sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year after farmers complained the rules could hurt business.

Wis. man's conviction in wife's death overturned

12/19/2013 1:30pm
A Wisconsin man convicted of poisoning his wife 15 years ago was improperly tried because he couldn't confront his dead wife and her "letter from the grave" implicating the husband as the primary suspect, a federal judge has ruled.

Ex-W.Va. sheriff gets probation for wiretapping

12/19/2013 1:31pm
A former West Virginia sheriff has been sentenced to probation for hacking his now ex-wife's work computer.

White House threatens to veto Iran sanctions bill

12/19/2013 1:39pm
The White House says it would veto new congressional legislation that would toughen sanctions against Iran.

Oil trains raise concerns in small towns, cities

12/19/2013 2:00pm
It's tough to miss the trains hauling crude oil out of the Northern Plains. They are growing more frequent by the day, mile-long processions of black tank cars that rumble through wheat fields and towns, along rivers and national parks.

2 kids kidnapped, one's throat cut in south Miss.

12/19/2013 2:41pm
A man lured two brothers, ages 5 and 8, from their yard in south Mississippi and took them to his camper trailer, where he sexually abused them and slashed the older boy's throat, authorities said Thursday.

Man who shot woman on porch will face murder trial

12/19/2013 2:46pm
A Detroit-area man who fatally shot a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch will stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge said Thursday, rejecting a self-defense argument for the killer's "bad choice."

US Rep. Kingston criticized for school lunch idea

12/19/2013 3:10pm
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is defending comments he made suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

DHS removed more than 368,000 immigrants in 2013

12/19/2013 3:14pm
The Obama administration removed 368,644 immigrants from the country last year.

US ship preps for Syria chemical weapons mission

12/19/2013 3:15pm
The U.S. ship that will serve as the lynchpin for the destruction of Syria's most toxic chemical weapons is preparing to leave Virginia in about two weeks for what will be an unprecedented, complex mission.

Professor in trouble after prostitution skit

12/19/2013 3:38pm
A tenured Colorado professor has run into trouble after a lecture on prostitution featured a skit in which students dressed up as prostitutes, sex slaves and escorts.

Investigators urge more safety for rail workers

12/19/2013 3:50pm
Workers who maintain the nation's transit rail tracks urgently need more protections to help prevent accidents such as the one that killed two workers on the San Francisco Bay Area system last fall, federal officials said Thursday.

New Mexico AG sues to stop horse slaughter

12/19/2013 3:58pm
New Mexico's top prosecutor filed a lawsuit Thursday in state district court in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant from opening in less than two weeks.

Ohio teen accused in school standoff pleads guilty

12/19/2013 4:00pm
A 14-year-old student accused of triggering a lockdown and police standoff at a high school by flashing a pellet gun has pleaded guilty to three charges in juvenile court.

Army: 5 of 6 killed in Afghan crash based in Kan.

12/19/2013 4:02pm
Five U.S. soldiers based at Fort Riley, Kan., and one based in Europe were killed in a helicopter crash this week in southern Afghanistan, Army officials said Thursday.

Army cadet in NY accused of emailing child porn

12/19/2013 4:09pm
A West Point cadet was arrested on campus Thursday and charged with distributing child pornography via email.

Saint's remains to return to Hawaii from New York

12/19/2013 4:22pm
The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients in Hawaii are being relocated again.

Judge: Heat on La. death row unsafe for inmates

12/19/2013 4:30pm
Louisiana's death row gets so hot that it violates U.S. constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Judge: US government assisting child smuggling

12/19/2013 4:39pm
A federal judge in South Texas said in a recent order that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country when it helps reunite them with parents who are known to be in the U.S. illegally.

Ohio woman sentenced in husband's 2003 slaying

12/19/2013 4:43pm
A woman who compelled her 10-year-old stepson to shoot his father dead in 2003 and say it was an accident was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole, a prosecutor said.

Wis. governor signs school mascots bill

12/19/2013 4:48pm
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday that will make it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames, pushing aside opponents' charges that the measure is racist.

ACLU alleges racism at California school district

12/19/2013 5:14pm
A civil liberties group has accused a Northern California school district of pervasive racism and of condoning weekly traditions in which female students are groped.

Feds give OK; NV Energy-MidAmerica sale complete

12/19/2013 5:22pm
The sale of Nevada's main electric utility to an Iowa company controlled by billionaire investor Warren Buffett was declared a done deal Thursday, after federal regulators gave their approval.

Runway reopened after plane slides in Utah

12/19/2013 5:26pm
Flights were disrupted at Salt Lake City International Airport on Thursday after a cargo plane slid on a taxiway made slick by a winter storm.

30 injured as bus overturns on California freeway

12/19/2013 5:32pm
A tour bus has overturned on a rainy Southern California freeway, injuring 30 people.

Vegan leather, faux fur are hot holiday gifts

12/19/2013 5:34pm
Finding a knockoff version of the fur you want under the Christmas tree would ordinarily be a disappointment.

Obama deploys small military group to South Sudan

12/19/2013 5:36pm
President Barack Obama has deployed a small military contingent to South Sudan to help bolster security at the U.S. Embassy amid escalating violence.

Man thought to be Gacy victim found in Montana

12/19/2013 5:40pm
A man presumed dead for decades as a potential victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has been reunited with his family after investigators found him alive and well in Montana.

Commutations and pardons granted by Obama

12/19/2013 5:55pm
President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people convicted of crimes related to selling drugs:

Ark. man accused of defacing racist billboard

12/19/2013 6:06pm
An Arkansas man is accused of defacing a billboard that carried a racist message.

Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions

12/19/2013 6:12pm
President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.

Obama commutes sentences for 8 drug convictions

12/19/2013 6:12pm
President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.

Ohio man who amassed guns at mall sentenced

12/19/2013 6:17pm
A man who stockpiled weapons and ammunition at a northern Ohio shopping mall was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Thursday.

Deal reached on Duggan's role as Detroit mayor

12/19/2013 6:17pm
Mayor-elect Mike Duggan said Thursday that he and Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr will share some of the duties of running the cash-strapped city but the bulk of the financial responsibilities will remain under Orr's control.

NYC Council passes plastic foam, e-cigarette bills

12/19/2013 6:20pm
New York City lawmakers paved the way Thursday for an eventual ban on plastic foam containers, added electronic cigarettes to the city's already stringent smoking bans and approved the creation of a website that will help the public track federal dollars budgeted for Superstorm Sandy-related damages.

Witness: Student, officer fought before shooting

12/19/2013 6:26pm
A University of Incarnate Word student who was fatally shot by a campus police officer earlier this month had resisted arrest and scuffled with the officer moments before, a fellow student at the Roman Catholic university in San Antonio says.

Mom accused of trying to kill girl OK'd for trial

12/19/2013 6:42pm
A northern Michigan mother charged with attempted murder in the carbon monoxide poisoning of her autistic 14-year-old daughter is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Fla. rejects request to install Satanic display

12/19/2013 7:17pm
Officials overseeing holiday displays at the Florida Capitol have allowed a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole and even a chair holding fake pasta with eyeballs and an accompanying "provHerb" from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Police: 4 charged in bogus prison release in Fla.

12/19/2013 7:19pm
A Florida man was charged with helping his brother's killer and another murderer escape from prison with bogus court documents, authorities said Thursday in announcing more charges in the scheme.

Senate to vote on Yellen for Fed chair in January

12/19/2013 8:24pm
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve in January.

Report: Fired nuke general misbehaved in Russia

12/19/2013 8:40pm
The Air Force general who was fired from command of U.S. land-based nuclear missile forces had engaged in "inappropriate behavior" while on official business in Russia last summer, including heavy drinking, rudeness to his hosts and associating with "suspect" women, according to an investigation report released Thursday.

Gov't offers a stopgap health insurance option

12/19/2013 8:41pm
The Obama administration is trying avoid making more bad news over the rollout of the president's health care law.

NY court restores Saudi Arabia in Sept. 11 lawsuit

12/19/2013 8:52pm
A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated Saudi Arabia as a defendant in lawsuits claiming it provided support to al-Qaida before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Okla. man proposes to girlfriend during arrest

12/19/2013 9:26pm
An Oklahoma man proposed to his girlfriend last week while an officer tried to arrest him on two outstanding warrants

Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

12/19/2013 9:50pm
On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.

For Illinois senators, an odd public friendship

12/19/2013 11:33pm
On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to publicly join together for much of anything _ much less birthday cake.

Jury: Portrait of Fawcett should stay with O'Neal

12/19/2013 11:53pm
For most of the last 33 years, an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett has hung in the home of her longtime lover, Ryan O'Neal, and a jury's verdict Thursday ensures that is where it will stay.

'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus

12/19/2013 11:58pm
When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind. But in doing so it also ruffled the feathers of possibly millions of fans of its most popular show.