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Future of NYPD dominates GOP mayoral debate

08/29/2013 12:44am
The New York Police Department's use of the stop-and-frisk tactic, a defining issue in the city's mayoral campaign, was the focus of a prickly Republican mayoral debate.

Obama inspires many in 50th-year King remembrance

08/29/2013 1:20am
For many among the tens of thousands of Americans who thronged to the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Barack Obama's challenge to seize the cause of racial equality from the "glorious patriots" of the tumultuous 1960s struck a deep generational chord.

More than 300 sites ring bells for MLK speech

08/29/2013 2:13am
From the nation's capital to a Georgia mountain carved with a Confederate memorial, church bells and hand bells served to answer Dr. Martin Luther King's call from 50 years ago to "let freedom ring" for all people.

Before death, Fort Hood shooter faces long appeals

08/29/2013 5:35am
If Nidal Hasan plans to welcome a death sentence as a pathway to martyrdom, the rules of military justice won't let him go down without a fight _ whether he likes it or not.

Ohio college students ditch cars, get free bikes

08/29/2013 6:22am
The University of Dayton is giving 100 students free bicycles in exchange for their promise not to bring cars to the southwest Ohio campus for two years.

UT man cleared of brutal beating of NV hitchhiker

08/29/2013 7:29am
Elko County prosecutors have dropped attempted murder charges against a Utah man accused of beating a hitchhiker and leaving him for dead in the desert.

King family bus in traffic incident, no one hurt

08/29/2013 8:11am
A bus carrying some members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family was involved in a minor traffic incident while leaving the March on Washington commemoration, but no one was hurt.

NJ OKs atheist license plate for atheist leader

08/29/2013 8:35am
New Jersey has approved a request from a national atheist group's president for a license plate with the word atheist after a brief flap.

Man arrested for threats against Hawaii Rep.

08/29/2013 9:18am
Authorities in the District of Columbia say they've arrested a man for making threats against Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Obama to address AFL-CIO convention next month

08/29/2013 9:19am
President Barack Obama will speak to the AFL-CIO's Quadrennial Convention next month in Los Angeles.

Feds seek early release of bombing victim's dad

08/29/2013 9:21am
The government is seeking the early release from prison of a former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in Birmingham in 1963.

Americans driving less as car culture wanes

08/29/2013 9:45am
Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

Zimmerman's wife to 'think about' staying married

08/29/2013 10:17am
George Zimmerman's wife says she's going to have to "think about" whether she stays married to him.

Conjoined twins separated at Dallas hospital

08/29/2013 11:06am
Hospital officials say conjoined boys born last month in Dallas have been safely separated and are doing well.

Bob Woodward to teach journalism seminar at Yale

08/29/2013 11:10am
Bob Woodward is scheduled to teach a journalism seminar at Yale University in the spring.

NY woman's videotaped arrest being investigated

08/29/2013 11:13am
An officer struggling to subdue a woman at the scene of a family dispute acted properly when he hit her in the head and wrestled her to the ground, despite her repeatedly telling officers she was pregnant, the police chief said.

UN experts to bring Syria samples to European labs

08/29/2013 11:47am
The United Nations says some of its chemical weapons experts in Syria will personally take samples to laboratories around Europe after leaving Damascus on Saturday morning.

Man arrested for threats to Hawaii Congresswoman

08/29/2013 11:57am
A man with a history of harassing and threatening Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been arrested after he allegedly sent an email to the FBI and media threatening to decapitate the first-term congresswoman.

NJ woman spared prison in dog-in-trash chute case

08/29/2013 12:24pm
A woman who admitted abandoning a dog later found at the bottom of a trash chute in a case that became a cause celebre and led to tougher animal cruelty laws was sentenced to probation Thursday by a judge who urged the animal's supporters to "put things in perspective."

Scammed $5M NY lottery winner getting '06 jackpot

08/29/2013 12:25pm
A central New York maintenance worker duped out of a winning $5 million scratch-off ticket will get his money next month, seven years after being scammed out of the jackpot, state lottery officials said Thursday.

Obama briefs Boehner on Syria

08/29/2013 12:59pm
President Barack Obama has briefed House Speaker John Boehner on Syria in a conversation in which the Republican leader pressed the president to make the case to the nation and Congress for military action.

Safety inspection blitz of oil shipments launched

08/29/2013 1:13pm
Federal inspection teams have been conducting spot safety checks of rail shipments of crude oil from the booming Bakken oil region in Great Plains states in response to last month's rail disaster in Canada, U.S. officials said Thursday.

San Francisco Bay bike-share launches in 5 cities

08/29/2013 1:38pm
Commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the San Francisco Bay region: pedal power.

FTC: Medical lab's lax security led to data leak

08/29/2013 1:46pm
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday accused a small Atlanta-based medical lab that specializes in cancer detection of not doing enough to protect its patients' online records, resulting in the leak of Social Security numbers and birth dates of more than 9,000 consumers.

States offered more time to ignore education law

08/29/2013 1:51pm
States can request permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law through the spring of 2016, the Education Department said Thursday.

5 UN powers end Syria meeting with no progress

08/29/2013 1:57pm
A meeting of the U.N. Security Council's permanent members ended quickly Thursday with no sign of progress on an agreement over Syria's crisis.

Judge says lender can seize presidential yacht

08/29/2013 2:16pm
A Delaware judge says a lender is entitled to seize the former presidential yacht Sequoia from its current owners.

Merrill Lynch commits to change in settlement

08/29/2013 2:19pm
As part of its $160 million proposed discrimination settlement with black financial advisers, Merrill Lynch has agreed to make sweeping changes that "may well change the landscape of Wall Street," attorneys said Thursday in court filings.

50 years later, hotline to Moscow still relevant

08/29/2013 2:54pm
The Washington-Moscow Hot Line, used by U.S. and Russian leaders for frank discussions about crises including the 1967 Six-Day War and the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, marked its 50th birthday Thursday with the nations still grappling with competing interests in regional conflicts.

Sex column returns to Penn State student paper

08/29/2013 2:56pm
Penn State's student-run newspaper is bringing back its sex column.

Sex column returns to Penn State student paper

08/29/2013 3:09pm
Penn State's student-run newspaper is bringing back its sex column.

GOP senator: 'No common ground' in budget talks

08/29/2013 3:13pm
The White House and a breakout group of eight Republican senators have been unable to find agreement in their attempts at reaching a bipartisan budget deal, separated by long-standing differences over whether to only reduce spending on large benefit programs or whether to combine those cuts with increased tax revenue.

Man tells 911 he killed cancer-stricken wife

08/29/2013 3:18pm
A Kentucky man called 911 just minutes after killing his wife, sobbing and confessing to a dispatcher that he fatally shot the cancer-stricken woman, and asking to take a last look at her before his arrest, according to recordings released Thursday.

Perez: Fast food strikes show need for wage hike

08/29/2013 3:26pm
The recent spate of fast-food worker strikes is another sign of the need to raise the minimum wage for all workers, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Powers limited, Obama, Biden seek action on guns

08/29/2013 3:44pm
Months after gun control efforts crumbled in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden stood shoulder to shoulder Thursday with the attorney general and the top U.S. firearms official and declared the Obama administration would take two new steps to curb American gun violence.

Bare Feet Shoes co-owner sentenced in tax scheme

08/29/2013 3:52pm
A co-owner of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey retail chain Bare Feet Shoes has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for paying workers off the books to avoid nearly $600,000 in federal taxes.

3 more accused in attack on Red Lobster waitress

08/29/2013 3:55pm
Three more women are accused in the 2011 attack on a southwestern Illinois Red Lobster waitress who was pummeled after serving the wrong fish order.

Heat proves too much for some Midwest schools

08/29/2013 3:56pm
Popsicles, fans and outdoor classes were no match for a late-summer heat wave in Minneapolis, where schools finally gave up after struggling through three miserable days of classes, while soaring temperatures also were giving students time off in Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.

Support flows in for sick desert tortoises

08/29/2013 3:59pm
News that hundreds of threatened desert tortoises face euthanasia with the pending closure of a refuge near Las Vegas has generated a storm of reaction that has government officials scrambling to find alternatives and fielding offers from people wishing to adopt the reptiles or make donations.

Wash. lawsuit accuses 13 of Boy Scouts abuses

08/29/2013 4:01pm
A dozen men filed a broad new lawsuit against the Boy Scouts and former adult leaders Thursday, saying that abuse occurred regularly in Washington state sites such as a popular camp outside of Seattle.

Ex-Marine charged in killings is new NC vets chief

08/29/2013 4:12pm
A former U.S. Marine lieutenant who faced murder charges for shooting a pair of unarmed Iraqis has been named as the new director of the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs.

March speaker who lost his spot puts out a video

08/29/2013 4:14pm
Phillip Agnew hoped to deliver his message to tens of thousands observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, but time worked against him. Now he's making up for being cut with an online video.

Nat'l park worker in Ariz. hurt in apparent attack

08/29/2013 4:16pm
A 60-year-old National Park Service employee was critically injured in an apparent assault in southeastern Arizona, and her government-owned truck was later found in a border town about 40 miles away, authorities said Thursday.

Report says DNA test verified bin Laden's identity

08/29/2013 4:16pm
Secret budget documents show that a U.S. military laboratory in Afghanistan analyzed DNA from Osama bin Laden's corpse and confirmed his identify shortly after he was killed by a Navy SEAL team.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect's friend indicted

08/29/2013 4:24pm
Prosecutors portray a friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect as a liar who misled terrorism investigators, but his lawyers said after his indictment Thursday it'll be clear in time that authorities shouldn't have charged him.

White House: US interests to guide Syria decision

08/29/2013 5:12pm
The White House says President Barack Obama's decision on a possible military strike against Syria will be guided by America's best interests, suggesting the U.S. may act alone if other nations won't help.

Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use in 2 states

08/29/2013 5:23pm
Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it _ as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

Astor heir, 89, to parole officials: Regrets? Yes

08/29/2013 5:39pm
The 89-year-old son convicted of stealing millions of dollars from philanthropist Brooke Astor recently said he has regrets about what happened, a parole hearing document released Thursday shows.

Police: NYC woman offers stamps to pay for murder

08/29/2013 5:49pm
New York City police say they've arrested a woman after she offered an undercover officer a $60,000 stamp collection to kill her husband.

Police: Sister killed as 8-year-old boy drove car

08/29/2013 6:23pm
Half an hour after putting her two children to bed, a Phoenix mother discovered they were gone. Frantic and fearful they had been kidnapped, she called police, who spotted her car near her apartment and tried to pull it over.

Congressman: No decision yet on Syria action

08/29/2013 6:24pm
A Democratic congressman says that President Barack Obama has yet to make any decision on the timing or scope of a possible U.S. military intervention in Syria.

Clapper to publish numbers of secret spying orders

08/29/2013 6:27pm
The nation's top intelligence official said Thursday that he'll now release figures every year on how many new top secret court orders and national security letters are issued and how many people are targeted because of them.

2nd arrest made in Las Vegas 'Mormon missionary' robbery

08/29/2013 6:29pm
A second man accused of posing as a Mormon missionary and beating and robbing a Las Vegas resident was arrested Wednesday.

Mont. judge's apology rejected by victim's mother

08/29/2013 6:31pm
The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was raped by her teacher and later committed suicide appeared at a raucous Thursday protest against the judge who sentenced the man to a month in jail and said the victim was "older than her chronological age."

Fort Campbell soldier pleads guilty in fuel scam

08/29/2013 6:43pm
An Army sergeant based at Fort Campbell has pleaded guilty for his part in the theft of fuel from a military base in Afghanistan.

Midwest hot, dry spell brings back drought worries

08/29/2013 6:47pm
A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops.

Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet

08/29/2013 6:56pm
Fast-food workers and their supporters beat drums, blew whistles and chanted slogans Thursday on picket lines in dozens of U.S. cities, marking the largest protests yet in their quest for higher wages.

One-of-a-kind airport 'lactation station' welcomes nursing moms

08/29/2013 7:28pm
Airports are known for having endless vending machines, restaurants and magazine stands designed to help make traveling more comfortable. But now, there's a new stop along the terminal that caters specifically to nursing mothers.

AP sources: Intelligence on weapons no 'slam dunk'

08/29/2013 7:36pm
The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria's chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.

BP: Jindal admin 'misrepresents' company's record

08/29/2013 8:22pm
BP PLC says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has misrepresented its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup.

UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote

08/29/2013 8:47pm
British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar Assad's government.

Dispute over report about secret NSA budget

08/29/2013 8:54pm
The National Security Agency on Thursday disputed a published report that secret intelligence budget files provided by agency leaker Edward Snowden show that the surveillance agency warned in 2012 that it planned to investigate up to 4,000 cases of possible internal security breaches.

Hagel: US discusses 'facts' on Syria with allies

08/29/2013 10:30pm
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday the Obama administration was consulting with allies to "further develop the facts" about last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, and options for a response.