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Iraq vet's family wants 'SpongeBob' gravestone back

10/23/2013 12:52am
The family of a slain Iraqi war veteran wants her towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her final resting place while the cemetery officials that removed it say that's the only thing they won't do, leaving both sides at an apparent impasse that may have to be decided in court.

A look at violations in nuke force

10/23/2013 1:07am
Air Force officers entrusted with launch keys to nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door aimed at helping prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, officials tell The Associated Press. A look at key elements of the violations by two sets of Air Force officers:

A look at Jeffrey D. Zients, Obama's Mr. Fix-it

10/23/2013 1:08am
NAME _ Jeffrey D. Zients.

4 Haitian boat survivors released from custody

10/23/2013 3:45am
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say four Haitians who survived a fatal smuggling trip off the coast of Miami have been released from custody.

Woman claims harassment after sex act pics posted

10/23/2013 6:05am
An Ohio college student who was mistakenly identified online as participating in a public sex act says she has been harassed.

Obama calls trusted fixer to help health care site

10/23/2013 7:01am
When a federal program that promised cash rebates to people who traded in their clunkers for more fuel-efficient vehicles was overrun by demand, President Barack Obama assigned Jeffrey Zients, his deputy budget director, to help eliminate the backlog.

Twin giant panda cubs in Atlanta are named

10/23/2013 7:47am
The twin giant panda cubs born in July at Zoo Atlanta now have names.

Ark. authorities identify 2 killed in plane crash

10/23/2013 9:21am
Authorities say a couple from Oklahoma died in a plane crash in northwest Arkansas.

Oregon judge reduces probation for spy's son

10/23/2013 9:22am
A judge in Portland has reduced the probation period for a man who smuggled notes to Russian officials from his imprisoned father, a former CIA officer convicted of espionage.

Raise the house, lower the flood risk

10/23/2013 9:43am
Eileen Benner says elevating her home in Atlantic City, N.J., was a "no-brainer" after it suffered extensive flood damage during Superstorm Sandy. "I would tell anybody who has the money available to go ahead and do it," she says.

Kenya seeks delay in trials of president, deputy

10/23/2013 9:47am
Kenya is asking the U.N. Security Council to delay the International Criminal Court trials of its two top leaders for crimes against humanity for a year, citing the terrorist threat in east Africa.

Utah police ID man who drove up Capitol steps

10/23/2013 9:48am
Utah state troopers have identified a Layton man who drove his pickup truck up the steps of the state Capitol building and was subdued with a punch in the face.

Ohio man gets 6 1/2 years after DUI crash confession

10/23/2013 9:56am
An Ohio man was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of heavy drinking, which he had confessed to in an online video.

2014 Enclave: SUV is most popular Buick

10/23/2013 9:57am
The best-selling Buick in America, the Enclave, is a roomy, smooth-riding, sizable family SUV with top safety scores and a novel center air bag that deploys between the front seats in certain side crashes.

Fact sheet: 2014 Buick Enclave

10/23/2013 9:58am
2014 Buick Enclave AWD

2 Miss. museums to take on its turbulent history

10/23/2013 10:16am
Mississippi breaks ground Thursday on side-by-side museums that are expected to break ground of their own in how they depict the Southern state once rocked by racial turmoil, one promising a frank focus on civil rights and the other a sweep of history from pre-European settlements to Elvis Presley and more.

'Band of Brothers' unit returns from last mission

10/23/2013 10:26am
A brigade with roots tracing back to World War II's fabled "Band of Brothers" is set to make its final homecoming Wednesday as the Army speeds up plans to decommission the unit.

Images show new work at NKorea's nuclear test site

10/23/2013 10:30am
Satellite imagery shows North Korea has made new tunnel entrances at its nuclear test site in a sign it is preparing to conduct more underground explosions there in the future, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday.

Correction: Sidewalk Chalk-ACLU story

10/23/2013 10:32am
In a story Oct. 22 about a ban on sidewalk messages in Defiance, Ohio, The Associated Press erroneously identified the city for which David Williams works. He is the law director in Defiance, not Toledo.

College price hikes appear to be moderating

10/23/2013 10:32am
There's some good news on college tuition. Yes, the cost has gone up _ but not as much as in the past.

EU Parliament urges suspending data deal with US

10/23/2013 10:35am
European lawmakers on Wednesday called for the suspension of an agreement that grants U.S. authorities access to bank data for terror-related investigations, marking a sharp official rebuke of Washington's surveillance programs.

Texas inmate denied locks of dead parents' hair

10/23/2013 10:35am
William Chance wants to connect to the spirits of his dead parents from his prison cell. All he needs is a lock of their hair for a Native American ritual he believes will help find them.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Nuke officers left blast door open

10/23/2013 10:36am
Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Nuke officers left blast door open

10/23/2013 10:36am
Twice this year alone, Air Force officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door that is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering their underground command post, Air Force officials have told The Associated Press.

Family wants answers in Chehalis body switch

10/23/2013 10:49am
The family of Jerry Moon wants to know how the wrong body ended up in his casket at his Washington state funeral.

Family: Slain Mass. teacher mentored students

10/23/2013 11:02am
Relatives of a Massachusetts teacher found slain in the woods near her school say she had a passion for teaching and mentored each and every one of her students.

UConn president defends response to sex assaults

10/23/2013 11:31am
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst on Wednesday gave an impassioned defense of the school's response to alleged sexual assaults on campus, two days after a federal civil rights complaint was filed by seven women who say they were assaulted while attending the school.

Top Marine, survivors remember 1983 Beirut blast

10/23/2013 11:46am
The Marine Corps' top general said Wednesday the deadly Beirut barracks bombing 30 years ago helped define the start of America's war against terrorists.

NTSB looks for cause of Tenn. helicopter crash

10/23/2013 11:51am
Investigators returned Wednesday to the scene of medical helicopter crash that killed three people in West Tennessee, but an official said the preliminary cause of the crash was not expected for more than a week.

White House: US not monitoring Merkel's calls

10/23/2013 12:03pm
The White House says President Barack Obama has assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) that the U.S. isn't listening in on her phone calls.

Arrests follow death of child wrapped in blanket

10/23/2013 12:16pm
To discipline a 3-year-old boy, three caretakers would wrap him tightly in a blanket and tie the ends to constrain him.

Fla. congressman uses KKK imagery in email

10/23/2013 12:18pm
Republicans say a fundraising email sent out by Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida that shows a burning cross in the words "Tea Party" is "unacceptable and deplorable."

Last American ambassador to Iran has died at 90

10/23/2013 12:19pm
William H. Sullivan, a veteran diplomat who oversaw the "secret war" in Laos, aided in negotiations to end U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and was the last American ambassador to Iran, has died. He was 90.

Africa blasts suspect statements allowed for trial

10/23/2013 12:22pm
An Egyptian lawyer's statements under questioning by British authorities about the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa will be allowed as evidence at a U.S. trial that could include a co-defendant who was captured this month in Libya, a judge ruled Wednesday.

700 IRS contract workers owe $5.4M in back taxes

10/23/2013 12:40pm
Nearly 700 employees of Internal Revenue Service contractors owe $5.4 million in back taxes, said a report Wednesday by the agency's inspector general.

Frustrated Dems lament damage from website bugs

10/23/2013 12:51pm
Frustrated Democrats lamented Wednesday that persistent problems with new health care exchanges have inflicted damage on the public's perception of the already unpopular "Obamacare" _ with some lawmakers insisting President Barack Obama should ensure those responsible lose their jobs.

Former 'Rat Island' in Alaska has whole new look

10/23/2013 12:53pm
Five years after undertaking an effort to eradicate rats from a remote Alaska island, conservationists and federal wildlife officials are reporting success.

Obama, Pakistani PM meet amid easing tensions

10/23/2013 1:02pm
In the rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the mere fact that President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are sitting down together at the White House is seen as a sign of progress.

FDA seeks pet owner help on dangerous jerky treats

10/23/2013 1:18pm
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to solve a stubborn mystery surrounding the deaths of almost 600 dogs that ate jerky treats, and officials are hoping pet owners and veterinarians can help them figure out what exactly may be causing the illnesses.

Ex-campus cop reaches worker's comp settlement

10/23/2013 1:22pm
The former University of California, Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters has reached a worker's compensation settlement with the university system.

Romney's new house in Utah has hidden room

10/23/2013 1:23pm
A new house Mitt Romney is building in Utah is not only spacious and luxurious, but also a little mysterious.

$14K donated to Ohio fountain change theft suspect

10/23/2013 1:34pm
More than $14,000 has been donated online to help a western Ohio woman who said she stole change from a courthouse fountain to buy food and was charged with petty theft.

Final arguments close Texas abortion law case

10/23/2013 1:41pm
A federal judge says he'll rule on the legality of Texas' strict new abortion law before it can take effect next week.

White House aide fired over Twitter account

10/23/2013 1:45pm
A White House national security official was fired after it was discovered that he was behind an anonymous Twitter account that criticized the Obama administration.

Hairy, scary tarantulas don't spook loyal owners

10/23/2013 2:07pm
Tarantulas are the heaviest, hairiest, scariest spiders on the planet. They have fangs, claws and barbs. They can regrow body parts and be as big as dinner plates, and the females eat the males after mating. But there are many people who call these creepy critters a pet or a passion and insist their beauty is worth the risk of a bite.

Soft-spoken teen accused of killing Mass. teacher

10/23/2013 7:13pm
A 14-year-old Massachusetts high school student charged with killing a teacher has been ordered held without bail.

Prosecutors confirm alleged Tsarnaev role in 2011 triple slayings

10/23/2013 7:31pm
For the first time, prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing case confirmed that deceased suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was accused of participating in a gruesome 2011 triple homicide outside Boston.