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Timeline of interactions with VA before shootings

01/31/2014 1:53am
Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people at Washington's Navy Yard, was able to convince Veterans Affairs doctors before the shooting rampage that he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, an Associated Press review of his confidential medical files has found. A timeline of events leading up to the Sept. 16, 2013, killings:

Knox could face return to Italy after conviction

01/31/2014 2:16am
Amanda Knox is facing what seemed like a distant worry when she was giving national television interviews and promoting her autobiography last year: the possibility of being returned to Italy to serve decades in prison for the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Green groups: Obama not doing enough on climate

01/31/2014 2:35am
The White House has rebuffed repeated protests by some of President Barack Obama's top environmental allies that his climate strategy won't work.

Ohio grandma held for gagging child with underwear

01/31/2014 4:20am
A southeast Ohio grandmother has been charged with child abuse for allegedly gagging an 11-year-old granddaughter with soiled men's underwear.

Officials: Conn. quarry fire may smolder for days

01/31/2014 6:20am
Connecticut officials say a fire at a quarry that has supplied granite for the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks is likely to smolder for several days.

Knox says she will not willingly return to Italy

01/31/2014 7:50am
Amanda Knox said Friday she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to "never go willingly" to face her fate in that country's judicial system .

Fla. soldier, his hometown star in Super Bowl ad

01/31/2014 8:06am
Lt. Chuck Nadd knew something was up when Anheuser-Busch's private jet flew him from Fort Drum in New York to his hometown in central Florida within hours of his return from a tour in Afghanistan in early January.

Teen charged in North Carolina church shooting

01/31/2014 8:39am
Police in North Carolina have charged a teenager with attempted murder in the shooting of four youths earlier this week at a church playground.

Snow expected in central, northern Illinois

01/31/2014 9:29am
Heavy snow is forecast for northern and central Illinois on Saturday.

New Orleans mayor's race: Murder down, woes remain

01/31/2014 9:38am
Gunfire one Mardi Gras weekend on boozy Bourbon Street, a mass shooting at a neighborhood jazz parade that wounded 19 and the gunshot deaths of three children in 2013 nearly overshadowed a promising statistic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu touts as he seeks re-election Saturday: the city's murder rate dropped last year.

New maps will show potential storm surge flooding

01/31/2014 9:44am
Hurricane forecasters hope color-coded maps will help coastal residents understand how dangerous storm surge can be.

Amanda Knox: 'I will never go willingly back'

01/31/2014 9:48am
Amanda Knox says she'll never willingly go back to Italy to face a 28 1/2-year prison sentence for a murder conviction that was upheld by an Italian court.

Senate Dems raise $53M, have $12M banked

01/31/2014 10:04am
The Democrats' committee to elect senators raised $52.6 million last year and has more than $12 million in the bank to defend their majority.

FDA proposes rules for safe transport of foods

01/31/2014 10:04am
The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported.

FACT CHECK: NSA leaks worst intelligence breach?

01/31/2014 10:12am
The U.S. intelligence chief, James Clapper, said this week that the loss of state secrets as a result of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden was the worst in American history. Clapper backed up his assertion with dire forecasts about emboldened enemies abroad, but some historians and researchers said the U.S. has struggled with even more devastating intelligence breakdowns over the past century.

SC company apologizes for ad with Newtown photo

01/31/2014 10:25am
A South Carolina company that has installed protective window coverings at the U.S. Capitol and other buildings around the world is apologizing for an email advertisement that used a photo of the shot-out entrance to a Connecticut elementary school where 20 children and six adults were killed.

Bill's Gamblin' Hall to reopen as Cromwell

01/31/2014 10:35am
Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it plans to replace Las Vegas' shuttered Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon in the spring with a swanky 188-room hotel renamed the Cromwell.

The American Kennel Club's most popular dogs list

01/31/2014 10:41am
The top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2013, according to the American Kennel Club's registry:

EU: Iran nuclear talks to be held Feb 18 in Vienna

01/31/2014 11:04am
The European Union's chief foreign policy official says the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will be held Feb. 18 in Vienna.

Train derails in Miss., 50 residents evacuated

01/31/2014 11:14am
About 50 residents in a southeast Mississippi town have been evacuated after 18 cars of an 85-car train derailed, spilling chemicals.

Maine court rules in favor of transgender pupil

01/31/2014 11:26am
School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls' bathroom, according to a ruling by the highest court in Maine that's believed to be the first of its kind.

Labrador retrievers set popularity-ranking record

01/31/2014 11:40am
It's puppy love for the record books: The Labrador retriever was the nation's most popular dog breed last year for a 23rd year in a row, the American Kennel Club announced Friday.

Work to cause delays at San Francisco airport

01/31/2014 11:46am
Air travelers will likely endure delays at San Francisco International Airport in spring and summer because of construction work on some runways.

Mass. appeals inmate's sex-reassignment surgery

01/31/2014 11:59am
Massachusetts prison officials on Friday said they will appeal a decision that would force them to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

Mexican gray wolf population on the rise

01/31/2014 12:03pm
More Mexican gray wolves live in the wild in the Southwest than at any time since the federal government began reintroducing the endangered predator in the region, officials said Friday.

Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

01/31/2014 12:07pm
The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard convinced Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that he had no mental health issues despite disturbing problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.

RNC: $81M raised last year, $9M banked

01/31/2014 1:01pm
The Republican National Committee raised almost $81 million last year and has $9 million banked for this year's elections.

Web developers gather for 'Hackathon for Cuba'

01/31/2014 1:20pm
Technology experts are gathering to brainstorm ways to improve access to the Internet and information in Cuba, considered one of the least connected countries in the Western hemisphere.

Suspicious package at Ala. base contained food

01/31/2014 1:27pm
A suspicious package that briefly shut down parts of Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama contained only food.

Lawyer: State to blame for Hawaii school shooting

01/31/2014 1:35pm
The lawyer representing a 17-year-old teen shot in the wrist by police at a Hawaii high school blames the shooting on the state Education Department failing to give the boy the psychiatric support he needed.

NY judge OKs $8.5B Bank of America settlement

01/31/2014 1:39pm
A New York judge on Friday approved most of the $8.5 billion Bank of America settlement over investor losses from mortgage-backed securities, concluding that trustee Bank of New York Mellon acted reasonably with one exception.

Rail trustee sees 9-figure fund for Quebec victims

01/31/2014 1:42pm
The trustee for a bankrupt railroad said Friday that he anticipates victims of a fiery derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec could eventually share in a "nine-figure" settlement fund.

Syria peace talks adjourn with no sign of progress

01/31/2014 1:43pm
A tumultuous week of peace talks aimed at stemming Syria's bloodbath ended Friday with no progress to show and a lingering standoff over President Bashar Assad's future.

Commissioner Bratton sets new tone at NYPD

01/31/2014 1:49pm
It was no coincidence on Friday when William Bratton entered a packed auditorium at police headquarters in lower Manhattan to the strains of the fabled U.S. Cavalry tune "Garryowen."

Report: Arizona child welfare needs full overhaul

01/31/2014 1:50pm
An independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's troubled child welfare agency is calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the department to focus it purely on child safety.

Lawyer blames school district for shooting of teen

01/31/2014 1:57pm
The lawyer representing the mother of the 17-year-old knife-wielding teen shot in the wrist by police at a Honolulu high school blames the shooting on the state education department's failure to give the boy the psychiatric support he needs.

Ex-slaughterhouse manager gets 41-month sentence

01/31/2014 2:01pm
A former manager at an Iowa slaughterhouse will spend 30 more months in prison for harboring and financially exploiting immigrant workers who were in the U.S. illegally, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Texas board approves textbook review rule changes

01/31/2014 2:05pm
The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion's role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn in school.

Congress looks at Navy contracting practices

01/31/2014 2:30pm
The House Oversight Committee is looking into Navy contracting practices amid a widening federal probe into a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of offering prostitution services and pricey vacations to Navy officers.

Conn. inmate wins $12K verdict over foul mattress

01/31/2014 2:38pm
A Connecticut prisoner who said he was forced to sleep on a mattress that smelled of mildew and missing much of its stuffing was awarded $12,000 Friday by a jury that concluded he suffered cruel and unusual punishment.

Report: US cattle herd at lowest number since 1951

01/31/2014 2:46pm
The lingering effects of drought across the Great Plains in recent years have led to another decrease in the U.S. cattle herd.

NY stop-frisk deal lifts hope for more settlements

01/31/2014 2:56pm
The goodwill surrounding a deal to resolve how New York City carries out its stop-and-frisk crime-reducing tool is raising hopes that the new mayor will amicably resolve other disputes that have spilled into the courts as well, including the police department's eavesdropping in Muslim communities.

Judge convicts Missouri shooting plot suspect

01/31/2014 3:12pm
A man accused of plotting shooting attacks at a movie theater and a Walmart in southwest Missouri was found guilty of first-degree assault and armed criminal action Friday.

Daley nephew pleads guilty in man's death

01/31/2014 3:22pm
A nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a man he got into a fight with outside a bar in 2004.

Craft brewer's drone delivery hopes put on ice

01/31/2014 3:34pm
A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.

NM school shooting suspect's psych review complete

01/31/2014 3:36pm
Prosecutors say the court-ordered psychiatric evaluation of a 12-year-old accused of shooting two classmates in New Mexico is complete.

Tape of Martin Luther King Jr. Ariz. speech found

01/31/2014 4:03pm
Mary Scanlon had no idea a $3 purchase from a Goodwill store in Phoenix would turn out to be a rare link to the civil rights movement's most revered leader.

Colo. mom acquitted of negligence in SUV deaths

01/31/2014 4:09pm
Jurors delivered a split verdict Friday for a western Colorado woman whose two sons died of overheating after she left them in a running SUV last winter.

Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy protection

01/31/2014 4:22pm
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement for hundreds of victims who say clergy members sexually abused them over decades while the church covered it up.

Weather service debunks rumors of giant snowstorm

01/31/2014 4:30pm
Meteorologists in the Midwest took to social media on Friday to quell rumors that a winter storm expected to move into the region next week could dump up to 30 inches of snow in some areas.

How Princess Cruises responded to illnesses

01/31/2014 4:34pm
A Princess Cruises vessel docked Thursday night in a Houston-area port after more than 180 people became sick. It was the second cruise ship to return to its U.S. port this week after passengers and crew members contracted a suspected stomach illness. The other cruise, affiliated with Royal Caribbean, returned early to New Jersey on Wednesday.

DNC raises almost $65M last year, spends as much

01/31/2014 4:34pm
The Democratic National Committee raised close to $65 million last year and spent almost the entire haul.

Police: Woman put fecal matter in husband's IV

01/31/2014 4:47pm
An Arizona woman has been accused of trying to kill her hospitalized husband by injecting fecal matter into his IV line, police in suburban Phoenix said Friday.

Menendez sets up fund for ethics, Justice probes

01/31/2014 4:53pm
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez's political campaign paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties to a major donor, according to disclosure forms filed Friday. The Democrat has also set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue.

Vt. woman held in psych ward testifies at hearing

01/31/2014 4:57pm
A week after emerging from an ordeal that began with her husband killing her son and himself and continued with her being placed in a psychiatric unit against her will, a Vermont woman said Friday that the state's mental health system needs big changes.

Ohio man buried astride beloved Harley motorcycle

01/31/2014 4:59pm
An Ohio man's family has fulfilled his dying wish _ to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson motorcycle encased in a see-through casket.

Couple face new charges of alleged imprisonment

01/31/2014 5:05pm
A couple accused of imprisoning the wife's daughters in a Tucson home now face new charges in a second Arizona county where they lived previously.

Report: Arizona child welfare needs full overhaul

01/31/2014 5:05pm
An independent team named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to review the state's troubled child welfare agency on Friday called for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the department to focus it purely on child safety.

Amanda Knox: heading for an extradition fight?

01/31/2014 5:20pm
Roman Polanski. Edward Snowden. Manuel Noriega. Over the years, the famous and the infamous have been caught up in the legal process called extradition, which governs whether one country will turn over fugitives from justice to another country.

2 Utah men charged with toppling ancient rock

01/31/2014 5:53pm
Prosecutors filed charges Friday against two former Boy Scout leaders accused of toppling one of the ancient rock formations at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.

4 dead, 5 hurt in crash in western Michigan

01/31/2014 5:56pm
A sport utility vehicle carrying six women lost control on an icy western Michigan roadway and spun into the path of a pickup truck early Friday, causing a crash that killed four and injured five, authorities said.

Bieber's friend charged with drug possession

01/31/2014 6:10pm
Prosecutors have charged Justin Bieber's friend Lil Za with two counts of drug possession after detectives found him with ecstasy and oxycodone in the singer's mansion earlier this month.

Irwindale spicing up suit against hot sauce plant

01/31/2014 6:19pm
A Los Angeles suburb is spicing up its lawsuit against a hot-sauce manufacturer it claims polluted the air with pungent smells.

US regulators close small lender in Idaho

01/31/2014 6:41pm
Regulators closed a small lender in Idaho on Friday, marking the third U.S. bank failure of 2014 after 24 closures last year.

$44M awarded to repair Navy Yard where 12 killed

01/31/2014 6:43pm
The Navy has awarded a $44 million contract to make repairs to the Navy Yard building in Washington where a gunman killed 12 people.

2 in custody in $700K NYC Cartier store robbery

01/31/2014 6:51pm
Two suspects are in custody following a brazen broad-daylight robbery at the Cartier store in midtown Manhattan.

Citizenship for immigrants? Obama eases insistence

01/31/2014 7:01pm
President Barack Obama's new declaration that he's open to legalizing many immigrants short of citizenship sounds a lot like House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders, an election-year compromise that numerous Republicans as well as Democrats crave.

Biden talks oil exports with Iraqi Kurdish leader

01/31/2014 7:06pm
Vice President Joe Biden says Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region must work with Iraq's government to resolve conflicts over revenues for exported oil.

White House: Report not final step on Keystone

01/31/2014 7:14pm
The White House says a new environmental assessment from the State Department isn't the last step in deciding whether the Keystone XL pipeline can be built.

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle

01/31/2014 7:20pm
The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle toward approval Friday, a serious blow to environmentalists' hopes that President Barack Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S.

Donald Trump appears at western NY GOP fundraiser

01/31/2014 7:21pm
Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump provided a preview Friday of what a Trump-for-governor campaign might look like.

It is a mystery: Who left Knox home in coat?

01/31/2014 7:25pm
It was the photo that ran worldwide after an Italian court once again convicted Amanda Knox in the sensational murder case involving her and her former boyfriend: A person, covered by a coat, leaving her mother's Seattle home and speeding away in a car.

Excerpts of Christie comments on traffic scandal

01/31/2014 7:27pm
A lawyer for a former loyalist of Gov. Chris Christie says the governor knew about lanes closings near the George Washington Bridge at the time they occurred and that the governor gave contrary information at a Jan. 9 news conference.

66 adorable reasons to watch Puppy Bowl X

01/31/2014 7:30pm
For the past decade, millions of Americans have passed on the biggest football game of the year to watch something way cuter. By now it's an established fact: Television doesn't get much more adorable than puppies.

2 employees put on leave after school lunches taken

01/31/2014 7:40pm
A Utah cafeteria manager and her supervisor have been placed on leave during an investigation into why lunches were taken from students who owed money on food accounts.

Federal grand jury indicts 3 in LA-area wildfire

01/31/2014 8:06pm
A federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges of causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that burned five homes.

Photo of child shooting at border demo draws ire

01/31/2014 8:18pm
A photo of a Border Patrol agent helping a child shoot a powder-filled ball at a target resembling a person sparked outrage by activists, who say the scene appeared to represent the shooting of an immigrant.

Manslaughter verdict in buttocks injection trial

01/31/2014 8:43pm
A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the illicit silicone buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a Georgia woman in 2012.

Manslaughter verdict in buttocks injection trial

01/31/2014 9:10pm
A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the illicit silicone buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a Georgia woman in 2012.

Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

01/31/2014 10:40pm
A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday.

Porn company's condom policy a big part of fine

01/31/2014 10:56pm
A San Francisco porn company was fined more than $78,000 this week by state safety officials for maintaining dangerous workplace conditions, among them allowing performers to have sex on camera without using condoms.

DA: LI police officer targeted Hispanics

01/31/2014 11:21pm
Authorities say they've arrested a Long Island police officer who's accused of targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops.

Sheriff: Fugitive who killed Utah deputy dies

01/31/2014 11:41pm
A fugitive suspected of killing one Utah deputy and wounding another has died from injuries suffered this week when he was shot by law enforcement officers during a gunfight that ended a 2 1/2-hour crime spree.