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President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Obama said a government shutdown would throw a wrench into the gears of U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama focuses on military as government shuts down

WASHINGTON (AP) — As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he’ll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible. In his sole […]

09/30/2013

Judge almost shut down surveillance program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge who oversaw a secret U.S. spy court almost shut down the government’s domestic surveillance program designed to fight terrorism after he “lost confidence” in officials’ ability to operate […]

09/10/2013

A firefighter works the Clover Fire in Anderson, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on Gas Point Road.  (AP Photo/The Record Searchlight, Andreas Fuhrmann)

Far Northern Calif. fire destroys 30 structures

  REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California’s Shasta County damaged 30 structures, many of them homes, grown to more than 11 square miles and is threatening another 350 structures, fire officials […]

09/10/2013

Photo released by the Dekalb County Sheriff's Department of Michael Brandon Hill. (AP Photo/Dekalb County Sheriff's Department)

911 call discusses school gunman’s mental health

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers were told that the suspect in a shooting and standoff at a suburban Atlanta school was off his medication and he thought he should have gone to a mental […]

08/21/2013

A firefighter with the Idaho City Hotshots looks for spot fires during a back burn along the Pine-Featherville Road while battling the more than 90,000-acre Elk Fire Complex near Pine, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Times-News, Ashley Smith)

Utah fire destroys 13 homes near resort town

WANSHIP, Utah (AP) — A wildfire threatened hundreds of homes Wednesday after destroying more than a dozen others outside the resort town of Park City. The lightning-sparked blaze was among several in the West where […]

08/14/2013

Retired Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford describes one of his wounds from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, at his home in Lillington, N.C. on June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Soldier played dead after being shot at Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier who was repeatedly shot during the Fort Hood shooting rampage says he played dead before realizing the gunman might notice he was sweating. Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford testified […]

08/06/2013

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Author Ann Rule sues Seattle Weekly for defamation

  SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime author Ann Rule is suing a weekly Seattle newspaper, claiming she was defamed by a 2011 article written by the fiance of a convicted killer. The lawsuit, filed in King […]

07/23/2013

In this image provided by NASA Tuesday July 16, 2013, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in a spacewalk as work continues on the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA still perplexed by astronaut’s flooded helmet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spacewalking astronaut who came close to drowning in a flooded helmet searched for clues in his spacesuit Wednesday, in hopes of understanding the unprecedented water leak. Engineers in Houston, […]

07/17/2013

Plea deal for suspected potty peeper in Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A man accused of emerging from a Colorado portable toilet covered in feces has pleaded guilty to two burglary counts and attempted unlawful sexual contact. Luke Chrisco was arrested in 2011 […]

07/09/2013

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Rising Mississippi River threatening towns

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mississippi River communities scrambling Tuesday to fend off the rain-engorged waterway got discouraging news: More rains looming across much of the nation’s midsection threatened to slow the potential retreat of the […]

06/04/2013

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Spelling Bee begins with 1st-ever vocabulary test

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee is under way, with 281 youngsters taking the first vocabulary test in the history of the competition. Spellers arrived Tuesday morning to take a […]

05/28/2013

Jodi Arias, during interview at Maricopa County Estrella Jail, Phoenix. (AP Photo)

In Arias trial, TV cameras never far behind

PHOENIX (AP) — The Jodi Arias murder trial had all the ingredients of a circus the minute it started: sex and violence, a defendant more than willing to seek the spotlight, a judge who extended […]

05/22/2013

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