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Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Phoenix - The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a...


Parties fret over immigration plans

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Washington - Both political parties are in a state of high anxiety about the possibility that President Barack Obama will allow millions of illegal immigrants to remain in the country, fearing that White House action on the issue could...


Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor of Virginia

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Richmond, Va. - Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so chilly they...


Cape Wind opponents file appeal in lawsuit

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Boston - A Cape Cod town and other local opponents of the Cape Wind energy project are seeking another chance to block the long-planned $2.6 billion offshore facility.The town of Barnstable, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound...


U.S. journalist thankful for efforts to secure freedom from Syrian captivity

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 6:51 pm

Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after 22 months in captivity, declined to talk about his ordeal, saying in brief remarks that he needed time to reconnect with family following his return to the United States.


Top of the world

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 12:00 am

A construction worker takes in the view Tuesday from the communication rings on top of One World Trade Center in New York.


Hurricane Cristobal gains, heading toward Bermuda

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Cristobal hurled heavy rains across Atlantic and Caribbean islands on Tuesday as it headed toward Bermuda, and officials said the storm had caused at least five deaths.The U.S. National Hurricane...


UPDATED: Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Massachusetts

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 12:01 pm

An Air Force jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot's status was unknown.


AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 8:40 am

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.


Union Army lieutenant to be awarded Medal of Honor for actions at Gettysburg in 1863

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Washington - On July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg raged into its third day. That afternoon, Confederate soldiers made what is now known as Pickett's Charge at the Union Army, directly at the battery commanded by First Lt. Alonzo...


Feds propose ban on rope-swinging from Utah arches

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Salt Lake City (AP) - Federal officials have proposed a two-year ban on rope-swinging from iconic Utah arches and other high-flying activities at two popular landmarks that have led to deaths and injuries witnessed by visitors flocking to...


That's a lot of broken bottles: Quake causes $1B damage to wine capital

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Napa, Calif. - The earthquake that jarred California's wine capital caused $1 billion in damage, Napa County officials estimated Monday as business owners mopped up high-end vintages that spilled from barrels and bottles and swept away...


For 'Breaking Bad,' a good night at the Emmy Awards

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Los Angeles - "Modern Family" won a record-tying fifth best comedy series Emmy Award and a dominant "Breaking Bad" captured the top drama award and a trio of acting honors in Monday's ceremony, which took a somber turn as Robin Williams...


Napa rattled by 3.9 aftershock

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 9:34 am

Napa County has been rattled by a small aftershock to the strong and damaging earthquake that hit California's wine capital over the weekend.


University of Phoenix founder dies

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 1:00 am

Phoenix (AP) - John G. Sperling was in his teens - illiterate and the survivor of a childhood filled with illness - when a shipmate in the Merchant Marine taught him to read.Enchanted by the likes of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and F. Scott...


Russian tourist charged in Brooklyn Bridge climb

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Associated PressNew York - A Russian tourist climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge to take pictures for fun in the landmark's second security breach in a month, authorities said Monday.Yaroslav...


Quake staggers wine country

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

120 are hospitalized as 6.0 temblor damages buildings in CaliforniaNapa, Calif. - The strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's...


Army: Shooter injured self, no others on Va. base

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 11:50 am

A female soldier with a gun inside a key building turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.


Hundreds of mourners wait outside church for Michael Brown’s funeral

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 10:12 am

Mourners are gathering at a St. Louis church this morning for the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose shooting death Aug. 9 by a police officer began nearly two weeks of unrest in Ferguson.


Actor-director Richard Attenborough, 90

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

London - Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.The actor's son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died...


Bao Bao's one-year birthday unleashes panda-monium

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:24 am

Washington - Three-hundred and sixty-five days ago, a then rather un-cute, unnamed baby giant panda was born: pink, pint-size and blind. Even before she became adorable, she was adored. On Saturday, Bao Bao celebrated...


New rules aimed at halting imports of 'puppy mill' dogs

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Washington - When New York resident Jillian Civitano saw a picture of Tink on a Texas dog dealer's website, she fell in love and purchased the 2-pound Maltese puppy.She was told the dog was born in South Korea and brought to Texas.


Scientists seek to parse animal language from noise

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

From ultrasonic bat chirps to eerie whale songs, the animal kingdom is a noisy place. While some sounds might have meaning - typically something like "I'm a male, aren't I great?" - no other creatures have a true language except for us. Or do...


Thousands turn out for N.Y. rally over chokehold death

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

New York - Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Police reported no...


6.0 earthquake shakes California's northern Bay Area

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 10:46 am

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck just before 3:30 a.m. about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa, in California wine country, Leslie Gordon of the U.S. Geological Survey said.


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