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No defense from suspect in 2009 Fort Hood shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood rested his case Wednesday without calling any witnesses or testifying in his own defense.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian activists claim deadly 'toxic gas' attack

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept, during intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of Damascus, part of a fierce government offensive in the area.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


VP Biden's son evaluated at Texas cancer center

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, is being evaluated at a cancer center in Texas, according to people with knowledge of his condition.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Western wildfires a costly $1 billion

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - More than 40 uncontained, active and large wildfires dot the western U.S. from Arizona to Washington state and Alaska, taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctor: Marathon suspect was shot through face

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been shot through the face and had a fractured skull, wounds to his lower extremities and bone injuries on his left hand when he was caught hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard, according to the surgeon who treated him.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Court orders release of Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) - Officials say an Egyptian court has ordered the release of ex-President Hosni Mubarak, but it's not immediately clear whether the prosecutors will appeal the order.

August 21, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Man, 20, charged in Georgia school shooting

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A school bookkeeper says she came face-to-face with a gunman at an Atlanta-area elementary school and talked him into surrendering after he fired shots at police.

August 21, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif professor apologizes for setting fires

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California professor who set fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and a park apologized for his actions and says he lost himself in grief after the boy committed suicide.

August 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


TV mogul Simon Cowell says he'll be a dad

LONDON (AP) - British TV mogul Simon Cowell says he's looking forward to being a father, his first public confirmation that he will be having a child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman.

August 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego-area home timed to set fire after kidnap

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California authorities say a family friend who kidnapped a 16-year-old girl used a timer to set fire to his San Diego-area home, where the girl's mother and brother were found dead.

August 20, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US soldier to face victims of Afghanistan massacre

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington (AP) - Staff Sgt. Robert Bales felt "inadequate as a soldier and as a man" when he left his remote post in Afghanistan in the middle of the night last year and attacked two mud-walled villages, gunning down men, screaming children and elderly women, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: Georgia school suspect had assault rifle

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A sheriff's official says a gunman carrying an assault rifle fired shots into the air outside an Atlanta-area elementary school and was taken into custody a short time later.

August 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mosquitoes are worse this summer in parts of U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual.

August 20, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US judge approves force-feeding California inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week.

August 20, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd death in Vegas crash that killed CHP officer

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A brother-in-law has died of injuries he received when he and an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer tried to stop a man from stealing the officer's pickup truck from a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino valet stand, authorities said Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Official: Amish girls sexually abused in abduction

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) - Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday.

August 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Teen gunman deemed not a high threat

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A teen who fatally shot another student at his suburban Denver high school last year had been deemed "not a high-level of threat" after shouting a death threat against his debate coach three months earlier, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

August 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.

August 17, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nick Watney takes 1-stroke lead at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Not many players birdied the tricky final hole at the Wyndham Championship on Saturday.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) - Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy waited Saturday near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures dragged on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the deepening crisis.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams' death

NEW YORK (AP) - Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Massacre' in Iraq as strikes hit near key dam

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Islamic extremists in Iraq killed 80 Yazidi men and abducted their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses said Saturday, insisting the religious community is still at risk after a week of U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes on the militants.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Candlelight vigil marks Elvis' death in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California water bond won't be a drought-buster

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but which his opponents say is just deserts.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of a white police officer boiled over again when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store - the same one Michael Brown was accused of robbing.

August 16, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York couple was arraigned late Friday on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.

August 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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