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  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama’s high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and …


  • Victims want Fort Hood shooting deemed terror act

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Nearly three years after the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, many of those affected are urging the government to declare it a terrorist attack, saying …


  • Sandusky filing says trial violated his rights

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky launched his effort to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions with a set of motions that said there wasn’t enough evidence against him and …


  • Sandusky filing says trial violated his rights

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky is launching an effort to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions with a set of motions that say there wasn’t enough evidence to convict …


  • Ariz. mom of missing boy convicted of lesser count

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman whose infant son vanished nearly three years ago avoided what could have been a lengthy prison term of nearly 30 years after a jury …


  • Police arrest 3 men in Denver bar fire killings

    DENVER (AP) — Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said …


  • Stunning meteor lights up California sky

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A streaking fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers Wednesday night, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way. The exploding streak was …


  • Arizona mother convicted of unlawful imprisonment

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman whose infant son vanished nearly three years ago was convicted of unlawful imprisonment Thursday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on the …


  • Court: Fort Hood suspect can be forcibly shaved

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An Army appeals court ruled Thursday that the Fort Hood shooting suspect can have his beard forcibly shaved off before his murder trial. The U.S. …


  • Terror suspect’s family says he asked to go to US

    NEW YORK (AP) — Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was a terrible student in his native Bangladesh, and his middle-class parents say he persuaded them to send him off to …


  • Dust storm shuts down interstate in northern Okla.

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down part of …


  • Cos. walk a tricky line with endorsements

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nike forgave Tiger Woods after he apologized for cheating on his wife. It welcomed back Michael Vick once he served time for illegal dog-fighting. But the …


  • Police identify victims in Florida salon shooting

    CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — Police have identified three of the victims in the central Florida beauty salon shooting, including a manager who filed a restraining order against the gunman. Casselberry …


  • Minn. man convicted of aiding Somalia terror group

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man accused of helping send young men through a terrorist pipeline from Minnesota to Somalia was convicted Thursday on all five terrorism-related charges he faced, …


  • After uproar, Ga. officials back off archives plan

    MORROW, Ga. (AP) — When Georgia officials announced plans to severely restrict public access to its state archives, it set off a firestorm not only among scholars and people tracing …


  • Calif., other states take part in earthquake drill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual “Great ShakeOut” drill. Organizers said …


  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday. The …


  • Gunman kills 3, self in Florida salon shooting

    CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding the manager, who had asked for a restraining order against …


  • First Denver bar slaying suspect appears in court

    DENVER (AP) — The first of three suspects accused in the killings of five people and a cover-up fire at a Denver bar has made his first appearance in court. …


  • Judge stops LAPD warrant for Manson follower tapes

    DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked an attempt by the Los Angeles Police Department to use a search warrant to obtain decades-old tapes of conversations between …


  • Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that cheerleaders at an East Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, saying the school district’s …


  • “Perversion files” show locals helped cover up

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters …


  • US sees potential for wider anti-Taliban uprising

    AB BAND, Afghanistan (AP) — Fed up with the Taliban closing their schools and committing other acts of oppression, men in a village about 100 miles south of Kabul took …


  • Scout files shown at news conference

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Attorneys are showing a number of so-called Boy Scout “perversion files” at a news conference in preparation later in the day for release of 14,500 pages …


  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and …


  • 4 dead in central Fla. beauty salon shooting

    CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, killing three women and wounding a fourth before leaving the business and killing himself at …


  • Obama’s daughters’ school evacuated; all clear

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. private school attended by the daughters of President Barack Obama says it briefly evacuated after it received a phone call that it considered suspicious. Sidwell …


  • NOAA: Warm winter in West, but East? Who knows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal meteorologists are forecasting a milder and drier winter for much of the western United States, but say they are stumped about what will happen in the …


  • Lawyer angry over Zumba prostitution case handling

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a high school hockey coach who gave up his job because of the Zumba prostitution scandal in Maine says he’s “pretty disgusted with …


  • Cancer groups to improve disclosures on pink wares

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nation’s two largest breast cancer charities have adopted guidelines for fuller disclosure by those selling pink products and services in their names, New York’s attorney …