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Panel calls for steep cuts in US nukes

May 15, 2012

By DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential panel is calling for an 80 percent reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons and an elimination of all nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In a report for the advocacy group Global Zero, retired Gen. James Cartwright and ...

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Crews battling Ariz. wildfire fight high winds

May 15, 2012

CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) — High winds increased the acreage of a northern Arizona wildfire Tuesday, but also blew flames away from an historic mining town.

The blaze near Crown King began on private land Sunday and has burned about 2½ square miles Tuesday with zero containment. Fire officials ...

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Records detail George Zimmerman's medical injuries

May 15, 2012

MIAMI (AP) — Court records show George Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a nose fracture and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

ABC News reports (http://abcn.ws/K3tcvN ) the medical records were part of evidence released Tuesday that ...

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Congress votes to reauthorize Export-Import Bank

May 15, 2012

By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's vehicle for promoting U.S. export sales survived a challenge from conservatives Tuesday with a Senate vote to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank for three years. The vote, coming after the Senate rejected amendments to ...

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GOP revises anti-violence bill, draws veto threat

May 15, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are revising their proposal to renew the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, but not enough to satisfy President Barack Obama and other Democrats intent on preserving their lead among female voters in this volatile election year.

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NY judge: Apple statements damage lawsuit position

May 15, 2012

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cited the confident voice of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs on Tuesday as she refused to toss out lawsuits alleging the company and various publishers conspired to drive up the price of electronic books.

U.S. District Judge ...

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Wash. jury takes its time in Powell voyeurism case

May 15, 2012

By MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury handling the voyeurism case against a missing Utah woman's father-in-law struggled to reach a verdict Tuesday, breaking for the day without a decision and asking a question that one attorney called "troubling."

Jurors considered Steve ...

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Defense mum on whether John Edwards will testify

May 15, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for John Edwards on Tuesday indicated that their defense in his criminal trial for alleged campaign finance violations is winding down, but they did not say whether the former presidential candidate or his one-time mistress ...

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Ex-Mexican official pleads guilty to aiding cartel

May 15, 2012

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Mexican law enforcement official who worked closely with U.S. authorities in the drug war pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in San Diego to aiding members of a violent Tijuana-based cartel, including helping traffickers get away ...

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Scientists hunt ways to stall Alzheimer's earlier

May 15, 2012

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look for a fundamental shift in how scientists hunt ways to ward off the devastation of Alzheimer's disease — by testing possible therapies in people who don't yet show many symptoms, before too much of the brain is destroyed.

The most ...

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APNewsBreak: Seattle police object to DOJ proposal

May 15, 2012

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Department is objecting to reforms proposed by the Justice Department as wildly unrealistic and expensive, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

The DOJ presented its confidential settlement proposal to the ...

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NCIS: $2M in stolen military property recovered

May 15, 2012

By MARTHA WAGGONER and PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Military authorities recovered about $1.8 million in stolen property as part of an ongoing investigation that so far involves almost 70 civilians and active-duty Marines and sailors.

Commanders from Camp Lejeune and the ...

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White House threatens veto of House defense bill

May 15, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto the House Armed Service Committee's version of next year's defense budget, arguing that the $642 billion measure adds billions to President Barack Obama's request and limits the military's ability to ...

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George W. Bush offers tepid endorsement of Romney

May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush is backing presumptive Republican White House nominee Mitt Romney.

The former president offered a four-word endorsement of Romney as the doors of his elevator were closing after a speech Tuesday in Washington.

Bush said: "I'm for Mitt Romney."

ABC News caught ...

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Schilling's company failed to make payment to RI

May 15, 2012

By DAVID KLEPPER and ERIKA NIEDOWSKI, Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island leaders are working to help former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company remain viable after it failed to make a scheduled $1.125 million payment to the state's economic development agency.

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Marijuana DUI standard dies a 3rd time in CO

May 15, 2012

By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A marijuana blood limit for drivers was rejected Tuesday for a third time in Colorado, as lawmakers from both parties argued about how to fairly gauge whether someone is too stoned to get behind the wheel.

The bill would have made Colorado the ...

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Father: Ga. woman with flesh-eating bug wants book

May 15, 2012

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A week ago, doctors gave her little chance of survival. Now a Georgia grad student who is battling a rare flesh-eating infection is alert and bored enough to ask for a book, her father told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Aimee Copeland ...

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Accuser tells tale of 2 wives at Clemens trial

May 15, 2012

By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid his year-by-year narrative of his complex relationship with Roger Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs, Brian McNamee weaved in a tale of two wives. He said it was his own wife who nagged him into keeping evidence that has become crucial ...

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Pentagon Restricts F-22 Flights, Safety a Concern

May 15, 2012

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a mysterious safety problem with the Air Force's most-prized stealth fighter, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered new flight restrictions on the F-22 and summoned help from Navy and NASA experts.

Panetta endorsed Air Force ...

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Suu Kyi backs proposal to suspend US sanctions

May 15, 2012

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is cautiously backing a U.S. senator's proposal to suspend U.S. economic sanctions.

Suu Kyi said Tuesday that suspending, rather than eliminating, sanctions would send a message that the U.S. is ...

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