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1,600 museums offer military families free tickets

May 22, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,600 museums across the country will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in a program that has more than doubled in size since 2010.

The expanded Blue Star Museums initiative will be ...

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Summit doubleheader short on surprises

May 22, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A long weekend of economic and security summits was heavy on stagecraft and light on surprises.

The Group of Eight gathering in Camp David, Md., and the larger gathering of NATO leaders in Chicago yielded agreements worked out in advance and already ...

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National conference in Ohio focuses on teachers

May 22, 2012

By DAN SEWELL, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — Educators including the U.S. secretary of education, teacher union leaders and school administrators will focus this week on ways to transform the teaching profession with such targets as better recruiting, preparation and career development, and ...

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Obama praises Joplin's resiliency after tornado

May 22, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — One year after a deadly tornado devastated their city, President Barack Obama praised the residents of Joplin, Mo., for a spirit of perseverance and resiliency that he said could serve as a model for a nation still grinding its way through tough ...

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6 missing after boat reported sunk in Gulf

May 21, 2012

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An extensive daylong search by the U.S. Coast Guard turned up no sign of six people who had radioed that their fishing boat was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston.

Darkness prompted a halt Monday evening to the extensive, painstaking air and sea search. Plans were ...

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4 arrested after man's beating at Dodger Stadium

May 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A minor fender bender in a Dodger Stadium parking lot over the weekend led to the beating of a driver and the arrest of four people more than a year after a San Francisco Giants fan was left with brain damage after an attack on opening day, police said Monday.

The latest attack ...

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Mich. police: Grandmother shot grandson 8 times

May 21, 2012

By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Jonathan Hoffman frantically told a 911 dispatcher he had been shot in the chest by his grandmother and was going to die, a police detective testified Monday.

By the time officers arrived at the family's upscale condo in a ...

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Obama snubs Pakistan head over supply routes

May 21, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — In an unmistakable snub, President Barack Obama left Pakistan off a list of nations he thanked Monday for help getting war supplies into Afghanistan.

The omission speaks to the prolonged slump in U.S. relations with Pakistan that ...

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In Joplin, a senior year to remember after tornado

May 21, 2012

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — There were tearful remembrances for lost classmates and jokes about spending their senior year in a converted department store.

But most of all for Joplin High School's Class of 2012, a chorus of rousing cheers and joyous celebrations ...

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DEA probed in wake of Secret Service investigation

May 21, 2012

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inspector general's office was investigating possible misconduct by two or more Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Colombia unrelated to the Secret Service incident with prostitutes at a Cartagena hotel, federal ...

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Chinese activist in NYC is 'seriously troubled'

May 21, 2012

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A blind Chinese activist who arrived in New York over the weekend is "seriously troubled" about three people now at the mercy of Chinese authorities for helping him, his mentor said Monday.

"This is what's very much on Chen's mind: his inability ...

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Boy rescued above waterfall not scared - at first

May 21, 2012

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy rescued at the top of a 270-foot waterfall in Washington state says he just wanted to cool off, but soon found himself stuck precariously on a rock for hours as crews tried to reach him.

"I wanted to go in ... just to ...

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Surgical scars some see as racist provoke SD march

May 21, 2012

By KRISTI EATON, Associated Press

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of people marched Monday in support of a man who says the letters KKK were carved into his stomach by a surgeon at a South Dakota hospital.

A YouTube video featuring 69-year-old Vern Traversie, a Lakota man who lives on the ...

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Man survives 180-foot plunge over Niagara Falls

May 21, 2012

By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A man survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls in an apparent suicide attempt Monday — only the third person known to have lived after going over the falls without a safety device.

Niagara Parks Police said ...

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Ore. track coach takes student to prom, loses job

May 21, 2012

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman has been dismissed as a volunteer track coach at a small Eastern Oregon high school because she escorted a 17-year-old boy to the prom.

Melissa Bowerman, 41, who had been coaching the Condon/Wheeler track and field team ...

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Who will drones target? Who in the US will decide?

May 21, 2012

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in guiding the debate on which terror leaders will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure to vet both military and CIA targets.

The move ...

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After NATO summit, questions about protest mindset

May 21, 2012

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — For activists, the NATO summit in Chicago served as one big stage from which to air a broad range of grievances — not just the war in Afghanistan or other actions of the 63-year-old military alliance.

In their effort to maximize turnout, organizers ...

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Obama on Afghan: Leave on time, no 'perfect' end

May 21, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN and BEN FELLER, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked in place an Afghanistan exit path Monday that will still keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years, acknowledging there never will be point at which they ...

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Texas airline exec found guilty in child porn case

May 21, 2012

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jurors convicted the founder of a Texas cargo airline on child pornography charges Monday, siding with prosecutors who said he had explicit online chats with undercover officers posing as young teenage girls and collected numerous ...

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Fort Hood bomb plot suspect wears mask in court

May 21, 2012

By ANGELA K. BROWN, Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) — A soldier accused of planning to bomb Fort Hood troops in a restaurant last summer wore a mask in court for the first time Monday as a jury was selected in his federal trial.

Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, who has been accused of spitting blood on ...

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