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Former lab worker sentenced in nuke secrets plot

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for conspiring with her physicist husband to sell nuclear secrets.

Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Guatemalan government says the head of its joint chiefs of staff has died in a helicopter crash near the border with Mexico.

Bail slashed in Nevada trespasser's shooting death

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A judge in a Nevada murder case has slashed bail from $2 million to $150,000 for a 73-year-old man who shot and killed one unarmed trespasser and seriously wounded another at a home he owns in Sparks.

Father of Norway's mass murderer asks: What if?

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The father of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who killed 77 people in 2011, has written a book that questions his behavior as a parent.

After somber statement, Obama golfs with friends

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime - a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast came shortly after the president delivered a somber statement over the brutal killing of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

NYC mayor, faith leaders meet over chokehold death

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

New York's Catholic archbishop is bringing together the mayor and religious leaders for a roundtable meeting spawned by the death of a man placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer.

APNewsBreak: BofA reaches $17B settlement with US

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Charge changed in 'Joe Biden defense' firearm case

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates.

Deputy: Gunfire after driver shot not in report

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An ex-deputy says he failed to note in a report that more gunfire took place well after a drunk driver was fatally shot following an accident that killed two boys in Texas.

NYC mayor declares 'Al Roker Appreciation Day'

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Al Roker didn't have this honor in his forecast.

Audit: $93M Medi-Cal payments could be fraudulent

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

State auditors have found Medi-Cal, the nation's largest Medicaid program, was hit with more than $93 million in potentially fraudulent bills by substance abuse clinics across California.

Fact sheet: Infiniti QX60

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid AWD

US names Hondurans to drug kingpin list

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed financial sanctions on three Honduran men, three coffee companies and a cattle and dairy operation under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.

Prosecutor: Gunman camped out before killings

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Zachary Levi Brimhall had picnicked with his parents at a remote spot in Oregon's Coast Range last weekend then stayed to camp.

Rapper Gucci Mane sentenced on federal gun charge

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago.

Slain journalist's parents: He died a hero

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The parents of an American journalist slain by Islamic State militants say their son died a hero for revealing the stories of oppressed people in war-torn lands.

7-year sentence for boxer turned bank robber

|Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A federal judge sentenced a former world champion boxer convicted of several bank robberies to seven years in prison, handing down a lighter sentence in part because of the defendant's boxing-related injuries, his difficult childhood and a mistake by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional years in prison.