National briefs: Republicans audition for '16

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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign's unofficial start.

A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republicans' controversial budget, the party's struggle with Hispanics, the GOP's future and the upcoming midterm elections while taking turns on a conference room stage facing hundreds of conservative activists gathered in New Hampshire's largest city.

But the Republican Party's near-universal opposition to the president's health care law dominated the conversation just days after Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigned after leading the rocky rollout of the program derided as "Obamacare."

Space station glitch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A computer outage at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts and threatens to delay Monday's launch of a commercial supply ship for NASA.

NASA said Friday night that a backup computer on the outside of the orbiting lab is not responding to commands.

Hacker wins appeal

PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a prominent computer hacker whose imprisonment had highlighted a growing debate over whether the government is overreaching in its campaign against cybercrime.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that the Justice Department improperly put Andrew Auernheimer on trial in New Jersey, even though his alleged hacking took place elsewhere. Mr. Auernheimer was convicted in 2012 of obtaining about 120,000 email addresses of iPad users from AT&T's website and giving them to the website Gawker.

Obamas file tax return

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported adjusted gross income of $481,098 for 2013, down 21 percent from last year, according to tax returns released Friday by the White House.

The Obamas paid $98,169 in federal taxes, including $2,310 imposed by the 2010 Affordable Care Act that he signed. That's an effective income tax rate of 20.4 percent.

Stiletto killer sentenced

HOUSTON -- Ana Trujillo, who was convicted of killing her boyfriend Alf Stefan Andersson with a stiletto high-heal shoe, was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

Trujillo, 45, claimed throughout the trial that she was the victim in an abusive relationship and was defending herself from an attack with the only weapon she had: a cobalt blue platform pump with a five-inch heel.

Mr. Andersson, a 59-year-old University of Houston professor, died in the attack June 9.

The couple had returned to Mr. Andersson's luxury high-rise apartment about 2 a.m. after drinking together all day.

Also in the nation ...

The highest beef prices in almost three decades -- $5.28 a pound on average -- have arrived just before the start of grilling season. ... The U.S. Navy on Saturday in Bath, Maine, christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers with a stealthy shape, naming it after the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt.



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