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Countries clash to claim real Santa

HELSINKI (AP) - Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit further south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with claiming Santa's hometown.

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obamas share favorite holiday tunes

HONOLULU (AP) - Ever wonder what music gets President Barack Obama in the Christmas mood?

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Virtual reality is finally here

NEW YORK (AP) - With the launch of Samsung's Gear VR headset a few weeks ago, virtual reality for the masses is finally a thing. Now comes the next big challenge: Who, exactly, will care?

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


X-ray vision? New $300 Tech making it a reality

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - X-ray vision, a comic book fantasy for decades, is becoming a reality in a lab at MIT.

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Booze & cold deadly in Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Carl Smith found his son's body in a cold, open field, not far from the Route 66 saloon where the 24-year-old had gone to drink. He was wearing a pair of lace-up boots, jeans and a familiar gray jacket.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Trump denies using ‘vulgar’ language to mock Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected reports that he used vulgarity in describing Democrat Hillary Clinton's primary loss to now-President Barack Obama in 2008.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Man jailed after student threatened over “Star Wars” spoiler online

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new "Star Wars" movie during an online conversation.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Judge upholds ‘gun violence tax,’ dismisses NRA lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge upheld Seattle's so-called gun violence tax Tuesday, rejecting a challenge from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Columbia University: Massive landslide found in remote Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Scientists say they've discovered a massive landslide in an uninhabited area of eastern Alaska that's the largest detected in North America since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Son, upset about bedbugs, killed elderly mother

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors say a Minneapolis man admitted that he killed his 89-year-old mother because he was upset that a bedbug outbreak would get her kicked out of her home.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Woman dies after being forcibly removed from Florida hospital

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Did worker plant bomb under bosses’ bed?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A bomb in a crawl space sent the owners of a northwest Louisiana horse farm flying from their bed to the floor, but they walked away uninjured by the bomb, daggerlike splinters from their hardwood floor or shrapnel that hit the ceiling, one owner said Monday.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


International students gripe about bad food at Ohio college

CLEVELAND (AP) - A ruckus over the cultural sensitivity of cafeteria food at Ohio's Oberlin College has led to heaping servings of both derision and sympathy.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect in Vegas crash said she was stressed living in car

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A homeless woman accused of slamming a car carrying her 3-year-old daughter into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip told authorities she was stressed out after being chased by security guards from parking lots where she had been trying to sleep before the crash, according to a police report obtained Monday.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Bear pulls Boy Scout leader in cave by foot; Scouts get help

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A Boy Scout leader was pulled into a cave by a bear in northern New Jersey but beat the animal away with a rock hammer while the three Scouts with him called for help, authorities said.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


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Huge cuts to food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals ...

May 21, 2017 | | Nation


Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of ‘ultimate deal’

JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal." But he will step foot ...

May 21, 2017 | | Nation


What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them?

May 21, 2017 | | Nation


US refuses to add sailors’ names to Vietnam Memorial

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Pentagon has refused a long-standing request to add the names of 74 U.S. sailors who died in a 1969 ...

May 21, 2017 | | Nation


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - A waste management authority on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has started offering homeowners loans to buy bear-proof garbage bins ...

May 21, 2017 | | Nation


Nevada adds spans of 80 mph driving

FORTY MILE DESERT, Nev. (AP) - Of all the things you can do legally in Nevada but not most other places, driving 80 mph (129 kph ...

May 14, 2017 | | Nation


A suicide at age 8? Very rare, but not inconceivable

NEW YORK (AP) - The death was startling even to the coroner: a boy only 8 years old apparently killing himself in his Cincinnati bedroom.

May 14, 2017 | | Nation


Plan to curb panhandling is putting beggars to work

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Cleaning trash and landscaping public parks might not be glamorous work, but Derek Cote says it beats begging for change in a ...

May 14, 2017 | | Nation


Nevada biologist sues activists for defamation

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A longtime Nevada biologist is suing bear protection advocates at Lake Tahoe he accuses of harassing and threatening him through a "vicious ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Texas governor signs ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a law targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" that allows police to ask about a person's ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Trump pushes Senate GOP

BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Old tech, passwords galore hurt tracking of visa holders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. immigration agents waste their time logging in and out of archaic computer systems while trying to track down foreigners suspected ...

May 05, 2017 | | Nation


Couple held in deadly random shooting spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A couple driving around in a stolen car took turns randomly shooting at 14 people in California last weekend, killing a man ...

May 05, 2017 | | Nation


Trump trading in White House, Palm Beach for New Jersey

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - The quiet swath of rolling hills and horse farms President Donald Trump is expected to use as a weekend summertime retreat ...

May 05, 2017 | | Nation


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