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NEW LAWS IN 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Court rule changes should cut lawsuits’ cost, time

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chief Justice John Roberts highlighted changes Thursday to federal court rules that he hopes will make lawsuits less expensive and time consuming.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. drivers saved a bunch of money on gasoline this past year, as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members kept the pumps going in the face of low oil prices. Massive stockpiles of crude globally turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. More of the same is expected for 2016 as oil prices remain low. Here's a quick breakdown of the numbers, courtesy of the AAA.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter

NEW YORK (AP) - Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines - not to mention the companies that run them.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook glitch marks 46 years of online friendship

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


NY payphones become free Wi-Fi hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) - Operator, won't you help me replace this call?

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Nevada court orders new trial in biker club killing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assassinating a Hells Angel leader in a 2011 shootout between rival motorcycle clubs at a Reno-area casino.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Drought persists despite above average snowpack

The California Department of Water Resources its first snow survey Tuesday and determined that water content in the state's snowpack is 136 percent of average for this time of year. Although recent storms have provided near average water content in the Sierra snowpack, actual runoff is well below average. At just 56 percent of average, less water has been available to fill up key reservoirs.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Woman drowned grandson in bathtub

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A 51-year-old California woman who is accused of intentionally drowning her grandson in a bathtub has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Police vow to stop surfers who use violence to protect waves

PALOS VERDES ESTATES . (AP) - So much for hanging loose.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Great Salt Lake hits historic low

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Drought has caused water levels in the northern portion of Utah's Great Salt Lake to drop to a historic low for the second year in a row, according to state and federal officials.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


911 dispatcher demoted for playing video games on job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida 911 dispatcher has been reprimanded and demoted for playing video games on the job.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Cleveland officers still in jeopardy over Rice case

CLEVELAND (AP) - Despite the grand jury decision not to charge a white patrolman in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the case is far from over for the city of Cleveland, the officers involved in the shooting, or the black boy's grief-stricken family.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Times Square on New Year’s to be ‘safest place in the world’

NEW YORK (AP) - With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world - heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii man’s opinions on sex keep him from becoming teacher

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Tuesday.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


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Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes a dozen arrests

DENVER (AP) - Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses Thursday and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


WH aims to sway opinion on immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


Feds: Oklahoma man kept his stepdaughter captive 19 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


Rubio defection threatens GOP’s slim majority on tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sex misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


Kellogg to millennials: Eat cereal, chill at store

NEW YORK (AP) - Kellogg opened a new store in New York on Thursday that it hopes will become a hangout spot for millennials willing to ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


FCC votes to end ‘net neutrality’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


Disney buys much of Fox to compete with Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) - Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home ...

December 14, 2017 | | Nation


Sessions: Terror attacks show immigration a security issue

BALTIMORE (AP) - A botched suicide mission on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S ...

December 12, 2017 | | Nation


Trump says senator ‘would do anything’ for campaign cash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pushing into the sexual harassment debate, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat had ...

December 12, 2017 | | Nation


FBI agent removed from probe called Trump an ‘idiot’

WASHINGTON (AP) - An FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over politically charged text messages referred to Donald Trump, then the ...

December 12, 2017 | | Nation


Jones wins in stunning Alabama senate upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an ...

December 12, 2017 | | Nation


Some of Facebook’s early friends now its sharpest critics

MENLO PARK (AP) - Some of Facebook's former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create.

December 12, 2017 | | Nation


Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Journalists consider response to errors after Trump attacks

NEW YORK (AP) - Some stinging mistakes in stories involving President Donald Trump have given him fresh ammunition in his battle against the media while raising ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


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