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Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Better off keeping Verizon contract plan?

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice of offering discounted phones for $100 or $200.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER (AP) - The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus that annually kills thousands of vulnerable Americans - babies and senior citizens.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


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Drug crisis creates pollution

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Bald eagle threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery across the United States since the pesticide DDT was banned 45 years ago, but ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Spectators at golf tournament often direct gaze toward Trump

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - Spectators crowding around the viewing booth near the 15th green of the U.S. Women's Open often had their backs ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Flash flood kills 9 at Arizona slot canyon swimming hole

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - At least nine people were killed and others were believed missing when floodwaters from a sudden rainstorm barreled through a ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Investigator in ‘84: Seattle mayor abused foster son

SEATTLE (AP) - Three decades before Ed Murray was elected Seattle's mayor, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that he had sexually abused his foster son ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


More hurdles as Senate again delays vote on GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation's health care law after Sen. John ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


DETROIT AT CROSSROADS

DETROIT (AP) - Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. But 50 years ago she was a pre-teen, sleeping on the porch to escape the oppressive ...

July 16, 2017 | | Nation


Long his father’s attack dog, Trump Jr. now in eye of political storm

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father's id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president's pugilistic instincts and ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Authorities: Utah parents taunted malnourished child

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah couple accused in the death of their toddler daughter taunted the malnourished child with food and attempted to cover ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Parents charged with starving, abusing 5-year-old foster boy

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A northeastern Wisconsin husband and wife starved and abused their adopted 5-year-old son and accused him of manipulating a trip to ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Florida boy, 3, in body cast for jumping on trampoline

MIAMI (AP) - A 3-year-old Florida boy is in a cast from the waist down for an injury suffered while jumping at a trampoline park, his ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Monkey troupe vexes park, goes viral on social media

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - There's an upswing in monkey business in and around a state park in Florida, where bands of non-native rhesus macaques ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


New GOP health bill likely keeping Obama tax boosts on rich

WASHINGTON (AP) - A revised Senate Republican health care bill will likely retain a pair of tax boosts President Barack Obama imposed on wealthier Americans that ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Some Nevada pot retailers say they’re ‘running on fumes’

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Most of Nevada's recreational marijuana retailers are optimistic an emergency regulation that state officials are expected to approve will help keep ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Experts: Scrapped electric-car plant may mean industry woes

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - An electric car maker deserted its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada in a move experts ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


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