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Firm pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Gang accused of robbing freight trains

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - More than a decade ago they were called the largest gang ever to attack North American railroads and gained enough notoriety to be the subject of a television documentary. Now, prosecutors in northern New Jersey say their ringleader is back at it.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Tips for last-minute shoppers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban cigar boom? Not yet

MIAMI (AP) - The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect Tsarnaev appears in court

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with 76-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


2 states challenge legal Colorado pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban-Americans don’t think alike

MIAMI (AP) - Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking fallout puts all firms on alert

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


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Thousands attend Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of rain-drenched revelers gathered in midtown Manhattan Wednesday night to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


3 more bodies found in Tennessee wildfire; toll at 7

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Three more bodies were found in the ruins of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Miami exiles rally for Cuba freedom after Castro death

MIAMI (AP) - Hundreds of Cuban exiles in Miami rallied Wednesday for freedom and democracy on the communist island following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Prosecutor clears officer in man’s death, says man was armed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A prosecutor on Wednesday cleared a Charlotte police officer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Lawsuits challenge abortion restrictions in 3 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Taking the offensive after Election Day setbacks, Planned Parenthood and its allies filed lawsuits Wednesday in North Carolina, Missouri and Alaska challenging ...

November 30, 2016 | | Nation


Invasive strep outbreak claims lives of 4 Alaskans

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four Alaskans have died this year in an outbreak of invasive strep bacteria that has mostly affected the homeless and Alaska Natives ...

November 29, 2016 | | Nation


Drug-resistant salmonella linked to calves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A multistate outbreak of salmonella bacteria that is resistant to several drugs has been linked to infected dairy bull calves purchased in ...

November 29, 2016 | | Nation


Southern storms should ease drought, but fire threat remains

ATLANTA (AP) - Storms roaring across the South appeared to be taking aim at some of the largest wildfires burning across the region, which could finally ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


Fast-acting Ohio State officer praised for killing attacker

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials on Monday praised an Ohio State University police officer who shot and killed a man a minute after he drove his ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


Some blacks applaud Castro legacy of racial equality

DETROIT (AP) - The Fidel Castro that Sam Riddle and many other African-Americans admired was not the revolutionary dictator who plunged Cuba into economic ruin and ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


Murder charge dismissed against 1 of 2 Albuquerque officers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A special prosecutor dismissed a second-degree murder charge Monday against one of two former Albuquerque police officers charged in the shooting ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


3 murder warrants issued for SC man sheriff said killed 7

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man suspected of being a serial killer was formally charged with three additional counts of murder Monday for ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


Kansas State’s inaction led to another rape

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A female student contends in a court filing Monday that Kansas State University's failure to investigate the rape of another woman ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


Terrorism suspected in car-and-knife attack at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Somali-born Ohio State University student plowed his car into a group of pedestrians on campus and then got out and began ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


California considers ban on sex between lawyers and clients

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The nation's largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some ...

November 28, 2016 | | Nation


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