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Times Square's crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

DENVER (AP) - The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Throwing the book: Unreturned library books

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

SC GOV. HALEY GETS A BERETTA PISTOL FOR CHRISTMAS: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Santa was apparently right on target for Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


As city cycling grows, so does tax temptation

CHICAGO (AP) - Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Knockout game leads to hate crime charge

HOUSTON (AP) - A white Houston-area man was arrested Thursday on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game"-style attack.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Man climbs fence at Phoenix airport, runs to airliner

PHOENIX (AP) - Two men were arrested Christmas Day on opposite sides of the country after they breached perimeters at major airports, raising questions about security measures and whether more needs to be done to protect the nation's transit hubs.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Fla. church signs roll the dice getting hip with marquee quips

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read: "Christmas - Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Tribe sues makers of film ‘Out of the Furnace’

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Members of the Ramapough Native American tribe have filed a $50 million lawsuit against the makers of a recent Hollywood movie they say depicts their people in a negative light.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Cold & dark Christmas for thousands

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) - Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to more than half a million homes left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Girl who got caroling wish has died

WEST READING, Pa. (AP) - A terminally ill girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers outside her home over the weekend died early on Christmas morning, her family said.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Cab driver finds $300K in back seat

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


First-class stamps to cost 49 cents

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


Tablets a hit with kids, experts worry

NEW YORK (AP) - Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


After Christmas begins before the holiday

NEW YORK (AP) - It's beginning to look a lot like ... the day after Christmas?

December 25, 2013 | | Nation


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Fortune, friction and decline as casino ‘Chinatown’ matures

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - No ornate archway marks it. No obvious business district with exotic signs and storefronts sets it apart. But in the quiet neighborhoods ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Records: Minnesota officer may have interacted with Castile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota police officer and the black motorist he shot to death during a traffic stop may have interacted in a previous stop ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Trump seeks to dismiss lawsuit over Trump University

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One day after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States, his lawyers will be in court to ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Chapman’s 105.1 mph pitch matches fastest since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The 105.1 mph pitch from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to Baltimore's J.J. Hardy matched the fastest since Major League ...

July 20, 2016 | | Nation


Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Melania Trump ignites GOP convention after gloom, turmoil

CLEVELAND (AP) - After a harsh primary, Donald Trump's general election campaign officially opened with a warm and personal validation from his wife, Melania Trump ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


In medical mystery, caregiver of Zika patient gets virus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Textbook reignites Mexican- American studies flap in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Activists and educators on Monday called a Mexican-American studies textbook proposed for use across Texas biased and poorly researched and argued that ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The gunman who opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub last month had complained he was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Killer of Baton Rouge law officers a man of mixed messages

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gavin Long was a man of mixed messages. He peddled self-published books with abstract themes about self-empowerment and spiritual enlightenment, but ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


3rd officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge further hollowed out the case against six police officers charged in the death of a young black man, delivering a third ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Utah wants to drop case against ex-attorney general

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prosecutors moved Monday to drop pay-to-play charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a surprise retreat more than two years ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


GOP speakers fault Clinton on Benghazi deaths

CLEVELAND (AP) - The mother of a State Department employee killed in the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, angrily lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Monday ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


RNC: Doom and gloom at home, clamor for Trump

CLEVELAND (AP) - Painting a bleak picture of America's future, Republicans promised a new era of security with Donald Trump as president as they opened ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


Man had nursing license revoked before bombing

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former nurse who authorities say killed himself shortly before exploding two powerful bombs targeting his former boss in a rural Nevada ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


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