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Hasbro moving to replace penis-shaped Play-Doh toy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - It was an embarrassing Christmas for Nivea Cabrera after she was accused by her fiance's mother of letting her 5-year-old granddaughter play with a sex toy. A mortified Carbrera asked the child where she got the penis-shaped plastic cylinder.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


ANTI-DRINKING DRUG

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tequila sure looks real, so do the beer taps. Inside the hospital at the National Institutes of Health, researchers are testing a possible new treatment to help heavy drinkers cut back - using a replica of a fully stocked bar.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


3 killed in fire likely sparked by holiday soup left unattended

NEW YORK (AP) - A traditional Haitian holiday soup left unattended on a stove likely sparked a deadly fire that killed a couple and their relative, fire officials said Thursday.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


Mom, girls jump from burning home into police officers’ arms

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Several police officers formed a human net to catch a woman and her two young daughters as they jumped from their burning home in southern New Jersey.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


Florida man decapitates his mother

OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is charged with first-degree murder after his mother was found decapitated outside their home on New Year's Eve.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


Officer runs over lacrosse player lying in road in morning darkness

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) - A police officer responding to an emergency call early New Year's Day ran over and apparently killed a college lacrosse player lying in a road, authorities said.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


Investigators: Police chief said he accidentally shot wife inside home

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) - A police chief told a 911 operator that he accidentally shot his wife early New Year's Day inside their suburban home southwest of Atlanta, investigators said Thursday.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in man’s arm

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) - Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

January 01, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

WOMAN SHOT, ROBBED BY MAN SHE MET ON DATING SITE : COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say they're searching for a man accused of shooting and robbing a woman he met through a dating website.

December 30, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

LETTER CARRIER SENTENCED FOR DELIVERING MARIJUANA: GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A former letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Maryland has been sentenced for delivering packages of marijuana to a conspirator on her route.

December 29, 2014 | | Nation


Teen arrested over replica gun pointed at cop car

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Police in Texas have arrested a teen for posting a photo of a replica gun pointed at a police car with a caption reading in part: "Should I do it?"

December 29, 2014 | | Nation


Blaze kills 5, hospitalizes 17

CASTLE HILLS, Texas (AP) - More than a dozen people remained hospitalized Monday following a fire that killed five residents of a senior-living apartment building near San Antonio, a city official said.

December 29, 2014 | | Nation


Is ‘The Interview’ a game changer?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony appears to have a win-win with "The Interview." Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.

December 29, 2014 | | Nation


Obama to GOP: I will veto

HONOLULU (AP) - Bracing to do business with a Congress run solely by Republicans, President Barack Obama is serving notice he has no qualms about vetoing legislation he dislikes.

December 29, 2014 | | Nation


Court throws out firefighters’ gay pride parade lawsuits

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections.

December 29, 2014 | | Nation


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After a decade plus of twists, vanishing Marine goes to trial

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A U.S. Marine who vanished from a base in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon is set to face trial more than a decade after the puzzling case began.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


Brian Williams backs out of Letterman show

NEW YORK (AP) - Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is backing out of scheduled appearance on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Thursday.

February 08, 2015 | | Nation


Journey guitarist suing SF over wedding charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The lead guitarist and founder of the iconic San Francisco rock band Journey sued the city Friday over a $240,000 fee to use a city landmark for his lavish wedding to a former reality television star.

February 06, 2015 | | Nation


Senators upset about Verizon ‘supercookies’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.

February 06, 2015 | | Nation


Port employers to cut shifts due to labor dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Companies that handle billions of dollars of cargo at West Coast seaports said Friday they will hire far fewer workers this weekend, the latest escalation in a contract dispute with dockworkers that threatens to shut down a vital link in U.S.-Asia trade.

February 06, 2015 | | Nation


Kings’ Darren Collison out vs. Utah with strained hip flexor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - SacramentoKings point guard Darren Collision will miss Saturday's game at Utah with a strained hip flexor.

February 06, 2015 | | Nation


TurboTax resumes processing state returns, adds security

NEW YORK (AP) - TurboTax, the country's most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software, halted processing state tax returns for about 24 hours because of a spike in fraudulent filings.

February 06, 2015 | | Nation


For police body cameras, big costs loom in storing footage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company data reviewed by The Associated Press.

February 06, 2015 | | Nation


Judge defends $1M fine

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The judge who lodged a nearly $1 million fine against a Philadelphia-area lawyer believes she intentionally elicited banned testimony that caused a mistrial - and then lied about it.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


46-mile stroll in minus 35 temperatures

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska man who attempted to walk 50 miles between two villages at 35 below zero was found in good shape 4 miles from his goal by searchers called by his family.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

911 OPERATOR TOLD TEEN TO STOP WHINING AFTER FATAL CRASH: MARYLAND CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Maryland say a 911 dispatcher told a teenager to stop whining after a hit-and-run crash that killed her father.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


2 officers accused of severely beating man

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two city police officers were arrested Thursday and accused of knocking a man off a scooter and beating him so severely that another officer thought he had been shot.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


Man who lived modestly leaves millions in surprise donations

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a knack for picking stocks - a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


Postal service delivering groceries

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's new postmaster general says the Postal Service is looking beyond its regular mail and package delivery for new sources of revenue.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


Wheelchair comic’s promoter settles

CINCINNATI (AP) - A comedy promoter who asked people if they wanted to laugh at a "crippled girl" in a wheelchair and then was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge has received $25,000 from the city to settle his federal lawsuit alleging violation of his free-speech rights, his attorney said Wednesday.

February 05, 2015 | | Nation


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