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5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation

SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation

Justice Department deploys planes to gather cellphone data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation

Southern Cal port truckers demonstrate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach staged the latest in a string of demonstrations Thursday against what they call unfair labor practices.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation

Wal-Mart sales up ahead of holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation

Banks fined billions for rigging currency market prices

LONDON (AP) - Traders with nicknames like the "Three Musketeers" and the "A-Team" plotted over Internet chat rooms to manipulate currency markets for years, profiting at the expense of clients - and then congratulating themselves for their brilliance - regulators said Wednesday, as they fined five banks $3.4 billion.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

House, Senate to vote on Keystone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Long-stalled legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline got new life on Wednesday after Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned efforts to block the measure in hopes of helping endangered Sen. Mary Landrieu keep her seat in energy-rich Louisiana.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

Pot patient sues after firm won’t hire her

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

Drone sightings up dramatically

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

GOP win in Alaska adds to party’s sweep

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate seat in a hotly contested race, beating a first-term incumbent as voter disapproval of President Barack Obama swept Democrats out of office and allowed the GOP to seize control of the Senate.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

District scraps religious names on calendar

BALTIMORE (AP) - Presented with the opportunity to recognize a Muslim holiday on the school calendar for the first time, leaders of Maryland's largest school district went a different direction: They removed all mention of religious holidays from the calendar.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

Gas to average under $3 in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015, the government predicted Wednesday. If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

Dangling workers rescued from WTC

NEW YORK (AP) - Two window washers were trapped on a dangling scaffold nearly 70 stories up the new 1 World Trade Center tower for nearly two hours on Wednesday before firefighters sawed through a thick double-layered window to reach them.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

Major federal lab misused contract funds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Managers at one of the nation's premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab's $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General said in a report Wednesday.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

Man accused of hit-and-run, victim in windshield

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a man accused of driving under the influence struck and seriously injured a pedestrian and then kept going, even though the victim was lodged in the vehicle's windshield.

November 12, 2014 | | Nation

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Pregnant women gain too much weight

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly half of U.S. moms gain too much weight during pregnancy, according to a government study released Thursday.

November 05, 2015 | | Nation


FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) - For weeks, investigators said they were searching for the killers of a small-town police officer known as "G.I. Joe." Thousands ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Bomb may have downed Russian jet

LONDON (AP) - British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Egyptian desert may have been ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Protest against Trump hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ growing

NEW YORK (AP) - Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump's guest-host appearance on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" as a ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Defeat of Houston LGBT-rights measure may have broad impact

HOUSTON (AP) - The landslide defeat of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Houston has stunned LGBT-rights activists across the nation. They're now bracing for their opponents ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Mexico supreme court opens door to recreational pot use

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

As Facebook grows, expect to see more ads on Instagram

MENLO PARK (AP) - If you're starting to notice more ads on Instagram, it's all part of Facebook's plan.

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Heinz closing plants including San Leandro

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Kraft Heinz will close seven plants in the U.S. and Canada as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2 ...

November 04, 2015 | | Nation

Many health co-ops closing

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half of the health care law's nonprofit insurance co-ops are closing, the Obama administration said Tuesday even as it defended ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Amazon opens first brick & mortar bookstore

SEATTLE (AP) - Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Tesla’s 3Q loss widens, but share price rise on production

FREMONT (AP) - Tesla Motors' net loss more than tripled in the third quarter as expenses and research costs rose, but investors cheered news that the ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Germany’s VW: New C02 problems with 800,000 vehicles

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's Volkswagen, already reeling from the fallout of cheating on U.S. emissions tests for nitrogen oxide, said Tuesday that an internal ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

School says it can’t let teen die

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama teen with a terminal heart condition has not returned to school after a spate of hospitalizations because of what his ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Redskins: US has registered plenty of ‘offensive’ company trademarks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As the Washington Redskins defend their federal trademark registration, they argue in court papers that the government has registered plenty of companies ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

Man bites dog, popping eye out of socket

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been convicted of biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his ...

November 03, 2015 | | Nation

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