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Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco sales ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


American freed by North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the U.S. government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

NEW YORK (AP) - The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian deaths spark concern in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Community activists in San Francisco are urging city officials to hasten their efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists following a recent string of fatalities they say could have been prevented with better design and more education.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Tunica hosts Twinkie eating contest

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - Joey Chestnut will seek to defend his title today at the 2014 World Twinkie-Eating Championship at the Bally's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

November 08, 2014 | | Nation


Dispute erupts at White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Dad thwarts bold kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


OK for Detroit’s bankruptcy exit plan

DETROIT (AP) - A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to "move past your anger" and help fix the Motor City.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


‘Dark Web’ drug sites challenge law inforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No sooner had authorities announced the shuttering of an alleged illegal online drug bazaar than another popped up claiming to take its place.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Drunken party costs 9 rookie cops their jobs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nine rookie police officers have been fired for their behavior at a drunken graduation party in northern New Jersey.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Beating death: ‘This is just evilness’

COATESVILLE, Pa (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


GPS helps police find woman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman snatched off the streets was rescued with the help of a GPS tracking device that had been installed on the suspect's car by the dealer in case it needed to be repossessed, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher told to stay away after trip

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling means high court review likely

CINCINNATI (AP) - The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


PETA calls for Discovery not to air snake show

NEW YORK (AP) - An animal rights group on Thursday asked the Discovery Channel not to air "Eaten Alive," a show planned for next month where a naturalist attempts to get swallowed by a giant snake.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Obama’s State of the Union seeking to frame 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address will unmistakably attempt to frame the choice facing Americans as they select his ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton-Sanders race tightens in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Clinton has spent much of her presidential campaign looking past Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans and the November ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Reno jeweler’s Commercial uses same-sex couple

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno commercial depicting two women getting engaged has been playing on local TV stations and in movie theaters and drawing little ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Congressman wants Aloha wear allowed on House floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - A Hawaii Congressman wants Aloha wear to be allowed on the House floor on Fridays, a change from the current rule ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Man is charged with attempted murder in shooting of Philly cop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who investigators say claimed he shot and wounded a Philadelphia police officer in the name of Islam was charged Saturday with ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Death sentence tossed, but California man will serve life

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal appeals court secretly overturned the death penalty for a Southern California man who has spent nearly three decades on death ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Planned Parenthood backing Hillary Clinton in primary race

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is swinging behind Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race and says that won't mean negative campaigning against ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom took $30,000 before flight

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Weeks before "affluenza" teen fugitive Ethan Couch was arrested in Mexico with a cheap disguise of dyed hair and beard, his ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Case could weaken government unions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest teachers union in Michigan still represents Jason LaPorte at the bargaining table, but he no longer pays anything to support the ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Ranchers’ cause, not tactics, gains support in GOP circles

DENVER (AP) - Republicans have widely condemned the armed standoff by a group of ranchers to reclaim federal land in eastern Oregon, but their goal of ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Rolling Stone slammed over interview

NEW YORK (AP) - It was a big scoop, and one Rolling Stone may well regret.

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom complains about jail conditions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A "woman with means" who was arrested at a Mexican beach resort city with her fugitive teenage son who invoked "affluenza ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Obama vetoes bill to repeal health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his health care law, saying to do so ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s ruin site

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site ...

January 08, 2016 | | Nation


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