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NSA drops plan to collect license tag data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Biden: Health care sign-ups may fall short

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that it would be a good start for the federal health care law if 5 million to 6 million people sign up by the end of March, an acknowledgement that enrollments might fall significantly short of the Obama administration's unofficial goal of 7 million.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Colorado pot market exceeds tax hopes

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's legal marijuana market is far exceeding tax expectations, according to a budget proposal released Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper that gives the first official estimate of how much the state expects to make from pot taxes.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Coach charged in Missouri girl’s death

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A middle-school football coach was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched off a street just blocks from her southwest Missouri home as several residents watched in horror.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Entrepreneur gifts Bitcoins to Washington college

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - In what may be the first college donation of the new electronic currency, a Bitcoin entrepreneur has donated $10,000 worth of the digital money to a Washington state liberal arts college.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Pizza worker caught urinating in sink fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia pizza restaurant has been shut down after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19B

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Visa, MasterCard offer more smartphone payment options

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa and MasterCard are introducing Internet-based technologies to make it easier for shoppers to buy things at retail stores without pulling out a credit card.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Marlboro maker Altria taking e-cigs nationally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to expand its MarkTen electronic cigarette brand nationally in the second quarter.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Stores can see where you go by tracking your smartphone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

As German car sales drop, industry bets on growing trend of car sharing

BERLIN (AP) - Germans, once a nation of ardent automobile enthusiasts, are not buying cars as much as they used to. Instead, they're sharing them.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Tesla’s shares soar on results, outlook

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors Inc. shares soared in extended trading after the electric car maker delivered a strong fourth-quarter performance and said that it expects sales of its vehicles to increase sharply this year.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation

Lottery winners urged to avoid big purchases

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jackpots like Wednesday's anticipated $400 million-plus Powerball can grant a lot of wishes. But what if you were the only winner, and you had but one chance to blow all that money on a single purchase?

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


uKANSAS BILL WOULD ALLOW SPANKING THAT LEAVES MARKS: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation

Nun gets nearly 3 years in prison

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An 84-year-old nun was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws at the Tennessee plant.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation

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Person-centered health care

CHICAGO (AP) - Every time JoAnna James took her husband, Lawrence, to the doctor, she left the hospital without understanding what was wrong with him.

November 08, 2015 | | Nation

Church issues rules for gay members

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon church officials have issued a rule change that says members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out and their children ...

November 06, 2015 | | Nation

Sad to see priests, bishops ‘attached to money’

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Friday decried how bishops and other clergy exploit their roles to advance their careers and to increase wealth, in ...

November 06, 2015 | | Nation

You can try out a tiny house

CROYDON, N.H. (AP) - Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren't sure the reality would ...

November 06, 2015 | | Nation

UAW reaches deal with Ford

DETROIT (AP) - The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford on Friday, the same day that General Motors workers voted in ...

November 06, 2015 | | Nation

Obama quashes Keystone XL pipeline project

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S ...

November 06, 2015 | | Nation

Scottish man charged in alleged Twitter stock fraud

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted a Scottish man on Thursday for securities fraud after prosecutors say he manipulated stock ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

Regulators: Still heavy risk in big bank loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators say they're still seeing a heavy dose of risk in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, despite ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence in US

PALO ALTO (AP) - Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it's setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

Adidas offers to help eliminate schools’ Native American mascots

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Adidas is offering to help high schools nationwide drop Native American mascots.

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

9-year-old boy ‘lured’ into alley & shot

CHICAGO (AP) - A 9-year-old Chicago boy who was fatally shot this week was "lured" from a park into an alley and executed because of his ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

Apache leader apologizes for wearing Bob Marley costume

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. (AP) - The leader of an Apache tribe in Arizona has apologized for dressing up as Bob Marley for Halloween and painting his ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

Teen discovers real identity when applying to college

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) - An Ohio teenager applying to college discovered some startling things about himself because of a discrepancy involving his Social Security number ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

Illinois mom who watched her 3 kids drown fights for new family

CHICAGO (AP) - In horrifying detail, prosecutors described how three children, trapped in the back seat of their mother's car, screamed for help before they ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation


NEW YOPRK (AP) - Are you happy? Very happy? If you're in your 30s or older, a new study has found that you're less ...

November 05, 2015 | | Nation

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