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Vin Diesel test drives new ‘Fast & Furious’ ride

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) - "Fast & Furious" star Vin Diesel traded the franchise's signature muscle cars for a new kind of ride.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


‘Hazzard’ actor defends Confederate flag

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Confederate flag is not a hateful symbol but instead a banner with positive historical context despite "the few thousand people that run around wearing sheets and committing atrocities," said Ben Jones, the "Dukes of Hazzard" actor and former Democratic congressman.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Boston Marathon bomber says he’s sorry for the first time

BOSTON (AP) - Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. "I pray for your relief, for your healing," he said.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


PBS determines ‘Finding Your Roots’ Affleck episode violated standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - PBS put its "Finding Your Roots" series on hold Wednesday after determining an episode that omitted references to Ben Affleck's ancestor as a slave owner violated its standards.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


2nd prison employee arrested after inmates’ brazen escape

BELLMONT, N.Y. (AP) - A maximum-security prison guard believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two inmates before they escaped was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Records: Driver in crash where 2 kids died had six suspensions

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 66-year-old Reno man who police say was driving an SUV that plowed through a house where two children died has had his driver's license suspended six times since 2002, but none of the suspensions stemmed from criminal convictions, state records obtained Wednesday show.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


3 indicted in college student’s death in jail

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Mathew Ajibade was arrested on a domestic violence charge in January and was later found dead, strapped to a chair in a Georgia jail. A grand jury indicted two former jail employees and a health care worker in the college student's death Wednesday.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Shark bites 8-year-old boy in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark Wednesday while swimming in knee-deep water in Surf City, N.C.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


SC honors victims, Alabama lowers its flags

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Statehouse where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina Rotunda. Hours later, his congregation returned to the scene of a massacre, keeping up his work of saving souls.

June 25, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook now worth more than Wal-Mart based on stock market

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


Google protects Gmail users from sending mistakes

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is making it easier to steer clear of the trouble that can be caused by a misdirected or inappropriate email.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate flag sales surge

ATLANTA (AP) - Even as national retailers pull Confederate flags from shelves and websites after the shooting deaths of nine black church members in South Carolina, manufacturers that produce the divisive symbol say that sales are now surging.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


Squaw Island name deemed racist

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Squaw Island will be called Unity Island following a unanimous vote by Buffalo city lawmakers Tuesday in response to complaints that the 336-year-old name of the Niagara River parkland is racist and sexist.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


‘Eight is Enough’ star Van Patten

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-faced comic actor who premiered on Broadway as a child, starred on television in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV's "Eight is Enough," has died.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies

BOSTON (AP) - Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo - the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


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Utah reconsiders canyon name

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The renewed national scrutiny of the Confederate flag has officials again considering changing the name of Utah's Negro Bill Canyon ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook test is next for giant Internet service drone

MENLO PARK . (AP) - Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


FDA warns of drug name mix-ups

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that some doctors and pharmacies are getting confused by the similar names of an antidepressant ...

July 30, 2015 | | Nation


Beaches remain open despite oil slick

GOLETA. (AP) - Beachgoers were warned to avoid tar balls on Thursday along the Santa Barbara shoreline as the Coast Guard sought the source of a ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Quality behind average vehicle age reaching record 11.5 years

DETROIT (AP) - In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Facebook 2Q results soar as user base, mobile ads grow

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is attracting advertising dollars to where its users are - on mobile devices.

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Teens adrift near limit for survival at sea

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) - Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Rolling Stone sued over retracted rape story

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Alabama prisoner drops bid for abortion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama prisoner who went to federal court seeking an abortion filed a court document Wednesday saying she'd changed her mind ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


911 dispatcher hangs up on caller

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 911 caller said Wednesday she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Boy accused of strangling had past troubles

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including choking another child until the child ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Cop indicted on murder charge

CINCINNATI (AP) - A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on ...

July 29, 2015 | | Nation


Mormons may form own Scouting group

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Injured boy, 7, was monitored by remote camera

HARDWICK, Mass. (AP) - Newly released court documents say a 7-year-old Massachusetts boy hospitalized after allegedly being abused and isolated by his father had an alarm ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


Missing teens strayed from planned route into open ocean

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) - Two teens whose lives were intertwined with the sea remained lost in the Atlantic on Tuesday, as their families and authorities tried ...

July 28, 2015 | | Nation


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