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Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) - A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


Yahoo hack steals personal info from 500M accounts

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider.

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


LinkedIn adding news feeds, ‘bots’ & training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - LinkedIn wants to become more useful to workers by adding personalized news feeds, helpful messaging "bots" and recommendations for online training courses, as the professional networking service strives to be more than just a tool for job-hunting.

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


Luxury stores add more amenities in tougher market

NEW YORK (AP) - Buying some suits at Ralph Lauren might mean being offered a chauffeured ride home in a BMW. New clothes from Saks could lead to a Mercedes-Benz van carrying a customized wardrobe pulling up to a home, hotel or office.

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


Tesla update halts automatic steering

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors says a software update to its Autopilot system will disable automatic steering if drivers don't keep their hands on the wheel.

September 22, 2016 | | Nation


Chicago hiring 970 more cops

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's police department will add 970 new positions over the next two years, its superintendent announced Wednesday, saying the move will help combat the dramatic increase in shootings and homicides that has left thousands injured and hundreds dead this year.

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Girl, 15, pepper sprayed, charged after bike crash

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her as a juvenile with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car, prompting disagreement Wednesday about whether the officers acted properly.

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Charlotte under state of emergency for 2nd night

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in Charlotte tried to quell public anger Wednesday after a police officer shot a black man, but a dusk prayer vigil turned into a second night of violence, with police firing tear gas at angry protesters and a man being critically wounded by gunfire. North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency in the city.

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Missouri man accused of sexually attacking, killing teen daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man accused of sexually attacking and suffocating his high school honors student daughter and leaving her body in a motel room was jailed Wednesday on $750,000 cash bond.

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


‘Potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators of last weekend's bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city street, possibly without realizing a wired pressure cooker they removed from it and left behind could have blown them to bits.

September 21, 2016 | | Nation


Comcast plans to launch wireless service next year

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of the country where it's a cable provider.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Senators heap bipartisan criticism on Wells Fargo CEO, who apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Wells Fargo faced calls for his resignation Tuesday from harshly critical senators over allegations that bank employees opened millions of unauthorized accounts to meet sales quotas.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Mylan CEO defends high EpiPen prices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of pharmaceutical company Mylan is defending the cost for life-saving EpiPens and is signaling the company has no plans to lower prices despite a public outcry.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


FedEx beats Street forecasts with 1Q profit of $715 million

DALLAS (AP) - FedEx is raising prices, boosting earnings and making plans for handling the crush of holiday packages.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton struggles with traditional playbook

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - For months, Democrats argued that voters would get "serious" about the campaign once it reached the fall and would reject Donald Trump's no-holds-barred approach.

September 20, 2016 | | Nation


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Harvard museum to dust off curiosities in storage

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - As one of the world's oldest museums dedicated to anthropology turns 150, it's undergoing some big changes to showcase its ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Pumpkins go ballistic at track; some sail two thirds of a mile

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Pumpkins were going ballistic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Mobile game replaces Pokemon creatures with Clinton, Trump

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - While some voters may wish the presidential candidates would just go away, Dartmouth College has created an app for those who ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Finishing high school with bachelor’s degree

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Aya Tal-mason's excitement as she describes her research on cancer-fighting drugs rivals her schoolmate Paige Fries' audible enthusiasm about her ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Pence says GOP ticket will ‘absolutely’ accept vote outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pence said Sunday he and Donald Trump will abide by "the will of the American people" on Election Day, and suggested that ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


North Carolina GOP office burned, graffiti sprayed nearby

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was torched by a flammable device and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Nigerian parents reunite with 21 girls freed after mass kidnapping

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Joy, jubilation and dancing erupted Sunday when a group of Nigerian parents were reunited with 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2 ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


North Carolina buildings take $1.5B hit from Matthew floods

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Flooding spawned by Hurricane Matthew has caused $1.5 billion in damage to 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings in ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Planned Parenthood celebrates centennial

NEW YORK (AP) - Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary celebrations this weekend come with a sense of relief for the group that traces its roots to ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: Accusers ‘horrible horrible liars’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Lashing back, Donald Trump heatedly rejected the growing list of sexual assault allegations against him as "pure fiction" on Thursday ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


911 operator accused of hanging up on 1000s of calls

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston 911 operator accused of hanging up on thousands of emergency calls is charged with two counts of interference with an emergency ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


FAA: Arkansas event followed rules in airplane turkey drop

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Federal Aviation Administration investigators said a festival in northwestern Arkansas did not break any rules when it tossed live turkeys from an ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


Man abducted co-worker, possibly tortured her to death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Evidence found in the home of a man long considered a person of interest in his co-worker's disappearance suggests she might ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


Amazon adding 120,000 temp workers to meet holiday demand

NEW YORK (AP) - The holidays are coming and Amazon plans to add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


Truck ‘explodes’ through home, killing woman

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a driver who lost control of his pickup truck plowed through a bedroom and dining room of a central Florida ...

October 13, 2016 | | Nation


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