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Countries clash to claim real Santa

HELSINKI (AP) - Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit further south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with claiming Santa's hometown.

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obamas share favorite holiday tunes

HONOLULU (AP) - Ever wonder what music gets President Barack Obama in the Christmas mood?

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Virtual reality is finally here

NEW YORK (AP) - With the launch of Samsung's Gear VR headset a few weeks ago, virtual reality for the masses is finally a thing. Now comes the next big challenge: Who, exactly, will care?

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


X-ray vision? New $300 Tech making it a reality

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - X-ray vision, a comic book fantasy for decades, is becoming a reality in a lab at MIT.

December 23, 2015 | | Nation


Booze & cold deadly in Gallup

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Carl Smith found his son's body in a cold, open field, not far from the Route 66 saloon where the 24-year-old had gone to drink. He was wearing a pair of lace-up boots, jeans and a familiar gray jacket.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Trump denies using ‘vulgar’ language to mock Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected reports that he used vulgarity in describing Democrat Hillary Clinton's primary loss to now-President Barack Obama in 2008.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Man jailed after student threatened over “Star Wars” spoiler online

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is charged with threatening to shoot a boy for sharing information about a subplot of the new "Star Wars" movie during an online conversation.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Judge upholds ‘gun violence tax,’ dismisses NRA lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) - A judge upheld Seattle's so-called gun violence tax Tuesday, rejecting a challenge from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Columbia University: Massive landslide found in remote Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Scientists say they've discovered a massive landslide in an uninhabited area of eastern Alaska that's the largest detected in North America since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Son, upset about bedbugs, killed elderly mother

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors say a Minneapolis man admitted that he killed his 89-year-old mother because he was upset that a bedbug outbreak would get her kicked out of her home.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Woman dies after being forcibly removed from Florida hospital

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday.

December 22, 2015 | | Nation


Did worker plant bomb under bosses’ bed?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A bomb in a crawl space sent the owners of a northwest Louisiana horse farm flying from their bed to the floor, but they walked away uninjured by the bomb, daggerlike splinters from their hardwood floor or shrapnel that hit the ceiling, one owner said Monday.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


International students gripe about bad food at Ohio college

CLEVELAND (AP) - A ruckus over the cultural sensitivity of cafeteria food at Ohio's Oberlin College has led to heaping servings of both derision and sympathy.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect in Vegas crash said she was stressed living in car

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A homeless woman accused of slamming a car carrying her 3-year-old daughter into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip told authorities she was stressed out after being chased by security guards from parking lots where she had been trying to sleep before the crash, according to a police report obtained Monday.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


Bear pulls Boy Scout leader in cave by foot; Scouts get help

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A Boy Scout leader was pulled into a cave by a bear in northern New Jersey but beat the animal away with a rock hammer while the three Scouts with him called for help, authorities said.

December 21, 2015 | | Nation


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Cost of raising a child is more than $233,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account.

January 09, 2017 | | Nation


High Court won’t hear appeal over Backpage.com escort ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear an appeal from three sex trafficking victims who accuse advertising website Backpage.com of ...

January 09, 2017 | | Nation


Demand for LL Bean boot keeps marching on

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The holiday season is over but demand for L.L. Bean's famous boot marches on.

January 09, 2017 | | Nation


Hundreds of Nevada homes evacuated as flooding hits

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Hundreds of homes were evacuated in northern Nevada as part of a massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam ...

January 09, 2017 | | Nation


Trump celeb crew awaits his turn in spotlight, & their own

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fabio, the golden-haired model who graced the cover of hundreds of romance novels, was wrapping up Thanksgiving dinner at Donald Trump's South ...

January 09, 2017 | | Nation


Travelers lose 25,000 items

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Dan and Janice Kovacs and their two children were passing through airport security when the gunfire erupted. They were shoeless - with ...

January 08, 2017 | | Nation


No Pants Subway Ride hits cities

NEW YORK (AP) - Subway riders around the world got an eyeful when their fellow transit users stripped down to their underwear on Sunday for the ...

January 08, 2017 | | Nation


McConnell: Dems should ‘grow up’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans on Sunday defended their party against Democratic complaints that Congress is being forced to consider nominees for Donald Trump's administration without ...

January 08, 2017 | | Nation


Questions about hacking swirl

NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump and his aides are entering a crucial week in his presidential transition as he and his Cabinet nominees undergo ...

January 08, 2017 | | Nation


The buck stops where? Rift over caring for deer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A dramatic, ultimately tragic tussle over a one-antlered deer that somehow wandered into a tiny Manhattan park has cast a spotlight ...

January 08, 2017 | | Nation


Gunman kills 5 at airport

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - An Army veteran who complained that the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival ...

January 06, 2017 | | Nation


VP Biden to President- elect Trump: ‘Grow up’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden told President-elect Donald Trump Thursday to "grow up."

January 06, 2017 | | Nation


US agencies report: Putin ordered effort to help Trump, hurt Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hidden campaign to influence America's presidential election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, U ...

January 06, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s slams Schwarzenegger ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest victim of a Donald Trump Twitter attack. The president-elect took time Friday to note that the "Terminator ...

January 06, 2017 | | Nation


Detroit auto show: Google, Camry and the Trump shadow

DETROIT (AP) - Fresh off a record year for U.S. auto sales, carmakers meet in Detroit next week to show buyers what's coming next ...

January 06, 2017 | | Nation


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