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Judge throws out evidence in FBI ruse

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out evidence collected by FBI agents who posed as Internet repairmen to get into Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms last summer during an investigation into illegal bookmaking, and is giving prosecutors until Friday to decide whether to drop criminal charges altogether.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Sanders kicks off Clinton challenge

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Woman held down husband in Vegas hatchet attack, police say

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly severed while they were on a family trip on Memorial Day, police said.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case, 1 remains

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Ladybug prankster can’t walk

MORGANZA, Md. (AP) - Some seniors at a Maryland school aren't feeling lucky, despite ladybugs that swarmed the halls.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Appeals panel won’t lift hold on Obama immigration action

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Taco Bell switching from fake to real black pepper

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Charter buying Time Warner Cable

NEW YORK (AP) - As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Olive Garden pushing breadstick creations

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden isn't finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation

Battle over bears heats up at Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation

Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 people missing in Texas

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) - A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Three kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

MIAMI (AP) - A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, police said.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation

Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat - and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation

Nevada case latest to test ‘stand your ground’ laws

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The idea that a person's home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation

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National Park status for Fort Sumter?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, the first black U.S. senator from the deep South since Reconstruction, is proposing that the ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation

Firefighter left son in hot truck

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - There was no evidence that a Tampa-area firefighter deliberately left his toddler son in a hot pickup truck for eight hours ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation

Tesla improving Autopilot radar

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation

Doctor: Clinton has pneumonia

NEW YORK (AP) - An ill Hillary Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 anniversary ceremony Sunday and needed to be held up by three people before ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation

Checking out: Drug users take advantage of public libraries

NEW YORK (AP) - The same qualities that make libraries ideal for studying and reading - unfettered public access, quiet corners and nooks, minimal interaction with other ...

September 11, 2016 | | Nation

Trump vows huge boost in military spending

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Republican Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to boost defense spending and deploy more active troops, fighter planes, Navy ships and submarines as he works ...

September 07, 2016 | | Nation

Colorado hits another cannabis 1st with certified hemp seed

DENVER (AP) - Colorado notched another nationwide first Wednesday involving cannabis when state agriculture officials showed off the first certified domestic hemp seeds.

September 07, 2016 | | Nation

Judge restores disabled man’s right to vote

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California judge restored the voting rights of a man with a traumatic brain injury after expressing doubts about his ability to ...

September 07, 2016 | | Nation

Neighbors, town officials cry foul over ‘WTF’ sign on lawn

WOODBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut homeowner who planted on his lawn three large wooden letters that spell "WTF" is rankling neighbors and town officials who ...

September 07, 2016 | | Nation

Starbucks plans content creation with digital series

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks wants to tell stories about inspiring Americans, marking the coffee chain's latest push to deepen its relationship with customers and ...

September 07, 2016 | | Nation

Clinton blasts Russia

CLEVELAND (AP) - Setting the stage on Labor Day for a critical month in their testy presidential campaign, Donald Trump softened his stance on immigration while ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation

Activist, author Phyllis Schlafly dies

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Phyllis Schlafly, the outspoken conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and founded the Eagle Forum political ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation

Mexico’s Baja California battens down

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Newton soaked Mexico's western Pacific coast with heavy rain Monday and took aim at Baja California's twin ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation

Obama makes trade deal top priority

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite formidable opposition across the political spectrum, President Barack Obama is using his final months in office to fight for congressional approval of ...

September 05, 2016 | | Nation


WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - State police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been known to patrol in a tractor-trailer so they can sit up high and spot ...

September 02, 2016 | | Nation

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