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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


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

COPS: MAN FIRES BB GUN AT 11-YEAR-OLD, SAID BOY SHOT HIS SON: MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun on a playground because he said the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon, authorities said Monday.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


YouTube is redefining celebrity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Pipeline that leaked wasn’t equipped with auto shut-off

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio patrolman’s acquittal in two deaths sets off protests

CLEVELAND (AP) - The acquittal of a white Cleveland police officer Saturday set off angry but mostly orderly protests while shining little light on how an event that started with a car backfiring could end in a 137-shot barrage, the patrolman firing from the hood of the car and the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; hundreds of homes gone

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


Fido al fresco? New York weighs allowing outdoor dining with dogs

NEW YORK (AP) - Never mind the doggie bag: Spot wants a seat at the outdoor table, or rather under it.

May 24, 2015 | | Nation


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Google reveals 77 % of its online traffic is encrypted

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Chipotle says sales recovering, but down 26 %

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle says sales were down 26 percent for February and that it expects to report a loss for the first quarter as ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Instagram says it will show posts in order of ‘relevance’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


TARGETING OVERDOSES

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed ...

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Study questions impact of students’ weight report cards

NEW YORK (AP) - When New York City public schools began giving students report cards on their weight a decade ago, officials hoped the information would ...

March 14, 2016 | | Nation


Smartphone ‘voices’ not always that helpful during a health crisis

CHICAGO (AP) - It can give you street directions or find the nearest deli, but how helpful is your smartphone's virtual voice in a health ...

March 14, 2016 | | Nation


After crash, Competitors press toward Iditarod finish

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Mushers pressed their dog sled teams closer to the finish line in Alaska's famous Iditarod on Sunday after a snowmobiler intentionally ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Dog with no legs leaves Korea for new life in US

PHOENIX (AP) - A dog that was left in a garbage bag behind a South Korea meat market has a new life - and new limbs - on ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Farmworkers protest by home of Wendy’s billionaire chairman

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of protesters, many farmworkers, led by Ethel Kennedy, demonstrated near the home of Wendy's fast food chain's chairman ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


A drive to help the poor get back behind the wheel

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Zia Gbau, who came to Vermont as a refugee from the Republic of Congo, suffered a serious stroke last year and was ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Pricey tea a growing niche crop in US, even Canada

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi's potentially powerful ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Rubio’s political reckoning arrives in Florida primary

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was among the Republican Party's biggest stars when he burst onto the national stage in the tea party ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Trump stands by campaign rhetoric

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Showing few signs of trying to ease the nation's tense political atmosphere, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is standing by his antagonistic ...

March 13, 2016 | | Nation


Maine wholesaler acquires rare four-clawed lobster

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland seafood wholesaler has acquired a lobster that will never see the dinner table despite having double the usual amount of ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Trump rivals fight on, but politely

MIAMI (AP) - Abandoning the nasty insults of past debates, Donald Trump and his Republican rivals turned Thursday night's presidential face-off into a mostly respectful ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


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