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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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Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon tearfully apologizes for punching woman

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon made a tearful public apology Friday, more than two years after punching a woman and breaking bones ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: ‘Nice’ letter from Putin

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) - After months of promising to engage more with Russia, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to enhance America's nuclear capabilities, admonishing ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Rockettes’ attendance at inauguration is a choice

NEW YORK (AP) - The Radio City Rockettes will be dancing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration next month, but not everyone is kicking up their ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


More states consider working around the Electoral College

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Frustrated after seeing another candidate secure the presidency without winning the national popular vote, mostly Democratic lawmakers in several capitols want their ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Trump’s NY state co-chair wishes death on Obama, calls 1st lady male

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A wealthy businessman who co-chaired president-Elect Donald Trump's state campaign confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that he told ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Berlin attack suspect is slain in shootout

MILAN (AP) - A routine request for ID papers outside a deserted train station in a Milan suburb at 3 a.m. Friday led to a ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Road-rage killing suspect: Car was too close

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Little Rock man who fired his gun into a car, striking and killing a 3-year-old boy, did so because he ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


A one-sided Social Security reform proposal

Quite a few readers have asked me to comment on a bill sponsored by Representative Sam Johnson, R.-Texas, that he calls The Social Security ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


A one-sided Social Security reform proposal

Quite a few readers have asked me to comment on a bill sponsored by Representative Sam Johnson, R.-Texas, that he calls The Social Security ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


After fiery derailment Union Pacific OKs changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Congress targets labeling almond milk as milk per se

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Got milk? Twenty-five bipartisan members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Stocks higher in slow pre- holiday trading

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street traders sometimes root for year-end "Santa Claus rallies," but on Friday, hardly a creature was stirring as stocks finished slightly ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Another Trump tweet jab, again in the defense private sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares Lockheed Martin slipped while rival Boeing's rose Friday after a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump appeared to pit the two ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Splurging not an option for many workers scraping by

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - At the brightly lit mall, clothing stores highlight holiday sweaters and big signs tout the sales, while Duquan Allen keeps his ...

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


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