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NEW YORK (AP) - It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens - and their top-end price tags - and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost.

November 24, 2014 | | Nation

Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A nor'easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations.

November 24, 2014 | | Nation

Hummingbird gets lift from St. Paul to Texas

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A hummingbird has finally made its way south for the winter after accidentally ending up in Minnesota.

November 24, 2014 | | Nation


PIT BULL OWNERS, DOGS SHOW SUPPORT FOR BAN'S END : PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Dozens of pit bull owners paraded with their dogs in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to celebrate their legal victory that overturned its decade-long ban on pit bulls.

November 24, 2014 | | Nation

Former DC Mayor Barry dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - thus far the province of western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Boy with fake gun dies after being shot

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Bay of Pigs vets seek billions from Cuba

MIAMI (AP) - Since the day in 1959 that Cuban government agents blackmailed his father into committing suicide, Gustavo Villoldo has been on an anti-Castro mission that included co-piloting a B-26 bomber during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, infiltrating Cuba for the CIA numerous times and tracking down Fidel Castro lieutenant Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia in 1967.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

City takes on quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - The self-styled "Robin Hooders" race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from "the king's tariff."

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Letter that inspired Kerouac found

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre - 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Water district wants state help with Salton Sea

SALTON CITY (AP) - The Imperial Irrigation District has asked the state water board to intervene to help prevent further deterioration of the Salton Sea.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Ohio college building indoor drone pavilion

CINCINNATI (AP) - An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio.

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Does bad behavior hurt business?

NEW YORK (AP) - Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business?

November 23, 2014 | | Nation

Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

November 21, 2014 | | Nation

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Fate of Nebraska’s death penalty likely to go to voters

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's death penalty won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a group fighting to keep the punishment announced that it has ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Pot tax may fund county scholarships

DENVER (AP) - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) - This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Fired reporter kills 2 on live TV

MONETA, Va. (AP) - He planned it all so carefully - a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience. Hours later ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Bill would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 per pack

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced Wednesday in the state Senate, a hike that supporters ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Stock market surges 619 points

NEW YORUK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Airlines wage limited fare wars

CHICAGO (AP) - Airline fare wars are making a comeback.

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Wal-Mart to stop selling AR-15s

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart will stop selling the AR-15 rifle and other semi-automatic weapons at its stores because fewer people are buying them, a ...

August 26, 2015 | | Nation

Bush hit from both sides on birthright

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Jeb Bush came to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post to talk about veterans' affairs but two words hung over the town ...

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

CEO of male escort Internet site, 6 workers charged with prostitution

NEW YORK (AP) - The chief executive of a Manhattan-based online male escort service and six of his employees at were arrested Tuesday on ...

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Nun who stood up to Billy the Kid faces first sainthood test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced ...

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Prosecutors: Ex-surgeon refers to himself as ‘killer’ in email

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas neurosurgeon facing criminal charges alleging he may have intentionally hurt patients who had turned to him to resolve debilitating injuries sent ...

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Student with gun who took school hostages in custody

PHILIPPI, W.Va. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy held 29 students and a teacher at gunpoint in a West Virginia high school classroom Tuesday afternoon before ...

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Bad traffic? Blame beeping economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession ...

August 25, 2015 | | Nation

Car wash chemical is dangerous to workers

TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) - A chemical commonly used at commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to workers, according to new research by the Washington ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation

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