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Better off keeping Verizon contract plan?

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice of offering discounted phones for $100 or $200.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER (AP) - The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus that annually kills thousands of vulnerable Americans - babies and senior citizens.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

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Apple sets another iPhone record

CUPERTINO (AP) - Defying Wall Street skeptics, Apple says it plans to keep setting records for selling more iPhones around the world.

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Will other retailers follow REI & close on Black Friday?

NEW YORK (AP) - Don't expect major retailers to follow REI's move to close its stores on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of ...

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

UPS tops 3Q profit forecasts despite dip in revenue

DALLAS (AP) - UPS predicts that holiday-season deliveries will rise at least 10 percent from a year ago, to more than 630 million packages between Thanksgiving ...

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Walgreens buying Rite aid, creating giant chain

NEW YORK (AP) - Walgreens is buying rival Rite Aid for about $9.41 billion in cash, creating a drugstore giant with nearly 18,000 stores ...

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Twitter’s 3Q report illustrates challenges facing new CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter's latest financial report conveyed a succinct message: CEO Jack Dorsey has his work cut out as he tries to attract ...

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Air Force picks Northrop Grumman to build next big bomber generation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Air Force said Tuesday it chose Northrop Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber, to build its next-generation bomber, a highly ...

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Al fresco with Fido: NY law allows dogs on restaurant patios

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Dogs may now venture onto restaurant patios under a new state law allowing restaurants to open outdoor dining areas to them.

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Indiana Jones arrested after 100 mph chase

RUSHVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Indiana Jones couldn't outrace his pursuers this time.

October 28, 2015 | | Nation

Budget: No shutdown, no default

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving to end a cycle of crisis, congressional leaders and the White House united Tuesday behind an ambitious budget and debt deal aimed ...

October 27, 2015 | | Nation

Salem witch takes warlock to court over alleged harassment

BOSTON (AP) - A Salem, Massachusetts, woman who calls herself a witch priestess is taking a self-proclaimed warlock to court over accusations of harassment.

October 27, 2015 | | Nation

‘Pregnant man’ pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

PHOENIX (AP) - A transgender man in Arizona who was accused of stalking his estranged wife last year pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct ...

October 27, 2015 | | Nation

Fatally scalded inmate was kept in cell with broken heater

BALTIME (AP) - A convicted murderer under observation for behavioral problems was allowed to remain in his cell as he destroyed a radiator over an 8-hour ...

October 27, 2015 | | Nation

Students protest Trump’s appearance at Iowa high school, says he’s a bully

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Hundreds of students, parents and other Sioux City residents protested Donald Trump's appearance at a northwestern Iowa high school on ...

October 27, 2015 | | Nation

85-year-old jewel thief arrested at upscale mall

ATLANTA (AP) - Ten years ago, when she was 75 years old, Doris Payne swore she was done with a lifetime of pilfering jewels across two ...

October 27, 2015 | | Nation

Speaker Boehner’s last deal: 2-year budget, debt ceiling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaker John Boehner is making one final appeal to restive Republicans: Pass a hard-won agreement with President Barack Obama to fund the government ...

October 26, 2015 | | Nation

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