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As trend wanes, Vegas casinos fold on poker rooms

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Tropicana hoped to step back into the big leagues when it opened its poker room in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, touting it as the coolest in town.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


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SHAKE ON A PLANE? DANCE CRAZE BRINGS FAA INQUIRY: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest craze to sweep the Internet is bringing college students the wrong kind of attention - from the Federal Aviation Administration.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Boston fraternity raises funds for pledge surgery

BOSTON (AP) - A college fraternity in Boston has raised more than twice the money needed to pay for a new pledge's gender transition surgery.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


NY to exempt TV, movies under new gun law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Strong passwords and other security tips

NEW YORK (AP) - Rarely does a week go by without news of another hacking incident, whether it's Chinese hackers accused of breaking in to The New York Times' computer systems or Burger King finding its Twitter account taken over by pranksters.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Vt. lye victim gets new face in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - Loved ones knew it was her at the hospital when they saw her teeth.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. transgender first grade girl can't use school bathrooms that other kids use

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - At first, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis didn't think much of their son's behavior. Coy took his sister's pink blanket, and shunned the car they gave him for Christmas.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Suit: 185K spyware images sent from rental computers to Aaron’s computers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Spyware installed on computers leased from furniture renter Aaron's Inc. secretly sent 185,000 emails containing sensitive information - including pictures of nude children and people having sex - back to the company's corporate computers, according to court documents filed Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

JOHNS HOPKINS: GYNECOLOGIST HID CAMERA INSIDE PEN: BALTIMORE (AP) - A Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist accused of secretly videotaping patients wore a pen around his neck that may have been used to conceal a camera, according to the employee who reported the doctor.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Billionaire buildingTitanic ship replica, 40,000 want tickets for maiden voyage

NEW YORK (AP) - What could possibly go wrong?

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


NJ's highest court hears 'joking judge' side job appeal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - It may have been his toughest crowd yet.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Utah liquor bill aims to take down 'Zion curtains'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Wine spritzers are a favorite at Rovali's near Salt Lake City. Behind the bar, in full view of patrons, waiters siphon soda and syrup into glasses of ice - then they duck behind a fake olive tree and a barricade to add the chardonnay.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


World's postal services struggle with lower demand in the age of email, social media

OTAKI, New Zealand (AP) - Sandra Vidulich is so excited about the leather boots she ordered through Amazon that she rips open the box in front of the postman and tries them on.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Homeland Security releasing illegals before sequester even go into place

WASHINGTON (AP) - A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


For the aging, a commune-like alternative :Paid for what they need not what they do

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - At the Fellowship Community's adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Credit card late payments up in 4Q from 3Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many Americans took on more credit card debt and failed to make timely payments in the final quarter of 2013, when consumers typically crank up spending on holiday shopping.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more fuel-efficient trucks

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Drawing a link between reduced fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his administration will issue tougher fuel-efficiency standards for delivery trucks by March 2016.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Rock thrower shot to death by agent

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


What can unite liberals & tea partyers? The NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hoyt Sparks says he has no use for liberal Democrats and their "socialistic, Marxist, communist" ways.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Confederate submarine made history 150 years ago Monday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - On a clear, moonlight night 150 years ago, the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley glided out over glassy seas off South Carolina, sailing into history as the first submarine ever to sink an enemy warship.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Navy ready to deploy laser for 1st time

BATH, Maine (AP) - Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


White House: Stimulus bill effective

RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Volunteers pack 2 million meals

NOVI, Mich. (AP) - They came from all walks of life - Girl Scouts troops, National Guard units, financial planning offices, Zumba classes - to spend three days packing food for thousands of hungry children they'll never meet.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Forgotten pants reach groom in Costa Rica

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota clothier spared no expense after a customer forgot his wedding pants in a changing room and flew off to get married in Costa Rica.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pharmacy responds to execution drug suit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma pharmacy has submitted a sealed response to a Missouri death row inmate's lawsuit accusing it of illegally providing Missouri with a made-to-order drug to be used in his lethal injection.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


Obama visits Sunnylands twice in less than a year

RANCHO MIRAGE (AP) - With two visits in less than a year to the sprawling Sunnylands estate in Southern California, President Barack Obama is helping to fulfill the dream of the late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg, who hoped the desert property they used as a winter home would become the "Camp David of the West."

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


LA skyscraper cited for cell phone disruptions

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles skyscraper has been cited for failing to change its light bulbs. The FCC says they're interfering with cellphones.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: ARIZONA WALMART SHOOTING WAS SELF-DEFENSE: PHOENIX (AP) - A man who shot and killed another man inside a suburban Phoenix Walmart opened fire in self-defense, Chandler police said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | | Nation


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