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What is ‘affluenza’?

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas teenager sentenced to probation for causing a fatal drunken-driving crash was taken into custody late Monday in Mexico, where authorities believe he and his mother fled after he may have violated terms of his probation. Ethan Couch, now 18, received the light sentence in 2013 after his attorneys said he suffered from "affluenza," which drew widespread ridicule.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Affluenza’ teen, mon planned flight

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A teen fugitive who's known for using an "affluenza" defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody and will be returned to the U.S. after a cellphone used to order pizza gave away their location, authorities said Tuesday.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


California tribe to reopen casino after more than a year

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California tribe is set to reopen its casino Thursday, more than a year after a faction attempted an armed takeover, sending gamblers scrambling with chips left on the tables.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a California commission's ruling that bans the company from breeding captive killer whales at its San Diego park.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter revises policy banning threats & abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Home prices rise in October, helped by solid job market

WASHINGTON (AP) - Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Judge OKs brain tests in end-of-life case

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge gave a Reno hospital the go-ahead Tuesday to conduct brain wave tests on a 20-year-old woman who has been on life-support since April, but the judge indicated she won't rule until at least Jan. 22 on the crucial question of life or death.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Next generation taste test

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - How far have vegan alternatives come to tasting like the real thing? Not far enough, according to a panel that tasted some options for The Associated Press.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


END OF MEAT?

Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Texas’ ‘affluenza’ teen detained in Mexico

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas district attorney's office says Mexican authorities have detained a teen who disappeared with his mother after video surfaced online showing he may have violated his probation for causing a drunken wreck that killed four people.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages - after refusing to do so for nearly six months.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Dangerous helicopter-bird Strike numbers increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The crew of a Dallas police helicopter was searching for a capsized boat last March, when there was a loud explosion and wind rushed through a huge hole in the windshield.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Health law reporting extension for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Whole Foods to pay $500K for overcharging

NEW YORK (AP) - Whole Foods said Monday it will pay New York City $500,000 to settle allegations it overcharged customers for prepackaged foods.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Amazon sets record for Christmas Eve deliveries

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


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Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

WASHINGTON (AP) - Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Class action lawsuit sought over 1966 H-bombs accident

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Louisiana man admits misusing Trump’s Social Security number

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana private investigator pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number in repeated attempts to access ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Charge dropped for ‘It’s OK To Be White’ commentator

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against a conservative commentator over a confrontation he had with protesters at the ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


‘One of my nightmares’: Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

NEW YORK (AP) - A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street got its first taste of bitcoin on Monday, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the digital currency ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Soon you can watch NFL free on your phone

NEW YORK (AP) - Watching NFL football games on your phone used to be mainly limited to Verizon customers. Soon anyone will be able to watch ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


New Yorker fires reporter for sexual misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) - The New Yorker magazine said Monday it has cut ties with well-known political reporter Ryan Lizza for alleged sexual misconduct.

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Mass shootings aren’t more frequent but they are much deadlier

ATLANTA (AP) - It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they ...

December 11, 2017 | | Nation


Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency hits major exchange

CHICAGO (AP) - The first-even bitcoin future began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange.

December 10, 2017 | | Nation


Aided by scandal, Dems fighting math and history in Alabama senate race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Renegade Republican Roy Moore may be plagued by scandal, but scandal alone will not convince the voters of 44th Place North to ...

December 10, 2017 | | Nation


Trump draws protests while honoring civil rights heroes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Donald Trump has honored figures of the civil rights movement, some famous, some not, at a ceremony that exposed stark divisions ...

December 10, 2017 | | Nation


Price hikes push insurance shoppers into hard choices

BRYSON, Texas (AP) - Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options.

December 10, 2017 | | Nation


Evans says Giants have parameters of Stanton trade

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed on San Francisco's flagship radio station KNBR that the club has reached the parameters of ...

December 08, 2017 | | Nation


Pace of confirmations gives McConnell chance to bask in wins

WASHINGTON (AP) - The pace of confirmations for President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has quickly become a source of pride for Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

December 06, 2017 | | Nation


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