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‘Blowing my mind’: Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

July 15, 2015 | | Nation


Boy’s abuse escalated to handcuffing

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Jack Garcia was a challenging kid - smart, but stubborn and uncommunicative, especially in his early years, according to those who knew him.

July 15, 2015 | | Nation


Truck drivers search for parking amid rise in big rigs

MONROE, Ohio (AP) - The amount of semitrailers on the road has climbed in recent years, but the number of parking spots for drivers to stop and rest hasn't kept pace, leading to what truck drivers and industry leaders describe as a safety hazard that puts truckers on the road for too long.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation


Blue Cross and Blue Shield to offer ID protection services

NEW YORK (AP) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be providing identity protection services to all eligible members across the U.S. by the start of the new year.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation


Airlines carve US into markets dominated by 1 or 2 carriers

DALLAS (AP) - The wave of consolidation that swept the U.S. airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation's major airports, and passengers appear to be paying the price in higher fares and fees, an Associated Press analysis has found.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation


New Comcast online video service for its Internet customers

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast, the country's largest cable company, is offering its own online video alternative as people spend fewer hours watching live TV and more time using tablets and phones for entertainment.

July 13, 2015 | | Nation


Jail clerical error acknowledged in fatal church shooting gun buy

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about the location of a drug arrest for church shooting suspect Dylann Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun he shouldn't have been able to buy two months before the attack, authorities said.

July 13, 2015 | | Nation


Son of Boston police captain charged in terror bomb plot

BOSTON (AP) - The son of a Boston police captain has been arrested in an FBI sting and accused of plotting to commit terrorist acts in support of the Islamic State group, including the setting off of pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and the slaughter of students live online.

July 13, 2015 | | Nation


It’s showtime for Pluto; prepare to be amazed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


Astronomer’s ashes nearing icy world he discovered: Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Come Tuesday, Clyde Tombaugh will pass within 7,800 miles of the icy world he discovered 85 years ago.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


Whataburger takes stand against Texas’ new open carry gun law

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


NY City disability pride parade draws thousands marking milestone

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City hosted its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


Manteca High grad returns as city’s newest podiatrist

The Manteca medical community has a new homegrown podiatrist - Dr. Jack A. Harvey, DPM.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation


Court agrees with light sentence for Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday agreed with a sentence of probation for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, rejecting arguments by federal prosecutors that he deserved prison time for hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account.

July 10, 2015 | | Nation


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Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) - Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Police: Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON (AP) - Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room - but ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


YouTube reverses some of posting restrictions on gay-themed content

SAN BRUNO (AP) - The YouTube video shows two women, dressed in suits and ties. They smile; they sniffle back tears; they gaze into each other ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Target revamps stores for those in a rush, those who ramble

NEW YORK (AP) - In a move to bring shoppers back to its stores, Target is embarking on an ambitious redesign aimed at helping people who ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Intel documents offer no evidence

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered ...

March 19, 2017 | | Nation


Cost may rise for many older Americans

NEW RINGGOLD, Pa. (AP) - Among the groups hardest hit by the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is one that swung for Donald ...

March 19, 2017 | | Nation


Stay in Dublin brewery bar for 1 night

DUBLIN (AP) - Guinness is inviting its first sleepover guest in the Dublin brewery's 258-year history - by transforming its rooftop bar into a penthouse with ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


White woman’s use of Mardi Gras krewe blackface stirs debate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's blackface -- the racist, minstrel-show practice of whites imitating blacks.

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Congress’ analyst: Millions to lose coverage under bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Report: 17-year-olds voted illegally in Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


States aiming to block Trump travel ban from taking effect

SEATTLE (AP) - More than a half-dozen states trying to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban moved forward Monday with a pair of lawsuits ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Judge nixes stiffer sentence for Dylann Roof’s friend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dylann Roof's friend should not get an unusually tough prison sentence for failing to warn police about Roof's plans ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Flooded wastewater plant relying on sewage- eating bugs

SEATTLE (AP) - Managers at a flooded wastewater-treatment plant in Seattle that is dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound are counting on bugs to get the ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


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