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Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


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


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California starts tackling huge affordable housing shortage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature Friday on bills aimed at tackling the affordable housing crisis in California, which needs an estimated ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Arrest 37 years after mom, unborn killed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For 37 years, Ronnie Fematt had been living with a burning question: Who killed his newlywed wife and their unborn child in ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Travel industry sticking with trips to Cuba from USA

MIAMI (AP) - Tour companies, airlines, cruises and others in the travel industry say they will continue taking Americans to Cuba despite a dramatic safety warning ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


IMF chief: Don’t dismiss bitcoin impact

LONDON (AP) - Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has a message for the world's central bankers: Don't be Luddites.

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Volkswagen promises to roll out 2 new models every year in USA

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Volkswagen plans to offer two new U.S. models every year for the foreseeable future and double the length of its warranties ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


SpaceX: Rocket for moon, Mars and NY-to-Shanghai in 39 mins

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX chief Elon Musk's elaborate plan for a mega-rocket to carry astronauts to Mars may have some down-to-Earth applications.

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump promotes ‘giant, beautiful, massive’ tax plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Friday that the centerpiece of his plan to help American businesses and workers "thrive, compete and grow" is a ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Aid flows to Puerto Rico but many still lack water, food

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Thousands of Puerto Ricans were finally getting water and food rations Friday as an aid bottleneck began to ease, but ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump seeks new health chief after Price resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is seeking a new health secretary to take the place of Tom Price, ousted after an outcry over flying on ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Attorney: ‘No doubt’ OJ goes to Florida after prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) - O.J. Simpson will live in Florida after he is released on parole from a Nevada prison where he has been held ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Police: Mom flew to Germany, left 4 kids home alone

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - A suburban Des Moines mother has been jailed after she left her four children home alone while she traveled to Europe for ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race

AIR FORCE ACADEMY (AP) - The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands ...

September 29, 2017 | | Nation


Firefighters hose down blaze ahead of wind gusts

CORONA (AP) - Southern California firefighters struggled Tuesday to protect hundreds of homes from a wildfire that surged through suburban canyons, trying to beat back the ...

September 27, 2017 | | Nation


Death of transgender teen in surrounded in mystery

HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) - Even as authorities in rural southern Missouri dismiss the possibility that a transgender teenager's death was a hate crime, questions remain ...

September 27, 2017 | | Nation


Construction starts on models of proposed Mexico border wall

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Federal contractors on Tuesday began building prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, hitting a milestone toward a ...

September 27, 2017 | | Nation


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