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Busch Gardens removes decapitated heads

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Driver freed in crash commits suicide

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower raised questions Thursday about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Home Depot breach affected 56M

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Chevron meets new shale drilling rules

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Business going on holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) - UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

September 18, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk between skyscrapers

CHICAGO (AP) - Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers - partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Scientists monitoring advancing Hawaii lava are taking big risks

HONOLULU (AP) - Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated Big Island district.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Americans endure unwanted care near death

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Phoenix council subs opening prayer for moment of silence

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to replace a longstanding tradition of prayer before meetings with a moment of silence, preventing a scheduled ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Indicted Texas anti-abortion activist offered probation in case

HOUSTON (AP) - One of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last month after making undercover videos about Planned Parenthood has been offered probation to settle the ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


School kisses Valentine’s Day and other holidays goodbye

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota elementary school has kissed Valentine's Day goodbye. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Judge refuses to throw out sexual-assault case against Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A judge refused to throw out the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby on Wednesday, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim ...

February 03, 2016 | | Nation


Paying criminals not to commit crime

WASHINGTON (AP) - They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Online school swatting threats increase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On a spring day at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona, the phone rang and a receptionist answered. A computerized female ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton wins Iowa, race turns to New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Hawaii prosecutor to fantasy sports sites: Stop taking bets

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro is demanding that the heads of two major fantasy sports sites stop taking bets from Honolulu residents.

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers, CEO tries to save her own job

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


CRUZ TOPS TRUMP IN IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


In one Iowa town, democracy plays out in its own unique way

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - In this Iowa town, at precisely 7 p.m., Ward 2 Democratic precinct chairwoman Kathy Johnson kicked things off on an upbeat ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


‘Love Story’ actors 45 years later

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Man accused of ‘looking to kill a cop’ charged with murder

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) - A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house "looking to kill a cop" was charged Monday in the January ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Man shot and killed by police after his fatal stabbing of K-9

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man fatally stabbed a police dog while brawling with officers at a busway in the Pittsburgh suburbs before police opened fire and ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Former judge pleads guilty to having defendant shocked in court

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Maryland judge pleaded guilty Monday to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom.

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


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