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Facebook adds new gender option for users: Fill in the blank

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Vandalism shows Internet’s vulnerability

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions - all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried in the rocky desert.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | | Nation


Calling for cooperation, Obama confronts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline - a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Spacewalking astronaut safe after leaks

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Biden checks off another early state

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - First, Iowa. Then, South Carolina. Now, New Hampshire.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Lack of snow, warm weather plague Iditarod

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Warm weather continues to play havoc for organizers of the world's most famous sled dog race.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• POLICE: BUS AIDE STOLE LUNCH MONEY, FOOD FROM PRESCHOOLERS: MILVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A school bus aide has been charged with stealing lunch money and bagged lunches from preschoolers in New Jersey.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin for the pre-K set

NEW YORK (AP) - Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Unfair to limit teeth-bleaching providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists violated federal law against unfair competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other fields from offering teeth-whitening services.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


RAISING PAY

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores became the latest retailer to boost pay for its U.S. workers, putting pressure on other chains to do the same.

February 25, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect in Vegas mom killing smoked pot

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police knew a 19-year-old suspect in a shooting that killed a neighborhood mother of four smoked marijuana before he surrendered during a standoff last week, and investigators questioned him while he was high, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death

MIAMI (AP) - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Pills before, after sex help prevent HIV

SEATTLE (AP) - For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


Man convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, friend

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis.

February 24, 2015 | | Nation


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Republicans say they’ll move to halt consumer watchdog rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers have overturned more than a dozen regulations issued under President Barack Obama. Now, they're looking to do the same to ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Facebook takes down pages of some legal Alaska pot shops

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Facebook has shut down pages set up by several businesses licensed to legally sell marijuana in Alaska, severing what some shop owners ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Cabela’s share- holders approve sale to Bass Pro

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - Cabela's shareholders are giving a nod to the sale of the outdoor outfitter to rival Bass Pro Shops for roughly $4 ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Tesla adding service centers as Model 3 goes on sale

PALO ALTO (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla is expanding its service operations and hiring more than 1,000 technicians to meet expected demand for its ...

July 11, 2017 | | Nation


Bad behavior is trending online, inspiring it in real life

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Young children know that name-calling is wrong. Tweens are taught the perils of online bullying and revenge porn: It's unacceptable and ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Seattle approves income tax on wealthy residents

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's wealthiest would become the only Washington state residents to pay an income tax under legislation approved by the City Council, a ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Smart device makes domestic call

TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) - A 911 call believed to have been triggered by a voice-activated smart device was credited with alerting sheriff's deputies in ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


FBI: Army sergeant pledged allegiance to Islamic State group

HONOLULU (AP) - An active duty soldier based in Hawaii pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group, helped purchase a drone for it to use ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


3-year-old killed for drinking milk from jug

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A woman and her mother beat her girlfriend's 3-year-old boy with a plastic rod and then threw him across a room ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Animal advocates challenge dog death penalty

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge is being asked to decide whether Connecticut has violated the rights of dog owners by holding animals deemed dangerous ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Military plane crashes in Mississippi; at least 12 dead

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - A U.S. Marine refueling tanker crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 12 people ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Policeman who appeared to kick man in head on video is fired

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A police officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Inmate who paused to chew gum while killing guard gets life

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A prison inmate who briefly stopped his fatal bloody stabbing attack on a guard to clean his hand and chew gum from ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Man dies as air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

DETROIT (AP) - Another person has been killed in the U.S. by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Electric car maker scraps plans for $1B Vegas plant

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - An electric car maker said Monday it is deserting its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


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