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How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. drivers saved a bunch of money on gasoline this past year, as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members kept the pumps going in the face of low oil prices. Massive stockpiles of crude globally turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. More of the same is expected for 2016 as oil prices remain low. Here's a quick breakdown of the numbers, courtesy of the AAA.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter

NEW YORK (AP) - Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines - not to mention the companies that run them.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook glitch marks 46 years of online friendship

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


NY payphones become free Wi-Fi hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) - Operator, won't you help me replace this call?

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Nevada court orders new trial in biker club killing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assassinating a Hells Angel leader in a 2011 shootout between rival motorcycle clubs at a Reno-area casino.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Drought persists despite above average snowpack

The California Department of Water Resources its first snow survey Tuesday and determined that water content in the state's snowpack is 136 percent of average for this time of year. Although recent storms have provided near average water content in the Sierra snowpack, actual runoff is well below average. At just 56 percent of average, less water has been available to fill up key reservoirs.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Woman drowned grandson in bathtub

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A 51-year-old California woman who is accused of intentionally drowning her grandson in a bathtub has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Police vow to stop surfers who use violence to protect waves

PALOS VERDES ESTATES . (AP) - So much for hanging loose.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Great Salt Lake hits historic low

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Drought has caused water levels in the northern portion of Utah's Great Salt Lake to drop to a historic low for the second year in a row, according to state and federal officials.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


911 dispatcher demoted for playing video games on job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida 911 dispatcher has been reprimanded and demoted for playing video games on the job.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Cleveland officers still in jeopardy over Rice case

CLEVELAND (AP) - Despite the grand jury decision not to charge a white patrolman in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the case is far from over for the city of Cleveland, the officers involved in the shooting, or the black boy's grief-stricken family.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Times Square on New Year’s to be ‘safest place in the world’

NEW YORK (AP) - With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world - heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii man’s opinions on sex keep him from becoming teacher

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Tuesday.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


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


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Ivanka will donate book proceeds to charity

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ivanka Trump said Thursday she is donating proceeds from her upcoming book to charity, with the first grants going to the National Urban ...

April 21, 2017 | | Nation


Buyer wanted: Tiny Oregon town for sale

TILLER, Ore. (AP) - In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it.

April 21, 2017 | | Nation


Coin toss decides winner of small Illinois village election

MARION, Ill. (AP) - The flip of a coin on Thursday decided the next leader of a tiny town in southern Illinois after an election earlier ...

April 21, 2017 | | Nation


FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful painkillers due to risks of slowed breathing ...

April 20, 2017 | | Nation


New ‘delicioso’ postage stamps dedicated to Latino cuisine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - From the kitchen table to the mail, the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday recognized the influence of Latino foods and ...

April 20, 2017 | | Nation


Trump budget chief: Spending bill must have money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that Democratic negotiators on a massive spending bill need to agree to fund top priorities of ...

April 20, 2017 | | Nation


Arkansas set to execute first murderer since 2005

VARNER, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas was poised Thursday to carry out its first execution since 2005 after three other lethal injections planned by the end of ...

April 20, 2017 | | Nation


White House pushes uncertain bid to revive health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eager for a victory, the White House expressed confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could be achieved ...

April 20, 2017 | | Nation


Pence: ‘Era of strategic patience is over’

PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence declared Monday the "era of strategic patience is over" with North Korea, expressing impatience with ...

April 16, 2017 | | Nation


Arkansas fights to begin executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for the state of Arkansas faced fights on multiple legal fronts Monday to begin a series of double executions before ...

April 16, 2017 | | Nation


Professor sues Wal- Mart over ‘clean toilets’ description

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana State University professor is suing Wal-Mart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation ...

April 16, 2017 | | Nation


Roadside memorials a tricky matter for mourners, officials

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - As roadside memorials become more common on roadways in the wake of fatal crashes, efforts to regulate these makeshift sites can ...

April 16, 2017 | | Nation


Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack

CINCINNATI (AP) - At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the ...

April 16, 2017 | | Nation


Neil Gorsuch sworn in to restore conservative tilt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow ...

April 10, 2017 | | Nation


Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an ...

April 10, 2017 | | Nation


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