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Texas backs down from effort to block Syrian refugees

DALLAS (AP) - Texas stopped trying Friday to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state after suing the U.S. government over fears that new arrivals from the war-torn country could pose a security risk.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Univision asks court to dismiss $500M Trump lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) - Univision struck back Friday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's $500 million lawsuit claiming that it unjustly broke a contract to broadcast beauty pageants, citing his "disgraceful allegations" about Mexican immigrants.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Wife of Kansas bail bondsman feared he wanted to kill her

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - The wife of a Kansas bail bondsman charged with abusing his missing 7-year-old son said she feared her husband was plotting to kill her and the other children living in the home.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Arizona couple convicted of imprisoning daughters

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A jury convicted an Arizona couple Friday of kidnapping and child abuse charges for imprisoning their three daughters, monitoring them through video feeds and forcing them to urinate and defecate in their closets.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Nebraska governor suspends efforts to obtain injection drugs

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's governor announced Friday that the state will stop trying to obtain lethal injection drugs until after a statewide vote on capital punishment next November.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Chipotle warns of sales slide as E. coli outbreak expands

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle said Friday that an outbreak of E. coli linked to its restaurants sent sales plummeting by as much as 22 percent in recent weeks and that it could no longer reasonably estimate sales for next year.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Ex-officers charged in New Mexico death ask to move trial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The trial for two former Albuquerque police officers charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a homeless man should be moved to another city because of the high volume of media attention the case has received, defense attorneys said Friday in court documents.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Governors endorse prescreening tourists outside US

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Governors from 19 Western states called Friday for expansion of a program that screens international travelers at airports abroad, in a bid to encourage tourism and stop terrorists before they arrive in the U.S.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Following Paris attacks, NYC steps up outreach to Muslims

NEW YORK (AP) - In the aftermath of last month's Paris attacks, New York City officials have bolstered security and quietly stepped up outreach to Muslim residents, trying to calm fears of hate-filled retaliation and mend a relationship that has been fraught with mutual suspicion.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Officer killed in Planned Parenthood shooting honored

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A campus police officer killed in the Planned Parenthood shooting was honored Friday for volunteering to rush to the clinic as shots rang out, an act those who knew him say was driven by his sense of purpose and faith.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


United Auto Workers win vote at Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Skilled-trades workers at the Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant on Friday voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, marking the union's first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the South.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


More US police charged with murder, manslaughter in 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The number of U.S. police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has tripled this year - a sharp increase that at least one expert says could be the result of more video evidence.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Restaurant group sues NYC over salt-warning labels

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's new warning label for salt-laden chain restaurant food is headed for a court fight, after restaurateurs sued Thursday to argue that health regulators overstepped legal bounds to enact the first-of-its-kind requirement.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Christie veto showdown brings his gun positions to light

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - As a young lawyer running for elected office for the first time, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he was motivated to get into the 1993 state Senate race because of Republican lawmakers' attempts to repeal the state's ban on assault weapons.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


Telescope opponents: Construction equipment must be removed

HONOLULU (AP) - Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope want construction equipment and vehicles removed from Mauna Kea now that the Hawaii Supreme Court has invalidated the project's permit.

December 04, 2015 | | Nation


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Burning Man challenging Nevada tax

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Burning Man counter-culture celebration are challenging the enforcement of a Nevada state tax that they say could cost them ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Banned live school Nativity goes on with mannequins

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Concord High School in northern Indiana used mannequins instead of student actors after a federal judge banned a live Nativity scene that ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Who’s too old for major treatment?

CHICAGO (AP) - Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the ...

December 13, 2015 | | Nation


Athletics finalize deals with relievers

OAKLAND (AP) - Little Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler these days, nine months after the son of reliever John Axford received a ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


Pitcher Samardzija ready to help SF win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jeff Samardzija walks around San Francisco and gets his share of hellos, then those friendly strangers go right on their way without ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


MEDICAL COPTER CRASH

MCFARLAND (AP) - A medical helicopter carrying a patient to a hospital crashed amid heavy rain and fog in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, killing ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


Obama, Congress avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - Avoiding the high drama of recent year-end budget fights, President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday keeping government agencies open into next week, giving ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


FBI continues probe of California lake

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Specialized divers with the FBI searched a San Bernardino lake for a second day Friday, looking for a computer hard drive and ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


ACLU leader out after Trump Facebook post

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union resigned on Friday after posting on Facebook that ...

December 12, 2015 | | Nation


ACA co-op losing millions

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The lone health insurance cooperative to make money last year on the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges is now losing ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Chipotle CEO ‘deeply sorry’ about customers who fell sick

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells says he is "deeply sorry" about the customers who were sickened after eating at the chain ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart launching own mobile pay system

NEW YORK (AP) - The mobile payment wars are heating up.

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Drones smuggle contraband into N. Korea

NEW YORK (AP) - Activists who are determined to give North Koreans a glimpse of the outside world have started using drones to smuggle banned information ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s executive actions may open door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) - While the White House has condemned Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as "disqualifying" and "toxic," President Barack Obama ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


Criminal charges dropped for Nevada driver who killed 2 kids

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The case against a 66-year-old Nevada man accused of driving despite feeling a seizure before a crash that killed two young children ...

December 11, 2015 | | Nation


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