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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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Explaining windfall elimination provision

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about something called the "government pension offset." It is a law that essentials says this: If you ...

June 02, 2017 | Tom MARGENAU | Nation


Quitting Paris likely to have muted effect in key USA industries

DALLAS (AP) - President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have only limited immediate impact on many ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


Walmart touts investment in people, tech as pluses

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Walmart CEO Doug McMillon touted the company's investments in people and technology, but also said the company may have reached an ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


Jobs data could signal shortage of qualified workers to hire

WASHINGTON (AP) - Are employers starting to run out of workers to hire?

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


Griffin not ‘laying down’ for Trump, fears career is over

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Embattled comedian Kathy Griffin says she's not afraid of Donald Trump and plans to keep making fun of him but maintained ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


Putin: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ as Trump ditches climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - While other world leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin said ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


Woman, 82, arrested at airport says she forgot bipolar meds

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - An 82-year-old Texas woman who was jailed for about two hours after scuffling with an airport security officer in Kansas expressed ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


Black bear kills, eats Connecticut family’s donkey

KENT, Conn. (AP) - An attack by a black bear that killed and ate a donkey is part of a growing problem linked to an expanding ...

June 02, 2017 | | Nation


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