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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


California tribe to reopen casino after more than a year

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California tribe is set to reopen its casino Thursday, more than a year after a faction attempted an armed takeover, sending gamblers scrambling with chips left on the tables.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a California commission's ruling that bans the company from breeding captive killer whales at its San Diego park.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter revises policy banning threats & abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Home prices rise in October, helped by solid job market

WASHINGTON (AP) - Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Judge OKs brain tests in end-of-life case

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge gave a Reno hospital the go-ahead Tuesday to conduct brain wave tests on a 20-year-old woman who has been on life-support since April, but the judge indicated she won't rule until at least Jan. 22 on the crucial question of life or death.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Next generation taste test

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - How far have vegan alternatives come to tasting like the real thing? Not far enough, according to a panel that tasted some options for The Associated Press.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


END OF MEAT?

Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Texas’ ‘affluenza’ teen detained in Mexico

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas district attorney's office says Mexican authorities have detained a teen who disappeared with his mother after video surfaced online showing he may have violated his probation for causing a drunken wreck that killed four people.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages - after refusing to do so for nearly six months.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Dangerous helicopter-bird Strike numbers increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The crew of a Dallas police helicopter was searching for a capsized boat last March, when there was a loud explosion and wind rushed through a huge hole in the windshield.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Health law reporting extension for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Whole Foods to pay $500K for overcharging

NEW YORK (AP) - Whole Foods said Monday it will pay New York City $500,000 to settle allegations it overcharged customers for prepackaged foods.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Amazon sets record for Christmas Eve deliveries

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


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Hospital works to reduce opioids in ER

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Mark Rosenberg doesn't need to go to his job as chairman of emergency medicine at New Jersey's busiest emergency ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Bison returning ‘home’

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American ...

March 28, 2016 | | Nation


Tea party activists hail ruling vs IRS

CINCINNATI (AP) - Tea party activists are heartened by a federal appeals court ruling that strengthens their legal push against the IRS for alleged targeting in ...

March 27, 2016 | | Nation


Punish people for texting while walking?

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Jared Schumacher is among the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who routinely use electronic devices to text, listen to music ...

March 27, 2016 | | Nation


Trump’s phone interviews in spotlight

NEW YORK (AP) - In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump's fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation ...

March 27, 2016 | | Nation


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