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Stikbot interface using a smartphone

NEW YORK (AP) - What to get a tech-savvy kid who's tired of the same old tablets and video games? New toys this year range from easy-to-use sets for building circuits to a talking dinosaur powered by IBM's Watson artificial-intelligence system.

November 20, 2015 | | Nation


Square’s stock soars 45 percent in 1st trading day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Square bounced back in its stock market debut Thursday after the once-hot mobile payments service slashed the price of its initial public offering to get the deal done.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


VW has only a few costly options

DETROIT (AP) - When Volkswagen submits a plan to fix emissions-cheating diesel engines on Friday, it will have only two options for most of the cars.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


UnitedHealth casts doubt on overhaul exchanges

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest health insurer is questioning its future in public insurance exchanges, the latest signal of major concerns about the online marketplaces that have helped the Affordable Care Act extend coverage to millions of people.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


House votes to curb Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) - Responding swiftly to the terror in Paris, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to erect high hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to American shores, dividing the president's own party as lawmakers reflected the anxiety of voters back home.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


Discarded cell phone led to Paris attacks ringleader

PARIS (AP) - French investigators tracked down the alleged ringleader of last week's Paris bloodshed after receiving a startling tipoff: The Islamic militant wasn't in Syria but in Europe, plotting yet another attack. A discarded cellphone found near a bloodied concert hall led them to his cousin, and then to a suburban Paris apartment where both died in a hail of bullets and explosions.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


Utah school apologizes for terrorism poster assignment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah school apologized Thursday for a classroom assignment in which students were asked to create a propaganda poster for a group such as Islamic State to understand the goals and methods of terror groups.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


What’s for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon OK’d by FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) - What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


Trump says he would ‘absolutely’ implement Muslim database

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump voiced support Thursday evening for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States - the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


Daughter guilty of murdering 96 -year-old mother

SANTA ANA . (AP) - A 72-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for fatally shooting her 96-year-old mother in the Southern California home they shared.

November 19, 2015 | | Nation


Fate of attacks mastermind unclear

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) - The hunt for the mastermind of last week's attacks took a bloody turn Wednesday to a Paris suburb where a fierce gunbattle with police left at least two people dead and eight arrested. The fate of the alleged ringleader was unclear, with authorities saying he was not taken alive and they were trying to determine if he died in the raid.

November 18, 2015 | | Nation


Despite heavy US airstrikes, IS threat persists on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - In measuring progress in the American-led air war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, numbers tell one story but results tell another.

November 18, 2015 | | Nation


Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Wednesday threatened a presidential veto of House Republican legislation aimed at increasing screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States, calling new requirements in the bill "untenable."

November 18, 2015 | | Nation


Students want Woodrow Wilson’s name removed from Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Students staged a protest Wednesday inside the office of Princeton University's president, demanding the school remove the name of former school president and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson from programs and buildings over what they said was his racist legacy.

November 18, 2015 | | Nation


Girl testifies against parents in Arizona imprisonment case

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - One of three young sisters who authorities say were imprisoned in an Arizona home for months testified Wednesday that her mother and stepfather monitored the girls with video cameras, awoke them at night to march in place, and forced them to urinate and defecate in their bedroom closets.

November 18, 2015 | | Nation


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White woman’s use of Mardi Gras krewe blackface stirs debate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's blackface -- the racist, minstrel-show practice of whites imitating blacks.

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Congress’ analyst: Millions to lose coverage under bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Report: 17-year-olds voted illegally in Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


States aiming to block Trump travel ban from taking effect

SEATTLE (AP) - More than a half-dozen states trying to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban moved forward Monday with a pair of lawsuits ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Judge nixes stiffer sentence for Dylann Roof’s friend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Dylann Roof's friend should not get an unusually tough prison sentence for failing to warn police about Roof's plans ...

March 13, 2017 | | Nation


Flooded wastewater plant relying on sewage- eating bugs

SEATTLE (AP) - Managers at a flooded wastewater-treatment plant in Seattle that is dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound are counting on bugs to get the ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


McCain to Trump: Provide wiretap evidence or retract claim

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


2 die when vehicle chased by Michigan State Police crashes

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A college student driving to school was one of two people killed when a vehicle leading police on a high-speed chase crashed ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Fearful immigrants are offered anti- deportation training

NEW YORK (AP) - Don't open the front door if immigration officials knock. If you are taken into custody, tell them your name and nothing ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities

NEW YORK (AP) - New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Teaching Trump: Should teachers offer up their own politics in class discussions?

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York City teacher was warned over a homework question critical of President Donald Trump. An Alabama district fielded ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Safety sleeping: Cribs from cardboard boxes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Cardboard boxes certainly aren't new technology. But when they're linked to a practice that started in Finland decades ago ...

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Toledo allows golf carts on downtown streets

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio city is going to allow golf carts and other low-speed vehicles on downtown streets and two residential neighborhoods.

March 12, 2017 | | Nation


Tree falls, kills 21-year-old in Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Officials say a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park.

March 05, 2017 | | Nation


What to do when pulled over: A new driver’s ed chapter?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Deadly encounters between police officers and motorists have lawmakers across the country thinking driver's education should require students to be ...

March 05, 2017 | | Nation


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