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MLK tributes, rallies around nation

ATLANTA (AP) - Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We've come a long way, but there's still much to be done to fulfill King's dream.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said Monday that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" and should instead practice "responsible parenting."

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Boy’s circumcision spurs lengthy legal battle, protests

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


Idaho salamander bill squashed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

January 19, 2015 | | Nation


STATE OF THE NATION

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Alaska faces lean budget times as oil prices plunge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


‘Selma’ stars march in Alabama honoring Martin Luther King Jr

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Shots are fired outside Bidens’ Delaware home

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the U.S. Secret Service said Sunday. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

January 18, 2015 | | Nation


Teen sweethearts on crime spree

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) - Police say two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Boy Scouts down 7% in ongoing decline

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Dying inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


High court sets stage for historic ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


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BARBIE’S NEW LOOK

NEW YORK (AP) - Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don't like her.

January 28, 2016 | | Nation


McDonald’s to test expanded all-day breakfast with McGriddle

NEW YORK (AP) - Basking in the fanfare over its all-day breakfast menu, McDonald's is pushing its operational limits by testing the addition of another ...

January 28, 2016 | | Nation


Coffee named ‘Death Wish’ wins a Super Bowl commercial

NEW YORK (AP) - A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50.

January 28, 2016 | | Nation


Apple’s iPhone slumping. What’s next?

CUPERTINO (AP) - The bloom may be off Apple's iPhone, at least for now. So now the pressure is on the iconic Silicon Valley company ...

January 27, 2016 | | Nation


New home sales soar in December

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this ...

January 27, 2016 | | Nation


7.1 quake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Paris attackers committed earlier atrocities

PARIS (AP) - New video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows the extremists who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris committing ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump worships in Iowa church

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - On the second-to-last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump settled into a fifth row pew of an Iowa church for a ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Difficult blizzard commute awaits

NEW YORK (AP) - After a weekend of sledding, snowboarding and staying put, the blizzard-blanketed Eastern U.S. will confront a Monday commute slowed by slick ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Cowboy poets eye Oregon conflict

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - As troubadours, fiddlers and scribes head to northeast Nevada for a national gathering to celebrate cowboy poetry and culture, the topic of ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


10th death linked to exploding air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Ford pickup driver killed last month in South Carolina is the 9th person to die in the U.S. and the 10th ...

January 22, 2016 | | Nation


Google to pay $140M in back taxes in Britain

MOUTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google will pay about $140 million in British back taxes in a concession driven by a shift in how the Internet company ...

January 22, 2016 | | Nation


Rebound: 2015 had most home sales in 9 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales rebounded in December after new regulations had delayed the completion of purchases in November. And total sales in 2015 ...

January 22, 2016 | | Nation


Firm creating bandages made with lobster shells

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A start-up company in Maine is developing a children's bandage coated with a substance extracted from crushed lobster shells that would ...

January 20, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to give pay raises

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is giving raises to the vast majority of its U.S. employees as part of the world's largest retailer's ...

January 20, 2016 | | Nation


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