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Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco sales ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


American freed by North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the U.S. government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

NEW YORK (AP) - The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian deaths spark concern in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Community activists in San Francisco are urging city officials to hasten their efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists following a recent string of fatalities they say could have been prevented with better design and more education.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Tunica hosts Twinkie eating contest

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - Joey Chestnut will seek to defend his title today at the 2014 World Twinkie-Eating Championship at the Bally's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

November 08, 2014 | | Nation


Dispute erupts at White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Dad thwarts bold kidnapping

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A set of Utah parents were awakened Friday to an unsettling noise for 4:30 in the morning: the sound of their front door opening and their 5-year-old daughter talking.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


OK for Detroit’s bankruptcy exit plan

DETROIT (AP) - A judge cleared Detroit to emerge from bankruptcy Friday, approving a hard-fought turnaround plan with a fervent plea to the people of this one-time industrial powerhouse to "move past your anger" and help fix the Motor City.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


‘Dark Web’ drug sites challenge law inforcement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - No sooner had authorities announced the shuttering of an alleged illegal online drug bazaar than another popped up claiming to take its place.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Drunken party costs 9 rookie cops their jobs

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Nine rookie police officers have been fired for their behavior at a drunken graduation party in northern New Jersey.

November 07, 2014 | | Nation


Beating death: ‘This is just evilness’

COATESVILLE, Pa (AP) - A Pennsylvania couple went car shopping, bought pizza and engaged in sexual activity as the woman's unresponsive 3-year-old son lay dying after weeks of escalating abuse that ended in three days of systematic torture, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


GPS helps police find woman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman snatched off the streets was rescued with the help of a GPS tracking device that had been installed on the suspect's car by the dealer in case it needed to be repossessed, authorities said Thursday.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Teacher told to stay away after trip

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Catholic school teacher was told to take a leave of absence for 21 days when she returned from a mission trip to Kenya, even though the country is thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ruling means high court review likely

CINCINNATI (AP) - The march toward gay marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock Thursday when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states, creating a split in the legal system that increases the chances the Supreme Court will step in to decide the issue once and for all.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


PETA calls for Discovery not to air snake show

NEW YORK (AP) - An animal rights group on Thursday asked the Discovery Channel not to air "Eaten Alive," a show planned for next month where a naturalist attempts to get swallowed by a giant snake.

November 06, 2014 | | Nation


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Clinton wins Iowa, race turns to New Hampshire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton tried to turn a skin-of-her-teeth victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, and ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Hawaii prosecutor to fantasy sports sites: Stop taking bets

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro is demanding that the heads of two major fantasy sports sites stop taking bets from Honolulu residents.

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers, CEO tries to save her own job

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO ...

February 02, 2016 | | Nation


CRUZ TOPS TRUMP IN IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


In one Iowa town, democracy plays out in its own unique way

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - In this Iowa town, at precisely 7 p.m., Ward 2 Democratic precinct chairwoman Kathy Johnson kicked things off on an upbeat ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


‘Love Story’ actors 45 years later

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Man accused of ‘looking to kill a cop’ charged with murder

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) - A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house "looking to kill a cop" was charged Monday in the January ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Man shot and killed by police after his fatal stabbing of K-9

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man fatally stabbed a police dog while brawling with officers at a busway in the Pittsburgh suburbs before police opened fire and ...

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Former judge pleads guilty to having defendant shocked in court

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Maryland judge pleaded guilty Monday to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom.

February 01, 2016 | | Nation


Fantasy sports losing major payment processor

NEW YORK (AP) - An Ohio company that processes payments for daily fantasy sports sites says it will no longer handle their payments and will pull ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Fight leaves Illinois stuck with overdue bills

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Friday afternoon email read with remarkable alacrity, given its message: The trip to a Springfield store to buy all-purpose Fabuloso Cleaner ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton, Sanders agree to add NH debate

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Democrats would hold a presidential debate next week in New Hampshire before the state's first-in-the-nation primary and three more in ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Donald Trump faces his Iowa test

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - For Donald Trump, Iowa is more than just a race for delegates. It's a test of whether the celebrity businessman and ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


America in flux as 2016 voting begins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


Makeshift memorial springs up on highway for rancher

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - About a dozen people paid their respects Sunday afternoon at a makeshift memorial that has sprung up where rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum ...

January 31, 2016 | | Nation


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