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Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke.

November 19, 2014 | | Nation


TSA: Ice skates OK on plane

NEW YORK (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday displayed thousands of items confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items are no-nos.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues sanctuary

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a wild-cat sanctuary in suburban Portland is suing the sanctuary and its owners.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Senate blocks NSA phone records plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged for 25 cats hanging in trees

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the discovery last spring of 25 dead cats hanging from trees in plastic bags, a grisly find that prompted animal lovers including Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler to post $25,000 in reward money.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Mom blasts Vatican suicide remarks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Mom blasts Vatican suicide remarks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


WhatsApp encrypts messages from beginning to end

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian who got lodged in car’s windshield dies from injuries

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A pedestrian who was struck by a car in southern New Jersey and then became lodged in the vehicle's windshield has died.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Home Depot tops Street

ATLANTA (AP) - Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent as comparable-store sales climbed in the U.S., suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Anthem, Blue Shield criticized for California doctor networks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, two of California's largest health insurers, misled customers about the number of doctors in their networks under plans sold through the state's insurance marketplace, according to a state report released Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Woman wears colander for driver’s license ID photograph

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver's license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Governor activates National Guard

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Senior’s arrest leads to $15M in pot money

BOSTON (AP) - When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Flap over tour-guide licensing

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Should tour guides in Washington have to prove they know James Madison from James Monroe? Should those in New Orleans take tests on the difference between Creole and Cajun?

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Senate panel to vote on Trump’s health secretary pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans have scheduled a Tuesday vote by the Senate Finance Committee on President Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary.

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Netanyahu says US embassy should be in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the American embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, injecting himself ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension of ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Governor to get further prostate cancer reatment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown will undergo further radiation treatment for prostate cancer first treated in 2012, his office announced Saturday.

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Brown: Driver’s license penalty harms the poor

SARAMENTO (AP) - When Aaron Cutchon was laid off from his job at an auto body shop, he could no longer afford to pay for two ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Koch political network to spend $300M to $400M over two years

INDIAN WELLS (AP) - The conservative Koch network plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million to influence politics and public policy over the next ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Deal reached to close down Santa Monica’s airport

SANTA MONICA (AP) - A Southern California city and the federal government on Saturday said they reached a deal to close Santa Monica's airport, ending ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


$7 billion legal pot economy?

SACRAMENTO AP) - The future of California's legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where ...

January 29, 2017 | | Nation


Pioneering TV actress Mary Tyler Moore dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Attorney: Florida never helped girl who livestreamed suicide

PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) - A 14-year-old girl who broadcast her suicide on Facebook never got the help she needed from Florida's foster care system, an ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Idaho man admits to federal hate crime in gay man killing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man has agreed to plead guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of a gay man in exchange ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


NASA displays Apollo capsule hatch 50 years after fire that killed 3

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A relic from America's first space tragedy is finally going on display this week, 50 years after a fire on ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Trump moves to ‘build that wall’

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Mexico’s president may scrap United States trip

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's president is "considering" canceling next week's visit to Washington following President Donald Trump's order to begin construction of ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Congressional Republicans sketch ambitious agenda

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Congressional Republicans laid plans Wednesday to act on a health care repeal bill by the end of March and rewrite the tax code ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


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