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MAN ACQUITTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR BLOWING POT SMOKE: CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has acquitted a Chicago man of animal cruelty charges filed after the man posted a video of himself smoking marijuana with a chameleon.

May 27, 2015 | | Nation


Judge throws out evidence in FBI ruse

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out evidence collected by FBI agents who posed as Internet repairmen to get into Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms last summer during an investigation into illegal bookmaking, and is giving prosecutors until Friday to decide whether to drop criminal charges altogether.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Sanders kicks off Clinton challenge

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Woman held down husband in Vegas hatchet attack, police say

LAS VEGAS (AP) - An Idaho woman who was having an affair orchestrated a gruesome Las Vegas hatchet attack that left her husband dead with his head nearly severed while they were on a family trip on Memorial Day, police said.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Free range’ parents cleared of child neglect in 1 case, 1 remains

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - A Maryland couple who were investigated for neglect after letting their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Ladybug prankster can’t walk

MORGANZA, Md. (AP) - Some seniors at a Maryland school aren't feeling lucky, despite ladybugs that swarmed the halls.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Appeals panel won’t lift hold on Obama immigration action

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Taco Bell switching from fake to real black pepper

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


IRS: Thieves stole tax info from 100,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds, the IRS said Tuesday.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Charter buying Time Warner Cable

NEW YORK (AP) - As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Olive Garden pushing breadstick creations

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden isn't finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks.

May 26, 2015 | | Nation


Battle over bears heats up at Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Las Vegas man will ask a judge this week for a protective order against bear advocates at Lake Tahoe, saying they harassed him after he initiated efforts to trap a bear that damaged his vacation home.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 people missing in Texas

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico (AP) - A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Three kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

MIAMI (AP) - A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, but the youngsters were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, police said.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat - and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

May 25, 2015 | | Nation


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Nike offers partial FuelBand refund

NEW YORK (AP) - Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Shipwreck-hunting firmy sues over Blackbeard’s ship

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's flagship that sank off the North Carolina coast nearly 300 years ago sued the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Burger King’s sales get a boost from Chicken Fries

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King got a boost from the return of its "Chicken Fries."

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Federal prisons recognize humanism as religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Father took blame for son’s fatal hit-run

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A judge on Monday vacated the sentence of a Milwaukee man who spent more than a year in prison before admitting he took ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


PBS special tells story of atomic weapons

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The creation of the atomic bomb in a New Mexico secret city and newly restored and declassified footage will be featured ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Did man kill a number of women?

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) - A man toting axes, a shovel and bleach when he was killed by an escort he met online had been stopped ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Scouts end total ban on gay adults

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain ...

July 27, 2015 | | Nation


Foothill fire burns 2 square miles

ALTANTA (AP) - Fire authorities said Sunday a wildfire at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada has burned a little over 2 square miles of drought-stricken ...

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


Rangers in towers are out, cameras are in

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - For decades, forest rangers in wooden towers across the West scanned the horizon with binoculars for smoke that could signal the ...

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back 500,000 pickups

DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such ...

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


Obama: Kenya at ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Declaring Kenya at a "crossroads" between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father's birth ...

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


Georgia debates Confederate carving set in stone & state law

ATLANTA (AP) - Art, monument or embarrassment?

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died

ATLANTA (AP) - The brief, chaotic life of Bobbi Kristina Brown was never really her own.

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


Jackson apologies to fans for profanity -laden outburst

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - New York Yankees great Reggie Jackson says he's sorry for using profanity in public after a confrontation with an autograph-seeking ...

July 26, 2015 | | Nation


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