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Visa, MasterCard offer more smartphone payment options

NEW YORK (AP) - Visa and MasterCard are introducing Internet-based technologies to make it easier for shoppers to buy things at retail stores without pulling out a credit card.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Marlboro maker Altria taking e-cigs nationally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to expand its MarkTen electronic cigarette brand nationally in the second quarter.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Stores can see where you go by tracking your smartphone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


As German car sales drop, industry bets on growing trend of car sharing

BERLIN (AP) - Germans, once a nation of ardent automobile enthusiasts, are not buying cars as much as they used to. Instead, they're sharing them.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla’s shares soar on results, outlook

PALO ALTO (AP) - Tesla Motors Inc. shares soared in extended trading after the electric car maker delivered a strong fourth-quarter performance and said that it expects sales of its vehicles to increase sharply this year.

February 19, 2014 | | Nation


Lottery winners urged to avoid big purchases

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jackpots like Wednesday's anticipated $400 million-plus Powerball can grant a lot of wishes. But what if you were the only winner, and you had but one chance to blow all that money on a single purchase?

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

uKANSAS BILL WOULD ALLOW SPANKING THAT LEAVES MARKS: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Nun gets nearly 3 years in prison

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An 84-year-old nun was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws at the Tennessee plant.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Shortage of execution drugs acute

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's shortage of execution drugs is becoming increasingly acute as more pharmacies conclude that supplying the lethal chemicals is not worth the bad publicity and the legal and ethical risks.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Soldiers mugging around empty casket sparks furor

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Wisconsin National Guard announced Tuesday that it had suspended a member from honor guard duties after she apparently posted to social media a photograph of soldiers mugging around an empty, flag-draped casket.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Noose tied on Ole Miss integration statue

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged in teen death says he shot to scare

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl told investigators he fired his pistol because he wanted to scare a carload of teenagers he believed vandalized his vehicle, Little Rock police said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘No verification’ for claim woman killed 20 people

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police haven't substantiated a newlywed woman's claims that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the killing she's now charged with committing with her husband, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Pandemonium’ reported on turbulent flight

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A crew member remained hospitalized Tuesday after violent turbulence triggered "pandemonium" aboard a United Airlines flight into Billings and sent passengers and crew flying through the cabin, according to company representatives and passengers.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


Online MD reviews: Cars, movie sites more popular

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews - and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important.

February 18, 2014 | | Nation


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Louisiana police shootings add new convention concerns

CLEVELAND (AP) - The fatal shooting of three police officers in Louisiana added new concerns Sunday about security at the Republican National Convention as huge crowds ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


Viral ‘Liberal Redneck’ has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) - A "New South Bill of Wrongs"? A "Ten Commandments of the South" that decrees thou shalt not make lousy music and call ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


VFW, DAV disturbed by ‘Orange is the New Black’

NEW YORK (AP) - Leading veterans' groups are disturbed by the way veterans hired as prison guards are portrayed in the new season of the Netflix ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Route 66, the historic U.S. highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs and 1957 Cadillacs traveling from Chicago ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Naked couple arrested riding stolen mower

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a couple accused of riding naked on a stolen lawn mower in Missouri.

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Volunteers take care of three orphaned bear cubs

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Caretakers are raising three bear cubs after their mother was struck by a car and killed in Yosemite National Park.

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Suit on restaurant dish policy going to trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A federal lawsuit over a South Carolina restaurant's policy of charging workers to cover the cost of broken glasses and ...

July 16, 2016 | | Nation


Trump-Pence team addressing America

WASHINGTON (AP) - After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington ...

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


New Trump-Pence logo sparks giggles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed a new campaign logo that's giving some people the giggles.

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


Dallas shooter stole panties

DALLAS (AP) - He was disarmed in the middle of a war zone and placed under 24-hour escort. The most humiliating part was that everyone in ...

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


Nothing left to chance at conventions

CLEVELAND (AP) - Security planning for the Republican and Democratic national conventions took into account large-scale threats like the vehicle attack that occurred in France and ...

July 15, 2016 | | Nation


EPA spending bill faces veto threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - A divided House is about to pass a $32 billion spending bill for the Interior Department and environmental regulations as Congress prepares to ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Still no explanation for Dallas gunman’s honorable discharge

DALLAS (AP) - Almost a week after the Dallas sniper attacks, it's still unclear how the gunman obtained an honorable discharge from the military even ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Young Vermont GOP delegate bucks Trump, draws fire and ire

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont teenager who is a delegate to the Republican National Convention is getting a taste of the rough-and-tumble of politics.

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


Open carry law will be upheld during Republican convention

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's police chief said Wednesday that while he'd prefer that people not openly carry firearms during next week's Republican National ...

July 13, 2016 | | Nation


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