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As trend wanes, Vegas casinos fold on poker rooms

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Tropicana hoped to step back into the big leagues when it opened its poker room in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, touting it as the coolest in town.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SHAKE ON A PLANE? DANCE CRAZE BRINGS FAA INQUIRY: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The latest craze to sweep the Internet is bringing college students the wrong kind of attention - from the Federal Aviation Administration.

February 28, 2013 | | Nation


Boston fraternity raises funds for pledge surgery

BOSTON (AP) - A college fraternity in Boston has raised more than twice the money needed to pay for a new pledge's gender transition surgery.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


NY to exempt TV, movies under new gun law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Strong passwords and other security tips

NEW YORK (AP) - Rarely does a week go by without news of another hacking incident, whether it's Chinese hackers accused of breaking in to The New York Times' computer systems or Burger King finding its Twitter account taken over by pranksters.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Vt. lye victim gets new face in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - Loved ones knew it was her at the hospital when they saw her teeth.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Colo. transgender first grade girl can't use school bathrooms that other kids use

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - At first, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis didn't think much of their son's behavior. Coy took his sister's pink blanket, and shunned the car they gave him for Christmas.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Suit: 185K spyware images sent from rental computers to Aaron’s computers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Spyware installed on computers leased from furniture renter Aaron's Inc. secretly sent 185,000 emails containing sensitive information - including pictures of nude children and people having sex - back to the company's corporate computers, according to court documents filed Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

JOHNS HOPKINS: GYNECOLOGIST HID CAMERA INSIDE PEN: BALTIMORE (AP) - A Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist accused of secretly videotaping patients wore a pen around his neck that may have been used to conceal a camera, according to the employee who reported the doctor.

February 27, 2013 | | Nation


Billionaire buildingTitanic ship replica, 40,000 want tickets for maiden voyage

NEW YORK (AP) - What could possibly go wrong?

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


NJ's highest court hears 'joking judge' side job appeal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - It may have been his toughest crowd yet.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Utah liquor bill aims to take down 'Zion curtains'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Wine spritzers are a favorite at Rovali's near Salt Lake City. Behind the bar, in full view of patrons, waiters siphon soda and syrup into glasses of ice - then they duck behind a fake olive tree and a barricade to add the chardonnay.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


World's postal services struggle with lower demand in the age of email, social media

OTAKI, New Zealand (AP) - Sandra Vidulich is so excited about the leather boots she ordered through Amazon that she rips open the box in front of the postman and tries them on.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


Homeland Security releasing illegals before sequester even go into place

WASHINGTON (AP) - A week before mandatory budget cuts go into effect across the government, the Department of Homeland Security has started releasing illegal immigrants being held in immigration jails across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


For the aging, a commune-like alternative :Paid for what they need not what they do

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) - At the Fellowship Community's adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks.

February 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Avalanche levels Montana house; 2 saved, 1 missing

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood in the western Montana city of Missoula on Friday, destroying a house and leaving an elderly woman missing, but rescuers found an elderly man and an 8-year-old boy alive, police said.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs

NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Friday, a toxic mix that addiction specialists say is not uncommon in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Too few pilots or too little pay?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Primaries offer test of voter ID laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


RFK daughter acquitted in drugged driving case

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Nannies, babysitters, maids & Social Security

Q: We are going to hire a nanny to help care for our two small children. We have heard different opinions about whether we will have to deduct Social Security taxes from the wages we will be paying this person. Can you please clarify this?

February 28, 2014 | Tom Margenau | Nation


Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Sotheby’s takes back huge diamond after bidder defaults

NEW YORK (AP) - Sotheby's says an enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" is back in its possession after the buyer couldn't pay for the jewel and defaulted.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


Cost of worker housing subsidies plagues Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - As the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston grows, so does the amount of money the city needs to subsidize housing for city employees.

February 28, 2014 | | Nation


YouTube video purports to show high court action

WASHINGTON (AP) - A protest group has posted what appears to be the first video of the Supreme Court taken inside the courtroom with the court in session.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Have it your way at McDonald’s

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's plans to expand a test this year that lets people order customized burgers.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Power utility lets customers compare usage to neighbors

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Public Service of New Hampshire is looking at whether a little peer pressure can prod people to reduce their electricity use.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


California data breaches hit 21.3 million accounts over two years

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California businesses and government agencies have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years, leading state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Best Buy returns to profit in 4th Q

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


How corporate America forced veto of Arizona’s bill impacting gay rights

NEW YORK (AP) - When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


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