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The holiday shopping season started as a marathon, not a sprint.

More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Decision set for Monday for election recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A candidate who narrowly lost a special legislative election said Friday that she is analyzing the final tally and will decide Monday whether to seek a recount.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Balloons steal the show

NEW YORK (AP) - Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Quiet holiday for first family

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House Thursday and called several members of armed forces to thank them for their service to the country.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


Manager fired over holiday dispute

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the manager of a northern Indiana restaurant who was fired over his refusal to open up on Thanksgiving Day.

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

• MORMON BISHOP DRESSES IN DISGUISE TO TEACH LESSON: TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) - Members of a Mormon congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville were greeted by what they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. At least five people asked him to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. What they did not know is that the man was David Musselman, a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Musselman told the Deseret News he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his Taylorville congregation ...

November 29, 2013 | | Nation


NYPD optimistic Macy's parade balloons will fly

NEW YORK (AP) - The weather is looking up for Snoopy, Spidey and the rest of the giant balloons that take to the skies for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Health law business insurance site delayed year due to woesDelete - Merge Upbodycopy

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.

November 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman had 5 guns, ammo when arrested

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman had five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition with him when deputies arrested him earlier this month on domestic violence charges, according to court documents released Tuesday.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Alec Baldwin's show ending on MSNBC

NEW YORK (AP) - Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Tuesday they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Unusual ice circle forms in North Dakota river

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - When George Loegering saw a large spinning circle of ice in the Sheyenne River while out hunting with relatives, the retired engineer couldn't believe his eyes.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

IND. OFFICER GETS 13 YEARS IN FATAL CRASH: FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A former Indianapolis police officer who killed a man and seriously injured two others when he was driving drunk and crashed his police cruiser into two motorcycles stopped at a traffic light was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Nasty weather for holiday travel

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


IRS targets tax-exempt political groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


Adopted boy's abandonment stirs worry

CINCINNATI (AP) - When an Ohio couple recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, prosecutors said they committed a crime. People within the adoption community say giving up a child after so much time is rare and undermines the lifelong commitment that adopted children require.

November 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Zika vaccines work in monkeys, boosting hopes for people

NEW YORK (AP) - Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.

August 04, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook battles ‘clickbait’

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is taking another stab at ridding users' news feeds of "clickbait," the links and headlines that ask readers to "guess what ...

August 04, 2016 | | Nation


Trump backers claim shift in immigration rhetoric

CLEVELAND (AP) - As he turns his attention to the general election, Donald Trump is signaling that he is ready to tone down his fiery rhetoric ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton accuses Trump of making ‘degrading comments about Muslims’

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) - Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Donald Trump repaid the "ultimate sacrifice" of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq with insults ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


Balloon hit power lines before crashing, killing 16

LOCKHART, Texas (AP) - A hot air balloon made contact with high-tension power lines before crashing into a pasture in Central Texas, killing all 16 on ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


Court rules for middle school, officer in teen’s burp arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


Court rules for middle school, officer in teen’s burp arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the petty misdemeanor arrest of an Albuquerque student accused of repeatedly disrupting his middle-school class ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


States’ flag-burning laws unconstitutional

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a ...

July 31, 2016 | | Nation


Alphabet’s quarter earns soar despite rising ‘moonshot’ losses

MOUJNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may ...

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Oracle buying ‘cloud’ business software provider NetSuite

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Software mogul Larry Ellison once famously mocked cloud computing as a fad. Now his company, Oracle, will spend $9.3 billion to ...

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Chipotle plans to open new burger restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle, still struggling to win back customers after a series of food scares, plans to open its first burger restaurant this year.

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


Amazon’s already large distribution empire keeps expanding more

SEATTLE (AP) - Online shoppers want their packages - now. And Amazon is spending heavily to make sure that happens.

July 28, 2016 | | Nation


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