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NEW LAWS IN 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Court rule changes should cut lawsuits’ cost, time

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chief Justice John Roberts highlighted changes Thursday to federal court rules that he hopes will make lawsuits less expensive and time consuming.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. drivers saved a bunch of money on gasoline this past year, as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members kept the pumps going in the face of low oil prices. Massive stockpiles of crude globally turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. More of the same is expected for 2016 as oil prices remain low. Here's a quick breakdown of the numbers, courtesy of the AAA.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter

NEW YORK (AP) - Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines - not to mention the companies that run them.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook glitch marks 46 years of online friendship

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


NY payphones become free Wi-Fi hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) - Operator, won't you help me replace this call?

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Nevada court orders new trial in biker club killing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assassinating a Hells Angel leader in a 2011 shootout between rival motorcycle clubs at a Reno-area casino.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Drought persists despite above average snowpack

The California Department of Water Resources its first snow survey Tuesday and determined that water content in the state's snowpack is 136 percent of average for this time of year. Although recent storms have provided near average water content in the Sierra snowpack, actual runoff is well below average. At just 56 percent of average, less water has been available to fill up key reservoirs.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Woman drowned grandson in bathtub

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A 51-year-old California woman who is accused of intentionally drowning her grandson in a bathtub has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Police vow to stop surfers who use violence to protect waves

PALOS VERDES ESTATES . (AP) - So much for hanging loose.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Great Salt Lake hits historic low

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Drought has caused water levels in the northern portion of Utah's Great Salt Lake to drop to a historic low for the second year in a row, according to state and federal officials.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


911 dispatcher demoted for playing video games on job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida 911 dispatcher has been reprimanded and demoted for playing video games on the job.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Cleveland officers still in jeopardy over Rice case

CLEVELAND (AP) - Despite the grand jury decision not to charge a white patrolman in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the case is far from over for the city of Cleveland, the officers involved in the shooting, or the black boy's grief-stricken family.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Times Square on New Year’s to be ‘safest place in the world’

NEW YORK (AP) - With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world - heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii man’s opinions on sex keep him from becoming teacher

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Tuesday.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


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CNN accepts resignations over retracted news story

NEW YORK (AP) - CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between ...

June 26, 2017 | | Nation


Is French the next trendy yogurt?

NEW YORK (AP) - There's Greek yogurt, Icelandic yogurt and Australian yogurt. Now, the U.S. maker of Yoplait is hoping to revive its declining ...

June 26, 2017 | | Nation


New study of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage: It costs jobs

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published ...

June 26, 2017 | | Nation


Man catches teen falling from park ride

NEW YORK (AP) - Matthew Howard Sr. was just leaving a New York amusement park Saturday evening with his family when he heard someone screaming for ...

June 25, 2017 | | Nation


Air bag maker Takata files for bankruptcy in Japan, US

NEW YORK (AP) - Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall ...

June 25, 2017 | | Nation


Homeless college students a growing concern on campuses

DETROIT (AP) - Jennifer Carr knows she's not the profile of a typical college student. The Detroit-area woman is 37 and has battled alcohol and ...

June 25, 2017 | | Nation


Trump: Not ‘that far off’ from passing health overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to ...

June 25, 2017 | | Nation


Farm workers, activists march on Ben & Jerry’s

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Scores of dairy farm workers and activists marched Saturday to a Ben & Jerry's factory to push for better pay and living ...

June 18, 2017 | | Nation


Several sailors’ bodies found on stricken Navy destroyer

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) - Navy divers found a number of sailors' bodies Sunday aboard the stricken USS Fitzgerald that collided with a container ship in the ...

June 18, 2017 | | Nation


US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in ...

June 18, 2017 | | Nation


Trump attorney says president not under federal investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) - A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared ...

June 18, 2017 | | Nation


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