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• Police: Man held after choking neighbor's loud dog: PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire police say a man who broke into his neighbor's apartment to silence a barking dog ended up getting bitten and arrested. They say a brawl erupted Friday morning when Roger Pelletier forced his way into the Portsmouth apartment because he was frustrated by the constant barking of her Shih Tzu, Oreo. Police say Pelletier tried to strangle Oreo, leading to a confrontation with the dog's owner. They say Oreo bit Pelletier several times. The dog's owner wasn't injured. Oreo has been ...

November 28, 2014 | | Nation


Agents still unpaid after rollout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Certified insurance agents who helped sign up 40 percent of individuals in California's new health care plan say they are late receiving commissions, according to a report Thursday.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s action fuels worry about scams

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about scams.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Creed frontman Scott Stapp broke

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Turkey Day’s Early Birds

NEW YORK (AP) - Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what's becoming a new holiday tradition.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


For now, Uber Tech parked in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Uber Technologies' legal battle with Nevada's highly regulated taxi industry over Internet ride-sharing may be headed back to the political arena now that a judge has at least temporarily banned Uber's unlicensed operations statewide.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Comedian bottles up story with exclusive

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Celebrating with parties, parades & turkey feasts

NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of Americans across the country are marking the holiday with lots of turkey, football, parades and early shopping, while many are overcoming some nasty weather and power outages. At the White House, President Barack Obama is spending a quiet Thanksgiving with a traditional meal.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protesters in Ferguson pressed pause Thursday as the city welcomed Thanksgiving, decorating boarded-up storefronts with some Dr. Seuss inspiration and gathering for church services - a stark contrast to previous days of outrage over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Oil prices tank as OPEC leaves output unchanged

LONDON (AP) - Oil companies saw their shares take a beating Thursday as crude prices slid to their lowest in over four years in the wake of OPEC's decision to maintain production levels even though prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Producers: Pipeline not a cure-all for rail delays

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota farmers are nearing the end of a record corn harvest this week, but they have serious concerns about grain prices, storaage options and rail congestion heading into spring. And they're looking for more options than the Keystone XL pipeline to help.

November 27, 2014 | | Nation


Grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see the shooting at all.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Video: Police officer shot boy seconds after encountering him

CLEVELAND (AP) - The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls on Black Friday

CHICAGO (AP) - The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

November 26, 2014 | | Nation


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75% of USA population within three miles of a McDonald’s

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March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Scant demand for California carbon emission permits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California saw another three months of weak demand for pollution permits amid persistent uncertainty about the future of the state's cap on ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100 workers, citing Philadelphia tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pepsi says slumping sales from Philadelphia's new sweetened-beverage tax are prompting layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Yahoo punishes CEO in fallout from security breakdown

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is punishing CEO Marissa Mayer and parting ways with its top lawyer for the mishandling of two security breaches that exposed the ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana

CHICAGO (AP) - An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


Mardi Gras crash suspect’s alcohol level 3 times limit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump’s speech to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


Samsung delays its new phone, focuses on tablets instead

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung's product showcase Sunday is notable for what's missing: a new flagship phone.

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


New Dem Party chairman pledges to repair, unite party

ATLANTA (AP) - Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


School seminar sparks civil rights, race debate

WINNETKA, Ill. (AP) - When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago's wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


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