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‘Blowing my mind’: Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Mankind's first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

July 15, 2015 | | Nation

Boy’s abuse escalated to handcuffing

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Jack Garcia was a challenging kid - smart, but stubborn and uncommunicative, especially in his early years, according to those who knew him.

July 15, 2015 | | Nation

Truck drivers search for parking amid rise in big rigs

MONROE, Ohio (AP) - The amount of semitrailers on the road has climbed in recent years, but the number of parking spots for drivers to stop and rest hasn't kept pace, leading to what truck drivers and industry leaders describe as a safety hazard that puts truckers on the road for too long.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation

Blue Cross and Blue Shield to offer ID protection services

NEW YORK (AP) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be providing identity protection services to all eligible members across the U.S. by the start of the new year.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation

Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation

Airlines carve US into markets dominated by 1 or 2 carriers

DALLAS (AP) - The wave of consolidation that swept the U.S. airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation's major airports, and passengers appear to be paying the price in higher fares and fees, an Associated Press analysis has found.

July 14, 2015 | | Nation

New Comcast online video service for its Internet customers

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast, the country's largest cable company, is offering its own online video alternative as people spend fewer hours watching live TV and more time using tablets and phones for entertainment.

July 13, 2015 | | Nation

Jail clerical error acknowledged in fatal church shooting gun buy

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about the location of a drug arrest for church shooting suspect Dylann Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun he shouldn't have been able to buy two months before the attack, authorities said.

July 13, 2015 | | Nation

Son of Boston police captain charged in terror bomb plot

BOSTON (AP) - The son of a Boston police captain has been arrested in an FBI sting and accused of plotting to commit terrorist acts in support of the Islamic State group, including the setting off of pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and the slaughter of students live online.

July 13, 2015 | | Nation

It’s showtime for Pluto; prepare to be amazed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation

Astronomer’s ashes nearing icy world he discovered: Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Come Tuesday, Clyde Tombaugh will pass within 7,800 miles of the icy world he discovered 85 years ago.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation

Whataburger takes stand against Texas’ new open carry gun law

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation

NY City disability pride parade draws thousands marking milestone

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City hosted its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation

Manteca High grad returns as city’s newest podiatrist

The Manteca medical community has a new homegrown podiatrist - Dr. Jack A. Harvey, DPM.

July 12, 2015 | | Nation

Court agrees with light sentence for Beanie Babies creator

CHICAGO (AP) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday agreed with a sentence of probation for the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, rejecting arguments by federal prosecutors that he deserved prison time for hiding millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account.

July 10, 2015 | | Nation

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NEW YORK (AP) — Howard Stern doesn’t plan to air old interviews with Donald Trump featuring the now

NEW YORK (AP) - Howard Stern doesn't plan to air old interviews with Donald Trump featuring the now Republican presidential candidate discussing his sexual exploits.

October 17, 2016 | | Nation

NBC News fires Billy Bush after lewd Trump tape airs

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC News on Monday fired "Today" show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in a vulgar conversation about women with ...

October 17, 2016 | | Nation

For ‘SNL,’ Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving

NEW YORK (AP) - Already enjoying its best ratings in eight years with politically charged comedy, "Saturday Night Live" got something even more beneficial with Donald ...

October 17, 2016 | | Nation

Teen testifies to sexting with man in hot car death case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - An Alabama teenager exchanged sexually explicit messages with a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son in a hot SUV ...

October 17, 2016 | | Nation


NEW YORK (AP) - Don't count on Thanksgiving reverting to its traditional status of feasting on turkey and giving thanks.

October 17, 2016 | | Nation

Jim Beam strikers complain of grueling work

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Striking Jim Beam workers kept picketing the world's largest bourbon producer on Monday, ahead of another round of talks that a ...

October 17, 2016 | | Nation

New Mexico solar farm to supply Southern Cal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - After years of planning and delays, work has resumed on what officials are billing as one of New Mexico's largest ...

October 17, 2016 | | Nation

Randy Travis stuns crowd, sings at Hall of Fame induction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer Randy Travis found his distinctive voice three years after a life-threatening stroke and sang "Amazing Grace" during his induction Sunday ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

Crews try to keep massive Nevada wildfire from jumping major roads

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Firefighters in Nevada were hoping to stop a wind-driven wildfire, which has already destroyed 22 homes north of Carson City, from jumping ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

Harvard museum to dust off curiosities in storage

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - As one of the world's oldest museums dedicated to anthropology turns 150, it's undergoing some big changes to showcase its ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

Pumpkins go ballistic at track; some sail two thirds of a mile

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Pumpkins were going ballistic at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend.

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

Mobile game replaces Pokemon creatures with Clinton, Trump

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - While some voters may wish the presidential candidates would just go away, Dartmouth College has created an app for those who ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

Finishing high school with bachelor’s degree

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Aya Tal-mason's excitement as she describes her research on cancer-fighting drugs rivals her schoolmate Paige Fries' audible enthusiasm about her ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

Pence says GOP ticket will ‘absolutely’ accept vote outcome

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pence said Sunday he and Donald Trump will abide by "the will of the American people" on Election Day, and suggested that ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

North Carolina GOP office burned, graffiti sprayed nearby

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - A local Republican Party office in North Carolina was torched by a flammable device and someone spray-painted an anti-GOP slogan referring ...

October 16, 2016 | | Nation

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