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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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Met opera to probe sex misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said Saturday it will open an investigation into allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused ...

December 03, 2017 | | Nation


Facing pressure, House OKs anti-harassment training

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressured to respond to burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations, the House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring annual anti-harassment training for lawmakers and ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Lawyer: Conyers has no plan to resign amid harassment claims

DETROIT (AP) - Embattled U.S. Rep. John Conyers has no plans to resign amid allegations that the congressman sexually harassed several women when they worked ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Prospects brighter for tax overhaul, success not assured

WASHINGTON (AP) - GOP leaders toiled behind the scenes Wednesday in hopes of readying a long-anticipated tax bill for a floor debate. A pair of pro-family ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump health pick parries questions on drug cost, health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Calling it the opportunity of his lifetime, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary pledged Wednesday to help lower drug prices and ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Matt Lauer is fired at NBC, accused of crude misconduct

NEW YORK (AP) - "Today" show host Matt Lauer was fired for what NBC on Wednesday called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague and was promptly ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Conservative speaker arrested at UConn blames students

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - A conservative commentator who was arrested at the University of Connecticut and charged with breach of peace following an altercation blamed some ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


What’s ahead, after N. Korea’s ICBM test

TOKYO (AP) - Experts may debate trajectories, payload weights and re-entry shields, but North Korea's claim that the entire United States is within range of ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump backs McCaskill opponent as he stumps for tax bill

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - President Donald Trump appeared to give up trying to win Democratic support for the GOP tax overhaul plan Wednesday, as he ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


US, China hold quiet military talks amid NKorea tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea's most powerful ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Haley: NKorea ‘brings us closer to war’ the US doesn’t seek

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile - which some ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Mueller’s team questioned Kushner about Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators about former national security ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


San Francisco pier shooting jury ends Day 5 without verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors have ended their fifth day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial that sparked a national debate ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab at Navajo event draws blowback

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Families of Native American war veterans and politicians of both major parties are criticizing President Donald Trump for using a White House ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Special court to oversee hundreds of deadly asbestos claims

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the creation of a special court to oversee hundreds of claims filed on behalf of ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


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