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Better off keeping Verizon contract plan?

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice of offering discounted phones for $100 or $200.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER (AP) - The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus that annually kills thousands of vulnerable Americans - babies and senior citizens.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have increased. Now researchers have uncovered how some strains of this bug evolved to become more aggressive.

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, it has bumped up against a harsh reality: Plenty of scofflaw businesses don't pay the legal minimum now and probably won't pay the new, higher wages either.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please online horror character Slender Man - keep them in adult court or move them into the juvenile system.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?"

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown led a march in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday after a crowd of hundreds observed 4½ minutes of silence.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a violent criminal history who had previously been in a contentious relationship with the mother, authorities said Sunday.

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims, police officers and his own mother. The former neuroscience graduate student will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for mass murder.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday, state authorities said.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out, a sheriff said Friday.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


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Chicago mayor welcomes help, against using troops

CHICAGO (AP) - A day after President Donald Trump declared he was ready to "send in the Feds" if Chicago can't reduce its homicides, Mayor ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Top court reviews free speech case of man’s anti-police rap song

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court is reviewing the conviction of a Pittsburgh man for making threats against police in a rap song after ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Restaurants fight for illegals

CHICAGO (AP) - The national debate over immigration policy could be coming to a diner near you.

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


EBay meets 4Q forecasts

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay Inc. (EBAY) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.94 billion.

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Judge rejects $80M penalty in Wal-Mart truck drivers lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday refused to force Wal-Mart to pay $80 million in penalties in a lawsuit alleging the retail giant ...

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Little holiday-season joy for Mattel

EL SEGUNDO (AP) - It was not a happy holiday season for toy maker Mattel.

January 25, 2017 | | Nation


Trump admin orders EPA contract freeze, media blackout

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants ...

January 24, 2017 | | Nation


Owner of limo torched in DC says insurance unlikely to pay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Insurance likely won't cover the damage to a limousine set on fire during an Inauguration Day protest in Washington, the limo company ...

January 24, 2017 | | Nation


Trump moving forward with border wall, weighs cuts of refugee numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration today, beginning with steps to build his proposed wall along the U ...

January 24, 2017 | | Nation


Rebuking Obama, Trump boosts Keystone XL, Dakota pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump moved swiftly Tuesday to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, signing executive actions to aggressively overhaul ...

January 24, 2017 | | Nation


Trump moving forward with border wall, weighs cuts of refugee numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will begin rolling out executive actions on immigration today, beginning with steps to build his proposed wall along the U ...

January 24, 2017 | | Nation


North Dakota weighs lifting Sunday morning shopping ban

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota residents can order alcohol at a restaurant or bar late Sunday morning but must wait until afternoon to go ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Nebraska state senator criticized over his women’s march retweet

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska state senator who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer is facing criticism again for a retweet suggesting ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online

DENVER (AP) - Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Will work for marijuana: Oops. Lawyer’s license suspended

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana lawyer who worked in exchange for marijuana has been suspended from practice for a year. The state's Supreme Court ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


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