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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet

MIAMI (AP) - The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect Tsarnaev appears in court

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with 76-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


2 states challenge legal Colorado pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban-Americans don’t think alike

MIAMI (AP) - Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking fallout puts all firms on alert

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Volatile online prices stump shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) - Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hellmann’s maker drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


14 charged in meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) - Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Boy shouldn’t have been executed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


US, Cuba patch torn relations

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Congress sends Obama bill to regulate toxic chemicals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping bill that would for the first time regulate tens of thousands of toxic chemicals ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Consumer borrowing slows down during in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers slowed their borrowing in April after pushing up their debt levels by a record amount in March.

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Authorities: UPS knowingly shipped untaxed cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities said Tuesday they have proof UPS knowingly shipped about 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes from Native American reservations to consumers ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Nevada to do fresh analysis on rooftop solar costs, benefits

LAS VEGAS (AP) - State officials plan to do a fresh study on whether rooftop solar is a net benefit or burden for Nevada's electric ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Chronic absenteeism: 6.5M students

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a challenge to teach children who aren't in class - and new government numbers show more than 6.5 million students ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Iowa senator suspends party membership to protest Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A senior member of the Iowa Senate says he has dropped his Republican Party affiliation in protest of what he calls ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Father gets life for selling his daughters to child pornographer

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man who sold his three daughters to a man who raped them and used them in child pornography has been ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Rehearsal for mega-quake ‘catastrophe’ starts in Northwest

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) - The Pacific Northwest kicked off a massive earthquake and tsunami drill Tuesday as part of a multiday event to rehearse scenarios ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline to 15.3M

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015- the ninth straight year of decline for the nation's ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Boy recovering after clinical decapitation in Idaho crash

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A 4-year-old boy who doctors say suffered what's known as an internal decapitation in a car crash in southwestern Idaho is ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Woman accused of burning son’s hands on stove

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An Orlando woman is facing charges after being accused of burning her teenage son's hands on a hot stove as punishment ...

June 07, 2016 | | Nation


Anger as UP trains resume

MOSIER, Ore. (AP) - Local politicians and residents reacted with shock and anger Monday as Union Pacific began running trains through this tiny Columbia River Gorge ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


TV’s John Oliver buys and forgives $15 million in debt

NEW YORK (AP) - Some 9,000 people stuck with delinquent medical bills had their debts forgiven courtesy of HBO host John Oliver.

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


Democratic congressman calls Trump a racist over judge remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's criticism of a Latino judge overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University shows that the presumptive Republican nominee for president is ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


No men allowed: Women-only pool hours draw complaints in NY City

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City municipal pool that maintains female-only hours so that Hasidic Jewish women can swim with no men present has ...

June 06, 2016 | | Nation


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