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Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies

BOSTON (AP) - Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo - the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


Husband denied knowing of dead babies in garage

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Investigators had a hard time believing a Utah man didn't know his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage, but they didn't have any evidence to pursue charges and eventually concluded he may have been so high on drugs he didn't realize what was happening, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


NYC to pay $6.25 million to man cleared in 1989 killing

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World, the city comptroller said Tuesday.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


South revisits its many Confederate images

ATLANTA (AP) - Calls to remove Confederate imagery from public places multiplied rapidly across the South and beyond Tuesday, with opponents eyeing state flags, license plates and statues of Civil War politicians and generals.

June 24, 2015 | | Nation


SUV crashes through home, kills 2

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two young children were killed when an SUV crashed through a house in Reno, Nevada.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities - research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Republicans return donations from white supremacist leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Obama says US racism ‘not cured,’ makes point with epithet

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the history of slavery and segregation is "still part of our DNA" in the United States, even if racial epithets no longer show up in polite conversation. He uttered the N-word in making his point.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Colorado teen death blamedon hidden form of plague

DENVER (AP) - When a Colorado teen came down with a high fever and muscle aches, his family thought he had the flu. But he was dead within days and the rare cause was only revealed later.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


General Mills to drop artificial ingredients in cereal

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Home sales are finally surging

WASHINGTON (AP) - Real estate has gotten hot again.

June 23, 2015 | | Nation


Crews slow spread of huge forest fire

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) - Crews working amid sweltering conditions in rough terrain have slowed the spread of a huge forest fire that's churning through timber in a remote area of the San Bernardino Mountains.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Lawsuit seeks to memorialize a less heroic side of 9/11

NEW YORK (AP) - It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Egg shortage cuts restaurant profits

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more - if it's even on the menu.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


Couples, officials, foes readying

CINCINNATI (AP) - With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition.

June 22, 2015 | | Nation


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Fallen forensics: What a 2016 report has to say about them

ATLANTA (AP) - Defense lawyers have long questioned the reliability of some forensic science methods, but over the past decade, the debate has intensified. Two highly ...

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) - Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the ...

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Why this total eclipse so unusual?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or ...

August 20, 2017 | | Nation


Providence latest city installing meters to stop panhandling

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence is due to become the latest American city to install giving meters as a way for people to donate to ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


Crash suspect’s ex-teacher says he idolized Hitler, Nazism

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) - The young man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally was fascinated with Nazism ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


White House scrambles to explain Trump’s response to clashes

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - The White House scrambled Sunday to elaborate on President Donald Trump's response to deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, as ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


Will Kim pull the trigger? Possible signs to watch

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Tensions between the United States and North Korea tend to flare suddenly and fade almost as quickly - but the latest escalation ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


North Korean tensions aren’t deterring tourists from Guam

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Tourists haven't been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been at the ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


Shoplifting suspect flees cops, then drowns in lake

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a shoplifting suspect in New Jersey drowned when he ran from police and then tried to swim away in ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


Exhumation of killers from vet cemeteries called ‘rare’

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The recent exhumation of an Army Vietnam veteran's body from the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery was a rare invocation of federal ...

August 13, 2017 | | Nation


Seattle’s unusual $25 gun tax upheld in state court

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court upheld Seattle's so-called "gun violence tax" against a challenge from gun rights groups Thursday, leaving the city as ...

August 10, 2017 | | Nation


High schooler dies when log falls on him in football drill

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A high school football player lifting a large log with teammates as part of a Navy SEALs-style drill was hit in ...

August 10, 2017 | | Nation


Man wrongly accused of drugging officer gets $50,000

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah city has paid $50,000 to settle with a Subway worker who was wrongly accused of drugging a police ...

August 10, 2017 | | Nation


Seattle turns switch with record 52-day dry streak

SEATTLE (AP) - Soggy Seattle clocked the wettest winter on record just months ago. Now, the city known for its Gore-Tex and overcast days has gone ...

August 09, 2017 | | Nation


640,000 NYC warrants for old summonses tossed in 1 day

NEW YORK (AP) - In a single morning, courts on Wednesday threw out more than 640,000 warrants for New Yorkers ticketed for minor offenses years ...

August 09, 2017 | | Nation


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