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Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke.

November 19, 2014 | | Nation


TSA: Ice skates OK on plane

NEW YORK (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday displayed thousands of items confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items are no-nos.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Estate of keeper killed by cougar sues sanctuary

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The estate of a young woman who was mauled to death by a cougar while working at a wild-cat sanctuary in suburban Portland is suing the sanctuary and its owners.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Senate blocks NSA phone records plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged for 25 cats hanging in trees

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the discovery last spring of 25 dead cats hanging from trees in plastic bags, a grisly find that prompted animal lovers including Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler to post $25,000 in reward money.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Mom blasts Vatican suicide remarks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Mom blasts Vatican suicide remarks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


WhatsApp encrypts messages from beginning to end

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian who got lodged in car’s windshield dies from injuries

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A pedestrian who was struck by a car in southern New Jersey and then became lodged in the vehicle's windshield has died.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Home Depot tops Street

ATLANTA (AP) - Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent as comparable-store sales climbed in the U.S., suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Anthem, Blue Shield criticized for California doctor networks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, two of California's largest health insurers, misled customers about the number of doctors in their networks under plans sold through the state's insurance marketplace, according to a state report released Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | | Nation


Woman wears colander for driver’s license ID photograph

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver's license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Governor activates National Guard

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Senior’s arrest leads to $15M in pot money

BOSTON (AP) - When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.

November 17, 2014 | | Nation


Flap over tour-guide licensing

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Should tour guides in Washington have to prove they know James Madison from James Monroe? Should those in New Orleans take tests on the difference between Creole and Cajun?

November 17, 2014 | | 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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