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Man uses banana to rob store

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


8 years for guns supplier in deaths

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car accident

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


‘So help me God’ in oath is optional

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Teen charged with sex assault on team bus trip

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Beanie Babies creator’s sentence debated

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors seeking to put the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies in prison for hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts told appellate court judges Wednesday that the toymaker's sentence of probation threatens to erode the judicial system's ability to deter other tax evaders.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Woman set to die for starvation of child, 9

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a last-day appeal from a Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago, clearing the way for her execution.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pot industry battling stoner stereotypes

DENVER (AP) - Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Journalists criticize White House for ‘secrecy’

CHICAGO (AP) - Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Experts want restrictions on testosterone use

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health experts said Wednesday there is little evidence that testosterone-boosting drugs are effective for treating common signs of aging in men and that their use should be narrowed to exclude millions of Americans currently taking them.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS (AP) - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Pizza Hut testing ‘skinny slice’

NEW YORK (AP) - Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Retailers dive deeper into vaccines

ATLANTA (AP) - Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

September 17, 2014 | | Nation


Price support snuffed out for tobacco growers

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


School bus driver killed during safety drill

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday morning before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed.

September 16, 2014 | | Nation


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Man errantly texted DA about drug swap

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin.

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Cops: Cocaine trafficker lived in public housing for elderly

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - A 74-year-old Massachusetts man living in public housing for the elderly faces drug trafficking charges after police say they found cocaine valued ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


No promises and no one above law, Supreme Court pick says

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he's made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he'll vote ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Trump signs NASA bill for Mars

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday adding human exploration of Mars to NASA's mission. Could sending Congress into space be next?

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Halfway house officials paid for alcohol, strip club

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southern Ohio halfway house illegally spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on alcohol, hotels, travel costs for family members and ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


High pesticide level spurs 1st recreational marijuana recall

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued its first recall of recreational marijuana after samples of a type of pot were found to ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Utah teens plotted to shoot girl over texts

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Two teenage boys accused of shooting a girl in the head in small-town Utah concocted the plan while playing video games and ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases new red iPhones

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Supreme Court sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox owners’ suit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday that it is sympathetic to Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with disgruntled owners of the Xbox 360 video-game ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Google opens ‘shortcuts’ to info, tools on phones

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Target celebrates stretch marks in swimwear ads

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Pepsi pulls 12-packs, 2-liters from shelves over soda tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pepsi is pulling 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of its products from Philadelphia grocery store shelves over the city's new tax on sweetened ...

March 21, 2017 | | Nation


Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Court: Student prayers OK at school board meetings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Texas school board can open its meetings with student-led public prayers without running afoul of the Constitution's prohibition against government-established ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


Wi-Fi on wheels: Google helps students get online, on the go

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) - Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a ...

March 20, 2017 | | Nation


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