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Legal pot sales begin amid uncertainty

DENVER (AP) - A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications - ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Nevada again aims to name Tahoe cove for Twain

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada officials have launched a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name 150 years ago, but it doesn't come without opposition.

December 29, 2013 | | Nation


Still without power, growing frustrated

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Staring at a sixth day without power in a house as cold as a refrigerator, a frustrated John Johnson finally was able to borrow a generator from a neighbor Friday.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Ohio teacher suspended for racial remark

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio teacher who allegedly responded after a black high school freshman said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president has been disciplined.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge allows wolf derby to proceed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge Friday allowed a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby to proceed on public land in Idaho this weekend, ruling its organizers aren't required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Cleaning up homes with meth labs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A tall man and a slender woman wiggled into their white hazardous materials suits, putting on protective masks and gloves before venturing into the dark, two-story home where police say a methamphetamine lab recently exploded.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal

NEW YORK (AP) - The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

NO BEER LED TO CERAMIC SQUIRREL STABBING: NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Times Square's crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) - Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball its shimmer, including a panel dreamt up by a 12-year-old former cancer patient.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Denver issues recreational pot sales licenses

DENVER (AP) - The first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational marijuana got their licenses Friday, the owners mugging for pictures and saying they never thought they'd see the day when they'd get a permit to sell pot.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


Throwing the book: Unreturned library books

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Call it throwing the book at the bookworms.

December 27, 2013 | | Nation


News from around the nation

SC GOV. HALEY GETS A BERETTA PISTOL FOR CHRISTMAS: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Santa was apparently right on target for Christmas for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


As city cycling grows, so does tax temptation

CHICAGO (AP) - Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


Knockout game leads to hate crime charge

HOUSTON (AP) - A white Houston-area man was arrested Thursday on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game"-style attack.

December 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Paris attackers committed earlier atrocities

PARIS (AP) - New video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows the extremists who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris committing ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump worships in Iowa church

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - On the second-to-last Sunday before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump settled into a fifth row pew of an Iowa church for a ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Difficult blizzard commute awaits

NEW YORK (AP) - After a weekend of sledding, snowboarding and staying put, the blizzard-blanketed Eastern U.S. will confront a Monday commute slowed by slick ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


Cowboy poets eye Oregon conflict

ELKO, Nev. (AP) - As troubadours, fiddlers and scribes head to northeast Nevada for a national gathering to celebrate cowboy poetry and culture, the topic of ...

January 24, 2016 | | Nation


10th death linked to exploding air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Ford pickup driver killed last month in South Carolina is the 9th person to die in the U.S. and the 10th ...

January 22, 2016 | | Nation


Google to pay $140M in back taxes in Britain

MOUTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google will pay about $140 million in British back taxes in a concession driven by a shift in how the Internet company ...

January 22, 2016 | | Nation


Rebound: 2015 had most home sales in 9 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales rebounded in December after new regulations had delayed the completion of purchases in November. And total sales in 2015 ...

January 22, 2016 | | Nation


Firm creating bandages made with lobster shells

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A start-up company in Maine is developing a children's bandage coated with a substance extracted from crushed lobster shells that would ...

January 20, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to give pay raises

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is giving raises to the vast majority of its U.S. employees as part of the world's largest retailer's ...

January 20, 2016 | | Nation


Vegas cabs overcharging public by $47 million a year

LAS VEGAS (AP) - If the cash you doled out for a Las Vegas cab ride hurt your wallet, it's not all in your head ...

January 20, 2016 | | Nation


3-year-old girl kept in closet, offered for sex

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Police in a Phoenix suburb are investigating a child-abuse case in which a 3-year-old malnourished girl was bound with duct tape, kept ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Seventh-day Adventists sue over Arkansas city’s permit rule

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and two church members filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against an Arkansas city that says ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Ted Cruz dons face paint in appeal to hunters, gun owners

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's an image football fans in Iowa are likely to see this weekend: Ted Cruz, his face smeared with black greasepaint, sitting ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Sarah Palin jumps into 2016 race, endorses Donald Trump

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost ...

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


Lawmaker asks teens about their virginity

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state lawmaker apologized after asking a group of teenagers about their virginity during a meeting.

January 19, 2016 | | Nation


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