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Should legal pot affect criminal sentences?

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge in Oregon delayed the sentencing of a convicted marijuana smuggler, saying a national trend in legalizing the drug could affect how seriously the crime is punished.

November 11, 2014 | | Nation


Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in rural Hawaii town

HONOLULU (AP) - A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Mexican meth trumps domestic meth

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. Any celebration is muted: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NYC to stop many small-time pot arrests

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges, city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Car dumped into river during divorce flap

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man going through a divorce sent the red Corvette his wife drives plunging into a river, triggering a search for a possible victim inside, police said.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


VA chief vows renewed focus on customer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


5th teen dies from school shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - A fifth teenager has died as a result of a Washington state high school shooting two weeks ago that began when a student opened fire in the cafeteria.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

MAN BRANDED 'SELFIE STALKER' SUES NANCY GRACE: DENVER (AP) - A man who was quickly branded a "selfie stalker" after his picture turned up on a crime victim's cellphone is suing television commentator Nancy Grace for defamation, saying she refused to stop airing his photo even after authorities had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

November 10, 2014 | | Nation


Woman survives 45 minutes with no pulse

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother is home and tending to her new infant less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine cesarean section.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Massachusetts town weighs nation’s 1st tobacco sales ban

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


American freed by North Korea

SEATTLE (AP) - Kenneth Bae arrived home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, expressing his gratitude to the U.S. government for securing his release and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

NEW YORK (AP) - The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Pedestrian deaths spark concern in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Community activists in San Francisco are urging city officials to hasten their efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists following a recent string of fatalities they say could have been prevented with better design and more education.

November 09, 2014 | | Nation


Tunica hosts Twinkie eating contest

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - Joey Chestnut will seek to defend his title today at the 2014 World Twinkie-Eating Championship at the Bally's Casino in Tunica, Mississippi.

November 08, 2014 | | Nation


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Zip line regulations scrutinized

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - As 12-year-old Bonnie Sanders Burney soared over a 40-foot ravine at her sleep-away camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tether ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation


Apple’s stock cuts losses after CEO emails about China

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple shares helped lead the stock market on a steep dive Monday morning, but the tech giant made a partial recovery after CEO ...

August 24, 2015 | | Nation


Teens are shopping more like their parents

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she's particular about what she wears.

August 24, 2015 | | Nation


Jimmy Carter’s cancer fight puts new meaning in old message

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) - The Sunday school lesson was familiar: When your burden grows heavy, ask God for strength. But the message carried a more powerful ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


Casey Anthony prosecutor: No crime committed on website

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The prosecutor who gained national attention as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony said Sunday that he ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


Judge orders immigrant kids released from detention

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A federal judge in California has ordered the government to release immigrant children from family detention centers "without unnecessary delay," and with ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


New Mexico boasts world’s longest tamale

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world's longest tamale Saturday morning.

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


NY stages topless parade with 60 cities worldwide

NEW YORK (AP) - Broadway put on a very different kind of matinee on Sunday: dozens of bare-chested women and men parading down the Great White ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


Poll: Low marks for grading teachers based on kids’ tests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Many Americans, especially public-school parents, give low marks to rating a teacher based partly on how students perform on standardized tests, according to ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


Nevada sheriff vows crackdown on Burning Man crime next week

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada sheriff is promising to crack down on any crime occurring in the Black Rock Desert at next week's Burning ...

August 23, 2015 | | Nation


First two women to pass Ranger School are Army pilot, military cop

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - The first two women to pass the Army's notoriously difficult Ranger School impressed male classmates left in their dust during ...

August 21, 2015 | | Nation


Stuff you didn’t know you could do on Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) - Did you know you can add a pronunciation guide to your name on Facebook? Overlay colorful text on the photos you post ...

August 19, 2015 | | Nation


Man finds wife with lover, bites off piece of his ear

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man admits he attacked his wife's lover and bit off part of the man's ear after finding the ...

August 19, 2015 | | Nation


Robbers with machete run when cashier pulls out sword

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two ninja-clad teens armed with a machete and expecting an easy robbery at a Pittsburgh convenience store got quite a shock when a ...

August 19, 2015 | | Nation


Home Depot separates itself from retail crowd in 2Q

NEW YORK (AP) - Homes are getting a lot of TLC from their owners of late, which means better sales for businesses like Home Depot.

August 18, 2015 | | Nation


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