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Obama, Pope Francis to meet

WASHINGTON (AP) - When President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in the Vatican in March, both men will speak a common economic language rooted in similar views about poverty and income inequality, giving prominence to an issue that the U.S. president wants to be a central theme of his second term.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Vegas casinos now accepting Bitcoin

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas is getting one more novelty. Starting this week, patrons will be able to use the online currency Bitcoin to pay for rooms, food and drinks at two downtown casinos.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


\Gay juror was taken off panel improperly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


New videos of Toronto mayor emerge

TORONTO (AP) - A new video of Mayor Rob Ford emerged Tuesday that shows him swearing and slurring his words while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


ASU fraternity under scrutiny for MLK Day party

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona State University fraternity's operations have been suspended following accusations that the local Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter hosted a distasteful party in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, replete with racist stereotypes and offensive costumes.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as a rising star in the GOP, and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges accusing the couple of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in loans, shopping sprees, money for their daughter's wedding - and even a joyride in a Ferrari - from the owner of a company that makes health supplements.

January 21, 2014 | | Nation


Wedding insurance expands as nuptials pushing $26,000

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that.

January 20, 2014 | | Nation


Two die in Omaha plant explosion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An explosion Monday morning that brought down part of an animal feed processing plant in Omaha left two people dead and 10 others seriously hurt, authorities said.

January 20, 2014 | | Nation


Nearly half of black men arrested by age 23

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study.

January 20, 2014 | | Nation


Overstock.com sees new market in Bitcoins

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com Inc. says it's the first major retailer to accept digital Bitcoins as payment for goods.

January 20, 2014 | | Nation


American honors Martin Luther King Jr.

ATLANTA (AP) - As the nation remembered and reflected Monday on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., leaders and everyday Americans talked about how far the country has come in the past 50 years and how much more is to be done.

January 20, 2014 | | Nation


2 nabbed at Texas border in Target card fraud case

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday following the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards.

January 20, 2014 | | Nation


Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

January 19, 2014 | | Nation


UPS, union wrangle over Staples outlets

WASHINGTON (AP) - The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions.

January 19, 2014 | | Nation


Family of drunken man killed by car sues Ohio cops

CINCINNATI (AP) - CINCINNATI - The family of a drunken man picked up by Ohio police officers and dropped off at a Taco Bell before he was fatally struck by a car has sued over his death, accusing authorities of racial discrimination and putting their loved in danger as part of a "perverse joke" about his Mexican heritage.

January 19, 2014 | | Nation


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Wal-Mart plans unlimited online shipping for $50 per year

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon's $99 per year Prime service.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Smokers have better luck quitting when their own money is wagered

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to offering cash to get smokers to quit, more people go for the carrots than the stick - but the stick gets better results.

May 13, 2015 | | Nation


Move to allow eviction notices sent by email

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers finalized a bill Tuesday that would let landlords email eviction notices to tenants or notify them through social media, which supporters said is a reflection that more business is done online and detractors said is inadequate for something as serious as evictions.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Verizon Wireless, Sprint settle allegations of bogus charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers' monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


ITT Educational faces SEC charges of student loan cover-up

NEW YORK (AP) - ITT Educational Services is facing charges that it duped investors by concealing huge losses on loans made to students attending the company's for-profit colleges scattered across the country.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Couple died shielding daughter from twister

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Melissa and Michael Mooneyhan met as high school students and quickly fell in love. The two were married in 2004, even before they graduated.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Owners of NY gay hotel face criticism over Ted Cruz dinner

NEW YORK (AP) - An owner of a gay-oriented New York City hotel lashed out at "extremists" who have urged a boycott over a dinner invitation to Sen. Ted Cruz, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Black professor regrets comments critical of white college students

BOSTON (AP) - An incoming Boston University professor who called "white college males" a "problem population" and was publicly criticized by the university's president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


House votes to block EPA’s regulation of streams, wetlands

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Navy proposing doubling maternity leave

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - In an effort to retain talented women, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will unveil a proposal Wednesday that calls for doubling the amount of paid maternity leave that sailors and Marines can take to 12 weeks.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Student who failed class twice sues university

DALLAS, Pa. (AP) - A nursing student who says anxiety and depression made it difficult for her to concentrate has sued a northeastern Pennsylvania university after twice failing a required course.

May 12, 2015 | | Nation


Americans: Less Christian, more secular

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to road rage incident

LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman said Monday she intends to sue United Airlines after her flight home made an emergency landing, and authorities removed her family from the plane after she and the flight crew had problems finding her autistic 15-year-old daughter something to eat.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

NEW CUYAMA (AP) - Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom.

May 11, 2015 | | Nation


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