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‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking fallout puts all firms on alert

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Volatile online prices stump shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) - Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hellmann’s maker drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


14 charged in meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) - Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Boy shouldn’t have been executed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


US, Cuba patch torn relations

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Killing shows strict police vetting needed

DENVER (AP) - The discovery that a Cleveland officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy last month had washed out at another police force highlights what some experts call an unnerving truth about policing: Departments don't always dig deeply enough into recruits' pasts.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Guilty verdict in exchange student’s death

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Uber says it will focus more on safety

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Sony cancels ‘The Interview’ release

NEW YORK (AP) - Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort

NEW YORK (AP) - BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Dish adds Netflix app to some of its set-top boxes

NEW YORK (AP) - Dish is making it easier to watch video from an online rival, Netflix.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


OSU president apologizes for blackface incident

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The president of Oklahoma State University issued an apology Monday after a white student posted an image of herself on social media ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Former congressman Mike Pompeo sworn in as director

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pompeo was sworn in Monday night as director of the CIA at a crucial time for U.S. national security as intelligence ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


‘The windows exploded’: Storm death toll at 20 in the South

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A tornado warning on television sent Anthony Mitchell, his pregnant wife and their three children scrambling for what little shelter their mobile ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Protesters take control of crossing

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Protesters took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Neon rock ‘n’ roll history up for sale

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction - a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


What mackerel & volcano say about climate change

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s pick to lead State gaibs support in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil executive with close business ties to Russia, saw his prospects of becoming secretary of state brighten Sunday ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


1 dead, multiple injured San Antonio shopping mall shooting

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A robbery inside a San Antonio shopping mall ended with shots fired on Sunday, leaving one person who tried to intervene dead ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


More deaths reported after 16 die in tornadoes

ADEL, Ga. (AP) - Emergency responders rushed to answer new reports of deaths and injuries Sunday evening in southern Georgia as violent storms already blamed for ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Combative Trump pledges to rise to challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was ready ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Russia may decriminalize domestic violence cases

MOSCOW (AP) - In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over Roor fakes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


FUTURE OF ‘OBAMACARE

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the ...

January 22, 2017 | | Nation


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