EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The office of East Haven's mayor was blasted with prank phone calls and a delivery of hundreds of tacos Thursday after his now-famous quip that he would address accusations of anti-Latino bias by eating tacos, a remark that left emotions raw in the town's large Hispanic community.
'MOON COLONY' PROMPTS GALACTIC CLASH IN GOP DEBATE: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Newt Gingrich wants America to establish a colony on the moon. Mitt Romney says it's not worth the enormous cost.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A New York attorney withdrew his claim Thursday on a multi-million dollar Iowa Lottery prize just as mysteriously as he had made it, saying through a Des Moines law firm that he couldn't satisfy lottery officials' request for basic information about how he obtained the winning ticket.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Potential Oscar winners will now be a click away from winning a trophy.
J.C. PENNEY GETS RID OF HUNDREDS OF SALES: NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) - If President Barack Obama is showing some swagger, it shouldn't be a surprise.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The mayor of a working-class city roiled by allegations of police discrimination against Hispanics faced scathing criticism Wednesday from officials including the governor for saying he "might have tacos" as a way to do something for the community.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer came to greet President Barack Obama upon his arrival outside Phoenix Wednesday. What she got was a critique. Of her book.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32 in a broad restructuring of its fighting force aimed at cutting costs and reducing the service by about 80,000 soldiers, according to U.S. officials familiar with the plans.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver's licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires, delivering a State of the Union address packed with re-election themes. Restoring a fair shot for all, Obama said, is "the defining issue of our time."
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has resorted to "extremism" with stifling, anti-growth policies and has tried dividing Americans, not uniting them, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday in the formal Republican response to the president's State of the Union address.
• OLD NYC TOY POODLE CHICHI DIES AT 24, MAYBE 26: NEW YORK (AP) - A toy poodle whose New York City owners had sought to put him in the Guinness World Records book as the world's oldest dog has died.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Social Security benefits statements - which officials stopped mailing to cut costs - will again be sent out to selected age groups.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery officials warned Monday they will deny payment of a multimillion-dollar jackpot unless the New York attorney who turned in the winning ticket under mysterious circumstances gives them key details by Friday.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bill to allow students, staff and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses passed out of a legislative committee Friday afternoon, despite objections from students, multiple police chiefs and leaders of all eight of the state's public colleges.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - An avalanche roared into a residential neighborhood in the western Montana city of Missoula on Friday, destroying a house and leaving an elderly woman missing, but rescuers found an elderly man and an 8-year-old boy alive, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Friday, a toxic mix that addiction specialists say is not uncommon in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots - the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.
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CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company's stock lags behind other technology trendsetters.
NEW YORK (AP) - Sotheby's says an enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" is back in its possession after the buyer couldn't pay for the jewel and defaulted.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - As the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston grows, so does the amount of money the city needs to subsidize housing for city employees.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A protest group has posted what appears to be the first video of the Supreme Court taken inside the courtroom with the court in session.
OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's plans to expand a test this year that lets people order customized burgers.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Public Service of New Hampshire is looking at whether a little peer pressure can prod people to reduce their electricity use.
SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California businesses and government agencies have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years, leading state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.