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NEW LAWS IN 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Court rule changes should cut lawsuits’ cost, time

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chief Justice John Roberts highlighted changes Thursday to federal court rules that he hopes will make lawsuits less expensive and time consuming.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. drivers saved a bunch of money on gasoline this past year, as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members kept the pumps going in the face of low oil prices. Massive stockpiles of crude globally turned 2015 into the year of the pain-free fill up. More of the same is expected for 2016 as oil prices remain low. Here's a quick breakdown of the numbers, courtesy of the AAA.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter

NEW YORK (AP) - Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines - not to mention the companies that run them.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook glitch marks 46 years of online friendship

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


NY payphones become free Wi-Fi hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) - Operator, won't you help me replace this call?

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Nevada court orders new trial in biker club killing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of assassinating a Hells Angel leader in a 2011 shootout between rival motorcycle clubs at a Reno-area casino.

January 01, 2016 | | Nation


Drought persists despite above average snowpack

The California Department of Water Resources its first snow survey Tuesday and determined that water content in the state's snowpack is 136 percent of average for this time of year. Although recent storms have provided near average water content in the Sierra snowpack, actual runoff is well below average. At just 56 percent of average, less water has been available to fill up key reservoirs.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Woman drowned grandson in bathtub

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A 51-year-old California woman who is accused of intentionally drowning her grandson in a bathtub has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Police vow to stop surfers who use violence to protect waves

PALOS VERDES ESTATES . (AP) - So much for hanging loose.

December 30, 2015 | | Nation


Great Salt Lake hits historic low

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Drought has caused water levels in the northern portion of Utah's Great Salt Lake to drop to a historic low for the second year in a row, according to state and federal officials.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


911 dispatcher demoted for playing video games on job

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida 911 dispatcher has been reprimanded and demoted for playing video games on the job.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Cleveland officers still in jeopardy over Rice case

CLEVELAND (AP) - Despite the grand jury decision not to charge a white patrolman in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the case is far from over for the city of Cleveland, the officers involved in the shooting, or the black boy's grief-stricken family.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Times Square on New Year’s to be ‘safest place in the world’

NEW YORK (AP) - With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world - heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Hawaii man’s opinions on sex keep him from becoming teacher

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for a Caltech-educated aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, a panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Tuesday.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


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Military plane crashes in Mississippi; at least 12 dead

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - A U.S. Marine refueling tanker crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 12 people ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Policeman who appeared to kick man in head on video is fired

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A police officer who subdued a restrained suspect in a way that appeared to show him kicking the suspect in the head ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Inmate who paused to chew gum while killing guard gets life

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A prison inmate who briefly stopped his fatal bloody stabbing attack on a guard to clean his hand and chew gum from ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Man dies as air bag inflator ruptures during car repair

DETROIT (AP) - Another person has been killed in the U.S. by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Electric car maker scraps plans for $1B Vegas plant

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - An electric car maker said Monday it is deserting its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada ...

July 10, 2017 | | Nation


Report: Trump Jr. promised damaging info about Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's eldest son said Sunday he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer shortly after his father clinched the Republican nomination, hoping to ...

July 09, 2017 | | Nation


Teen bit in head by bear wakes up to ‘crunching sound’

WARD, Colo. (AP) - A teen staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after waking up Sunday to find the animal biting his head ...

July 09, 2017 | | Nation


Stocks held back by slumps for energy, auto parts companies

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes were mixed Wednesday as energy companies skidded along with oil prices, but technology stocks rose and reversed a ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


Oil pipeline developer ends private security in N. Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Wednesday that it no longer has private security personnel in North ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


Antitrust regulators sign off on Cabela’s sale to Bass Pro

SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) - U.S. antitrust regulators have ended their investigation into Bass Pro Shops' $4 billion deal to buy Cabela's, Cabela's said ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


Video shows more of fatal 2013 San Francisco airliner crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A video has surfaced showing the fiery 2013 crash of a commercial airliner on approach at San Francisco International Airport and a ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


California sheriff denies jailhouse informant system

SANTA ANA (AP) - Questioned in court, a Southern California sheriff denied the existence of a jailhouse informant system run by her department's deputies.

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


Workers slow to return to work after UPS shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Only five of nearly 40 San Francisco UPS workers have returned to work after witnessing the fatal shootings of three colleagues last ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


California’s runoff-swollen ‘Killer Kern’ river claims lives

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - Rescuers are scrambling this year on central California's snowmelt-swollen Kern River, which has claimed the lives of 8 people since March, according ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


Detained immigrant children entitled to court hearing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Immigrant children who cross the border without their parents have the right to a court hearing to challenge any decision to detain ...

July 05, 2017 | | Nation


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