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Academy president responds to firestorm

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Responding for the first time to the firestorm that erupted over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says the all-white acting slate inspires her to accelerate the academy's push for more diversity.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


$48B poured into tech startups in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies - levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Postal Service proposes small price increases on postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters - but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of trashing boss’s cubicle with glitter

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of vandalizing her former supervisor's cubicle with glitter, Silly String and baby powder pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Obama’s new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels & such

HAVANA (AP) - The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter accounts of New York Post,news agency hacked

NEW YORK (AP) - Some Twitter accounts of the New York Post and UPI, as well as the news agency's website, were briefly hacked Friday.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


1B Switch data center will be world’s biggest

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center.

January 16, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Duke nixes plan to use chapel tower for Muslim prayer call

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Days after announcing that a Muslim call to prayer would echo from its historic chapel tower, Duke University changed course Thursday following a flurry of calls and emails objecting to the plan.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Ohio woman with 5 kids in vehicle charged after chase

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman was drunk when she sped away from police in an SUV that later crashed and flipped with five children inside, ejecting a 2-year-old boy, authorities said Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Belgian police kill 2 in raid shootout

VERVIERS, Belgium (AP) - With Europe dreading more terror, Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major attack by as little as hours Thursday, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Arizona passes law requiring students to pass civics test

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Fine for ice bucket challenge gone awry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State regulators have fined a Kentucky fire department $25,000 for improper training and equipment after a firefighter was killed and three others hurt while the crew tried to help a college marching band participate in the ice bucket challenge.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


Flu vaccine only 23% effective

NEW YORK (AP) - This year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, which is one of the worst performances in the last decade, according to a government study released Thursday.

January 15, 2015 | | Nation


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Wells Fargo beats 4Q profit forecasts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Retail banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. said its earnings were flat in the fourth quarter, as loan growth and expense reductions were ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in US

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is doing some rare pruning.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


High court to decide on OT pay for car dealer workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether people who work as service advisers at auto dealerships are entitled to overtime pay under federal labor ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


MGM to charge for parking on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) - In a city built on luring tourists with cheap thrills and free cocktails, a big part of the Las Vegas Strip will ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Ciudad Juarez preparing for Pope’s visit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Cities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are preparing for Pope Francis' visit to the Mexican city of ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Episcoplians will not reverse stand

NEW YORK (AP) - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said Friday the U.S. Episcopal Church will not roll back its acceptance of gay marriage despite sanctions ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


30 hostages freed from Burkina Faso hotel siege

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) - Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is imposing a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands, arguing that the $1 billion-a-year program must be modernized ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Researchers confirm site of hangings for Salem witch trials

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘High school hoop program suspended

STRASBURG, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia high school's boys basketball program has been suspended indefinitely following allegations of sexual misconduct on a team bus.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Sean Penn tells ‘60 Minutes’ his ‘El Chapo’ mission ‘failed’

NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Penn says his article on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman "failed" in its mission.

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Warehouse worker takes third of $1.6B

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Marine helicopters crash off Oahu, search under way

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) - Rescuers searched choppy waters on Friday where debris was sighted after two Marine Corps helicopters carrying six crew members each crashed off ...

January 15, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, Cruz go at each other

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz clashed Thursday night over the Texas senator's eligibility to serve as ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Best Buy reports weak holiday sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Best Buy's shares sank Thursday after the nation's largest consumer electronics chain reduced its sales outlook for the fourth-quarter as ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


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