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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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Education Dept. wants to narrow civil rights work in public schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Las Vegas pot dispensaries offering Black Friday deals

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Big-box stores won't be the only ones offering discounts to shoppers in Las Vegas this Black Friday. Marijuana dispensaries are rolling ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Bread made of insects to be sold in Finnish supermarkets

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - One of Finland's largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread.

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


‘Share tables’ keep unwanted lunch food out of trash

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - As 9-year-old Sabrina Agosto left her school's lunch line, she dropped her carton of milk on the cafeteria's "share ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Border agent dies after being injured in Texas

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) - Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend area for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent ...

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Widow of Grateful Dead’s lawyer auctions rare items

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll ...

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail.

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Record mogul accused of sex harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Model Keri Claussen Khalighi has come forward to accuse Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct in 1991 when she ...

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Many Christian conservatives are backing Alabama’s Roy Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Christian conservatives see Roy Moore as their champion. He has battled federal judges and castigated liberals, big government, gun control ...

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Santa’s in town? You need an appointment this year at Macy’s

NEW YORK (AP) - Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him.

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill’s health provision

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of President Donald Trump's leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the ...

November 19, 2017 | | Nation


Analysis: Senate bill hikes taxes for 13.8M

WASHINGTON (AP) - Promoted as needed relief for the middle class, the Senate Republican tax overhaul actually would increase taxes for some 13.8 million moderate-income ...

November 13, 2017 | | Nation


Georgia sheriff facing charges over school search suspended

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor on Monday suspended a sheriff who faces charges including sexual battery after a drug search at a high school earlier ...

November 13, 2017 | | Nation


Donald Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during, after campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's oldest son on Monday released a series of private Twitter exchanges between himself and WikiLeaks during and after the ...

November 13, 2017 | | Nation


Amazon or Walmart? Some retailers are choosing alliances

NEW YORK (AP) - Store chains feeling the upheaval in retail are making strategic alliances - and that can mean picking sides.

November 13, 2017 | | Nation


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