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• NYPD TO STOP SEIZING SEX WORK SUSPECTS' CONDOMS: NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Police Department will no longer confiscate unused condoms from suspected sex workers to be used as evidence of prostitution, ending a longstanding practice that had been criticized by civil rights groups for undermining efforts to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Incumbents seek re-election in June to five statewide offices

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Incumbents are seeking re-election in five of the eight contests for statewide office in the June primary, and voters will see familiar names on the ballot for the three vacancies.

May 11, 2014 | | Nation


Grim fire season opens in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After months of warning that drought-stricken California is facing a potentially devastating wildfire season, officials are telling residents it's time to get serious about clearing brush from backyards, creating evacuation plans and exercising caution with equipment that can throw sparks.

May 11, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, 93, fired shots before being killed by police officer

HEARNE, Texas (AP) - The nephew of a 93-year-old Central Texas woman shot and killed by a police officer says his aunt fired two shots before the officer shot her.

May 09, 2014 | | Nation


Resale value goes beyond used cars

NEW YORK (AP) - Jenna Broems shops for clothes the same way she hunts for a new car: She considers resale value.

May 09, 2014 | | Nation


Town cancels immigration event after feds try to stop opening prayer

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey town has canceled a naturalization ceremony at its borough hall, because federal immigration officials refused to let the event begin with a prayer.

May 09, 2014 | | Nation


Atheist loses bid to ban flag salute in schools

BOSTON (AP) - The Pledge of Allegiance does not discriminate against atheists and can be recited at the start of the day in public schools, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Friday.

May 09, 2014 | | Nation


GOP split breaking down, tea party power wanes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - It's too early to say the tea party's over.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Denver urges symphony to cancel cannabis concerts

DENVER (AP) - The city of Denver is urging the Colorado Symphony to call off a series of pot-themed fundraising concerts, saying that even though marijuana is now legal in the state, the drug cannot be smoked at events.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Superintendent criticizes unhappy parents

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Superintendent Carole Smith has criticized a group of parents for their complaints about an African-American principal and recommended diversity training for them.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Cheerleaders’ Bible signs not threatened

HOUSTON (AP) - A group of Southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is no longer at risk of being kept from displaying banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Outrage over shooting of woman, 93

HEARNE, Texas (AP) - Dozens of residents angry that a police officer fatally shot a 93-year-old woman marched Thursday to police headquarters in the small Texas town of Hearne, where the longtime mayor greeted them and said he will recommend that the officer be fired.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Accusations, death at ‘Friday Night Lights’ school

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Texas high school made famous in the book "Friday Night Lights" said Thursday that a longtime teacher committed suicide a day after being questioned about an alleged improper relationship with a student, the school's fifth former staffer to face such accusations in a little more than a year.

May 08, 2014 | | Nation


Teen’s shooting of dad, a veteran, justified

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A teenager's fatal shooting of a troubled Army veteran father who threatened his family then tossed the child a loaded gun was legally justified, a Vermont prosecutor said Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds COPSLIE vanity plate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - If a New Hampshire man thinks cops lie, he's free to say so on his license plate, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.

May 07, 2014 | | Nation


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Pregnant woman may have reached for deputy’s weapon

GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas deputy shown in a video apparently striking a pregnant woman may have used force to prevent her from taking his firearm, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Couple arrested after kid’s corpse found

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two people have been arrested in what authorities describe as a twisted, gruesome case of abuse involving a child's corpse hidden in a broken-down car, a starved baby living on water and a sheltered teenager impregnated by her stepfather.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Q&A about ransomware

NEW YORK (AP) - Ransomware is a growing threat to computer users, who can suddenly find they're unable to open or use their files when their machines are infected. The malicious software can attack any user - an individual, small business, Fortune 500 company or a government agency.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Mark Pincus returns to Zynga as CEO

NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Pincus is back as CEO of Zynga, the struggling online game company he founded in 2007.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Stark video of fatal police shooting

NEW YORK (AP) - Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force - the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. The new video from South Carolina is perhaps the most striking yet - its depiction of a fleeing, unarmed black man being shot in the back by a white policeman so vivid that a murder charge came swiftly.

April 08, 2015 | | Nation


Court considers dementia & consent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former state lawmaker accused of raping his wife in a nursing home is forcing an Iowa court to confront a little-discussed question of aging: When is a person suffering from dementia unable to consent to sex?

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


17-year-old accepted at all 8 Ivy League schools

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) - Elmont High School senior Harold Ekeh had a plan - he would apply to 13 colleges, including all eight Ivy League schools, figuring it would help his chances of getting into at least one great school.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


Utility removed stolen electric meter before 8 were poisoned

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - A divorced father and the seven children he was trying to raise on a kitchen worker's salary were poisoned in their sleep by carbon monoxide only days after the power company discovered a stolen meter and cut off electricity to their rental home, police said Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


White SC officer charged with murder for shooting black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder Tuesday, hours after law enforcement officials viewed a dramatic video that appears to show him shooting a fleeing man several times in the back.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


Lesbian student may wear tux to prom

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A lesbian honors student in northeast Louisiana has been told she may wear a tuxedo to her prom, after all, a national advocacy group said Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


Detroit-area woman, 115, now listed as world’s oldest person

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) - A 115-year-old Detroit-area woman now listed as the world's oldest living person still makes plans for a fishing trip each year and credits God for her longevity.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


Judge rejects sex allegations against Prince Andrew

MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge rejected a bid by two women to join a high-profile sexual abuse lawsuit and ordered scandalous sex allegations against Britain's Prince Andrew and a prominent U.S. lawyer removed from the court record.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


Summer gas prices may be 32 % lower this year

NEW YORK (AP) - Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


YouTube Kids app: Deceiving?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ brings $1.2M

NEW YORK (AP) - Singer-songwriter Don McLean's original manuscript and notes to "American Pie" sold at auction Tuesday for $1.2 million.

April 07, 2015 | | Nation


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