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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet

MIAMI (AP) - The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about any dip in business.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Suspect Tsarnaev appears in court

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Family wants officer prosecuted for scuffle with 76-year-old man

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) - The relatives of a 76-year-old man want a South Texas police officer prosecuted for a traffic-stop scuffle in which a stun gun was used on him, an attorney for the family said.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


More charges in death of man hit, carried on car

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A driver has pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of manslaughter after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with such force that he flipped on top of her car, carrying him on the roof for 11 blocks and leaving him in the street to die.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


2 states challenge legal Colorado pot

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban-Americans don’t think alike

MIAMI (AP) - Anyone who thinks Cuban-Americans think alike on Cuba hasn't taken a close look at the community lately, poet Richard Blanco says.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sheriff to cede immigration-enforcement

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona sheriff known for crackdowns on people living in the country illegally is giving up his last major foothold in immigration enforcement efforts that won him popularity among voters but gradually were reined in by Washington and the courts.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


‘Prison Houdini’ may make legal escape

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Had Mark DeFriest just waited a couple of months to collect his inheritance, he never would have gone to prison. Had he just behaved while he was there, he would have been released more than 30 years ago.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Budget cuts could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking fallout puts all firms on alert

ATLANTA (AP) - Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Volatile online prices stump shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) - Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


Hellmann’s maker drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."

December 18, 2014 | | Nation


14 charged in meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) - Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn't properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


Judge: Boy shouldn’t have been executed

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


US, Cuba patch torn relations

WASHINGTON (AP) - After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

December 17, 2014 | | Nation


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Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in mortgage settlement

NEW YORK (AP) - Goldman Sachs said Thursday it had reached a roughly $5 billion settlement as part of a federal and state probe into its ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


GoPro stock tumbles after weak sales

SAN MATEO (AP) - GoPro had a rough holiday season.

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Wage trends: Poor getting poorer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The income gap in major U.S. cities goes beyond the trend of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


No evidence man who attacked cop part of terror cell

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The head of the FBI said Thursday the agency has found no indication that the man who ambushed a Philadelphia policeman was part ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Another teen charged in school murder plot

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - Two 16-year-old girls have now been charged as adults in an alleged plot to kill classmates at a suburban Denver high ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Bones of hunted mammoth show early human presence in Arctic

NEW YORK (AP) - The remains of a mammoth that was hunted down about 45,000 years ago have revealed the earliest known evidence of humans ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


New York mayor on cusp of possible horse carriage deal

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials are close to a deal that would save Central Park's horse-drawn carriages from a threatened ban.

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Who are the 3 winners of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot?

MUNFORD, Tenn. (AP) - If they're wise, the three mystery winners of the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will talk seriously with experts in ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Obama: Michelle Obama will not run for president

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It used to be that death and taxes were the only certain things in life, but for President Barack Obama there ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Yellowstone hikers taking risks

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The killing of a Montana man by a Yellowstone National Park grizzly bear highlights the need for hikers in the region to ...

January 14, 2016 | | Nation


Average age of new moms at all-time high, now over 26

NEW YORK (AP) - The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S - over 26.

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


FDA gives OK for Simplot’s genetically engineered potato

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine is as safe as any other potato on ...

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


Iraqi refugee wanted to bomb Texas malls

HOUSTON (AP) - An Iraqi refugee who is facing charges he tried to help the Islamic State group wanted to set off bombs at two Houston ...

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton rips into Sanders ‘ record

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - Bernie Sanders casts himself as the voice of anti-establishment politics, fueling his insurgent rise in the Democratic primaries as a principled ...

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


Air ball: Fan memo draws ridicule

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Wisconsin high school athletics association blew its whistle on fans' unsportsmanlike taunts and negative chants - including "air ball" and "season's over ...

January 13, 2016 | | Nation


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