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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


What is ‘affluenza’?

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas teenager sentenced to probation for causing a fatal drunken-driving crash was taken into custody late Monday in Mexico, where authorities believe he and his mother fled after he may have violated terms of his probation. Ethan Couch, now 18, received the light sentence in 2013 after his attorneys said he suffered from "affluenza," which drew widespread ridicule.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Affluenza’ teen, mon planned flight

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A teen fugitive who's known for using an "affluenza" defense and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists thronging a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody and will be returned to the U.S. after a cellphone used to order pizza gave away their location, authorities said Tuesday.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


California tribe to reopen casino after more than a year

FRESNO (AP) - A Central California tribe is set to reopen its casino Thursday, more than a year after a faction attempted an armed takeover, sending gamblers scrambling with chips left on the tables.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding

SAN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a California commission's ruling that bans the company from breeding captive killer whales at its San Diego park.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Twitter revises policy banning threats & abuse

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter has revised its rules of conduct to emphasize that it prohibits violent threats and abusive behavior by users, promising a tough stance at a time when critics are calling for the online service to adopt a harder line against extremists.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Home prices rise in October, helped by solid job market

WASHINGTON (AP) - Steady job growth, low mortgage rates and tight inventories helped fuel rising U.S. home prices in October.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Judge OKs brain tests in end-of-life case

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge gave a Reno hospital the go-ahead Tuesday to conduct brain wave tests on a 20-year-old woman who has been on life-support since April, but the judge indicated she won't rule until at least Jan. 22 on the crucial question of life or death.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Next generation taste test

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - How far have vegan alternatives come to tasting like the real thing? Not far enough, according to a panel that tasted some options for The Associated Press.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


END OF MEAT?

Patrick Brown is on an improbable mission: Make a burger Americans love, minus the meat.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Texas’ ‘affluenza’ teen detained in Mexico

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas district attorney's office says Mexican authorities have detained a teen who disappeared with his mother after video surfaced online showing he may have violated his probation for causing a drunken wreck that killed four people.

December 29, 2015 | | Nation


Bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages - after refusing to do so for nearly six months.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Dangerous helicopter-bird Strike numbers increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The crew of a Dallas police helicopter was searching for a capsized boat last March, when there was a loud explosion and wind rushed through a huge hole in the windshield.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


Health law reporting extension for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law.

December 28, 2015 | | Nation


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North Dakota weighs lifting Sunday morning shopping ban

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota residents can order alcohol at a restaurant or bar late Sunday morning but must wait until afternoon to go ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Nebraska state senator criticized over his women’s march retweet

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska state senator who had cybersex with a woman on a state computer is facing criticism again for a retweet suggesting ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online

DENVER (AP) - Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Will work for marijuana: Oops. Lawyer’s license suspended

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana lawyer who worked in exchange for marijuana has been suspended from practice for a year. The state's Supreme Court ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


OSU president apologizes for blackface incident

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The president of Oklahoma State University issued an apology Monday after a white student posted an image of herself on social media ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


Former congressman Mike Pompeo sworn in as director

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pompeo was sworn in Monday night as director of the CIA at a crucial time for U.S. national security as intelligence ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


‘The windows exploded’: Storm death toll at 20 in the South

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A tornado warning on television sent Anthony Mitchell, his pregnant wife and their three children scrambling for what little shelter their mobile ...

January 23, 2017 | | Nation


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