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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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35,000 walrus come ashore in NW Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An estimated 35,000 Pacific walrus came ashore last week on Alaska's remote northwest coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Man in hot car death case wants hearings closed

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Lawyers for a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler in a hot vehicle to die want a judge to close ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Couple charged with endangerment after 9-year-old son shoots brother

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A 9-year-old boy was teasing his dog with the laser sight on his sleeping father's pistol before he accidentally shot his 6-year-old ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

New York state OKs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in 3 years

NEW YORK (AP) - New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour - the first time any state has ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Lawsuit: NYC arrested Occupy protesters for simply speaking out

NEW YORK (AP) - Police arrested more than 200 people for exercising their First Amendment rights at the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in 2012, according ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

New health care model saving money, report says

MIAMI (AP) - A new model of health care run by doctors and hospitals is growing and saving money in the taxpayer-funded Medicare program, according to ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Obama wants to admit 10,000 refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is making plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a significant increase from the 1 ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Judge approves settlement in RadioShack gift card dispute

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Electronics retailer RadioShack on Thursday won court approval of a settlement involving priority treatment of certain gift-card holders in the company's ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Union Pacific, other freight railroads may halt service unless Congress acts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Widespread disruptions of freight and passenger rail traffic are likely if Congress doesn't extend a deadline to start using certain safety technology ...

September 10, 2015 | | Nation

Firefighter dies in hit-and-run during Fill the Boot fudnraiser

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Police in Michigan have arrested the driver of a pickup truck who they believe intentionally struck a firefighter standing in a roadway ...

September 09, 2015 | | Nation

Vegas plane fire passengers escaped with lives — and bags

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Passengers on the British Airways jet whose engine caught fire just before takeoff in Las Vegas escaped with their lives - and some ...

September 09, 2015 | | Nation

FSU football fans with permits can bring gun, lock it in vehicle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State University football fans who go to the game this weekend can bring their guns - if they have a concealed weapons ...

September 09, 2015 | | Nation

Job openings surging while hiring plods

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. companies are advertising a lot more jobs. But when it comes to filling them, many remain cautious.

September 09, 2015 | | Nation

McDonald’s to switch to cage-free eggs

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it will switch to cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada over the next decade, marking the latest ...

September 09, 2015 | | Nation

NY wants salt warnings on menus

NEW YORK (AP) - Some sub sandwiches, movie theater pretzels and even milkshakes and salads will soon come with a first-of-its-kind salt warning symbol in New ...

September 09, 2015 | | Nation

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