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Sales for holiday shopping season come down to wire

NEW YORK (AP) - Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


Tips for last-minute shoppers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.

December 19, 2014 | | Nation


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


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Bowie never stopped looking ahead

NEW YORK (AP) - It was hardly a coincidence that David Bowie named his greatest hits collection "Changes."

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mormons’ 150th temple will open in Provo

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The Mormon Church unveiled its 150th temple on Monday - a renovated historical tabernacle in Provo that nearly burned down in 2010.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Extraditing ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Mexican authorities saying they're committed to extraditing Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, it appears more likely than ever ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Judge reduces bond for mom of ‘affluenza’ teen

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense for a deadly wreck could soon leave jail after a ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Thief stuffs snake in his pants at store

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A snake thief smuggled a 2-foot-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Kentucky moves ahead with plans to dismantle health exchange

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's new Republican administration is moving forward with plans to shut down the state's health insurance exchange, becoming the first ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Courtroom shows tribal rift after Wash. school shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - The courtroom was divided Monday along the lines that have separated an American Indian tribe since one of their own killed four high ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent that lets public-sector ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Obama’s State of the Union seeking to frame 2016 race

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address will unmistakably attempt to frame the choice facing Americans as they select his ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton-Sanders race tightens in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Clinton has spent much of her presidential campaign looking past Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, focusing instead on Republicans and the November ...

January 11, 2016 | | Nation


Reno jeweler’s Commercial uses same-sex couple

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno commercial depicting two women getting engaged has been playing on local TV stations and in movie theaters and drawing little ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Congressman wants Aloha wear allowed on House floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - A Hawaii Congressman wants Aloha wear to be allowed on the House floor on Fridays, a change from the current rule ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Man is charged with attempted murder in shooting of Philly cop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who investigators say claimed he shot and wounded a Philadelphia police officer in the name of Islam was charged Saturday with ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Death sentence tossed, but California man will serve life

SANTA ANA (AP) - A federal appeals court secretly overturned the death penalty for a Southern California man who has spent nearly three decades on death ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


Planned Parenthood backing Hillary Clinton in primary race

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) - Planned Parenthood is swinging behind Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race and says that won't mean negative campaigning against ...

January 10, 2016 | | Nation


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