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Justice Department probing town’s denial to build mosque

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Federal officials are investigating whether a New Jersey town violated religious freedom laws when it denied a group's plan to build a mosque.

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Chicago removes sales tax on tampons

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council has rescinded a city sales tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.

March 16, 2016 | | Nation


Obama opens Cuba for business

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sent an unmistakable message to Americans on Tuesday ahead of his historic trip to Havana: Cuba is open for business.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Man who ran over son, 4, while looking for scrap sentenced

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A man who accidentally ran over his 4-year-old son while looking for scrap at a central Ohio construction site has been sentenced to six months in jail, most of which he's already served.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Settlement deal reached in Alabama ‘rape bait’ case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Both sides have reached a settlement in an Alabama lawsuit involving a teenager who says she was raped after a school worker tried to use her as bait to catch an alleged sexual predator, court records show.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


3 Franciscan ex-leaders charged in abuse case

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Three ex-leaders of a Franciscan religious order were charged Tuesday with allowing a friar who was a known sexual predator to take on jobs, including a position as a high school athletic trainer, that enabled him to molest more than 100 children.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Blacks playing men’s hoops, football lag behind in degrees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Young black men playing basketball and football for the country's top college teams are graduating at lower rates than black male students at the same schools - despite having financial and academic support that removes common hurdles preventing many undergraduates from earning a degree, a new report has found.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Newark will test 17,000 students for lead poisoning

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Newark will test up to 17,000 children for lead poisoning after elevated levels of the toxin were found in the drinking water at nearly half of the schools in New Jersey's biggest city.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


PlayStation VR to debut in Oct. for less than Rift, Vive

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Sony's version of virtual reality will cost a few hundred dollars less than competitors when its headset is released in October.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Google reveals 77 % of its online traffic is encrypted

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Chipotle says sales recovering, but down 26 %

NEW YORK (AP) - Chipotle says sales were down 26 percent for February and that it expects to report a loss for the first quarter as it works to recover from a series of food scares.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Instagram says it will show posts in order of ‘relevance’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Instagram users could soon notice something different in their feeds: Instead of showing users the most recent posts first, the mobile photo-sharing app says it will give higher priority to posts that each user is likely to care about most.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


TARGETING OVERDOSES

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

March 15, 2016 | | Nation


Study questions impact of students’ weight report cards

NEW YORK (AP) - When New York City public schools began giving students report cards on their weight a decade ago, officials hoped the information would help fight an obesity epidemic in the nation's largest school system. But a new study finds being labeled fat doesn't spur weight loss, at least among students near the threshold for being flagged.

March 14, 2016 | | Nation


Smartphone ‘voices’ not always that helpful during a health crisis

CHICAGO (AP) - It can give you street directions or find the nearest deli, but how helpful is your smartphone's virtual voice in a health crisis? A study says the answer is often "not very."

March 14, 2016 | | Nation


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Alaska Gold Rush town struggles with hard-drinking legacy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The old Gold Rush town of Nome on Alaska's western coast is trying again to address hard drinking that's deeply ...

September 11, 2017 | | Nation


US commemorates 9/11; ceremonies at ground zero

NEW YORK (AP) - While the U.S. contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the anniversary ...

September 10, 2017 | | Nation


9/11 memorial to include names of sickened responders

POINT LOOKOUT, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island beach where people gathered and watched in horror as the distant World Trade Center towers collapsed on ...

September 10, 2017 | | Nation


Irma set records; late weakening dampened its power

MIAMI (AP) - Before crashing into Florida, Hurricane Irma set all sorts of records for brute strength as it flattened Caribbean islands and swamped the Florida ...

September 10, 2017 | | Nation


Guard couple ditch white wedding for fatigues as Irma nears

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she ...

September 10, 2017 | | Nation


11-foot shark bites surfer’s board in half

SYDNEY (AP) - A 35-year-old surfer was taken to a hospital after a shark snapped his board, tore his hip and flung him into the air ...

September 10, 2017 | | Nation


Florida gets coast-to-coast pummeling

MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummeling with winds up to 130 mph Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions ...

September 10, 2017 | | Nation


As others tear down Confederate monuments, Alabama unveils 1

BRANTLEY, Ala. (AP) - As cities across the country are tearing down and relocating Confederate monuments, a county in southern Alabama on Sunday unveiled a new ...

August 27, 2017 | | Nation


Trump plans to lift limits on military gear for police officers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is preparing to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies under a program that had ...

August 27, 2017 | | Nation


Drug lowers heart risks by curbing inflammation

NEW YORK (AP) - For the first time, a drug has helped prevent heart attacks by curbing inflammation, a new and very different approach than lowering ...

August 27, 2017 | | Nation


Armed judges in spotlight after gunman’s Ohio attack

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More judges are carrying weapons than most people realize, even though attacks on judges remain rare, surveys and experts say.

August 27, 2017 | | Nation


Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters

HOUSTON (AP) - Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation's fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops ...

August 27, 2017 | | Nation


SOLAR ECLIPSE

If you can't witness the total solar eclipse in person, you can still see it online or via TV.

August 21, 2017 | The Associated Press | Nation


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