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Executions up in 2017, but down by half from decade ago

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A court reprieve that halted the scheduled December lethal injection of a Texas prisoner means 2017 will end with 23 inmates executed in the U.S., a figure that although up slightly from the previous year is half of what it was a decade ago.

December 02, 2017 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press | Associated Press


Tax reform bill clears Senate

WASHINGTON - Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts.

December 02, 2017 | By ALAN FRAM, MARCY GORDON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | Associated Press


Postal regulators move to let stamp prices jump higher

WASHINGTON - Seeking to bolster the ailing U.S. Postal Service, federal regulators moved on Friday to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, a move that could eventually add millions more dollars to companies' shipping rates from prescription drugs to magazine subscriptions.

December 01, 2017 | By HOPE YEN Associated Press | Associated Press


Dow Jones sets mark, tops 24,000

Investors are exuberant and for good reason: the global economy is strong, corporate earnings are solid, Washington appears closer to delivering lower taxes on corporations and is signaling less restrictive oversight of the financial sector.

November 30, 2017 | By ALEX VEIGA and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers | Associated Press


Tampa police: Finding gun was key in arrest

TAMPA, Fla. - A recent college graduate who was charged in four slayings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood over the past 51 days used the same gun in all of the shootings and targeted people near bus stops with "no apparent motive," a police chief said Wednesday.

November 29, 2017 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


House OKs anti-harassment training

WASHINGTON - The House easily approved a bipartisan measure Wednesday requiring lawmakers and aides to take annual anti-harassment training as lawmakers faced heavy pressure to address burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations against members of Congress.

November 29, 2017 | By ALAN FRAM Associated Press | Associated Press


Top Dems pull out of Trump meeting

WASHINGTON - Congress' top Democrats abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he declared he didn't "see a deal" ahead with them on taxes and federal spending, casting doubt on prospects for averting a government shutdown at the end of next week.

November 28, 2017 | By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press


Chemical company's response to water worries: Silence

RALEIGH, N.C. - Americans have grown accustomed to hearing apologies from everyone from cheating car-makers to cheating presidents, but a Fortune 500 chemical company with a pollution problem in North Carolina is following a different model: don't apologize, don't explain.

November 25, 2017 | By EMERY P. DALESIO AP Business Writer | Associated Press


Does cellphone-sweeping technology go too far?

NEW YORK - New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using the signals constantly emitted by their cellphones.

November 25, 2017 | By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press | Associated Press


Cancer and unhealthy behavior

NEW YORK - A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors.

November 21, 2017 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


GOP tax plan clears House

WASHINGTON - Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code's biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of controlling government.

November 16, 2017 | By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON Associated Press | Associated Press


'God is so good' says man freed after 5 decades in prison

BATON ROUGE, La. - A 65-year-old man who was arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison on Wednesday, saying "God is so good" after his rape conviction was overturned by a judge.

November 15, 2017 | By STACEY PLAISANCE Associated Press | Associated Press


Workers at Calif. school averted disaster

CORNING, Calif. - A tiny Northern California elementary school would have turned into a "bloodbath" if not for quick action by school workers who rushed small children inside and locked down the building, thwarting a gunman on a deadly mission, authorities said.

November 15, 2017 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


Police hunt serial killer in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. - Police and federal agents with rifles checked car trunks, banged on doors and gathered forensic evidence in a Tampa neighborhood Tuesday as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for gunning down four people for no apparent reason in just over a month.

November 14, 2017 | By TAMARA LUSH Associated Press | Associated Press


Rise in teen suicide, social media linked

CHICAGO - An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.

November 14, 2017 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


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Lynching memorial offers chance to remember, heal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the ...

April 21, 2018 | By JAY REEVES and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press | Associated Press


Americans told to toss romaine lettuce

PHOENIX - U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not ...

April 21, 2018 | By TERRY TANG Associated Press | Associated Press


IRS extends tax deadline

Americans are getting an extra day to file their taxes after key elements of the IRS website crashed on deadline day.

April 18, 2018 | By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL AP Personal Finance Writer | Associated Press


1 dead after jet blows an engine

PHILADELPHIA - A Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate ...

April 18, 2018 | By ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL and DAVID KOENIG Associated Press | Associated Press


7 inmates killed as prisoners fight over money, territory

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for about seven hours over territory and money, leaving seven of them dead in ...

April 16, 2018 | By MEG KINNARD Associated Press | Associated Press


Driverless cars give hope to blind

OCALA, Fla. - In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver's seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drive-thru ...

April 14, 2018 | By JASON DEAREN Associated Press | Associated Press


Trump: 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, but the ...

April 14, 2018 | By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer | Associated Press


Knowing when to say when

NEW YORK - Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that ...

April 13, 2018 | By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Gun rights supporters: Bring your unloaded rifle to rallies

Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to rallies at state capitols across the U.S. this weekend, pushing back against a ...

April 12, 2018 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Associated Press


In opioid epidemic, some cities strain to afford OD antidote

BALTIMORE - On a Baltimore street corner, public health workers hand out a life-saving overdose antidote to residents painfully familiar with the ravages of America's ...

April 12, 2018 | By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press | Associated Press


Free-range parenting laws could catch on

SALT LAKE CITY - After Utah passed the country's first law legalizing so-called free-range parenting, groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing ...

April 10, 2018 | By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press | Associated Press


Teachers acquire new skill: How to stop the bleeding

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa - As she learned the basics of applying direct pressure, packing a wound with gauze and tying a tourniquet, sixth-grade math and social ...

April 10, 2018 | By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press | Associated Press


FEMA: Puerto Rico running out of time

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it will take up to an estimated $50 billion ...

April 06, 2018 | By DANICA COTO Associated Press | Associated Press


Boss buzzing you after hours? NYC might let you say buzz off

NEW YORK - Technology that once promised freedom from the confines of an office has, for many workers, become a ball and chain, blurring the lines ...

April 06, 2018 | By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press | Associated Press


Judge: Assault weapons ban doesn't violate 2nd Amendment

BOSTON - Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts' ban on ...

April 06, 2018 | By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press | Associated Press


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