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Giant cross at former Holy Land theme park is vandalized |Feb 21, 2017

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Vandals have defaced a giant cross overlooking a Connecticut city from the site of the former Holy Land theme park.Several green pentagrams and a large letter T were spray-painted near the bottom of the 52-foot-tall cross...

American unveils prices, routes for new cheapest fare |Feb 21, 2017

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines has begun selling cheaper "basic economy" fares as it battles discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.American announced Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on...

FBI assessing threat against Muslims made during meeting |Feb 21, 2017

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) The FBI says it's looking into reports of death threats made against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina.Local news outlets report Monday the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked...

Judge orders government to identify Jan. 28-29 travelers |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The government must release to civil rights lawyers the names of approved refugees, valid visa holders and other legal travelers subjected to Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban in the day after a judge first ruled...

Skiers briefly stranded on lift after outage at resort |Feb 21, 2017

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (AP) About three dozen skiers and snowboarders were stuck on a chairlift for more than an hour during a power outage at Southern California's Mountain High resort.The San Bernardino County Fire Department says several riders...

The Latest: No immediate flood danger in Dayton; I-80 closed |Feb 21, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) The Latest on heavy snow and rain in northern Nevada (all times local):4:45 p.m.The National Weather Service has lifted a flash flood warning in northern Nevada for the rural town of Dayton east of Carson City where emergency...

Avalanche buries mountain highway between Reno, Lake Tahoe |Feb 21, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) An avalanche has buried the crest of the main mountain highway between Reno and Lake Tahoe beneath about 20 feet of snow and the eastbound lanes of U.S. Interstate 80 have been closed west of Reno. Officials said there were no...

Appeals court upholds water release intended to help salmon |Feb 21, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a decision by federal officials to release water from a Northern California dam to prevent a possible salmon die-off.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday the U.S. Bureau of...

Q&A: Becoming a US citizen _ who can do it, and how? |Feb 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Immigrant advocates say they've seen a huge spike in calls and questions about how people can become U.S. citizens since President Trump's executive orders on immigration and travel.Many of these immigrants have lived in the...

Markets Right Now: US indexes gain, remain at record highs |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.Stocks are trading at record highs on Wall Street as the market resumed its climb after a holiday break.Energy companies rose in midday trading Tuesday...

McAuliffe vetoes bill cutting abortion clinics' funding |Feb 21, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have restricted funding for Planned Parenthood clinics.The Democrat vetoed the measure Tuesday during an event outside the executive mansion. He vetoed the same...

3rd person sentenced in scalding of cat in Mississippi |Feb 21, 2017

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) A third person in Mississippi been sentenced to jail for the scalding of a caged cat in a video that was posted online.Police say the cat died after being doused with boiling water in December.News organizations report a...

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories |Feb 21, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements.While testosterone use for one year...

Deal reached over unfinished development tied to Trump aide |Feb 21, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) The remaining condo owner in a failed New Jersey waterfront development has reached an undisclosed settlement with a New York-based real estate company tied to Republican President Donald Trump's son-in-law.NJ.com...

United, American begin selling cheaper economy-class fare |Feb 21, 2017

DALLAS (AP) American and United have started selling cheaper "basic economy" fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights...

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood |Feb 21, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund...

'Abortion reversal' bill clears Indiana panel for 2nd time |Feb 21, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indiana House panel on Tuesday approved an amended version of a measure that would require abortion providers to give women considering drug-induced abortions information on stopping the procedure midway through even...

Woman rescued after car goes down steep hill, snags in tree |Feb 21, 2017

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) Rescuers used ropes and a pulley to haul a woman to safety after her car went down a steep hill and snagged in a tree just above a Kentucky creek.It happened Sunday afternoon in Clay County at a spot called Cotton Bend....

Interracial couple fined for not removing graffiti slur |Feb 20, 2017

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) An interracial Connecticut couple whose home was vandalized by a racial slur has been fined for failing to cover it up.The Stamford Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2lAiTvP ) the slur was spray-painted over Martin Luther...

Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans |Feb 20, 2017

BOSTON (AP) With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced...

Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients |Feb 20, 2017

DALLAS (AP) Jurors sentenced a former Dallas neurosurgeon to life in prison on Monday for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries.The decision came almost a week after the Dallas County jury convicted...

Indiana GOP sends 'abortion reversal' bill back to committee |Feb 20, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indiana House panel will take another look at a measure it narrowly approved last week concerning a scientifically disputed process known as abortion reversal, a rare legislative step that Democrats say reflects widespread...

Scallops scuffle pitting small boats against big |Feb 20, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off New England is pitting small boats against big ones in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S.The federal government maintains different rules for the small-...

Liz Weston: How to put more in working-class pockets |Feb 20, 2017

The American working class lost a shocking amount of wealth in recent decades as wages stagnated. Despite campaign promises, making up that lost ground will be no easy feat.Creating more well-paying jobs would help, but that could take years. Tax...

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced |Feb 20, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those...

Single mom dresses the part at 'Dads and Donuts' event |Feb 20, 2017

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) A single mom is generating attention online after she donned a mustache, dressed up like a dad for a school breakfast event and posed for photos with her son.KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2lzXYZY) Whitney Kittrell wore the...

Refugee populations drawing doctors to rural Kansas |Feb 20, 2017

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) Dr. Scarlett Gard's passion for humanitarian work took her to India and Bangladesh. After finishing her medical training, she set off for a place she knew had a diverse population in need of doctors: western Kansas.Gard...

Law officers' cross-country trek, on overtime, prompts probe |Feb 20, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Thousands of dollars in overtime was paid to Louisiana State Police officials to drive across the country and stay at a Las Vegas resort and casino and the Grand Canyon on their way to a law enforcement conference in...

Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55 |Feb 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel's "Bulls and Bears" has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55.Buttner served as CNBC's Washington correspondent and hosted the network's "The Money Club" before joining Fox News in...

Cincinnati Zoo's premature baby hippo gets lifesaving IV |Feb 20, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo is recovering from dehydration with the help of staff from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.The zoo said Monday that the 4-week-old female hippo, named Fiona, had...

Correction: Suicidal Teens-Marriage Laws story |Feb 20, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) In a story Feb. 20 about same-sex marriage laws and teen suicides, The Associated Press, relying on figures published in a JAMA Pediatrics study, reported erroneously the number of surveyed students who said they were gay, lesbian...

APNewsBreak: New York pays $3M to family of molested boy |Feb 20, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is paying $3 million to the family of a developmentally disabled boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-managed group home.The case highlighted systemic problems in the care of the disabled, including a lack...

Americans on Presidents Day: Admiration, fear mark holiday |Feb 19, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The United States on Monday marks Presidents Day, a holiday that's taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump to the dismay of some and delight of others upends traditional notions...

Toughening penalties if pets are harmed during crimes |Feb 19, 2017

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) When Denise Krohn came home to find her goldendoodle Kirby bleeding on the kitchen floor, she at first thought it was a terrible accident. But she soon realized that her home had been ransacked, and that her other dog,...

Penn State students raise $10 million-plus in dance marathon |Feb 19, 2017

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Hundreds of hardy Penn State students raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon.The $10,045,478.44 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the...

Telephone owned by Adolf Hitler sells for $243,000 |Feb 19, 2017

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. (AP) A telephone owned by Adolf Hitler has sold at auction for $243,000.Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander Historical Auctions says the phone sold Sunday afternoon to a person who bid by phone. The auction house does not...

3 men, 1 boy stabbed at Riverside county fairgrounds |Feb 19, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Authorities are investigating after three men and one boy were stabbed Sunday at the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival in Indio.A Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman says around 7 p.m. deputies received...

Bob Jones U to get tax-exempt status back after 30 years |Feb 18, 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) A conservative Christian university in South Carolina is getting its federal tax-exempt status back 30 years after losing it over a ban on interracial dating.Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit told The Greenville...

Joggers in panties, bras, briefs raise money for sick kids |Feb 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Some Philadelphia joggers weren't joking when they said they were going for a "brief run."In briefs, boxers, bras and bloomers, they ran three-quarters of a mile in a Valentine's Day-related charity event benefiting sick...

Man shot by officer after opening fire near zoo dies |Feb 18, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Police say a man shot by an officer after opening fire at residents, cars and police officers in Oakland died hours later at a hospital.Oakland Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson says the man was identified as...

Study finds underage, fearful women in Vegas sex trafficking |Feb 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) A yearlong academic study of sex trafficking in Las Vegas is providing a glimpse into a shadowy world beneath the neon glow where underage girls, threatened by pimps, solicit for business in casinos, on streets and online.Of 190...

Zoo introduces endangered African painted dog pups to public |Feb 18, 2017

CUMBERLAND, Ohio (AP) An Ohio zoo says a litter of six African painted dog puppies born in December can now be viewed by the public.The Columbus Zoo says the puppies from the endangered species have begun exploring publicly visible areas of the...

Man dies after breaching security at Honolulu airport |Feb 18, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a man is dead after he breached security at Honolulu International Airport and stopped breathing.The Star-Advertiser says the man ran through a security checkpoint at a small commuter...

Montana officials alarmed as they fight surge in meth use |Feb 18, 2017

HELENA, Mont. (AP) Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem.Panelists at a drug summit convened Saturday by the Montana Legislature said...

Cities ask federal judge to keep Trump travel ban on hold |Feb 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Municipalities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Skokie, Illinois, urged a federal judge on Friday to continue blocking aspects of Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban.New York City's chief...

Another foot of snow expected in Sierra Nevada |Feb 17, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) Another foot of snow is expected Saturday in the Sierra Nevada, where crews spent much of the last week clearing mudslides and rock slides that had closed state highways around Lake Tahoe during the last in a series of...

Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano erupts, sends up ash cloud |Feb 17, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) An Alaska volcano that's been active since mid-December has erupted again.The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted just before 10 a.m. and sent an ash cloud to...

Tuberculosis case reported at California high school |Feb 17, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) A principal in Northern California says a case of active pulmonary tuberculosis has been reported at his high school.Eric Tretten, the principal of Fairfield's Armijo High School, said Thursday the health department will...

Pastor irate after American Girl introduces boy doll |Feb 17, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) A North Carolina pastor is angry that the maker of the American Girl doll collection is selling a boy version of its pricey dolls.The Asheville Citizen-Times (http://avlne.ws/2lUzA33 ) reports the Rev. Keith Ogden sent a...

Agency reports earthquake felt across Hawaiian Islands |Feb 17, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) Minor shaking was felt across Hawaii's island chain Friday morning after a moderate earthquake struck between the Big Island and Maui, but no damage was reported.The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-4.7 temblor was recorded...