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Blue Ridge Parkway expects this weekend to be busiest |Oct 20, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Drivers seeking fall-colored leaves should expect this weekend to be the busiest on a scenic road that runs through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia.The Asheville Citizen-Times quotes Blue Ridge...

Bobby Flay's Bar Americain in NYC to close early next year |Oct 20, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Celebrity chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay says he will close his New York restaurant, Bar Americain, early next year.Flay and his business partner, Laurence Kretchmer, said in a statement that renewing the lease for the brasserie...

As US warns of Cuba attacks, tourists ask: Were we hit, too? |Oct 19, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Chris Allen's sudden loss of sensation on a private visit to Cuba three years ago puts him on of a growing list of Americans asking if they, too, were victims of mysterious, invisible attacks.The South Carolina native got...

New York City hotel bringing back $1,000 bagel |Oct 19, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) New Yorkers with a taste for an expensive city staple will have an opportunity to try the $1,000 bagel when it returns to the city next month.The Westin New York hotel in Times Square says it's bringing back the extravagant bagel...

Target sees new smaller Manhattan store as where it's headed |Oct 19, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Target sees its new smaller stores in mainly urban areas as a symbol of its future, hoping that shoppers will step away from online buying for trips to stores tailored to the neighborhood.The two-level store in Manhattan's Herald...

Health workers check tuberculosis at North Carolina school |Oct 19, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Health officials in North Carolina are monitoring more than 260 students and faculty members for tuberculosis at a high school after a student was diagnosed last week.Durham Public Schools spokesman William Sudderth told local...

Fundraiser jambalaya may have sickened dozens, killed 1 |Oct 19, 2017

COLUMBIA, La. (AP) Salmonella from the chicken and sausage jambalaya at a softball team's fundraiser may have killed one person and apparently has made dozens of people ill, Louisiana's health department said Thursday.At least 49 people got...

Helen DeVos, who backed health, education causes, dies at 90 |Oct 19, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90.Her family says in a statement that she died Wednesday of...

Stitch Fix, an online styling service, files to go public |Oct 19, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, has filed to go public.The company is one of several that ships shoppers clothing to try on at home before they buy. With Stitch Fix, customers pay $20 to receive five clothing...

Court to review ruling allowing abortion for immigrant teen |Oct 19, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) An appeals court on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge's ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion.The U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Texas district alters homecoming queen's hair color in photo |Oct 19, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) A Houston-area school district has apologized for altering a high school homecoming queen's purple hair in a photo.Ebony Smith was crowned North Shore Senior High School's homecoming queen last month.Galena Park Independent School...

Police capture Pomona man who left mental health facility |Oct 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Authorities say a man who went missing from an outpatient program is back in Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino.The Los Angeles Daily News reports 50-year-old Charles Henry Bowshier of Pomona was committed into a state...

Sessions decries Oklahoma's homicide, overdose death rates |Oct 19, 2017

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told dozens of Oklahoma sheriffs on Tuesday that policymakers should exercise caution when considering easing tough sentencing laws, a hot political topic in a state with one of the...

Massachusetts coffee shop closes after anti-police post |Oct 19, 2017

LYNN, Mass. (AP) The owner of a Massachusetts coffee shop says she's closing her business because of the firestorm created when her daughter, the store's manager, made anti-police comments on Facebook.The owner of the year-old White Rose...

Backyard chicken trend leads to more disease infections |Oct 19, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The trend of raising backyard chickens is causing a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases.Since January, nearly 1,000 people have contracted salmonella poisoning from chickens and ducks in 48 states....

Classroom photo from historical lesson stirs controversy |Oct 19, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts school district has apologized after a photo appeared to show two white children holding leashes attached to a black child.The children were wearing 17th century clothing in the photo that was taken in a...

Rescued Rosa Parks' house due to return to America |Oct 19, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The house where Rosa Parks lived after sparking the Montgomery bus boycott will be returned to the United States from Germany and displayed for three months in Rhode Island in a project organized by a Berlin-based artist...

Man sought in '16 S. California slaying caught in western NY |Oct 19, 2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Federal authorities in western New York say they've apprehended a man wanted in a fatal stabbing in Southern California last year.The U.S. Marshals Service says its fugitive task force in Rochester received word from...

FDA OKs 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer; 1st for adults |Oct 18, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) U.S. regulators have approved a second gene therapy for blood cancer.The one-time treatment is for aggressive lymphoma in adults.The Food and Drug Administration approved sales of the therapy from Kite Pharma on Wednesday.The...

Law firm asks: Does Facebook friendship disqualify judge? |Oct 18, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Is a Facebook friendship a reason to disqualify a judge?A Florida law firm is asking the state Supreme Court if a judge should be disqualified from hearing a case because he's Facebook friends with an attorney appearing...

Dogs test positive for drugs in Iditarod race for 1st time |Oct 18, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) For the first time in the history of the world's most famous sled dog race, several of the high-performance animals have tested positive for a prohibited drug. But race officials have refused to name the musher...

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis |Oct 18, 2017

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said...

States ask US court to keep up health subsidies cut by Trump |Oct 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off...

Newlyweds' pot-bellied pig gets second reprieve from borough |Oct 18, 2017

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania borough has granted a second reprieve to a newly married couple fighting for the right to keep their pet pot-bellied pig.Leechburg Council last month voted to delay a decision on Finley, the pig owned by...

Man sentenced for beating wife after dreaming she cheated |Oct 18, 2017

EYNON, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania man who dreamed his wife was cheating on him and then woke up and tried to strangle her has been sentenced to six to 12 years in prison.WNEP-TV reports Conrad Rudalavage, of Eynon, pleaded guilty to aggravated...

Lawsuit seeks disclosure of FBI 9/11 investigation files |Oct 17, 2017

MIAMI (AP) A lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that may detail a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers has reached a federal appeals court, which is being asked by a Florida online publication to order a Freedom of Information...

New home for NYC museum's collection of gems to open in 2019 |Oct 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Exotic gemstones and minerals will soon be on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, including a recently announced 12-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) amethyst geode acquired from Uruguay.The new Allison and...

Ex-Tulsa mayor: $4M payout for lost ring not enough |Oct 17, 2017

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The former mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is suing an insurance company and broker because she says the $4 million she received for a lost blue diamond ring isn't enough.The Tulsa World reports that Kathy Taylor's federal lawsuit...

Hawaiian first, Virgin America last in on-time rankings |Oct 17, 2017

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for August. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.1. Hawaiian Airlines, 93.0 percent2....

Rabbi gets prison for stealing disabled preschoolers' funds |Oct 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A New York City rabbi has been sentenced to prison for stealing $5 million in funding intended for disabled preschoolers.Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday that...

Penn State fraternity faces underage drinking charges |Oct 17, 2017

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) A fraternity at Penn State University is facing charges of furnishing liquor to minors after two underage women were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning.Court records show Alpha Chi Rho is facing charges after allegedly...

Old Buffalo train station makes global group's 'watch list' |Oct 17, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A long-defunct western New York train station being considered for redevelopment has made an international group's list of cultural treasures that need to be preserved.The Manhattan-based World Monuments Fund on Monday...

Oops! Actor Bill Pullman accepts, then breaks film award |Oct 17, 2017

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) Bill Pullman is a bit of a klutz when it comes to holding onto a film award.The "Independence Day" actor was the recipient of the Excellence in Acting Award at the Woodstock Film Festival last Saturday night in Kingston, in...

California investigates fire evacuation at senior care home |Oct 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California regulators are investigating the evacuations of two assisted living homes for seniors that were damaged when a wind-driven wildfire swept through California wine country.A spokesman for the California...

Vermont commemorates civil unions with historic site marker |Oct 17, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont is commemorating its first-in-the-nation civil union law and subsequent marriage equality legislation with an historic site marker on its State House lawn.The marker was unveiled Tuesday.Vermont became the first...

The Latest: Appeals court tosses award in talcum powder case |Oct 17, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Latest on Missouri appeals court ruling that vacated a $72 million award in an Alabama's woman's lawsuit that claimed talcum powder and other Johnson & Johnson products contributed to her cancer. (all times local):1...

Attorney: Convicted tax schemer is too fat for prison |Oct 17, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The attorney for a 72-year-old Florida man who was convicted in a tax scheme is using obesity to try to keep his client out of prison.Curtis Fallgatter wrote in a court filing on Monday that Stephen Donaldson Sr. doesn't have...

Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case |Oct 17, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday that vacated a $72 million award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of...

Nebraska man accused of helping Florida girlfriend kill self |Oct 17, 2017

WEEPING WATER, Neb. (AP) Investigators say a Nebraska man facing an assisted suicide charge in his Florida girlfriend's death believed she had stage-four cancer, but an autopsy didn't find any tumors.Cass County sheriff's deputies charged...

Inquest ordered in deadly shooting of pregnant Seattle woman |Oct 17, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) A special hearing has been ordered into the deadly June shooting of a pregnant mother by Seattle police officers.King County Executive Dow Constantine on Tuesday ordered an inquest into Charleena Lyles' death June 18.Seattle police...

Federal judge to rule later on latest Trump travel ban |Oct 16, 2017

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) A federal judge in Maryland will rule later on three lawsuits requesting preliminary injunctions to block the most recent Trump administration travel restrictions.A hearing was held Monday afternoon before U.S. District...

New espionage museum to open in New York City in December |Oct 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A museum dedicated to espionage is coming to New York in December.Spyscape, a 60,000 square foot (5,574 square meter) spy museum developed by the British investment group Archimedia, will be located in midtown Manhattan. The Wall...

Upstate NY venue slashes NYC Ballet's residency to 1 week |Oct 16, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The New York City Ballet's summer residency in Saratoga Springs is being shortened again.Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, told the Times Union of Albany on Sunday that the...

Man builds 2-story 'Star Wars' vehicle replica for Halloween |Oct 16, 2017

PARMA, Ohio (AP) A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud.Nick Meyer has built a replica four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, nearly...

Helmet maker vows fight against Hernandez concussion lawsuit |Oct 16, 2017

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in...

US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows |Oct 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research.Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight...

His honeymoon destination? A San Francisco sourdough bakery |Oct 16, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) For a bread lover, no destination is more alluring than San Francisco.The Bay Area has a long history of making sourdough bread, with Boudin Bakery even using mother dough that can be traced back to the Gold Rush. Boudin has...

AP source: Suspended Elliott getting emergency hearing in NY |Oct 16, 2017

Attorneys for Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott are set for an emergency hearing in federal court in New York as they try again to stop the running back's six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, a person with direct knowledge of...

Activist kicked off American flight charges discrimination |Oct 16, 2017

An activist who helped organize the Women's March on Washington is accusing an American Airlines pilot of racial discrimination for kicking her off a flight.In a series of tweets, Tamika Mallory said a pilot had her removed from a Sunday flight...

The Latest: Man thinks bodies in desert are son, girlfriend |Oct 16, 2017

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) The Latest on the search for a missing couple in a California desert (all times local):10:45 a.m.The father of a missing California man says he believes the bodies of his son and his son's girlfriend have...