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AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year's |Dec 14, 2017

Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.Auto club AAA said Thursday that 107 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1, a 3.1 percent increase over last...

The Latest: Anesthesiologist charged with patient murder |Dec 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on an anesthesiologist charged with the overdose death of a patient (all times local):2:06 p.m.A Beverly Hills anesthesiologist has been charged with giving a lethal drug overdose to a plastic surgery patient.Stephen...

New York, New Jersey reach funding pact for new rail tunnel |Dec 14, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New York and New Jersey announced Thursday how they will pay for their share of an estimated $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and other improvements, with New Jersey's outgoing governor...

CA Lottery |Dec 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ These California lotteries were drawn Thursday:Daily 3 Midday2-4-7(two, four, seven)Mega MillionsEstimated jackpot: $208 millionPowerballEstimated jackpot: $250 million

Pennsylvania casino regulators hand down record fines |Dec 14, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania's casino gambling regulators slapped Mohegan Sun Pocono with record fines totaling $1 million for what it called failing to follow internal controls and doing business with unlicensed vendors.The fines of...

Trial begins for former director of defunct Iowa academy |Dec 14, 2017

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) A mother testified this week at the trial of a former boarding school director that her son was kept in a small isolation room for long periods of time as punishment at a now-defunct school in southeast Iowa and was sexually...

Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours |Dec 14, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) An eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in numbers.Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google on Thursday to announce the finding.This...

West Sacramento man admits suffocating his 3 children |Dec 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A West Sacramento man has pleaded guilty to three counts of murder by suffocating his three children and to trying to kill his wife.Robert Hodges pleaded guilty Thursday and will be sentenced next month to life in prison...

South Dakota wildfire containment lines hold overnight |Dec 14, 2017

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) A Custer State Park official says a western South Dakota wildfire hasn't spread past fire containment lines overnight.Park spokeswoman Lydia Austin said the fire has consumed more than 73 square miles (190 square kilometers)...

The Latest: Officials ask that hay goes through Farm Rescue |Dec 14, 2017

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) The Latest on a wildfire at Custer State Park in South Dakota's Black Hills (all times local):2:55 p.m.Custer State Park officials say that hay donations to those affected by a South Dakota wildfire should be made through a...

Closing arguments conclude at US FIFA corruption trial |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Closing arguments at the U.S. corruption trial of three former South American soccer officials concluded Thursday with the lawyer for an ex-president of Brazil's soccer federation claiming his client was clueless about a bribery...

Prosecutor won't file gun charges against Colorado lawmaker |Dec 14, 2017

DENVER (AP) A Colorado state lawmaker arrested at Denver International Airport after a security screening found a loaded handgun in her bag will not face charges, prosecutors announced on Thursday."The evidence in this case indicates that Lori...

Ng aims to bring AI 'electricity' to manufacturing |Dec 14, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The artificial intelligence researcher who called AI the new electricity is now trying to make sure every company is plugged in.Stanford professor Andrew Ng (ING), one of the leading figures in AI , is launching a startup...

Last chunks of Georgia Dome to be blasted away in Atlanta |Dec 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) Portions of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta that are still standing soon will be brought down with explosives.A long wall on the stadium's east end and a smaller structure on the other side both failed to fall when the rest of the...

California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires |Dec 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster...

Correction: Conflicted Interests-ABRIDGED story |Dec 14, 2017

In a story Dec. 6 about potential conflicts of interest among state legislators, The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity reported erroneously that Nevada lawmakers in a special session last year took a historically unprecedented step...

A judge says there is enough evidence to send 2 men to trial for an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers |Dec 14, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A judge says there is enough evidence to send 2 men to trial for an Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers.

Spurlock on sexual harassment: 'I am part of the problem' |Dec 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) Declaring "I am part of the problem," documentarian Morgan Spurlock confessed in an online post to sexual harassment, infidelity and said a woman accused him of rape in college.In the post, which he linked to from his verified...

Montana Republican gets behind Yellowstone mining ban |Dec 14, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is sponsoring legislation to withdraw land near Yellowstone National Park from future mining, after describing an identical Senate measure as "dead on arrival" in the House.Gianforte...

2 nephews of Venezuela's 1st lady sentenced in New York to 18 years in prison for conviction on drug conspiracy charges |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) 2 nephews of Venezuela's 1st lady sentenced in New York to 18 years in prison for conviction on drug conspiracy charges.

Senators call on colleague to resign amid misconduct probe |Dec 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Pressure is growing on Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza to resign following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct toward young women who worked for him.Republican Sen. Andy Vidak said Thursday that he'll introduce a...

Appeals judges dismissive of both sides in DACA dispute |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Federal appeals judges in New York seem content to let the Supreme Court help define what the government must reveal about ending a program shielding young immigrants from deportation.A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit...

The FCC votes on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era 'net neutrality' rules that guaranteed equal access to internet |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The FCC votes on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era 'net neutrality' rules that guaranteed equal access to internet.

Feds: Oklahoma man kept stepdaughter captive for 19 years |Dec 14, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children.Henri Michelle Piette is...

Venezuelan 1st lady's 2 nephews get 18 years in prison |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for drug conspiracy convictions by a judge who said their ineptness at their criminal craft and otherwise crimeless background earned them...

Michigan police probe remains of 3 children found in Montana |Dec 14, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Montana could be linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers.The bones and teeth of three children were found in...

Man arrested after wife's fatal fall from parking structure |Dec 14, 2017

ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after his wife fell to her death from a parking structure in Southern California.Officials in Alhambra east of Los Angeles say the man called police early Thursday...

Person of interest detained in California child's killing |Dec 14, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) California police say officers conducting a gang sweep have detained a person of interest in a child's killing.Five-year-old Kason Guyton was killed earlier this year in a drive-by shooting in Bakersfield.His 7-year-old...

Couples win lawsuit over donated eggs with genetic defect |Dec 14, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two couples that gave birth to children with a genetic defect later traced to donated eggs won a lawsuit against a New York fertility doctor and his clinic in the state's highest court Thursday.The two children, both born in...

Child support fight to test treatment of same-sex parents |Dec 14, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) National gay rights advocates are watching how a child support fight between a divorced lesbian couple plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state Supreme Court, experts say.A woman wants to sever her parental...

Pink joins list of stars performing during Super Bowl week |Dec 14, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Pink is joining the list of stars performing in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week.The singer will perform Friday, Feb. 2, at Nomadic Live! in the refurbished Minneapolis Armory building.Imagine Dragons will headline the EA...

Teen's Harvard acceptance video generates wave of support |Dec 14, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) A video of a 16-year-old boy and his classmates erupting in joy when they learn he was accepted to Harvard University is drawing millions of views online.Ayrton Little posted the clip on Twitter Tuesday with a comment...

Gold coins found in Salvation Army holiday kettle in Florida |Dec 14, 2017

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) Officials say they found gold coins among the donations in a Salvation Army kettle in Florida. A Sun Sentinel report says it's the fourth consecutive year that someone has dropped gold 1947 Mexican...

Massachusetts sues Betsy DeVos over student loan relief |Dec 14, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos saying she failed to process applications for federal loan relief for former students of a now-defunct chain of for-profit...

Recount doesn't significantly alter Atlanta mayoral race |Dec 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) A recount in the Atlanta mayoral election runoff hasn't altered results significantly.Election officials in two counties that include parts of Atlanta on Thursday recounted the ballots cast on Dec. 5.The result: Keisha Lance...

Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory's stolen bear found |Dec 14, 2017

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago.Abilene Police Department assistant chief Jason Wilkins says the Russell Stover Candies...

San Antonio high school lockdown lifted, 1 detained |Dec 14, 2017

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A teenager has been detained after officials say he threatened his ex-girlfriend in text messages that prompted a lockdown at a San Antonio high school.Authorities say Travis Early College High School and a nearby college were...

3 men appeal university sex abuse case to US Supreme Court |Dec 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Three men who unsuccessfully sued a former Pennsylvania university administrator over allegations he sexually abused them when they were students are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.The men say Isaac Sanders used his...

The Latest: Gay couple disagrees over consent to have child |Dec 14, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) The Latest on a child support battle between a divorced lesbian couple in Hawaii (all times local):12:30 p.m.Attorneys for a divorced lesbian couple agree that consent to having a baby together is a crucial issue in their child...

GE Hitachi Nuclear confirms North Carolina layoffs |Dec 14, 2017

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has confirmed layoffs at its North Carolina plant.The StarNews of Wilmington reports that company spokesman Jon Allen said Wednesday that he could not confirm the number of workers laid off....

Essence magazine to honor Missy Elliott at pre-Grammy event |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Essence magazine will honor Missy Elliott at a pre-Grammy Award event next year.Essence says Thursday that Elliott, a hitmaking rapper, singer, producer and songwriter, will be honored at the magazine's annual "Black Women in...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily 3 Midday' game |Dec 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday afternoon's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily 3 Midday" game were:2-4-7(two, four, seven)

Michigan man free on bond after 45 years in prison |Dec 14, 2017

DETROIT (AP) A Detroit man whose 1971 murder conviction was thrown out has been released while prosecutors appeal a decision that grants him a new trial.Richard Phillips' conviction was thrown out in August. But the 71-year-old had remained in...

Drug charges dropped against Georgia LB Natrez Patrick |Dec 14, 2017

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A marijuana possession charge against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick was dismissed Thursday, apparently clearing the way for him to play in the Rose Bowl semifinal game.Coach Kirby Smart has not commented on...

APNewsBreak: Ohio elections chief seeks new machines by 2020 |Dec 14, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio's elections chief wants counties to modernize their voting machines before the 2020 presidential election, and he's urging the governor and state lawmakers to foot much of the bill.Republican Secretary of State Jon...

Markets Right Now: Stock indexes move higher on Wall Street |Dec 14, 2017

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.Stocks are modestly higher in midday trading on Wall Street as technology companies and retailers climb.Google's parent company Alphabet rose 1.4 percent Thursday, and...

Victim of San Diego plane crash identified |Dec 14, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) A Southern California veterinarian has died in a plane crash that also burned down a home in San Diego.Forty-six-year-old Michael Zareski died on Saturday along with another man when a single-engine charter plane lost power...

Company faces fine after FedEx workers exposed to radiation |Dec 14, 2017

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) U.S. officials want to fine an Idaho company that sent radioactive materials across the country that leaked from lead containers and exposed FedEx workers.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday announced a...

Lawsuit challenges cancellation of farmer fair practice rule |Dec 14, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Farmers in Alabama and Nebraska joined with a Nebraska-based fair trade group Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency's cancellation of an Obama-era plan that would have made it easier for...

Florida university cancels Horovitz play after allegations |Dec 14, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A Florida university canceled production of a play by Israel Horovitz after the playwright was accused of sexual misconduct.Cynthia White was directing Horovitz's play "The Day Before Yesterday" at the University of Central...