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Backers hope Route 66 historic designation can drive tourism |Nov 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said that capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown."Fifteen, 20 years ago the...

Trader Joe's recalls packaged salads over contamination fear |Nov 19, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) — Trader Joe's says it has recalled several packaged salads after a supplier said there may be shards of glass or hard plastic inside.The grocery chain said Saturday on its website that packages of white meat chicken salad, curried...

Washington state delays Dungeness crab season |Nov 18, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state say they're delaying the start of Dungeness crab season by two weeks because of harmful algae.KING-TV reports (http://kng5.tv/2hAYDHh) that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced...

Marathon bombing hero gives turkeys to military families |Nov 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — The charitable foundation founded by the Boston Marathon bombing hero seen in an iconic photo wearing a cowboy hat as he helped rescue victims is giving away Thanksgiving turkeys to veterans and their families.The Arredondo Family...

University: Professor sexually harassed grad student on trip |Nov 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University says it has found evidence that a geology professor sexually harassed a graduate student on a research trip in Antarctica more than 10 years ago.BU Provost Jean Morrison says in a letter sent Friday to faculty the...

Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip |Nov 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched.The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the...

2 hospitalized after being attacked by dogs in Oakland |Nov 18, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police in Oakland say a man and woman have been hospitalized with severe bite wounds after they were attacked by two dogs.Investigators say the woman's pet dog was also mauled during the attack Friday morning, and later...

Widow of Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer auctions rare items |Nov 18, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The widow of the Grateful Dead's longtime lawyer is auctioning off treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band.Hal and Jesse Kant's memorabilia collection includes signed artwork by the band's...

Zoo throwing farewell party for beloved gorilla |Nov 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston zoo is holding a farewell party for a beloved gorilla that's heading to another zoo in New Orleans to start his own family.Officials at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday will be celebrating Okpara, a 24-year-old male...

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly |Nov 17, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years.The report, issued Friday...

Rev Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis |Nov 17, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he's been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy.In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old says family and friends...

Aaron Hernandez house sells to real estate investor for $1M |Nov 17, 2017

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez's home has been sold for $1 million, about $300,000 lower than the asking price.The Boston Herald reports that the 7,100-square-foot mansion in North Attleborough was sold to 23-year-old real...

Abuse victims say new attention should spur New York reforms |Nov 17, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Every year, Bridie Farrell travels to the state Capitol hoping it's the last time she has to urge lawmakers to pass the Child Victims Act and allow people molested as children to sue those responsible even after the statute of...

Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies |Nov 17, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — Two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care.The video shows the World War II veteran repeatedly calling for help,...

Highlights of House, Senate GOP bills to overhaul tax code |Nov 17, 2017

The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill that differs from legislation approved by the Senate Finance Committee. A comparison of the Republican-written measures:—Personal income tax rates: House bill condenses current seven brackets to...

Thompson's playmaking a steadying force for defending champs |Nov 17, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson danced unabashedly in China after winning another NBA championship, and it got shared all over social media. He smoked a stogie on the rooftop, letting loose to reveal another side of himself."I didn't plan...

Shares of online styling service Stitch Fix has flat debut |Nov 17, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, had a lackluster first day on the stock market Friday.Its shares rose as much as 24 percent after their debut, but ended the day at $15.15, a 1 percent gain from where they started....

Apple delays release of HomePod speaker until early 2018 |Nov 17, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is scrapping its plan to release its new internet-connected speaker in time for the holiday season.The delay announced Friday means Apple's HomePod speaker won't be available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia until early...

Student therapy dog can stay in sorority house amid dispute |Nov 17, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A university student's therapy dog has been allowed to stay in an Ohio sorority house until the courts sort out whether it needs to move because of another student's allergies.A federal judge's ruling issued Friday blocks...

The Latest: Justice's spokesman resigns over Facebook post |Nov 17, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a sexually detailed Facebook post by Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill (all times local):2:45 p.m.The campaign spokesman for Ohio State Supreme Court Justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate...

South Dakota inmate alleges warden withheld hormone therapy |Nov 17, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An inmate is suing the warden of a South Dakota prison, alleging he withheld hormone therapy treatment as retaliation for a past complaint against a prison employee.Cody Caskey, 32, filed a lawsuit accusing Mike Durfee...

Oakland giraffe famous for her custom-made coat dies |Nov 16, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An elderly giraffe famous for sporting a custom-made coat to weather the winter cold has died.Oakland Zoo officials said Tiki, which is short for T'Keyah, was suffering from ringbone arthritis and other medical issues and...

School that trained, housed Hollywood's canine stars closes |Nov 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles kennel that housed and trained some of Hollywood's canine stars has closed its doors after nine decades.Rick Karl, who's owned the Hollywood Dog Training School for the past 40 years, retired this week.The school...

Report: VA clinic where vet set self on fire was remiss |Nov 16, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A stressed Gulf War veteran who set himself on fire outside a Veterans Affairs clinic and later died went nearly a year without a mental health appointment or medication, one of several serious problems government...

4 San Diego-area nursing homes settle kickback suit |Nov 16, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four San Diego-area nursing homes have agreed to pay up to $6.9 million to settle allegations that they paid kickbacks and submitted phony Medicare and Medi-Cal bills.The U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday that the homes...

In Kentucky town, gay-marriage opponent Davis still divides |Nov 16, 2017

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The last place Lincoln Caudill expected to see his eastern Kentucky hometown was on a television in a Philadelphia restaurant, yet there it was in the summer of 2015, flickering back at him from a newscast about a defiant...

Democratic mega donor Mostyn dies amid 'mental health issue' |Nov 16, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic mega donor Steve Mostyn, a powerful Texas trial lawyer and prominent backer of liberal causes and candidates, has died after what his wife called "a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue." He was 46.In...

US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings |Nov 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received...

9 alleged NY drug dealers, California supplier charged |Nov 16, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they've charged nine upstate New York drug dealers and their California supplier following an investigation that targeted fake prescription painkillers.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a...

Lehigh bars fraternity from campus for alcohol violations |Nov 16, 2017

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A private university in Pennsylvania has barred the Sigma Chi fraternity from operating on campus for more than two years after two students were hospitalized for excessive drinking at a champagne party.Lehigh University's...

The Latest: Snow, rain snarl traffic in Reno, Lake Tahoe |Nov 16, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the early winter storm in the Sierra Nevada (all times local):10:50 a.m.Heavy snow in the mountains and rain in the valleys triggered power outages and school delays at Lake Tahoe and snarled traffic during the...

California officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases |Nov 16, 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Three new cases of Legionnaires' disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in...

Highlights of House, Senate GOP bills to overhaul tax code |Nov 16, 2017

The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill that differs from legislation making its way through the Senate. A comparison of the Republican-written measures:—Personal income tax rates: House bill condenses current seven brackets to four: 12,...

AAA expects 50 million Americans to travel over Thanksgiving |Nov 16, 2017

If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than last year.AAA predicts that 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 and the most since 2005. The auto club credits a growing...

Agency: Improper wait list used for vets' mental health care |Nov 16, 2017

DENVER (AP) — A watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that the agency's Denver-area hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans' mental health care.Investigators with the VA Office of...

Bank robber with poor spelling skills pleads guilty |Nov 16, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty.Federal prosecutors say...

Indiana candidate's DC-area home complicates Senate campaign |Nov 16, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A campaign stop for Rep. Luke Messer in his bid for Senate involves traveling from his family's home in suburban Washington back to Indiana, where he typically stays overnight with his mom.Although living outside the state is...

Tanglewood to host big musical tribute to Leonard Bernstein |Nov 16, 2017

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The site of Leonard Bernstein's (BURN'-stines) longest-running gig is throwing the late composer a big birthday party.Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, is paying tribute to America's most celebrated...

Theme park expo offers preview of what's new for 2018 |Nov 15, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ever wonder where SeaWorld or Six Flags theme parks go when searching for the next thrill ride?The annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo, in Orlando this week, is where cutting-edge...

Agricultural groups challenge California weed-killer warning |Nov 15, 2017

A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued on Wednesday to overturn a California decision that could force the popular weed-killer Roundup to carry warning labels that it can cause cancer.The lawsuit filed in federal...

Southern California veterans receive high school diplomas |Nov 15, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Veterans of the Korean War and Vietnam War who enlisted in the armed forces before they graduated from high school were finally awarded their diplomas.The Press-Enterprise reports seven veterans with five in attendance...

Police seize 78 bulldogs from Westminster residence |Nov 15, 2017

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Police seized 78 French and English bulldogs from what authorities say was an apparent puppy mill operating in Westminster.KNBC-TV reports that police sent the pups into the care of Westminster Adoption Group Services...

Michigan doctor expected to change plea in sex assault cases |Nov 15, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting girls at his home and a campus clinic is expected to change his not-guilty pleas to close criminal cases in two counties.Online court records...

Video of 4 bobcats in suburban area shows healthy population |Nov 15, 2017

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's top wildlife official says an amateur video of four bobcats frolicking in a suburban neighborhood shows that the state's population of the normally elusive animals is healthy.Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife...

More than 2 feet of snow in mountains around Tahoe |Nov 15, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An early winter Sierra storm that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in the mountains and heavy rain in the valleys triggered power outages and school delays at Lake Tahoe and snarled traffic during the Thursday morning commute in...

Theme park expo offers preview of what's new for 2018 |Nov 15, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — This year's theme park expo in Orlando, Florida, features the latest products, technology and trends in rides and the next big food items, all of which could be coming to an amusement park near you as early as the summer of...

Theme park expo offers preview of what's new for 2018 |Nov 15, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ever wonder where SeaWorld or Six Flags theme parks go when searching for the next thrill ride?The annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo, in Orlando this week, is where cutting-edge...

Theme park expo offers preview of what's new for 2018 |Nov 15, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ever wonder where SeaWorld or Six Flags theme parks go when searching for the next thrill ride?The annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo, in Orlando this week, is where cutting-edge...

Man pleads guilty for role in deadly tractor-trailer crash |Nov 15, 2017

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts truck driver involved in a 2014 crash that killed a 26-year-old man and his two young children on a Connecticut highway has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.Sixty-two-year-old Gerard Dube faces up to...

Markets Right Now: Tech companies lead losses for US stocks |Nov 15, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Technology companies led a broad slide for U.S. stocks, extending the markets losses from a day earlier.Big tech names, which have far outpaced the rest of...