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Suit: Gay couple gets 'hateful' flyers, not wedding programs |Jan 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg were excited to see the wedding programs they ordered for their big day. But when the package arrived, the gay couple was horrified to instead find religious pamphlets with messages about temptation...

2nd case of measles confirmed in person who was at O'Hare |Jan 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Public health officials are reporting a second case of measles in a person who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the nation's third-largest airport by passenger volume.The Illinois Department of Public Health...

Indiana health network pays about $55,000 ransom to hackers |Jan 17, 2018

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) A suburban Indianapolis health network said it paid a $55,000 ransom to hackers to regain access to hospital computer systems, making it the latest health system around the globe targeted by money-seeking hackers.Hancock...

'Psychic' paid $3.5M for exorcisms sentenced for tax evasion |Jan 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) A purported psychic who charged an elderly Massachusetts woman $3.5 million for exorcisms and "spiritual cleansing" has been sentenced for evading taxes.Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Sally Ann Johnson, of south Florida, was...

Duhamel gets new deal to promote home state of North Dakota |Jan 17, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel will continue to promote his home state of North Dakota.North Dakota's tourism agency announced Wednesday in Bismarck that the star of several "Transformers" movies will be paid $365,000 to be...

Man accused of shooting 2 dogs in revenge for cat's death |Jan 17, 2018

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) Authorities say a Virginia man whose cat was killed by two Labrador retrievers pursued their owner and fatally shot the dogs.The Roanoke Times reports 68-year-old Stephen Nichols Cook was convicted Tuesday of two...

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl |Jan 17, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl, and tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the "Bold North."Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will highlight winter,...

The Latest: Vistaprint: Pamphlets meant for other customer |Jan 17, 2018

BOSTON (AP) The Latest on a federal lawsuit that claims Vistaprint sent a gay couple religious pamphlets with messages about sin and temptation rather than the wedding programs they ordered (all times local):10:05 p.m.A printing company accused...

Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height? |Jan 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the season appears to already be peaking.It's been a rough few weeks: Hospitals have set up tents to handle patient overflow. Doctors are putting in double...

North Dakota tabs Duhamel as tourism pitchman through 2019 |Jan 17, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Even North Dakota's tourism director admits it isn't easy promoting a state where the first day of the new year brought temperatures down to a brutal 45 below zero.But having Hollywood actor and Minot native Josh Duhamel...

Dog survives 5 nights in bitter cold huddled in window well |Jan 17, 2018

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) A blind 13-year-old dog who has cancer survived five nights of snow and bitter cold huddled in a window well in eastern Minnesota.Patsy Sumpter tells KARE-TV that she let her goldendoodle, Buddy, outside her Eden...

Award may drop name of author tied to sterilization movement |Jan 17, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended changing the name of a children's book award that now honors a prominent Vermont author and activist accused of once supporting sterilizing people with severe mental and...

California doctor loses medical license following conviction |Jan 17, 2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) A Southern California doctor has surrendered his license to practice medicine after he was convicted of illegally prescribing drugs.The Orange County Register reports 66-years-old Victor Boon Huat Siew will not be able to...

Fundraiser saves pony who lost penis to cancer, frostbite |Jan 17, 2018

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) A Maine animal rescue group says it has raised enough money to save a 15-year-old pony that lost part of its penis due to cancer and frostbite.Bridgton-based Animal Rescue Unit took over care of the pony that was suffering...

Edmunds: Before buying used car, consider luxury alternative |Jan 17, 2018

Most car shoppers know that a used car can be a fantastic value. In the long run, a used car will usually cost less than a new one, and it will virtually always be cheaper than leasing a car every three years.As practical as it is to buy a used...

Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into future |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals with new prototype vehicles.Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the...

San Francisco's Chinatown: Night scenes from Grant Avenue |Jan 16, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Red lanterns sway in the wind. Streetlamps from the 1930s cast a glare onto century-old buildings. Neon glows from dive bars. A woman makes dragon beard candy in a tiny storefront window.All are scenes at night along Grant...

Kentucky governor readies for Medicaid legal challenge |Jan 16, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Gov. Matt Bevin says he will end Medicaid benefits for more than 400,000 Kentuckians if the courts stop him from requiring many of them to work.Kentucky was among 32 states that expanded Medicaid under President Barack...

Prominent AIDS crusader Mathilde Krim dies at age 91 |Jan 16, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Mathilde Krim, a prominent AIDS researcher who galvanized worldwide support in the early fight against the deadly disease, has died. She was 91.Krim was founding chairman of The Foundation for AIDS Research, or amfAR. The...

New small cars unveiled at auto show but will anyone buy? |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Among the many shiny models vying for attention at Detroit's North American International Auto Show are the revamped Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte.But cars particularly small ones are having a tough time...

Autonomous cars loom, but the Detroit auto show goes on |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opened to the press this week with one big question hanging in the air: How will autonomous vehicles change the industry?The answer is still unclear. In the meantime, automakers...

Surfer rescued off Santa Cruz amid swells |Jan 16, 2018

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) A surfer was rescued in Northern California after losing his board and becoming trapped in an alcove against a rocky cliff where he was pounded by waves.Surfer Gavin Carpenter says he was on a cliff in Santa Cruz on...

World War I painting on loan from UK coming to Kansas City |Jan 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City is preparing to display a John Singer Sargent painting depicting British soldiers blinded by a gas attack on the Western Front.The American artist's 8-by20-foot...

Patients at psychiatric hospital protest over crackdown |Jan 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A California state psychiatric hospital housing mostly sexually violent predators has been locked down and visits canceled after a weekend protest over a crackdown on devices, like flash drives, that officials say are...

The Latest: Fiat Chrysler CEO says 3 new SUVs in the works |Jan 16, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The Latest on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (all times local):9:45 a.m.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says three new SUVs are in the works, including sporty versions from Alfa Romeo and Ferrari and a...

Emeril TV producer fighting subpoena from Florida House |Jan 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A television producer for one of Emeril Lagasse's cooking shows is fighting a subpoena to turn over financial records to the Florida House of Representatives.Lawmakers are asking for years of records detailing how the...

Restaurant owner apologizes for booting breast-feeding woman |Jan 16, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) The manager of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Dakota has apologized for telling a breast-feeding mother to leave.Macy Hornung said she was kicked out of the restaurant in Fargo on Saturday because she was breast-feeding her...

2 dogs attack, kill dog in front of its home in Connecticut |Jan 15, 2018

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) Police in Connecticut say two dogs mauled another dog to death in front of its home.Wallingford Police Lt. Cheryl Bradley tells The Record-Journal that a woman was walking her Shih Tzu-poodle mix Monday morning when two...

6-year-old Florida boy dies of rabies contracted from a bat |Jan 15, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A 6-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat.The father of Ryker Roque told NBC that the boy died Sunday at an Orlando hospital.Father Henry Roque said he had found a...

The Latest: King inspires dream of better Korean relations |Jan 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The Latest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations around the country (all times local):10:30 a.m.A South Korean Pentecostal pastor says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words and actions have inspired him to dream of...

About 100 dogs seized from home; woman charged with cruelty |Jan 15, 2018

COOLVILLE, Ohio (AP) Authorities have seized about 100 dogs from a southeastern Ohio home and charged a 76-year-old woman with misdemeanor animal cruelty, alleging she kept animals in unsanitary conditions.The Athens Messenger reports a dog...

Chinese automaker GAC on track to enter US late in 2019 |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Chinese automaker GAC Motor says it's on track to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of next year.Company officials made the statement Monday as they introduced two models at the Detroit auto show that likely will come to...

New exhibit celebrates 1960 Winter Olympic Games at Tahoe |Jan 15, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) Weeks ahead of the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, the El Dorado Arts Council has opened a new exhibition celebrating the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe.The curated exhibition...

FAA investigates after storm snarled flights at NYC's JFK |Jan 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it is investigating the actions of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after a winter snowstorm caused major disruptions at Kennedy Airport earlier this month.Its probe is...

FCA's Marchionne says new CEO will be named this year |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he'll step down next year after leading the combined company since 2009.Marchionne, 65, told media at the Detroit auto show that FCA will release a business plan through 2022 around June....

Thousands line South LA streets for MLK Day parade |Jan 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Thousands of people lined the streets of South Los Angeles to for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade that is among the nation's biggest celebrations of the holiday.Monday's 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade down Martin Luther...

The Latest: China's GAC on track to enter US late in 2019 |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The Latest on the Detroit auto show (all times local):2:30 p.m.Chinese automaker GAC Motor says it's on track to enter the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of next year.Company officials made the statement Monday as they...

Mississippi inmate in buttocks injection killing has died |Jan 15, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A Mississippi inmate convicted in 2014 of the death of a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections has died.The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a statement Monday that an autopsy will be done...

CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images |Jan 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Pharmacy giant CVS said it will stop significant touchups of images used in its advertising for beauty products.The company said it has a responsibility to think about sending messages of unrealistic body images to girls and young...

Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand is giving the Cherokee compact SUV a major face-lift so it can better compete in one of the hottest parts of the U.S. automotive market.The 2019 Cherokee, unveiled Tuesday at the Detroit auto show, gets...

Holiday decor to park chalet? Capitol tree heads to Montana |Jan 15, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The spruce tree destined to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was carefully selected from a Montana forest and hauled across the country in a special truck to preserve its freshness.The 79-foot-tall (24-meter-tall)...

Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that's twice flirted for the top honor as a finalist.The 10th-generartion Accord edged out the Kia Stinger...

Parents suspected of keeping kids chained in California home |Jan 15, 2018

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds.Riverside County sheriff's...

Army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery |Jan 15, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) An Army veteran is suing a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Connecticut after he says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery, and it was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal...

Illinois zoo holds contest to name baby giraffe |Jan 15, 2018

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) There's a tall, newborn resident at the Peoria Zoo in Illinois, but she needs a name.The zoo is asking for the public's help in naming a baby giraffe that was born this month to parents Vivian and Taji. Starting on Jan. 26,...

Hospital spokesman: Woman dies after fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida's Gulf Coast; 14 others injured |Jan 15, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Hospital spokesman: Woman dies after fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida's Gulf Coast; 14 others injured.

New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition |Jan 15, 2018

DETROIT (AP) The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors.For...

Poverty, past linked to Native Americans focus on MLK Day |Jan 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Anti-poverty activists in New Mexico and a groundbreaking Cherokee Nation declaration about the tribe's role in promoting equality are part of the focus of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.At gatherings across the...

Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke |Jan 15, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The Trump administration's anti-marijuana move has some members of the president's voting base fuming.Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to tighten federal oversight of...

57 sickened at public school after norovirus outbreak |Jan 14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Officials say an outbreak of norovirus at a San Francisco school has caused at least 57 people, 53 students and four teachers, to be sick.The San Francisco Chronicle reports San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman...