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Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana
In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska will become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana.
AP Photo/Mark Thiessen
In this Feb. 20, 2015 photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Alaska will become the third state in the nation to legalize marijuana.
AP Photo/Mark Thiessen
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don’t expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015


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'Gone With The Wind' premiered in Illinois
Monday, February 23, 2015

Oscars speeches filled with political activism on Hollywood's pet issues
LOS ANGELES — (AP) Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for "Selma."
Monday, February 23, 2015

Red, black, green: Sand on Hawaiian beaches not just golden
KALAPANA, Hawaii (AP) — Go ahead, sink your toes in the sand on Hawaii's famous beaches. But you might be surprised by the color of that sand — it's not always golden. You'll find black sand, red sand and even green sand across the island chain.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Teen infected by "superbug" struggling to avoid becoming third to die
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An 18-year-old student is one of the seven people infected by a “superbug” outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, and he is struggling to avoid becoming the third to die, his attorney said.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Frozen Niagara Falls drawing tourists to spectacle
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The winter’s deep freeze has transformed Niagara Falls into an icy spectacle, encasing the trees around it into crystal shells and drawing tourists who are braving below-zero temperatures.
Friday, February 20, 2015

Healthful diet: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in
WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dryers: Homes' energy guzzlers just got greener
For the first time in six years, Energy Star certification, a standard seal of approval for energy efficiency, has been expanded to include another major household appliance. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fat Tuesday
Revelers play brass band music as they begin the march of the Society of Saint Anne Mardi Gras parade, on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

'SNL' celebrates its big 4-0 with an anniversary special
NEW YORK (AP) — With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation’s bicentennial, “Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3 1/2-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Things to know about the Boston Marathon bombing trial
BOSTON (AP) — Picking a jury in a high-profile death penalty trial takes time, especially when a succession of powerful snowstorms forces repeated delays. So it goes in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Monday, February 16, 2015

US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Kayla Mueller's boyfriend describes effort to free her
PHOENIX (AP) — Kayla Mueller was in a detention cell in Syria, face to face with her boyfriend who was posing as her husband. Had she told her captors she was married to Omar Alkhani, she might have been freed from the hands of Islamic State militants, he said. Instead, she denied being his wife.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Good Fat, Bad Fat, Low Fat, No Fat
URBANA, Ill. - With so much information flying around about fat, it is easy to be confused. Grocery aisles are stocked with reduced-fat, low-fat, and fat-free foods. Restaurant and fast-food menus are loading up on bacon and butter. Fat, fat, fat! Some people become so frustrated that they want to exclude fats all together, said a University of Illinois Education nutrition and wellness educator.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Superstition times 3: 2015 Calendar has 3 Friday the 13ths
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Get ready for superstition — times three.
Friday, February 13, 2015

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Friday, February 13, 2015

100 Years Ago This Spring, 'The Birth of a Nation' Was Hollywood's First Blockbuster
NEW YORK (AP) — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury.
Friday, February 13, 2015

Williams disgraced, but can he make a comeback
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC announced Tuesday that it is suspending Brian Williams as “Nightly News” anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

5 questions, answers about 'American Sniper' murder trial
(AP) — Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh is preparing to stand trial, charged with capital murder in the shootings of “American Sniper” author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Illinois city mocked by Letterman in '99 plots cold revenge
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — High school students in a city that David Letterman lampooned as an awful place to live are plotting some tongue-in-cheek revenge, more than 15 years later.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sailing to Alaska to relax, but learning a little on the way
SKAGWAY, Alaska (AP) — There are three basic types of vacation in my household.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Swiss Guard's cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats
VATICAN CITY (AP) — If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world's smallest army eat?
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Did you know?
Consuming excessive amounts of sodium not only affects your health but also may affect your appearance. A diet that's rich in sodium has long been linked to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, and stomach cancer.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Budweiser campaign highlights rift between 'big beer,' craft
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attention die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud’s not for you.
Friday, February 6, 2015

Williams denies accusations of 'stolen valor'
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News anchor Brian Williams found himself the story Thursday, his credibility seriously threatened because he falsely claimed he had been in a helicopter hit by a grenade during the Iraq war.
Friday, February 6, 2015

News Guide: Net Neutrality, a look at the issue and why you should care
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. regulator just announced he wants more power to oversee Internet service, much in the same way that the government already regulates phone service and other public utilities.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Three of E. B. White's Classics Soon Will Be Available As E-Books
NEW YORK (AP) — Three E.B. White classics read by millions of parents to their children will soon be available on the digital screen.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

'Harper Lee's 'Mockingbird Town' - The Literary Capital of Alabama
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — In the small Alabama town author Harper Lee made famous with “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Southern classic novel can be seen and felt everywhere.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Books: Raising Kids The Opposite Of Spoiled
Money can be a touchy subject for people of all income levels, but a new book on the importance of teaching kids to handle their finances suggests parents stop avoiding the topic and start talking turkey.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Panel says white potatoes ok for WIC recipients
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor.

The prestigious Institute of Medicine said Tuesday that people aren’t getting enough starchy vegetables or potassium and fiber, nutrients that are plentiful in potatoes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Coke bets on 'premium milk' to boost declining category
NEW YORK (AP) — Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it’s betting people will pay twice as much for it.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Headed to NOLA? Hotels mostly booked for Mardi Gras, tent sites, too
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If you want to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras and don't have hotel reservations, you may need a tent. But you might not even be able to find tent space for the 10th Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina flooded the city.
Saturday, January 31, 2015

Number of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 climbs to 41.1 million
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Court denies bid for new trial in Michael Jackson case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday upheld a jury’s decision that the promoter of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts was not responsible for his death.
Friday, January 30, 2015

US stock markets lowed on mixed data
(AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in afternoon trading Friday, on track for their third down day this week. New government data showing a slowdown in U.S. economic growth helped pull stocks mostly lower.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81
NEW YORK (AP) — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Game day: Cats suit up for action in big game of their own
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From brain-devouring zombies in "The Walking Dead" to crime-scene bloodshed on "CSI," special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has personally affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday.
Thursday, January 29, 2015

'Ghostbusters' cast set: Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, Jones
NEW YORK (AP) — The “Ghostbusters” reboot has set its all-female leads with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and a pair of “Saturday Night Live” performers.
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse
SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Obama floats offering first-ever drilling lease in Atlantic
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling indefinitely in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015








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