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  • Penny parking thriving in small Illinois town

    Updated: 13 min ago

    SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Mike Stolarski didn't need but a few minutes to grab a cup of coffee. But, being in a generous mood, he fed a parking meter enough for whoever pulled into his soon-to-be-empty parking spot. So, instead of costing him a penny, it cost him two. In a time of strained city...

  • US stocks edge higher in quiet trading

    Updated: 24 min ago

    Financial markets in the U.S. edged higher at midday Friday in quiet trading a day after Christmas. Falling oil and natural gas prices helped bolster expectations for stronger consumer spending heading into next year. Utilities stocks were among the biggest gainers. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones...

  • Las Vegas New Year's Eve prep takes year effort

    Updated: 24 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226 million are expected to crowd the Strip and downtown Fremont Street all looking to be wowed — and...

  • 4 bodies found in home where kids visited grandma

    Updated: 41 min ago

    WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio fire marshal's spokesman says four bodies have been pulled from the burned-out remains of an Ohio home where three children were visiting their grandmother. The blaze was reported just after 4 a.m. Friday. Authorities say the single-story ranch-style...

  • US stocks move slightly higher in quiet trading

    Updated: 47 min ago

    U.S. stocks are edging higher in relatively quiet trading the day after Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 47 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,078 as of 11:45 a.m. Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose eight points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,090. The Nasdaq composite rose 27...

  • Former SC Gov. Jim Edwards dies at age 87

    Updated: 49 min ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died. He was 87. His son-in-law Ken Wingate confirmed that Edwards died Friday. The oral surgeon served in the...

  • Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

    Updated: 51 min ago

    JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in. John Day, a town of 1,700, nearly died two years ago. Its lifeblood, the...

  • Top business stories of 2014: US grows, world slows

    Updated: 58 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world. The global economy sputtered, but the U.S. powered ahead. Employers are finally hiring enough to lower unemployment. A plunge in gas prices and a rising stock market has...

  • Leaving Cuba: A father and son risk lives at sea

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba. Their flimsy vessel built from scraps of metal, wood and inner tubes had failed repeatedly. Oil leaked. The propeller sputtered. "I'm...

  • Flying high: Airstream can't keep up with demand

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    JACKSON CENTER, Ohio (AP) — The people who assemble those retro-looking Airstream campers at an Ohio factory can't build them fast enough these days to meet the demand. The plant in the small town of Jackson Center builds 50 travel-trailers every week, all gleaming and aerodynamic and riveted...

  • Transit officers help mother deliver baby on train

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pair of Philadelphia transit police officers rushed onto a downtown subway train on Christmas and helped make a special delivery: a baby boy. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James joined the delivery-in-progress...

  • Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas Day is past but another Yuletide tradition continues: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree. Scientists are working to help by finding trees that hang on to their needles. Even within a given species, some trees do better than others. That...

  • NY man says wife shot him to avoid messy divorce

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept in suburban New York says his wife did it in an attempt to avoid a messy divorce. The wife, Emily Dearden, is a psychologist with the New York Police Department. She has been charged with attempted murder. She...

  • Los Angeles motel fire injures 6, 2 critically

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles fire officials say a motel blaze on Christmas injured six people, two critically. The Fire Department says five people were hospitalized after the fire erupted at 6 p.m. Thursday just west of downtown. Officials say residents tried escaping smoke-filled rooms...

  • College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than...

  • US stocks open slightly higher in quiet trading

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher in relatively quiet trading the day after Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 35 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,066 as of 9:35 a.m. Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up six points, or 0.3 percent, at 2,088. The Nasdaq composite...

  • Sanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left. "I don't want to do...

  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site....

  • Image of Asia: 40-day winter in Jammu-Kashmir

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    In this photo by Channi Anand, passengers at a train station in Jammu keep warm as freezing temperatures hit the northern region. The 40-day harsh winter period, known in Jammu and Kashmir as "chillai kalan," started this week until the end of January. It brought below-freezing temperatures and...

  • Wake to be held for 1 of 2 slain NYPD officers

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mourners will gather Friday at a Queens church for the wake of a New York Police Department officer who was killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting. Officer Rafael Ramos will be remembered Friday afternoon at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of...



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