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'The Weed Fairy' visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


41 charged in deer insurance scam

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


SF ISO ambitious charmer; SM seeks amusing looker

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who said the dating game was logical?

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


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More rare-colored lobsters showing up

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - When a 100-pound shipment of lobsters arrived at Bill Sarro's seafood shop and restaurant last month, it contained a surprise - six orange crustaceans that have been said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity.

July 23, 2012 | CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


14 years of Penn St. football wiped away

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Penn State football was all but leveled Monday by an NCAA ruling that wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent uncounted years molesting children, sometimes on university property.

July 23, 2012 | RALPH D. RUSSO and TOM COYNE, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Colo. shooting suspect in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - His hair dyed orange-red and a dazed look on his face, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.

July 23, 2012 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Goat man' spotted in mountains

SALT LAKE CITY - A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches.

July 23, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Look at world's deadliest mass shootings

Some of world's worst mass shootings:

July 20, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Obama 'shocked' by Colo. shooting

MANALAPAN, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama said Friday he was "shocked and saddened" by a deadly shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater and urged the nation to "come together as one American family" in the aftermath of the tragedy.

July 20, 2012 | KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Colo. suspect's family speaks

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - A neuroscience graduate student in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

July 20, 2012 | THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


New welfare restrictions target booze, tattoos

Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.

July 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


June: Most new homes started since 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders broke ground on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years last month, the latest evidence of a slow housing recovery.

July 18, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


2M jobs lost if automatic cuts kick in

WASHINGTON (AP) - Automatic cuts in federal spending will cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, from defense contracting to border security to education, if Congress fails to resolve the looming budget crisis, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

July 17, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Microsoft, NBC dissolve MSNBC.com venture

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service.

July 16, 2012 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | NATION/WORLD


Ford recalls Escape crossover vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 10,000 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking.

July 16, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing internal report issued Thursday on the scandal.

July 12, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


Savannah to become fashion venue

Crews are transforming part of downtown Savannah into the venue for a fashion show.

July 11, 2012 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD


'Tourists' go to Ga. to buy painkillers

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - As he sat in the doctor's office, ex-boxer and weightlifter Gerald Dixon explained that years of sports had left him in pain, especially his hands, and he was looking for relief.

July 10, 2012 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer | NATION/WORLD


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