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April 18, 2015 - 11:36am
7 hours 53 min ago

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A century and a half after the end of the Civil War, thousands of monuments to Union and Confederate troops can be found in more than 30 states, many of them solitary soldiers standing guard, rifles at the ready.

If many share a resemblance, it's not a coincidence.

Most of the statues were mass-produced by a handful of Northern companies that found a steady market selling to communities eager to honor their fallen...

April 18, 2015 - 11:32am
10 hours 23 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is increasingly becoming chain store city. But some activists and lawmakers want to make sure small shops still have a place in the Big Apple.

They're proposing new rent-renewal rights for small businesses that they see as saving the personality of the city.

That's spurring debate between those who feel New York's distinctiveness is at stake and others who say the changing retail landscape represents the free market at work...

April 18, 2015 - 11:28am
11 hours 43 min ago

HOUSTON (AP) — More thunderstorms are forecast for parts of Texas, a day after wide areas of the state were pounded with high winds and heavy rains, knocking down trees and utility poles and causing some minor property damage.

In Houston, some creeks and bayous filled to their banks Friday evening and drivers in scattered areas found water reaching nearly to car bumpers.

In South Texas, funnel clouds were reported near Victoria and Beeville....

April 18, 2015 - 11:25am
11 hours 43 min ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio.

Akron police say the driver didn't realize he did anything wrong by leaving the mixed-breed puppies on the roof. He said Friday he was transporting them for his father, who couldn't keep them. He was taking the 3-month-old puppies to his wife's family in Pennsylvania, some 300 miles away.

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April 18, 2015 - 11:04am
13 hours 3 min ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt.

The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule, following a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw.

While the blankets of snow insulated and protected plants and roots from winter winters, the weight of...

April 18, 2015 - 10:40am
14 hours 3 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food.

Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they're increasingly serving all children in the classroom.

That change has been pushed by food policy advocates who say it increases equity, but it also fueled a backlash from parents...

April 18, 2015 - 9:52am
14 hours 23 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — Visitors to the Massachusetts Statehouse will once again be able to view the statue of former President John F. Kennedy up close.

Beginning on Tuesday, visitors to the historic gold-domed building will be able to walk out a side door that leads to the statue.

Access to the statue, which captures Kennedy in mid-stride, was restricted after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when many of the entrances and exits to the Statehouse were closed...

April 18, 2015 - 8:34am
14 hours 23 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill.

Iran, Medicare, education, trade — Republicans and Democrats are coming together to make deals, and that's something rarely seen lately.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says it's great, and the developments have Congress-watchers applauding.

Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center says that "democracy had a pretty good week, and it's been a long...

April 18, 2015 - 7:49am
14 hours 33 min ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says he has reached an agreement with Israel in which tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians will be transferred following a three-month freeze.

Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that "there is an agreement; the money will be sent in full."

Abbas initially rejected Israel's unfreezing of the tax funds because it included a deduction to settle debts incurred by his Palestinian Authority, including...

April 18, 2015 - 7:31am
12 hours 33 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades.

In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says "there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change."

He says he'll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the "economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry" at risk....

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