• Black boxes in automobiles raise privacy concerns

    WASHINGTON — Many motorists don’t know it, but it’s likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there’s a snitch along for the ride. In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers …

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  • Wash. smokers rejoice as pot becomes legal

    SEATTLE — The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle early this morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law. Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown …

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  • Man’s home is a 14-foot canoe in Boston Harbor

    BOSTON — They say no man is an island, but Michael Richard Smith has been creating his own floating homes in Boston Harbor. The Coast Guard and Boston police are keeping an eye on the unconventional camper who has been tying his canoe to small …

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  • Mom takes sick girl from hospital

    PHOENIX (AP) — Emily has leukemia. She just underwent a month of chemotherapy and had her right arm amputated after suffering complications. Doctors say she is at risk of dying from an infection. But the sick 11-year-old isn’t in a hospital. Her mother last week …

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  • U.S. home prices rise in Oct. by most in 6 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. home prices rose 6.3 percent in October compared with a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006. The jump adds to signs of a comeback in the once-battered housing market. Core Logic also said Tuesday that …

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  • Nativity scene Jesus returned – Replacement swiped

    CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church’s Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped. The vintage figurine was taken last year from outside Chambersburg’s …

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  • Citigroup to cut more than 11,000 jobs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup said today it will cut 11,000 jobs, a bold early move by new CEO Michael Corbat. The cuts amount to about 4 percent of Citi’s workforce of 262,000. The bank did not spell out how many of the jobs will …

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  • Mo. Powerball winner verified; Ariz.’s a mystery

    FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) — Sometimes it’s better to dream, particularly when reality means you’re not an instant multimillionaire. Bob Kangas realized Wednesday night that one of two winning Powerball jackpot tickets — a record $587.5 million — had been bought in Arizona, but he …

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  • Pot legalization no free ride to smoke

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Young voters helped pass laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but many still won’t be able to light up. Most universities have codes of conduct banning marijuana use, and they get millions of dollars in funding from the federal government, …

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  • Local station’s former namesake Zig Ziglar dies at 86 in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books on living a balanced life, has died in Texas. He was 86. Ziglar was the inspiration for the call letters of Cave City High School’s educational radio station when it was established …

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  • 8 NE Ark. men accused in cockfight plead guilty

    LAKE CITY (AP) — Eight men accused in a cockfighting ring have pleaded guilty to possessing an instrument of a crime. The men entered the pleas Monday during a hearing in Lake City. The men were each given a 12-month suspended sentence and were fined …

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  • Mileage rates up 1 cent per mile for business, medical, moving

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of …

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