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Sun, fun, flowers as 129th Rose Parade rolls in California

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Floral floats rolled under sunny skies as the Rose Parade drew thousands of revelers for Southern California's colorful New Year's Day tradition. The 129th annual parade got started Monday in Pasadena with an announcement by the grand marshal, actor Gary Sinise, and a ...

Familes from Florida, NY die in Costa Rica plane crash

By JAVIER CORDOBA, Associated Press SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican investigators are looking into what caused a charter aircraft to crash in woods in the country's northwest soon after takeoff, killing two crewmembers and 10 U.S. citizens, including families from New York and ...

2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the middle of the U.S. as 2018 began Monday, breaking low temperature records, icing some New Year's celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements. The National Weather Service issued wind ...

In unusual step, victims told of destroyed rape kits

MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room. "I was treated like a female crying ...

Roberts promises review of judiciary’s misconduct policies

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is promising a careful evaluation of the federal judiciary's sexual misconduct policies and an effort to highlight the work of court employees following the year's destructive hurricanes. Writing in his annual ...

California pot shops ring in 2018, ring up first legal sales

By BRIAN MELLEY and TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Customers lined up early to purchase recreational marijuana legally for the first time in California as the new year brought broad legalization some two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical ...

Christmas storm brings record snow to Erie, Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas storm has dumped a record amount of snow on Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says Monday's storm brought 34 inches of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 19 inches fell before dawn ...

Ex-trooper charged had other Taser misconduct

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police tried but failed to suspend a trooper for his use of a stun gun months before he fired a Taser at a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Mark Bessner is ...

Starfish making comeback after syndrome killed millions

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Starfish are making a comeback on the West Coast, four years after a mysterious syndrome killed millions of them. From 2013 to 2014, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome hit sea stars from British Columbia to Mexico. The starfish would develop lesions and then disintegrate, ...

Construction temporarily stopped at church destroyed on 9/11

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how donations have been managed. The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the ...