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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the...
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Like she does every year, Sister Helen Cole spent the last days of December overseeing a vigil for each person slain in Camden. For 2014, she lit 32 candles for 32 victims. In an impoverished city of 77,000, that represents an astounding homicide rate — about...
PHOENIX (AP) — Assaults against U.S. Border Patrol agents have dropped again even as apprehensions of immigrants illegally crossing the border increase. The Arizona Republic ( http://goo.gl/HRTW27 ) reports that figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol'...
Reaction to the death of former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday hours after his son, Andrew, was sworn in for his second term as governor. "An Italian Catholic kid from Queens, born to immigrant parents, Mario paired his faith in God and faith in America...
NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food chains have a New Year's resolution: Drop the junk. As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals...
DENVER (AP) — To see the tax implications of legalizing marijuana in Colorado, there's no better place to start than an empty plot of land on a busy thoroughfare near downtown Denver. It is the future home of a 60,000-square-foot public recreational center that's been in the...
BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos. When he closed Foster Family Music in late December, not one was still selling pianos in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. "We did try hard to find a...
LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after they pulled over two vehicles, one of which was stolen and had two bodies inside, authorities said. The two Lewisburg officers stopped an SUV and a truck around 4 p.m...
DENVER (AP) — Don't worry about a federal lawsuit. But do worry tax rates. Those are among the many lessons Colorado and Washington have to share from the front lines of America's marijuana experiment. LESSON ONE: DON'T BE TIMID Public officials in the pioneering marijuana...