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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police are encouraging caution amid a rash of public complaints and social media reports in a number of states of people dressed like clowns and acting suspiciously, even if they think many are knucklehead pranksters or simply bogus. Real clowns are just plain...
BOSTON (AP) — Did notorious gangster Al Capone have a soft spot? An intimate letter he penned from prison suggests the ruthless racketeer could handle tenderness almost as skillfully as his Tommy Gun. The three-page letter is being auctioned off next week in Cambridge,...
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — When the mayor in this industrial town ordered the evacuation of a 40-year-old public-housing complex this summer because of severe lead contamination, many people wondered: How could the problem have been overlooked for so long? The complex, in a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Grant grew up in Fort Washington, Maryland, but also visited his stepfather's family in Hampton, Virginia, and spent summers with his Jamaican grandmother in Philadelphia. Those experiences helped shape the palate of the executive chef of the Sweet Home...
In the U.S., states have wide discretion when it comes to crafting election laws. The result has been a patchwork of rules that often can be confusing to voters. Questions and answers about various election laws and how they affect voters: WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER? Voter...
ATLANTA (AP) — With more than 120 million Americans expected to cast ballots for president this fall, the nation's voting process seems more convoluted than ever and rife with potential for confusion come Election Day. Voting rules vary widely by state and sometimes by county,...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Republican congressman who represents the Charlotte area said Thursday that people are protesting in the city because they "hate white people." U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, whose district includes parts of Charlotte and its suburbs, was asked by an...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Most Puerto Ricans faced another night of darkness Thursday as crews slowly restored electricity a day after a fire at a power plant caused the aging utility grid to fail and blacked out the entire island of 3.5 million people. Nearly 370,000 of the...
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (AP) — A black man died three days after he called police to his suburban Baltimore home during an outburst of strange behavior and was punched in the face and held to the ground by officers, police and relatives said. Tawon Boyd, 21, died Wednesday after...