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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall. But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are...
In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything. So small last minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches, leading forecasters to apologize, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting a helium-filled balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break two major ballooning records. Here are five things to know about the challenge. THE PILOTS. Accomplished balloon pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player on trial for rape took "deplorable" photos of the alleged assault, but shouldn't be convicted of rape because he didn't take part in it, a defense attorney said Tuesday. Prosecutors say Brandon Vandenburg encouraged...
PHOENIX (AP) — For some travelers visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl, the trip may be just as memorable as the game. Hundreds of luxury jets will arrive at eight airports around metropolitan Phoenix by kickoff Sunday. Perks for passengers include goody-filled swag bags, a...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves in an SUV smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco and made off with gold nuggets on display. KNTV reports ( http://bit.ly/1BuxPeE ) that police haven't made any arrests after an unknown amount of...
AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMEN: A state Senate bill allowing students, faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses was filed Monday with 19 senators as joint authors. Current law allows those who hold a concealed handgun license to carry their weapons on...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has...