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  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Thousands of protesters with banners and placards march through central London during a demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump on February 4, 2017 in London, England. Thousands of protesters march from the U.S. Embassy in London to Downing Street today against President Trump's executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven Muslim countries. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

    Homeland Security report disputes threat posed by citizens from 7 nations in Trump travel ban

    WASHINGTON — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in […]

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    Hotly contested pipeline in New Jersey Pinelands approved by commission

    CHERRY HILL, N.J. — New Jersey regulators have approved a measure allowing a natural gas pipeline to run through the federally protected Pinelands preserve. The Pinelands Commission voted to permit the pipeline Friday. The issue has been one of the northeast region’s most hotly contested energy proposals. The vote ends a classic jobs-versus-environment battle in the nation’s most densely populated state, although environmentalists are expected to try to appeal the decision. South Jersey Gas proposes to run the pipe mostly under […]

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    ‘I just shot my dad’: Sobbing Ohio teen calls police on herself

    HAMILTON, Ohio — A 14-year-old Ohio girl who called 911 to say she had shot her father will remain held in juvenile detention on an aggravated murder charge. A Butler County juvenile judge asked in court Friday if she understood the allegation against her, and she replied: “Yes.” A pretrial hearing was set for March 3. Hamilton police say the sobbing teenager called Thursday morning and said: “I just shot my dad.” Police say they found 71-year-old James Allen Ponder […]

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    People rally outside Stonewall Inn, in Macy’s against Trump’s reversal of transgender student policy

    GREENWICH VILLAGE, Manhattan — Demonstrators gathered outside Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village Thursday night to protest President Trump’s decision to rollback on a federal rule that allowed transgender students to use public school bathrooms matching their gender identity. The rally began outside the historical LGBT landmark around 6 p.m., with people chanting “Trump is a fascist, drive him out!” Protesters were speaking out on the Trump Administration’s decision to reverse an Obama-era directive that allowed public school students to use bathrooms […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: A customer eats with a 21 ounce cups of soda at a Manhattan McDonalds on September 13, 2012 in New York City. In an effort to combat obesity, the New York City Board of Health voted to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. The controversial measure bars the sale of sugar drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants and concessions. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    McDonald’s to offer $1 sodas after customer visits decline

    NEW YORK — McDonald’s is hoping $1 sodas can help draw more customers into its stores in the U.S. as it fights to reverse four years of declining visits. The company says it plans to offer $1 sodas of any size for a limited time starting in April, with smoothies, frappes and shakes being sold $2. The deals, earlier reported by Bloomberg, come after McDonald’s sales dipped 1.3 percent at established U.S. location in the last quarter of 2016. Customer […]

  • Massachusetts State Police tweeted this image of Vanessa Marcotte, of New York, after she was found dead in Princeton on Aug. 7, 2016.

    Police have DNA profile in killing of runner in Massachusetts

    PRINCETON, Mass. — Authorities say they now have a DNA profile of the person who killed a New York City woman while she was out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home last summer. Investigators want to speak with a Hispanic or Latino man, about 30 years old, with light to medium-toned skin, and an athletic build in the slaying of Vanessa Marcotte, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday. Early said that person of interest would have had […]

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    Sentencing of Pedro Hernandez in 1979 murder of Etan Patz delayed

    NEW YORK — A judge in New York has delayed the sentencing of a man convicted in a second trial of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979. Judge Maxwell Wiley ruled Thursday that next week’s sentencing for Pedro Hernandez will be postponed. A new date wasn’t yet set. Hernandez’s attorney Harvey Fishbein requested the delay to investigate whether a juror may have known during proceedings that members of the first jury were in the audience. Hernandez, of Maple Shade, New […]

  • Taco Bell will release the Naked Chicken Chalupa on Jan. 26. (Taco Bell)

    Taco Bell will take popular chicken-shelled chalupa off menu

    IRVINE, Calif. — A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast-food chain’s menu despite its popularity. Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch says the Naked Chicken Chalupa always was planned as a limited-time offer and will be taken off the menu in March. After two years of testing, the chalupa made its national debut on Jan. 26. The shell of the sandwich looks a lot like a taco and is made […]

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Singer Beyonce during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

    Beyonce cancels Coachella performance; will headline festival in 2018

    NEW YORK — Beyonce, who is pregnant with twins, will not perform at Coachella this year, but will headline the festival in 2018. In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment and festival producer Goldenvoice said the singer had to pull out of the famed festival “following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months.” The statement also said Beyonce will headline the 2018 festival. It was not clear […]

  • Sarah Stern was reported missing on Dec. 2.

    New Jersey teen was killed after friends stole $7,000, prosecutors say

    FREEHOLD, N.J. — Prosecutors say a plot to kill a New Jersey woman during a robbery was over $7,000. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office released affidavits Thursday that say Liam McAtasney admitted to plotting Sarah Stern’s death after taking her to a bank to withdraw the money. McAtasney has been charged with killing Stern and Preston Taylor has been charged with helping him to dump her body over a bridge into a river. McAtasney’s attorney has denied the charges. The […]