• FACT CHECK: Obama claims credit for an incomplete recovery in State of the Union address

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    EDITOR'S NOTE: An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story WASHINGTON — The U.S. may not have "risen from recession" quite as rousingly as President Barack Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven...

  • Mysterious goo blamed in San Francisco Bay Area bird deaths

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures' feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement. The birds began turning up on a beach Friday. Necropsies and lab...

  • Tourists get knockout photo of Stallone atop 'Rocky' steps

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group of tourists who ran up the "Rocky" steps got a knockout photo at the top — a selfie with Rocky himself. Peter Rowe said he and two friends had just finished racing up the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday when they saw Sylvester...

  • Ex-pro wrestlers sue WWE over concussions that caused injury

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two former professional wrestlers accuse the WWE of ignoring concussions they say left them with serious brain injuries. The men have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia, where a judge is weighing a similar NFL case that could yield a $1 billion...

  • Correction: $2 Million Penny story

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — In a story Jan. 9 about a rare penny sold at auction, The Associated Press, relying on information from Heritage Auctions, reported erroneously that the penny had 13 linking rings on the back symbolizing the 13 original colonies. The coin has 15 linking rings on the back...

  • Why the State of the Union still matters for Obama

    By Jena McGregor, The Washington Post
    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The State of the Union gets a bad rap. The president's annual speech is a modern-day invention that's not really required, and it appears to be increasingly irrelevant as viewers drop off in an around-the-clock news world driven by...

  • Witness: Vanderbilt rape defendant passed out condoms

    Associated Press
    Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An ex-Vanderbilt football player charged with rape testified against his former teammates Tuesday, telling jurors that one was "amped" when he got an unconscious coed in his dorm room. Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie testified that Brandon Vandenburg passed out condoms,...

  • Woman says boxing champ Taylor threatened to kill children

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    A Little Rock woman said Tuesday that boxer Jermain Taylor threatened to shoot her three small children, and that she knocked the gun away after the cursing middleweight — once called a role model by the city's mayor — put the weapon to her husband's head. Toya Smith, 40, said she and...

  • 1 of Mark Wahlberg's victims says he shouldn't be pardoned

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A victim of one of Mark Wahlberg's racially motivated attacks as a teenage delinquent in segregated Boston in the 1980s insists he shouldn't be granted a pardon for his crimes. Kristyn Atwood was among a group of mostly black fourth-grade students on a field trip to the...

  • Intended as tribute, casino's King Day menu offends some

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A restaurant in an Atlantic City casino intended to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday by offering fried chicken, collard greens and macaroni and cheese, a casino official said Tuesday. Some Twitter users objected to what they considered...

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