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New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

(LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., AP) — Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweets will turn on a 9-foot Christmas tree, menorah…

Q&A: Drones might help show how tornados form

By DAN ELLIOTT (DENVER, AP) — Researchers say they’ve collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project…

Thief fakes heart attack so friend can steal toys

(LAKE WALES, Fla., AP) — Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys. The men — 30-year-old Tarus Scott…

Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

By JILL COLVIN (NEW YORK, AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations” and said…

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues expert witness

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS (COLUMBUS, Ohio, AP) — The state’s former expert witness on lethal injection should have known that a condemned inmate would suffer because of a two-drug combo that…

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

By PAT EATON-ROBB (HARTFORD, Conn., AP) — The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed…

159 arrested in third night of California protests

By KRISTIN J. BENDER and PAUL ELIAS (BERKELEY, Calif., AP) — Authorities arrested nearly 160 people in Berkeley as crowds marched for a third night in a row to protest grand…

NY boys rescued from snow aided by air pocket

(NEWBURGH, N.Y., AP) — Two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive thanks to an…

Obama’s action fuels worry about immigration scams

By ELLIOT SPAGAT (SAN DIEGO, AP) — Advocacy groups barely waited for President Barack Obama to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system to start warning about…

Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers

By KRISTEN WYATT (DENVER, AP) — That’s not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling…

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