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Signs at two gas stations advertise unleaded gasoline for $1.68, in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump

Friday, January 23, 2015

NEW YORK — At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero. But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. Just three months ago experts were shocked when it fell under $3. “It’s crazy,” says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech … 0

Gang-rape defense points to campus culture

Friday, January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photos and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men’s judgment. Neuropsychologist James … 0

Justices will hear a challenge to new lethal injection drug

Friday, January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — A week after the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way for an Oklahoma man to be executed using a controversial new drug, the justices agreed to hear a legal challenge that the drug amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The sudden turn of events apparently reflects not a change of heart, but the narrow conservative-versus-liberal divide on the … 0

Slippery driving predicted across region

Friday, January 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A fast-moving coastal storm is forecast to blast several major cities in the Northeast with a mix of snow, sleet and rain today in the season’s first real taste of winter along the busy Interstate … 0

Yemen’s Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s Shiite rebels faced mounting pressures and signs of internal divisions Friday after the U.S.-backed president and his cabinet resigned rather than submit at gunpoint to their increasing demands for greater power. With thousands of … 0

Divers enter crashed AirAsia plane’s fuselage for first time

Friday, January 23, 2015

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia — For the first time, Indonesian divers were able Friday to enter the fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month into the Java Sea and retrieved six bodies, an official said. The operations … 0

Ill. bill would ban drones for hunting

Friday, January 23, 2015

When it comes to preserving fair chase in hunting, Illinois already bans using bait to lure, dogs to kill and certain lights to see animals at night. Now to those and other do-nots, a state lawmaker would like to add one more: drones. State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, … 0

ACLU says Missouri town to stop ticketing headlight flashers

Friday, January 23, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Civil Liberties Union announced Friday that it has settled a lawsuit with a Kansas City suburb after the town agreed to stop ticketing drivers who flash their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn that a speed trap lies ahead. The group filed … 0

Kerry: Violent extremism is not linked to Islam

Friday, January 23, 2015

DAVOS, Switzerland — Violent extremists who are killing children and others in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world may cite Islam as a justification, but the West should be careful about calling them Islamic radicals, … 0

Prosecutor: Captain is reason why 32 died aboard Concordia

Friday, January 23, 2015

ROME — The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck didn’t die because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors” under the captain’s watch, a prosecutor contended in final arguments Friday. … 0

Signs emerge of major Ukraine rebel offensive looming

Friday, January 23, 2015

DONETSK, Ukraine — Signs emerged Friday of a major rebel offensive looming in eastern Ukraine, which has seen a surge in fighting and deadly attacks despite diplomatic efforts to craft a lasting peace deal. One separatist leader said … 0

Amid mourning, a new generation enters line to Saudi royal throne

Friday, January 23, 2015

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom’s future squarely in the hands of … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, January 23, 2015

Letter from Titanic survivor sells for $11,875 at auction BOSTON — A letter from a wealthy survivor of the Titanic grumbling about “disgraceful” treatment in the press has sold at auction for $11,875. The Boston-based RR Auction house says the May 1912 letter written by aristocratic fashion designer … 0