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'Affluenza' Teen's Family Pays Only Small Part of Treatment Costs

The family of a Texas teenager given probation after killing four people in a drunken crash will pay for only a part of his court-ordered treatment.


Nicaragua Hit by Another, Larger Quake

A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the Central American country.


Russian Troops, Tanks Massed on Ukraine Border

Satellite photos show Russian troops, tanks and aircraft massed along the Russian border with Ukraine, NATO said.


Queensland Hunkers Down Under Cyclone Ita

Tens of thousands of people in Queensland have been told to leave their homes as Cyclone Ita roars over coastal towns along Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


Tax Refund Fraud Poses Huge Problems for Victims

Thieves have snatched billions of dollars in bogus tax refunds from the IRS by swiping the identities of schoolchildren, prisoners, teachers and even soldiers deployed overseas.


Dropbox Petitioned to Drop Condoleezza Rice From Board

A petition is asking users to tell Dropbox to remove Condoleeza Rice from its board.


High Fees Could Be Eating Up Your Retirement Savings

A new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career, adding up to an extra three years before retirement.


Amazon Says It Will Buy ComiXology

Online retailer Amazon said Thursday its buying digital comic books company comiXology for an undisclosed sum.


Dentist Wants to Clone John Lennon From Molar

Canadian dentist Dr. Michael Zuk revealed that he plans to use DNA from one of John Lennon's teeth to clone a baby that he can raise as his own.


Feds OK Background Info for Wash. State Pot Dealers

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses.


PG&E Offers $250,000 Reward in Calif. Grid Attack

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. offered a quarter-million-dollar reward on Thursday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in an attack nearly a year ago on phone lines and the power grid in Silicon Valley.


Ulta to Create 500-plus Jobs at New Plant

Beauty products retailer Ulta will locate a distribution center in suburban Indianapolis and create up to 537 jobs by 2018.


Albuquerque Cops Used Excessive Force: Feds

With a federal investigation under way, concerns over a string of Albuquerque police shootings had started dying down in recent months, until a standoff ended in deadly gunfire.


Fixed Mortgage Rates Dip Toward Historic Lows

Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.34 percent from 4.41 percent last week.


Fraudulent Tax Returns on Rise Despite Crackdown

The IRS paid $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the previous year to criminals who were using other people's personal information -- and the problem is growing, Attorney General Holder says.


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