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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, people walk past debris debris on Bourbon Street in the early morning of Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Mardi Gras produces fun-filled days of merriment, joy and the occasional hangover. It also produces a lot of garbage. But this year two New Orleans organizations aimed to change that with a pilot recycling project to collect cans, plastic bottles and that Mardi Gras accessory found hanging on fences, trees, and balconies: beads. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 14, 2018 - 5:04 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers — and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins. This year two New Orleans organizations aimed to change things with a pilot recycling project to collect...
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February 14, 2018 - 3:20 pm
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school board had to call off its meeting after more than 100 angry parents stormed the district office and yelled at board members. The reason for Monday's outrage: No more school parties for Valentine's Day. In the past, students celebrated Feb. 14 with the...
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Valentine's Day scratch-and-sniff cards, which give off a fried chicken aroma, sit on a table at a KFC, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. KFC is handing out the cards to diners who buy its $10 Chicken Share meals or a bucket full of Popcorn Nuggets. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
February 14, 2018 - 7:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Is that love in the air or french fries? White Castle, KFC and other fast-food restaurants are trying to lure sweethearts for Valentine's Day. It's an attempt to capture a bit of the $3.7 billion that the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend on a night out for the...
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A member of the Krewe of Zulu marches during their parade Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 14, 2018 - 1:49 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Families camped out from early morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders. Revelers took to the streets in elaborate or funny costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, President Donald Trump and glamorous vampires. And amused bystanders took in the chaotic scene...
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Crime scene technicians gather evidence next to a bullet-riddled red Nissan sedan with a homicide victim inside as New Orleans Police investigate after several people were shot, in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Mardi Gras night, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Michael DeMocker/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 12:50 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Police Department was investigating the shooting deaths of two men Tuesday night just a couple of miles from Mardi Gras activities earlier in the day. Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said Tuesday night that five people were shot, two fatally, before driving...
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A man walks with his dog during the Society de Sainte Anne parade, on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 14, 2018 - 12:21 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Families camped out from early morning to catch beads and stuffed animals thrown from float riders. Revelers took to the streets in elaborate or funny costumes evoking Marie Antoinette, President Donald Trump and glamorous vampires. And amused bystanders took in the chaotic scene...
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A member of the walking club Mondo Kayo revels as they march and dance down the route of the Krewe of Zulu parade on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 14, 2018 - 12:10 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Mardi Gras (all times local): 12:10 a.m. The party is over in New Orleans as Mardi Gras comes to a close. Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, for many Christians a period of reflection or fasting ahead of Easter. On Fat Tuesday, the last day of revelry, thousands...
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler (23) drives on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
February 13, 2018 - 11:47 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Whenever the Minnesota Timberwolves threatened, the Houston Rockets had an answer. It usually came from long range. The Rockets hit 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 126-108 victory on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to nine. "I knew we were...
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A penguin gets a heart-shaped nesting material from biologist Spencer Rennerfeldt at the California Academy of Sciences Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in San Francisco. Academy staff handed out the hearts to the penguins who naturally use similar material to build nests in the wild. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
February 13, 2018 - 6:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Penguins are looking for love with big red hearts at a San Francisco aquarium. In what has become an annual Valentine's Day tradition, biologists handed out red felt hearts to the 14 African penguins at the California Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. The animals grabbed the...
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February 12, 2018 - 6:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest bookseller, says it's laying off staff after a weak holiday shopping season. The company declined to give the number of jobs cut. The cuts come after New York-based Barnes & Noble said last month that its sales at established sales slid 6...
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