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This Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, photo shows the Chicago Board Options Exchange website announcing that bitcoin futures will start trading on the CBOE on Sunday evening, Dec. 10. Bitcoin futures will start trading a week later on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
December 11, 2017 - 1:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Bitcoin's debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 16 percent. The futures contract that expires in January was up $2,440 to $17,900 Monday afternoon on the Chicago Board Options Exchange...
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ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 AND THEREAFTER - Farmer Andy Zagata checks his corn crop on a property in Huntington Twp, Pa. near Shickshinny on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The 69-year-old part-time farmer benefitted from incentives as part of a Luzerne Conservation District conservation farming program encouraging no-till farming and planting cover crops. (Christopher Dolan/The Citizens' Voice via AP)
September 30, 2017 - 3:05 am
SHAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Andy Zagata has been farming for decades, so he was apprehensive about changing the way he works the land. An incentive program from the Luzerne Conservation District convinced the 69-year-old to try something new. The Luzerne Conservation District wants more farmers to adopt...
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Forrest Wood, 24, injects heroin into his arm under a bridge along the Wishkah River at Kurt Cobain Memorial Park in Aberdeen, Wash., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Wood grew up here, watching drugs take hold of his relatives, and he swore to himself that he would get out of this place, maybe spend his days in the woods as a park ranger. But he started taking opioid painkillers as a teenager, and before he knew it he was shooting heroin, a familiar first chapter in the story of American addiction. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
August 21, 2017 - 1:28 pm
ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl...
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Hera McLeod talks to reporters in Manassas, Va., Thursday, April 13, 2017, after her ex-fiancé, Joaquin Shadow Rams, was convicted of murdering their 1-year-old son. A judge has convicted a Virginia father of murdering his 1-year-old son in an effort to collect on more than $500,000 in life insurance he had taken out on the boy. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
April 13, 2017 - 4:20 pm
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Joaquin Shadow Rams plotted to kill his infant son from nearly the time he was born, finally snuffing out his life at age 15 months when the opportunity presented itself, a Virginia judge ruled Thursday. Rams was convicted of capital murder in the 2012 death of Prince McLeod...
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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
March 30, 2017 - 5:13 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior minister said Thursday that Turkey's intelligence agency may have given its German counterpart a list of suspected supporters of a U.S.-based cleric to "provoke us in some way." Last month, Turkey's MIT agency handed German intelligence a list of some 300 alleged...
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