'SpongeBob' creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

Stephen Hillenburg, whose daffy animated 'SpongeBob SquarePants' became an international hit, dies at 57.
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Nevada gambling revenue surpasses $1 billion in October

Gambling regulators in Nevada say casinos across the state won more than $1 billion from gamblers in October, beating the year-to-year figure and shaking off a
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In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

In the year Florida's Democrats talked ambitious of ending 20-year journey in political exile, Republicans come out on top for governor and even pick up a US Se
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As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

US Sen. Bill Nelson, a four-decade veteran of Capitol Hill, cedes bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott, Florida's outgoing governor
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US Sen Nelson concedes to Gov. Scott as Florida recount ends

US Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated the presidential battleground state, con
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Slave auction re-enactment to protest Faneuil Hall name

A group advocating to rename Faneuil Hall because of its namesake's ties to slavery is re-enacting a slave auction outside the historic downtown building this w
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Democrat challenges GOP hold on Florida governor's seat

Florida voters will decide whether to keep the state in Republican control or whether to elect a Democrat as governor for the first time since 1994
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Statewide casino revenue in Nevada up in September

State regulators say gambling revenue at casinos across Nevada was up 1.3 percent in September compared with the same month last year
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New focus: Florida Democrats target long-ignored rural areas

Florida Democrats know they aren't going to win a majority of votes in rural areas that overwhelmingly support Republicans, but they're still reaching out to th
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Florida Supreme Court: Next governor will pick new justices

Florida's next governor and not Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court
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Supreme Court: Next Florida governor will pick new justices

Florida's next governor and not Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court
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In Wisconsin, a running mate shakes up governor's race

Wisconsin's Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor has been mistaken for a dead car crash victim, confused with a white guy, wrongly accused of kneeling dur
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Nevada casino revenue drops for second consecutive month

Gambling revenue at Nevada casinos has decreased for two consecutive months
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No one injured in northwest Iowa school fire

Authorities say a fire broke out at a school building in northwest Iowa about an hour after classes were done for the day
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Florida governor's push to name justices challenged in court

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's bid to replace three justices on the state Supreme Court is drawing a legal challenge
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Controversial mailer case referred to attorney general

The state Board of Elections has dismissed contempt proceedings against a player involved in a controversial mailer in the 2016 election, but referred the case
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Florida governor moves ahead with plan to pick new justices

In a move that could trigger a legal challenge and constitutional crisis, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday moved ahead with plans to replace three justices on
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Event creates community for people with Parkinson's disease

Oklahoma State University recently held an event about Parkinson's disease
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Statewide casino revenue in Nevada sees slight drop in July

Casinos in Nevada were not as lucky in July
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Neurosurgeon: McCain among many patients who halt treatment

The head of a neurological hospital in Phoenix says Sen. John McCain is among many brain cancer patients who eventually decide to discontinue medical treatment
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Oklahoma mayoral candidate charged with embezzlement

A southern Oklahoma mayoral candidate has been charged with embezzling more than $2,000
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Oregon foster parent gets 94-year sentence in sex abuse case

An Oregon man convicted of sexually abusing a foster child in his care was sentenced to nearly 94 years in prison
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Coburn appointed interim athletic director at Florida State

David Coburn appointed interim athletic director at Florida State; is university president's chief of staff
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University wants to end censure over flap with conservatives

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is looking into how to be removed from a national association's censure list after being criticized for its handling of a con
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