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Fab Abs? FTC says not. Marketers paying up to $25 million

WASHINGTON (AP) - Companies marketing the Ab Circle Pro exercise device have agreed to pay as much as $25 million in refunds to customers to settle federal regulators' charges of deceptive advertising.

August 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook updates iPhone app to speed it up

MENLO PARK (AP) - What's the worst insult you can throw at a fast-moving company like Facebook? Call its iPhone app slow and poky.

August 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Postal commission OKs 'junk mail' discount plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government body that oversees the U.S. Postal Service has approved a plan that gives one of the nation's largest direct marketers a postage discount on advertising flyers known as "junk mail."

August 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Poor advice from GPS unit leads man into harbor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Poor advice from a car's GPS unit led a man to drive off the ferry in Whittier and straight into the small boat harbor.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Police say teen held captive 2 years escapes

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - A teenage girl reported missing more than two years ago escaped from a home in southwestern Illinois where she said she was held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted, police said Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


What a whopper! Woman reels half-ton marlin

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii tournament angler fought a 12-foot, half-ton marlin in the Pacific Ocean for more than four hours before she and her teammates got the monster fish out of the water - but she missed out on the glory and thousands of dollars in prize money.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


$478M judgment against infomercial marketers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have won a $478 million court judgment against the infomercial marketers of three "get-rich-quick" schemes said to have caused losses for nearly all the million or so consumers who bought the programs.

August 23, 2012 | | Nation


California news briefs

2 killed, 6 hurt as LA crash mixes water, power

August 23, 2012 | | State


2 women charged in cat hoarding case

MONTEREY (AP) - A mother and daughter were charged Thursday in connection with an animal hoarding case after authorities recovered 51 neglected cats from their coastal California house and discovered 113 dead kittens in a nearby apartment.

August 23, 2012 | | State


$320M Medi-Cal settlement reached with HMO

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California and federal officials have announced a $320 million settlement over allegations a Long Beach-based health plan received overpayments from Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Environmental reforms quashed for the year

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislative leaders said Thursday they have dropped plans to overhaul California's environmental regulations in a way that would have made it easier for developers and local governments to build new projects.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Police: Rodney King death ruled accidental

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned in June, a coroner's report released Thursday concluded.

August 23, 2012 | | State


California news briefs

SENATE OKS CALIF. ELECTION DAY VOTER SIGN-UP : SACRAMENTO (AP) - Californians could register to vote any time, including on Election Day, under a bill approved by the state Senate.

August 23, 2012 | | State


Bill would require coaches to report child abuse

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate unanimously passed a bill adding coaches and administrators in K-12 schools to the list of California workers who are required to report suspected child abuse to authorities, legislation that arose in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse case.

August 23, 2012 | | State


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The Clintons, Demos’ 2014 super surrogates

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man’s ashes to be scattered in fireworks display

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father's ashes, anyway.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• MAGIC JOHNSON READY TO ASSIST TECH IN DIVERSITY: SAN JOSE (AP) - Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

October 22, 2014 | | State


Tracking of all from Ebola nations

ATLANTA (AP) - All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


No trick: Across United States, Halloween bumped for football

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


Gay veteran gets OK to be buried with gay partner

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late partner in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


Expert: Autopsy doesn’t show if Brown went for officer’s gun

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


Terror appeal: Did it lure teens?

DENVER (AP) - Three teenage girls being investigated for trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an "online predator" who encouraged them, a school official said Wednesday, as U.S. officials tried to determine how they made it to Europe without anyone knowing and whether terrorists' appeal is deepening among vulnerable youth.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


Man suspected of killing 7 refuses to answer judge

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana on Wednesday refused to speak or even acknowledge his name to a judge, and a sheriff explained later that the suspect was upset his hearing was in open court before dozens of journalists.

October 22, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM BUSINESS WORLD

• CAMEL MAKER REYNOLDS SNUFFS OUT WORKPLACE SMOKING: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.

October 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Early Apple computer sells for $905K

NEW YORK (AP) - A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.

October 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social Security benefits up an average of $20 a month during 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

October 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

October 22, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (AP) - Serena Williams did not hesitate when asked to describe her performance Wednesday, when she took her heaviest defeat since she was 16 years old.

October 22, 2014 | | Pro Sports


British want an NFL team in London

LONDON (AP) - The British government wants an NFL team based in London.

October 22, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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