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US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Blackface performer planning fundraiser for 6 indicted officers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher: Health issues led to student sex

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' aggressive behavior, her lawyer said.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Man pleads not guilty to recording fatal accident scene

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who posted a cellphone video of a grisly car crash that killed one teenage boy and critically injured another pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Court hearing set for inmate seeking abortion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Black official ‘overwhelmed’ by response

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Manteca Kaiser among top hospitals

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Manteca and Modesto were ranked 40th best in California for one or more specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual report on hospitals that excel in treating the most complex cases.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Diet Coke sales slim down more

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says sales of Diet Coke are still sliding as people continue gravitating toward foods they feel are fresh.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Fueled by heat-seeking Americans, Korean cuisine is now hot item

NEW YORK (AP) - When chef Hooni Kim opened his Korean-inspired restaurant Danji in New York City nearly five years ago, he made sure to couch the cuisine's bold, funky flavors in familiar items: sliders filled with the marinated beef called "bulgogi," for example, and chicken wings glazed with garlic, honey and sesame seeds.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Ikea warns of risks with 27M dressers

NEW YORK (AP) - A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture - 27 million chests and dressers - away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Strong iPhone sales; Apple stock down 6% regardless

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple's much-vaunted smartwatch may not be selling as fast as Wall Street expected.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Microsoft books $8.4B write-down on phones in 4Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft booked an $8.4 billion charge in the fourth quarter, swallowing a bitter pill by writing off the Nokia phone business it bought just over a year ago. It narrowly beat analysts' depressed expectations for a quarter that also saw a steep decline in personal computer sales even as it prepares to launch its latest operating system, Windows 10.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Yahoo suffers quarterly loss

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is still limping along as the Internet company prepares to shed the financial crutch that has been propping up its stock during the three-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


FCC chairman backs AT&T-DirecTV deal

NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


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2 nuns killed in Mississippi; signs point to home break-in

DURANT, Miss. (AP) - Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found slain in their home, perhaps victims of ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


University responds to criticism over “#StopWhitePeople2K16”

NEWYORK (AP) - A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 used as the title of a recent training session was chosen for its irony ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Trump-Clinton conspiracy election

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy" and another who was a ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Nonbelievers sue over Penn House’s opening prayers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A group of people who don't believe in God filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking to change how prayers are ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Brutal killing of girl detailed by authorities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Most teens vaping fruity flavors instead of nicotine

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens ...

August 25, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton defends foundation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton defended her family's charitable foundation on Wednesday against criticism from Donald Trump, saying it had provided more transparency than her ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, aiming to widen support, makes pitch to Florida Hispanics

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Visiting a battleground state he can't afford to lose, Donald Trump promised Hispanics "a much better life" Wednesday in a Florida ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Sen. Manchin mum on EpiPen hikes by daughter’s drug company

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin remained mum Wednesday as a pharmaceutical company run by his daughter faced mounting criticism for hiking ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Colorado sheriff accused of sexually assaulting inmate he took to his home

DENVER (AP) - A sheriff in rural Colorado was arrested after being accused of taking a developmentally delayed inmate to his home, sexually assaulting her and ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Family of gun instructor killed by girl with Uzi sues range

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor who was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has sued the ...

August 24, 2016 | | Nation


Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with Hillary at State Department

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally ...

August 23, 2016 | | Nation


In latest hedge, Trump says immigration laws can be softened

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he is open to "softening" laws dealing with immigrants in the country illegally, the latest sign that ...

August 23, 2016 | | Nation


Out-of-state license plates don’t justify search

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana ...

August 23, 2016 | | Nation


Posting may elevate severity of man’s charges in killing

PHOENIX (AP) - A Twitter posting by an Arizona man who was arrested on suspicion of killing his roommate during a struggle could elevate the severity ...

August 23, 2016 | | Nation


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