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Was Amtrak engineer using phone?

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday as union officials offered new details on how the engineer spent the hours before the crash.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Oil slicks spread 9 miles off California

GOLETA (AP) - An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Banks fined more than $5 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets - a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


Target beating Wal-Mart in race for turnaround

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


PAID SICK LEAVE MOVEMENT

NEW YORK (AP) - For Shannon Henderson, getting a cold or flu could be the difference between putting food on the table and going hungry.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


KFC resurrects Colonel Sanders for television ads

NEW YORK (AP) - KFC is bringing back Colonel Sanders as the fried chicken chain seeks to refresh its image by harkening back to its past.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


Air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 M

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


Wal-Mart 1Q profit falls on pay raises

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 7 percent drop in first-quarter profit as the strong dollar and some efforts to improve its business hurt its bottom line.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


To some, fight is ‘fraud of the century’

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some.

May 19, 2015 | | Nation


Feds say Lake Mead will fall below drought trigger point in 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal water managers released a report Monday projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Charges against 170 motorcycle gang members

WACO, Texas (AP) - About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Facing $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare

PHOENIX (AP) - Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Boy shoots through window, kills friend trying to wake him

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Woman accused of removing dead rival’s body parts rearrested

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend at a funeral home viewing last month was taken back into custody Monday after bond was set on an additional charge accusing her of removing body parts of the dead woman.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate people

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice.

May 18, 2015 | | Nation


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DUMP DONALD TRUMP?

COSTA MESA (AP) - Brendan De Regla drove three hours and waited in line for half a day to see Donald Trump speak at a rally ...

May 27, 2016 | | Nation


‘Ex-’Glee’ star indicted for child-porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child ...

May 27, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, Clinton differ sharply on gun rights

LOUISVILLE (AP) -Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are courting voters on opposite sides of the gun debate in events that highlight the nation's deep ...

May 21, 2016 | | Nation


Most would struggle to cover $1,000 crisis

NEW YORK (AP) - Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll ...

May 20, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart results upbeat

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Surprisingly strong sales at Wal-Mart and an optimistic outlook from the world's largest retailer lifted a pall that settled over much ...

May 20, 2016 | | Nation


Singer La Rosa, fired on Godfrey show, dies at 86

CRIVITZ, Wis. (AP) – Julius La Rosa, a pop singer known for hits including "Eh, Cumpari," whose firing live on the air by Arthur Godfrey in ...

May 15, 2016 | | Nation


‘Casablanca’ actress LeBeau dies at age 92

ROME (AP) - French actress Madeleine LeBeau, best known for her small but impactful role in "Casablanca" as Rick's pushed aside girlfriend Yvonne who passionately ...

May 15, 2016 | | Nation


USA Navy is poised to take ownership of its largest warship

BATH, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer.

May 15, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton campaigns in Kentucky before Tuesday’s primary vote

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Hillary Clinton is making a big final push in Kentucky, where rival Bernie Sanders hopes to extend his winning streak and further ...

May 15, 2016 | | Nation


On more than one issue, GOP’s Trump sounds like a Democrat

NEW YORK (AP) - As he tries to charm Republicans still skeptical of his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump has a challenge: On several key issues, he ...

May 15, 2016 | | Nation


Public schools cash in with naming rights

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - In the last two years, a northern Indiana high school sold the naming rights to its football field to a bank ...

May 15, 2016 | | Nation


Parents turn to doctors, lawmakers to save recess

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - When parents tell Dr. Gregory Fox their boisterous child was stuck in a classroom all day, the Rhode Island pediatrician takes ...

May 11, 2016 | | Nation


Defiant Trump brushes off GOP critics on eve of Ryan meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump brushed off his Capitol Hill critics Wednesday, declaring he doesn't need House Speaker Paul Ryan or other leery Republican leaders ...

May 11, 2016 | | Nation


New York man wins 2nd $1M lottery

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) - A construction worker who won $1 million in a lottery scratch-off game four years ago has defied enormous odds by ...

May 11, 2016 | | Nation


Staples, Office Depot scrap merger after judge blocks deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Staples and Office Depot said Tuesday they are scrapping their planned $6.3 billion merger after a federal judge blocked the deal, saying ...

May 10, 2016 | | Nation


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