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Oldest known stone tools found in Kenya; makers are not known

NEW YORK (AP) - By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them - or why.

May 20, 2015 | | Nation


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


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Fortune, friction and decline as casino ‘Chinatown’ matures

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - No ornate archway marks it. No obvious business district with exotic signs and storefronts sets it apart. But in the quiet neighborhoods ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Records: Minnesota officer may have interacted with Castile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota police officer and the black motorist he shot to death during a traffic stop may have interacted in a previous stop ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Trump seeks to dismiss lawsuit over Trump University

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One day after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States, his lawyers will be in court to ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Chapman’s 105.1 mph pitch matches fastest since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The 105.1 mph pitch from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to Baltimore's J.J. Hardy matched the fastest since Major League ...

July 20, 2016 | | Nation


Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Melania Trump ignites GOP convention after gloom, turmoil

CLEVELAND (AP) - After a harsh primary, Donald Trump's general election campaign officially opened with a warm and personal validation from his wife, Melania Trump ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


In medical mystery, caregiver of Zika patient gets virus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Textbook reignites Mexican- American studies flap in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Activists and educators on Monday called a Mexican-American studies textbook proposed for use across Texas biased and poorly researched and argued that ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The gunman who opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub last month had complained he was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Killer of Baton Rouge law officers a man of mixed messages

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gavin Long was a man of mixed messages. He peddled self-published books with abstract themes about self-empowerment and spiritual enlightenment, but ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


3rd officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) - A judge further hollowed out the case against six police officers charged in the death of a young black man, delivering a third ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Utah wants to drop case against ex-attorney general

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prosecutors moved Monday to drop pay-to-play charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a surprise retreat more than two years ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


GOP speakers fault Clinton on Benghazi deaths

CLEVELAND (AP) - The mother of a State Department employee killed in the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, angrily lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Monday ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


RNC: Doom and gloom at home, clamor for Trump

CLEVELAND (AP) - Painting a bleak picture of America's future, Republicans promised a new era of security with Donald Trump as president as they opened ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


Man had nursing license revoked before bombing

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former nurse who authorities say killed himself shortly before exploding two powerful bombs targeting his former boss in a rural Nevada ...

July 18, 2016 | | Nation


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