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• SURGING WILDFIRE FORCES EVACUATIONS IN CALIFORNIA: SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A surging wildfire has forced dozens of residents and Memorial Day campers to evacuate the mountains of Santa Barbara County in California.

May 27, 2013 | | Nation


Deal helping Valeant cash on increase in diabetes rate

NEW YORK (AP) -Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Monday that it will pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, in a massive expansion of Valeant's smaller ophthalmology business.

May 27, 2013 | | Nation


Coastal Commission imposes property ‘caps

SOLANA BEACH (AP) - Atop the ocean bluff are the homes of those fortunate to own a piece of land overlooking the dramatic California coastline. Down on the beach are the surfers, swimmers and beachcombers lucky for a sliver of sand that skirts caves and coves in this paradise north of San Diego.

May 27, 2013 | | Nation


NBC will air Shelton concert for victims of Okla. tornado

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC and sister networks will air Blake Shelton's concert to help his fellow Oklahomans affected by this week's storms in their home state.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Furlough Friday: Unpaid day off for many in gov't

WASHINGTON (AP) - No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Trucker bumps I-5 bridge, sees horror behind him

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The trucker was hauling a load of drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him. Two vehicles fell into the icy Skagit River.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Yahoo, pay-TV operators among Hulu bidders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Online video site Hulu is again up for sale, with Yahoo and pay TV operators DirecTV and Time Warner Cable among the seven bidders, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Penn.. parents face murder charge in faith-healing death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After their 2-year-old son died of untreated pneumonia in 2009, faith-healing advocates Herbert and Catherine Schaible promised a judge they would not let another sick child go without medical care.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Illinois judge faces heroin & gun charges

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southwestern Illinois judge already under scrutiny after a colleague died of a cocaine overdose at his family's hunting lodge was charged Friday with possession of heroin and guns.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Lawsuit says defective lawnmower injures man

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A lawsuit in Mississippi says a man was seriously injured after he was attacked by a swarm of yellow jackets, jumped off his riding lawnmower and was run over by the machine.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Rare Superman comic found in house insulation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books: Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman. And David Gonzales found one mixed in with old newspapers insulating a house he was renovating in a small town in Minnesota.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Judge: Ariz. sheriff's office profiles Latinos during its immigration patrols

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.

May 24, 2013 | | Nation


Nixon library hosts reunion for Vietnam POWs

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Doug Burns was on a night reconnaissance mission searching for enemy trucks when he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation


Defense releases photos, texts of Trayvon Martin

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Data released Thursday by the defense from slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin's cellphone includes texts with a friend about fighting, smoking pot and being forced to move out of his mother's house because of trouble at school, as well as photos of a gun and what looks to be a potted marijuana plant.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation


Governor moves out of office over TV dispute

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's governor, who has gained attention in the past for telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" and comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, has moved out of his office at the State House and says he'll work out of the governor's mansion because of a dispute over a television screen.

May 23, 2013 | | Nation


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Picture emerges of Ferguson officer

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Almanac: Colder winter, hotter summer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Illegals found in back of locked rental truck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say the discovery of nine immigrants who were locked inside the cargo area of a rental truck at a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona highlights the dangers of human smuggling.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Last 4 hostages freed in suburban Chicago standoff

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) - About two dozen heavily armed law enforcement officers stormed a home in Chicago's southern suburbs Wednesday to free four remaining hostages and capture two suspects, ending a 20-hour standoff that police say began as a robbery attempt.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bail slashed in case of slain trespasser

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A former school teacher charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed trespasser told police he had considered guarding the often-burglarized duplex in the past but was concerned he might shoot a child, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Joe Biden defense’ firearm case charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

August 20, 2014 | | Nation


Bud Selig reiterates Athletics need a new ballpark

OAKLAND (AP) - Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him "frustrated."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Perry booked power abuse charges

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Woman shoots grandson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A grandmother shot and critically wounded her 7-year-old grandson early Tuesday after mistaking him for an intruder who had broken into her home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Ferguson pledges outreach efforts

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's leaders urged residents Tuesday to stay home after dark to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged several actions to reconnect with the predominantly black community in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Was American beheaded in Syria?

WASHINGTON (AP) - A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video's authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

August 19, 2014 | | Nation


Brown may have had his hands raised

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Body of missing wife found

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


Sunken vessel is WW II-era USS Houston

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors and Marines, officials announced Monday.

August 18, 2014 | | Nation


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