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Girl’s balloon message gets response

WHITTIER (AP) - Every year on her late father's birthday, Ashlynn Marracino writes a message to him on a balloon and sends it aloft.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


House votes to undo key Obama immigration actions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Shunning a White House veto threat and opposition within their own party, House Republicans approved legislation Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama's key immigration policies and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion from the U.S.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Obama to renew his push for paid leave for working parents

WASHINGTON (AP) - Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said. He'll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion in new spending to encourage states to create paid family and medical leave programs.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Group: Officers who beat black suspect should be charged

DETROIT (AP) - Protesters on Wednesday called for criminal charges to be brought against two police officers who appear to be white who were caught on video beating and kicking a black carjacking suspect during an arrest.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Suspect wore stolen body armor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A man shot and killed by Albuquerque police was wearing sheriff-issued body armor and fired a stolen gun at officers, police said Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


10 dead when prison bus hits train

ODESSA, Texas (AP) - A prison bus skidded off an icy Texas highway, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train Wednesday, killing eight inmates and two corrections officers, including the bus driver, authorities said.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


FDA approves appetite-zapping implant device for obese patients

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators have approved an appetite-suppressing implant designed to treat obesity by zapping nerves that connect the stomach and the brain.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly

PARIS (AP) - Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens of people who glorified terrorism or made racist or anti-Semitic remarks.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Astronauts flee US side of station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said there was no leak of ammonia coolant and a computer problem likely set off the false alarm.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" drew the wrath of Iranian religious leaders, said Wednesday the right to free speech is absolute or else it isn't free.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Study: Half of California’s new wells involve fracking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twenty percent of California's oil production now comes through hydraulic fracturing, according to a study commissioned by the state and released Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Officials seize alligator in box in LA yard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An 8-foot alligator that was found in a box with two cat carcasses in a suburban Los Angeles backyard might have been living at the home for as long as 40 years, animal officials said Wednesday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Need help filing out your tax return? Don’t call the IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Study: Fewer struggling with medical costs as coverage grows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


Google to test its first modular smartphone effort in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Google announced Wednesday that it will unveil a modular smartphone in Puerto Rico this year as part of a pilot program that will allow people to choose their own hardware based on their needs and interests.

January 14, 2015 | | Nation


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Walmart seeks new products amid ongoing online battle with Amazon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Hundreds of inventors have flocked to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville to find out if the country needs a few more ...

June 28, 2017 | | Nation


ABC settles $1.9B ‘pink slime’ libel suit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the network ...

June 28, 2017 | | Nation


Mormon church OKs female staff to wear pantsuits, dress slacks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Women who work at Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City will be allowed to wear pantsuits and dress slacks instead of ...

June 28, 2017 | | Nation


Yoplait’s sales keep falling as Chobani targets non-Greek

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Yoplait's sales are free falling, and its parent company is about to face even more competition in the dairy case.

June 28, 2017 | | Nation


Staples sold for $6.9 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Private equity firm Sycamore Partners is buying office supplies chain Staples for $6.9 billion.

June 28, 2017 | | Nation


Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils ‘Obamacare’ repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether ...

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


Few answers on travel ban as launch deadline looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration expects to launch a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries today, but has yet to ...

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


Utah officials blame lack of logging for major fire

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed ...

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Workers installed a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol on Tuesday, two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the privately ...

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

NEW YORK (AP) - For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a ...

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


Some shoppers fret when firms take over brands

NEW YORK (AP) - Some shoppers are fretting about big companies they don't like taking over their favorite brands.

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


FDA takes steps to boost generic competition, limit prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration said it's taking steps to boost the number of generic prescription drugs on the market ...

June 27, 2017 | | Nation


New senior vice president named for Kaiser in Central Valley

Corwin Harper, a health-care leader with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare operations and multiple senior leadership roles, has been named Senior Vice ...

June 26, 2017 | | Nation


CNN accepts resignations over retracted news story

NEW YORK (AP) - CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between ...

June 26, 2017 | | Nation


Is French the next trendy yogurt?

NEW YORK (AP) - There's Greek yogurt, Icelandic yogurt and Australian yogurt. Now, the U.S. maker of Yoplait is hoping to revive its declining ...

June 26, 2017 | | Nation


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