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Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse visible from China to Texas on Sunday

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they'll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.

May 18, 2012 | | Nation


House OKs continued war in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House endorsed the continued war in Afghanistan on Thursday despite acknowledgment from Republicans and Democrats that the American people are war-weary after more than a decade of conflict.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Kentucky weighed politics, medicine in whether to OK death row inmate's surgery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A condemned killer's fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Documents: Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range. George Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


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CUBAN PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER GETS US VISA: HAVANA (AP) - Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend events in San Francisco and New York, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Cuban-American politicians who called her an enemy of democracy and a shill for the Communist government her family has led for decades.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Romney's April money suggests GOP rallying

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney and his Republican Party raised $40 million in April, an unexpectedly strong haul in the first month of the general campaign that illustrates enthusiasm within the GOP and threatens President Barack Obama's overwhelming cash advantage.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


Reno air race organizers get OK to continue

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Organizers of the Reno National Championship Air Races cleared a major hurdle Thursday in their bid to continue the annual event this fall, winning approval of a special one-year permit and moving closer to securing the necessary $100 million in insurance in the aftermath of last year's tragic mass-casualty crash.

May 17, 2012 | | Nation


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HOUSE OKS GOP'S ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BILL: WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans set up a showdown Wednesday with the Senate and President Barack Obama over legislation to protect women from domestic violence, a fight that's become as much about female voters this election year as cracking down on abuse.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


GI killed in Cambodia clash awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leslie Sabo's Vietnam War ended in the flash of his own grenade, hurled at an enemy bunker in Cambodia to save surrounded comrades. Forty years later - and a dozen years after the long-lost paperwork turned up in military archives - he was honored by President Obama on Wednesday with the nation's highest award for gallantry.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Scientists hunt ways to stall Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AP) - Look for a fundamental shift in how scientists hunt ways to ward off the devastation of Alzheimer's disease - by testing possible therapies in people who don't yet show many symptoms, before too much of the brain is destroyed.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Obama assets valued between $2.6M and $8.3M

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold assets worth between nearly $2.6 million and nearly $8.3 million, according to financial disclosure reports released Tuesday by the White House.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


NY boy can play on girls field hockey team

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The biggest goal of Keeling Pilaro's field hockey career happened far from an athletic field on Tuesday.

May 16, 2012 | | Nation


Report: Female farmworkers suffer sex abuse , don’t report due to being illegals

FRESNO . (AP) - Farmworker women across the United States are commonly sexual harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


Deputies: Fla. mom killed 4 kids, then herself

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) - A Florida mother who fatally shot her four children before killing herself Tuesday called three of the kids who had sought help from a neighbor back to the house before firing the fatal shots, authorities said.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


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RECORDS DETAIL GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S MEDICAL INJURIES: MIAMI (AP) - Court records show George Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a nose fracture and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

May 15, 2012 | | Nation


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Starbucks plans delivery after sales fall short

NEW YORK (AP) - After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, Starbucks said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S starting next year.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft unveils fitness gadget

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Apple CEO Cook publicly acknowledges that he’s gay

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.

October 30, 2014 | | Nation


Girls’ jihadi quest stirs parental fears

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be the next to be lured to terror.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Court orders for Texas pastors’ speeches withdrawn in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Man who posted violent song lyrics won’t face charges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Man decapitates mother, is killed by train

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their home and then killed himself by walking into the path of a nearby oncoming train, police said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Video documents street harassment

NEW YORK (AP) - A video recording the comments a woman hears as she walks around the nation's biggest city is a testament to the pervasiveness of street harassment women face, its creators said Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

BOSTON (AP) - A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an "ultimate goal" of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby number 13

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

SUIT: BREASTS BURNED AT PHILADELPHIA HOOKAH LOUNGE: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman says her breasts were burned by hot coals as people danced around a stripper pole at a Philadelphia hookah lounge.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


No trick-or-treaters? Buy candy anyway!

NEW YORK (AP) - Don Stewart and his wife will be home with the lights on Halloween night, waiting for trick-or-treaters. But like a lot of folks who stock up on candy, they'll probably end up eating it themselves.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock

MENLO PARK (AP) - WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Oak Valley Banks posts $1.5M net income in 3Q

OAKDALE − Oak Valley Bancorp, the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, for the three months ending Sept. 30 reported consolidated net income available to common shareholders was $1,535,000, or $0.19 per diluted common share.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Government pushes air bag maker on replacement parts

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


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