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California urged to return $331 million meant for homeowners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Several California lawmakers and community assistance groups are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to repay more than $331 million in funds intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures that the state siphoned off to help deal with its budget crisis.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Panel to review Orange County DA’s use of jail informants

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office has formed a special committee to review its use of jailhouse informants following misconduct allegations that have sidetracked some criminal cases.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


UCSD sues USC, scientist, alleging conspiracy to take data

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A lawsuit filed by the University of California, San Diego, accuses a prominent Alzheimer's disease researcher of conspiring with eight colleagues to take research data and other assets with them when they moved from UCSD to the University of Southern California.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Samsung forecasts 4% drop in 2Q profit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics Co. forecast lower-than-expected profit for the April-June quarter in a sign that the recovery in its smartphone division hasn't been as strong as expected.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


‘Inside Out’ emerges atop ‘Jurassic World’ in final tally

NEW YORK (AP) - Three weeks after opening, Pixar's "Inside Out" has finally slayed the dinosaurs of "Jurassic World."

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Oil tumbles 8%, points to low gas prices this fall

NEW YORK (AP) - A slew of global economic and geopolitical factors are working to pummel the price of oil and set up U.S. drivers for very low gasoline prices later this year.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


No suspect in $75,000 Wal-Mart theft

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) - Investigators were working Monday to identify a man who took more than $75,000 from an Oklahoma Wal-Mart after disguising himself as an armored truck driver.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Starbucks: Prices for some drinks to go up by 5 to 20 cents

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks, the company said.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Search for 3 missing after capsize resumes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Daria Raymore stared into the Ohio River, praying a shoe would float by, or a wallet, or some sign of the people she loved who were swallowed by the muddy, rushing water when their pontoon boat capsized.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


$1.3 million settlement in infant death

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. government will pay $1.3 million to the family of a baby who died at a Hawaii military hospital, according to a settlement announced Monday in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


NOAA: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching

HONOLULU (AP) - Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too lax

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Deaths of Maine parents, son were murder-suicide

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) - The deaths of three members of a family were a double murder followed by a suicide, state police said on Monday.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


SC Senate votes to remove flag from Capitol grounds

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


Los Angeles chief must take questions in shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief's statements and a commission's finding that the shooting wasn't justified.

July 06, 2015 | | Nation


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Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame

NEW YORK (AP) - A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Better off keeping Verizon contract plan?

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon is doing the unthinkable: Starting Thursday, the nation's largest wireless company will eliminate two-year service contracts, along with the practice ...

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER (AP) - The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make ...

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus ...

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have ...

August 10, 2015 | | Nation


35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation


Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation


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