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Civilian workers at some prisons get pepper spray

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The federal prison system has begun supplying pepper spray canisters to cooks, counselors and other civilian workers at some of its most violent institutions, yielding to efforts following a 2013 fatal attack by an inmate on an unarmed Pennsylvania prison guard.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Stepdad investigated for comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mindfulness helps teens cope stress, anxiety

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and meditation pillows. They fall silent after the teacher taps a Tibetan "singing bowl."

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


W. Virginia gunman angry over ex’s trysts

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - The owner of a towing company who had ongoing beefs in his personal and professional life went on a shooting rampage, carrying out his grudges by killing his ex-girlfriend and two men she had been romantically involved with, as well as the owner of a rival tow truck company.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City mayor wants to spend $130 million over four years to overhaul how the nation's most populous city deals with mentally ill and drug-addicted suspects, diverting many to treatment instead of the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Security experts doubt North Korea hacked into Sony

Some cybersecurity experts say it is unlikely North Korea was behind the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures' computers and possibly leaked unreleased movies online.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


In emails, Jobs determined to keep iPod Apple-only

OAKLAND (AP) - Legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs had seven words for a subordinate when he learned that a rival company was about to introduce a program that would let music fans buy songs anywhere and play them on Apple's iPod devices.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer's disease showed promise.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Hershey explores removal of corn syrup

NEW YORK (AP) - Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Obama wants more police wearing body cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to see more police wearing cameras to record events like the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, but is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide the type of military-style equipment used to dispel the resulting racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

WASHINGTON (AP) - The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Supreme Court asked to halt execution

HOUSTON (AP) - Attorneys who contend a condemned Texas inmate set to die this week is too delusional for execution asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to halt his lethal injection and determine whether mentally ill people should be exempt from the death penalty because it is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


Magnitude-4.7 quake shakes Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona - a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm.

December 02, 2014 | | Nation


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A look at 5 common Social Security myths

I probably could write a column called "The Top 100 Social Security Myths." But that would fill up half of the website you are looking ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Court nixes class action suit over TGIF’s drink prices

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A lawsuit that began over a $1.59 discrepancy for a drink at TGI Friday's cannot proceed as a class ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


For first time, drone delivers package to residential area

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Household spending, home building fuel modest US growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Baby seal found 4 miles from water

FREMONT (AP) - Authorities say a baby seal made it 4 miles from the water to the front yard of a home in the San Francisco ...

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Manteca educator Dunbar is Woman of the Year

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, honored Manteca educator Tammy Brecht Dunbar as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the 12th Assembly District.

March 25, 2016 | | Nation


Employers fight rule for more transgender rights

WASHINGTON (AP) - Big companies are pushing back against proposed federal rules they say would require their medical plans to cover gender transition and other services ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


Google helps offer vastly faster Internet in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) - Google is opening a cutting-edge online technology center at the studio of one of Cuba's most famous artists, offering free Internet at ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


FDA adds boldest warning to most widely used painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely prescribed painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to stem ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


Site offers concert experience to those outside the arena

NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Springsteen's generous gesture to snowbound followers this winter was the first time many music fans became aware of Nugs.net ...

March 22, 2016 | | Nation


Trump offers foreign policy details

WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting doubts about the depth of his knowledge of world affairs, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump delivered a sober speech to a pro-Israel ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Teen killed in ‘game’ involving bow-and-arrow

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy was killed when he was struck in the head while playing a game of "dodging arrows" at a ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Austin police to fire officer who fatally shot nude teen

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked 17-year-old last month will be fired, Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Monday.

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Police: Boy playing with gun Shoots friend, 13, in the face

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy was charged Monday with killing a 13-year-old boy after shooting him in the face while they were playing ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


Man arrested for punching protester is Air Force member

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A man captured on video kicking and punching an anti-Donald Trump protester at the presidential candidate's rally in Tucson on Saturday ...

March 21, 2016 | | Nation


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