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Deaths show DuPont has ‘failed’ safety program

A PORTE, Texas (AP) - U.S. regulators on Thursday took DuPont to task for a massive gas leak last year that killed four workers at a plant in Texas, placing the chemical company in its "severe violator enforcement program" and saying the accident shows it has a "failed safety program."

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Plea by Jefferson Davis descendant spurs flag vote

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An impassioned plea by a descendant of the Confederate president seemed to swing momentum as South Carolina legislators debated whether to remove the rebel battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Tom Selleck, water district reach tentative settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Selleck reached a tentative settlement Thursday in a lawsuit that claims he stole truckloads of water from a public hydrant and took it to his ranch in drought-stricken California.

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Man, grandson die on hike; boy likely was going for help

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) - A man and his 12-year-old grandson were found dead several miles apart along a desert trail after they went hiking in central Arizona, and the boy likely died while going for help, authorities said.

July 09, 2015 | | Nation


Plane collision marks 2nd fatal tragedy for family in a week

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - A collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son was the second fatal tragedy to strike their family in just four days, a relative told The Associated Press.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Confederate flag debate wears on as GOP mounts opposition

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A group of Republicans mounted opposition Wednesday to immediately removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds as the South Carolina House opened debate, but at each turn, they were beaten back by a slightly larger, bipartisan group of legislators who believe there must be no delay.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Mayor fires police commissioner amid homicide rise

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor fired the troubled city's police commissioner Wednesday, saying that a recent spike in homicides in the weeks after an unarmed black man died of injuries in police custody required a change in leadership.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


3 indicted in Las Vegas investment fraud case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities in the U.S. are seeking the arrest of the chief executive of a Las Vegas investment company and two of his former Asia-based executives on an indictment alleging they headed a $1.5 billion Ponzi-style fraud scheme, officials announced Wednesday.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Pot-smoking Indianapolis church sues over marijuana laws

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Utah doctor sentenced to 15 years to life in ex-wife’s death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The oldest son of a Utah doctor smiled as he shook hands and hugged friends and family after his father was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in the killing of his ex-wife and escorted out of court in handcuffs.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


Manslaughter charges brought in fatal hayride crash in Maine

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A farm that hosted a Halloween-themed hayride and its driver were indicted Wednesday in a crash that killed a teenage girl and injured more than a dozen passengers.

July 08, 2015 | | Nation


2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


Defense expert says theater shooter was legally insane

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A second defense expert testified Tuesday that the Colorado theater shooter was so mentally ill that he couldn't tell right from wrong at the time he opened fire on a packed auditorium, killing 12 people and injuring 70.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


USDA prepares for possible return of bird flu this fall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said Tuesday it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks.

July 07, 2015 | | Nation


Judge awards nearly $230,000 to woman who got 153 robocalls

NEW YORK (AP) - It wasn't a robocall, but a federal judge left a message anyway for companies Tuesday when he awarded nearly $230,000 to a Texas woman, finding that a cable company crossed the line when it harassed her with 153 robocalls even after she complained about the wrong numbers.

July 07, 2015 | | 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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