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US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Blackface performer planning fundraiser for 6 indicted officers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher: Health issues led to student sex

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' aggressive behavior, her lawyer said.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Man pleads not guilty to recording fatal accident scene

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who posted a cellphone video of a grisly car crash that killed one teenage boy and critically injured another pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Court hearing set for inmate seeking abortion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Black official ‘overwhelmed’ by response

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Manteca Kaiser among top hospitals

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Manteca and Modesto were ranked 40th best in California for one or more specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual report on hospitals that excel in treating the most complex cases.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Diet Coke sales slim down more

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says sales of Diet Coke are still sliding as people continue gravitating toward foods they feel are fresh.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Fueled by heat-seeking Americans, Korean cuisine is now hot item

NEW YORK (AP) - When chef Hooni Kim opened his Korean-inspired restaurant Danji in New York City nearly five years ago, he made sure to couch the cuisine's bold, funky flavors in familiar items: sliders filled with the marinated beef called "bulgogi," for example, and chicken wings glazed with garlic, honey and sesame seeds.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Ikea warns of risks with 27M dressers

NEW YORK (AP) - A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture - 27 million chests and dressers - away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Strong iPhone sales; Apple stock down 6% regardless

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple's much-vaunted smartwatch may not be selling as fast as Wall Street expected.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Microsoft books $8.4B write-down on phones in 4Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft booked an $8.4 billion charge in the fourth quarter, swallowing a bitter pill by writing off the Nokia phone business it bought just over a year ago. It narrowly beat analysts' depressed expectations for a quarter that also saw a steep decline in personal computer sales even as it prepares to launch its latest operating system, Windows 10.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Yahoo suffers quarterly loss

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is still limping along as the Internet company prepares to shed the financial crutch that has been propping up its stock during the three-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


FCC chairman backs AT&T-DirecTV deal

NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


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After 7 hurt in Oklahoma tornado, stormy weather slams South

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Thunderstorms rumbled across parts of the South on Thursday, bringing the threat of possible tornadoes, a day after at least seven people ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Judge blocks Mississippi ban on adoption by same-sex couples

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge Thursday overturned Mississippi's ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


S. Dakota charges former official in immigration scandal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota on Thursday charged the former official who ran an investment-for-visa program with five felony counts including that he ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Exploration of underwater New Mexico cave turns deadly

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March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Exploration of underwater New Mexico cave turns deadly

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March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Drug maker reconsidering $20 million North Carolina factory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor met Thursday with gay-rights advocates bearing a letter signed by more than 100 corporate executives urging him ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Beyonce launches active wear line for women

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Moody's credit rating agency has changed the outlook for Mexico's debt rating to negative from stable, citing low oil prices ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

NEW YORK (AP) - Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December.

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio regulators OK 2 deals that subsidize older power plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Regulators in Ohio approved two closely watched energy deals on Thursday allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Trump stumbling in Wisconsin as forces coalesce against him

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Next Tuesday's Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump's march to ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

NEW YORK (AP) - Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December.

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Police recommend charge against girl at rally

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Investigators said Thursday that they're recommending a disorderly conduct charge be filed against a 15-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed after she ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Beyonce launches active wear line for women

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Moody's credit rating agency has changed the outlook for Mexico's debt rating to negative from stable, citing low oil prices ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


California lawmakers OK highest statewide minimum wage

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

NEW YORK (AP) - Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December.

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


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