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Half of US counties now considered disaster areas due to ongoing drought

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


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POLITICS

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


Budget-and-tax impasse threatens economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training.

August 01, 2012 | | Nation


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CRIME

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Modesto housing recovery underway: Prices rose in all major US cities in May

WASHINGTON (AP) - Home prices rose in May from April in every city tracked by a leading index, a sign that increasing sales and tight inventories are supporting a modest housing recovery.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


NY couple, 85, to remarry 48 years after their divorce

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - They got hitched while still in their teens, divorced 20 years and four children later, and are getting remarried after nearly a half-century apart.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Justice Dept: Fast & Furious report distorted

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers are engaging in distortions by asserting that Operation Fast and Furious arose from a strategy created by the Obama administration.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Is your problem gluten? Or faddish eating?

ATLANTA (AP) - It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.

July 31, 2012 | | Nation


Illegal immigrants offered college courses, status aside at UCLA campus

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As some states make it tougher for illegal immigrants to attend college, a new program is pledging to do the opposite.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Dems move to formally back gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Suspect charges: Murder, attempted murder

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - James Holmes appeared just as dazed as he did in his first court hearing after the deadly Colorado movie theater massacre.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Obama could be descended from African slave

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A team of genealogists has found evidence that President Barack Obama could be a descendent of an African slave - but not through the lineage of his black father, the most likely route researchers had followed and exhausted.

July 30, 2012 | | Nation


Beach booze bans spreading across US

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Sitting in the sun, watching the waves roll in and popping the top on a cold one would seem to be as much a part of the American summer as hot dogs and cookouts.

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


Couple says racism forced wedding relocation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


Colo. theater lacked security, unlike some peers

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre this month didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

July 29, 2012 | | Nation


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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


Woman wanted Starbucks discs, settles for $250

OKEMOS, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman who wanted homebrewed Starbucks coffee - described by her attorney as "gold" - will accept $250 to end a lawsuit over the company's decision to stop making discs for a specific single-serve machine.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Startup to ‘Poynt’ in new direction

PALO ALTO (AP) - A Silicon Valley startup is hoping an upcoming transition to smarter credit and debit cards will persuade millions of U.S. merchants to buy savvier payment terminals for their stores, too.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


Shutterfly beats 3Q profit forecasts

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Shutterfly Inc. (SFLY) on Wednesday reported a loss of $46.2 million in its third quarter.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


UPS predicts 11% hike in December packages

ATLANTA (AP) - UPS expects to deliver more than 34 million packages on the busiest day of the holiday season, double the amount on a normal day.

October 29, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T misled customers over unlimited data

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company - slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


G&E tops Street forecasts, earns $811 million in 3Q

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PCG) on Tuesday reported net income of $811 million in its third quarter.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


AutoNation halts sales of cars part of air bag recalls

DETROIT (AP) - The head of the nation's biggest car dealership chain says it won't sell used cars being recalled for exploding air bags due to conflicting advice from automakers and lack of direction from the government.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


Calif. AG: 18.5 million residents’ info exposed from data breaches

LAGUNA BEACH (AP) - Personal information about more than 18.5 million Californians was hacked, stolen or otherwise exposed last year and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday in a new report on data breaches in the nation's biggest state.

October 28, 2014 | | Nation


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