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Spy plane disrupts air safety system

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

May 05, 2014 | | Nation


Oklahomans survey wildfire damage; 1 dead

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) - Residents in an Oklahoma community where a wildfire killed one person, burned thousands of acres and destroyed at least six homes returned to survey the damage Monday as firefighters continued to battle the stubborn blaze.

May 05, 2014 | | Nation


Woman stranded after crash will lose feet

DENVER (AP) - Kristin Hopkins wrote pleas for help on a red-and-white umbrella that she managed to push through a broken window of her crashed car and open, hoping to attract the attention of drivers on a scenic highway above.

May 05, 2014 | | Nation


Clip suspected in circus accident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Investigators suspect that a snapped clip sent eight aerial acrobats plummeting 20 feet or more during a daring act in which performers dangle from their hair. One injured performer told her father she didn't notice anything amiss before her "plunge into darkness."

May 05, 2014 | | Nation


Man freed in delayed imprisonment case

CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) - Cornealious "Mike" Anderson spent 13 years free from prison due to a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again - this time with no need to look over his shoulder.

May 05, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• DALLAS COP INDICTED FOR SHOOTING MENTALLY ILL MAN: DALLAS (AP) - Two Dallas police officers have been indicted in the last two weeks for shooting and wounding residents in incidents where the initial police accounts were later contradicted by video.

May 05, 2014 | | Nation


Top-two primary alters state’s political landscape

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Rep. Gary Miller announced in February he would retire from Congress, it was hardly a surprise. The surprise was that Miller was a member of Congress.

May 04, 2014 | | Nation


Teachers nowhere as diverse as their students

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

May 04, 2014 | | Nation


Powerade drops controversial ingredient

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

May 04, 2014 | | Nation


‘Young’ blood rejuvenates aging mice

NEW YORK (AP) - If Mickey Mouse is feeling his age at 86, scientists may have found just the tonic: the blood of younger mice.

May 04, 2014 | | Nation


Acrobats fall during circus stunt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A support frame collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.

May 04, 2014 | | Nation


NM taking aim at drone use in hunting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is in line to become the next state to take aim at the use of drones for hunting big game animals.

May 02, 2014 | | Nation


Economy bounces back from brutal winter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American economy shrugged off the end of a brutal winter last month, rebounding with the biggest hiring surge in two years and suggesting that the job market's gains could endure.

May 02, 2014 | | Nation


St. Louis trial highlights gender bias in pay

ST. LOUIS (AP) - From male-only corporate jets to guys' golf outings and hunting trips, Francine Katz says her time in the Anheuser-Busch executive suite was rife with exclusion and outright discrimination. But it wasn't until the King of Beers' 2008 sale to Belgian brewer InBev that she says she realized the boy's club atmosphere was costing her millions.

May 02, 2014 | | Nation


GM begins talks to settle ignition switch lawsuits

DETROIT (AP) - A mediator for General Motors has begun negotiations about settling more than 300 claims related to a deadly ignition switch problem in some older model small cars.

May 02, 2014 | | Nation


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Local cyberbullying law invalid

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that a local cyberbullying law is overbroad and violates Constitutional free speech protections, noting that "the First Amendment protects annoying and embarrassing speech."

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


12 injured after Philly food truck explosion

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A food truck exploded in north Philadelphia Tuesday, injuring 12 people including three who suffered serious burns, police said.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Truckers duped in doctor impersonation

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California truck driver pulled into the Blue Beacon Truck Wash in central Pennsylvania and spotted an advertisement for low-cost health exams for truckers. Needing one for his commercial driver's license, he called the number on the sign and was picked up by a woman in an old Ford Tempo.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-New Mexico governor is pot firm CEO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Recalls raise questions about ignition switches

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors issued a new round of recalls for faulty ignition switches this week, but the company says the problem is different than the ignition switch defect that sparked recalls in February. At the same time, Chrysler is recalling vehicles for a similar ignition switch defect.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Burger King sells ‘Proud Whopper’ in San Francisco

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is celebrating gay pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Graco gives in, recalling infant car seats

DETROIT (AP) - Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Auto sales surprise with strength in June

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. auto sales grew at the fastest pace in eight years in June, surprising the industry and setting it up for a strong second half of the year.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Regulators: T-Mobile doing bogus billing

WASHINGTON (AP) - T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged Tuesday in the first lawsuit of its kind against a wireless provider.

July 01, 2014 | | Nation


Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican "year of obstruction" for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Religious rights trump birth control rule

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Police plan to charge gun vendor

ORANGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police intend to charge a gun show vendor who accidentally shot a woman while demonstrating a concealed carry wallet holster.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Man critically injures ref at soccer game

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area soccer player faces a felony assault charge for allegedly punching a referee during an adult-league match, critically injuring the ref.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Clash over beach contamination warnings

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state officials in the Great Lakes region and along the ocean coasts who say the revisions could unnecessarily scare away swimmers.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


Bat maker not liable for pitcher’s injuries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

June 30, 2014 | | Nation


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