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$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Great white shark numbers surging

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline - bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this summer.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


California, Amtrak end joint train bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and lure advanced train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Hiker, ‘guru of trails’ missing on Mount Rainier

SEATTLE (AP) - Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday while she researched a story.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Report: Apple smartwatch to come this fall

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Governor signs $108 billion budget

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Panel OKs 2 percent raise for California lawmakers, officials

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens' commission on Friday cited California's improving economy as it approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Californians warned of perilous peak fire season due to drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the first day of summer Saturday and the Fourth of July coming up, Southern California officials are warning residents to prepare for what's expected to be one of the most dangerous fire seasons the state has seen in years.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Berkeley pursues gas-pump warning labels

BERKELEY (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Market pushes toward milestones

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is back to setting records.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Starbucks hiking prices on drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Congresswoman proposes e-cigarette rules

SAN MATEO (AP) - A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Modern Family’ dad headlines gay marriage event in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the season finale of the ABC hit 'Modern Family,' actor Ty Burrell's character ends up officiating at the wedding of the show's comical gay couple.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


School leader calls welfare folks ‘lazy pigs’

PHOENIX (AP) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has confirmed he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as "lazy pigs" and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Obama sending military advisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


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Maine wholesaler acquires rare four-clawed lobster

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland seafood wholesaler has acquired a lobster that will never see the dinner table despite having double the usual amount of ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Trump rivals fight on, but politely

MIAMI (AP) - Abandoning the nasty insults of past debates, Donald Trump and his Republican rivals turned Thursday night's presidential face-off into a mostly respectful ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Donald Trump rally attendee charged with hitting black man

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A white Donald Trump rally attendee was charged with assault Thursday after he was caught on video hitting a black man ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


First lady’s death stirs memories of Reagan era

SIMI VALLEY . (AP) - They came to mourn the stylish, influential first lady and celebrate an era.

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Gunmen, 1 with rifle, worked as team to kill 6 at cookout

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two gunmen working as a team fatally shot five people including a pregnant woman and critically wounded two others at a backyard ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Ford makes police car doors that stop armor-piercing bullets

DETROIT (AP) - It's a first for police cars: Doors that can protect against armor-piercing bullets.

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


How do you track sex offenders? New York county hires ex-cops

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) - The "registry verification representatives" wear street clothes and travel in nondescript Toyota sedans. They work in pairs, knocking on doors at ...

March 11, 2016 | | Nation


Trump, Clinton pile up wins

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to victory in the Mississippi and Michigan presidential primaries Tuesday, deepening his grip on the GOP nominating ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Mayor plans to cross Florida Straits on makeshift raft

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida mayor says he's determined to return home from a visit to Cuba alone in a makeshift raft, despite warnings against ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Trump’s proposed wall along border faces great hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump promises to build a great wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it, but ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Denver joins list of USA cities struggling with homeless camps

DENVER (AP) - People camping near Denver's homeless shelters packed up their belongings Tuesday before city workers started removing bags, tarps, shopping carts and other ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


In small SC county, shamed sheriff asks for second chance

SALUDA, S.C. (AP) - A sheriff who resigned after using an inmate to build a party shed at his home is asking voters in Saluda ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Would-be robber tries to stick up cab with deputy behind him

READING, Pa. (AP) - A would-be robber in Pennsylvania had some pretty poor timing when he pulled a gun on his taxi driver with a sheriff ...

March 08, 2016 | | Nation


Combat rifle shortage for SEALs?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tip of the spear may be losing its edge.

March 07, 2016 | | Nation


Republican establishment fears loss of standing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican leaders in Washington have spent years casting tea party allies and hardliners in Congress as merely a restive minority, a fringe element ...

March 07, 2016 | | Nation


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