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Taco Bell to launch Cool Ranch tacos on March 7

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell fans can finally mark their calendars: Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch flavor will be launched March 7.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

NEW YORK (AP) - About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Minimum wage plan renews economic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. Ten states make similar cost-of-living adjustments, including Washington state, where workers earn at least $9.19 an hour, the highest minimum in the country.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Calif. man killed NJ man for laughing at sandwich

TORRANCE (AP) - A Southern California man has been convicted of killing a New Jersey businessman who laughed at him when pastrami fell out of his sandwich at a doughnut shop.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Serial killer wrongly issued razor before suicide

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes was mistakenly issued a razor before he committed suicide, according to a report released Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Corrections that also said "it appears that razor was not retrieved."

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent automatic budget cuts from happening

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PILOT OF SMALL PLANE DEAD AFTER PLANE LOSES WING: WINTERS . (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Hackers use alert system for zombie warnings

DETROIT (AP) - Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation's public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Grad student sues Leigh University, says C-plus cost her $1.3 million

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - Talk about grade inflation.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


3 arrested in NJ videotaped stripping, whipping of man

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The haunting video, shot on a hot summer night, starts with a young man being ordered to strip naked as he is berated by a group around him.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Seattle barista fired over snarky blog

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle barista says it was all satire, but his anonymous blog that made snarky comments about his boss and the customers he didn't like got him fired.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: GOP should back his plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Study questions kidney cancer treatment in elderly

ATLANTA (AP) - In a stunning example of when treatment might be worse than the disease, a large review of Medicare records finds that older people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years if doctors monitored them instead of operating right away.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

HACKER WARNS OF ZOMBIES ON 2 MICH. TV BROADCASTS: MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - No, zombies aren't attacking northern Michigan.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems, GOP clash over need for new gun curbs during latest hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The toll of gun violence and the widespread disgust it has generated makes it time for new federal gun curbs that balance public safety with gun rights, Democrats said Tuesday at the Senate's latest hearing on restricting firearms.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


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Verizon slices up bundle, customers cam choose

NEW YORK (AP) - Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies is becoming a bit more flexible.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Barbie shows signs of life

NEW YORK (AP) - Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

April 17, 2015 | | Nation


Car accident starts events that leave 4 dead

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road - right into the path of an oncoming van.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


Prosecutors: NY office worker posed as dentist, pulled teeth

NEW YORK (AP) - An office manager was arraigned Thursday on charges she posed as a dentist when the real dentist was away and seriously injured patients after pulling their teeth, performing root canals on them and injecting their mouths, prosecutors said.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


SEC questions LA Unified on use of bonds for iPad project

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently questioned Los Angeles Unified School District officials as part of informal inquiry into whether they properly used bond funds for a beleaguered $1.3 billion project to provide an iPad for every student.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


Louisiana deputy shot while directing traffic near school

LULING, La. (AP) - In what authorities call an apparent ambush by an angry motorist, a south Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot three times Thursday, sustaining injuries to his eye and chest in a gunfight that broke out at a school traffic zone.

April 16, 2015 | | Nation


California vaccine revision bill stalls

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A California vaccination bill that has generated intense debates pitting personal rights against public health stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, with lawmakers saying it could deprive unvaccinated children of an adequate education by barring them from schools.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Snow falls behind in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Snow pack is well below normal, but close watchers of water, weather and fire in Colorado are heartened by healthy reservoir levels and short- and long-term forecasts of precipitation.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Girl Scout troop starts at gay pride center

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


School for strippers might have kept going, if not for noise

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion on Florida's Gulf Coast might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


ORGANIC SALES GROW

WASHINGTON (AP) - The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Netflix enthralls viewers in 1Q with original programming

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as "House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Seattle CEO to cut his pay so every worker earns $70,000

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle CEO who announced that he's giving himself a drastic pay cut to help cover the cost of big raises for his employees didn't just make those workers happy.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


Critical fish species have rebounded

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Several fish stocks from Maine to Florida are rebounding and are no longer subject to overfishing, federal regulators said Thursday.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


LA rally calls for higher fast-food wages

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Demonstrators filled a major street outside a Los Angeles McDonald's restaurant on Wednesday to protest low wages for fast-food workers.

April 15, 2015 | | Nation


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