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Using smartphone microscope to detect parasites in blood

BERKELEY (AP) - Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites - by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.

May 06, 2015 | | Nation


Body of student trying to sell car on Craigslist is found

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in two states on Wednesday were investigating the slaying of a 19-year-old Illinois college student who went missing while trying to sell his sports car on Craigslist.

May 06, 2015 | | Nation


Gay, bisexual kids bullied more & at early age

NEW YORK (AP) - Gay and bisexual kids are more likely to be bullied as they're growing up - even at an early age, according to the first large U.S. study to look at the problem.

May 06, 2015 | | Nation


Tesla beats Wall Street forecasts

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors delivered a quarterly record of 10,045 cars in the first quarter, helping it beat Wall Street's expectations despite costly investments in new products and factory capacity and the impact of the strong dollar.

May 06, 2015 | | Nation


The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig's driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the steering wheel, no feet on the pedals.

May 06, 2015 | | Nation


Senate adopts budget targeting ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama's health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


Huckabee opens 2016 presidential bid

HOPE, Ark. (AP) - Mike Huckabee declared his presidential candidacy Tuesday, counting on his brand of conservative populism to make his second White House bid more successful than his first. In 2008, he captivated evangelical Republicans but couldn't build wide enough support to win the Republican nomination.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


Battle brewing over $14M Blackbeard ‘treasure’

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Nearly 300 years after the pirate Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel - but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and contract violations.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


Fake skeletons in underwater lawn chairs

CIENEGA SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) - A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border was terrified - and later embarrassed - when he came across two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs about 40 feet underwater.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


Panera push to banish artificial ingredients

NEW YORK (AP) - Panera Bread is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding fuel to the debate over whether that improves food quality or is just a marketing tool.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


Sensors keep eye on aging parents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


IRS issues $5.6B in bogus ed credits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year - more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

May 05, 2015 | | Nation


Obama: ‘There are consequences to indifference’

NEW YORK (AP) - In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness."

May 04, 2015 | | Nation


Utah man killed in carjacking attempt had prior convictions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An unarmed man fatally shot during an attempted carjacking outside a Utah grocery store over the weekend had prior convictions for robbery and assault and was already being sought by police when a bystander shot him, police said Monday.

May 04, 2015 | | Nation


GOP field grows: Longshots Fiorina, Carson launch their presidential bids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the rapidly expanding 2016 Republican presidential class on Monday, casting themselves as political outsiders in underdog campaigns, eager to challenge the elite of both parties.

May 04, 2015 | | Nation


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Californians cut water use 13.5%

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers released Tuesday.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Fitbit says it now expects its IPO to raise about $450M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, which filed for an initial public offering last month, said Tuesday that it now expects the offering to raise about $450 million.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


IRS irks casinos with pitch to cut jackpot tax threshold

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The IRS says a $600 slot machine or bingo jackpot might get its attention in the future, and the prospect has riled gamblers and the casino industry.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Next up for Wal-Mart pay raises: 100,000 plus department managers

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is raising starting wages for more than 100,000 U.S. department managers and workers in its deli and other specialized departments.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


California to use satellites to eye unplanted fields

SACRAMENTO (AP) - State water officials say they will use satellite surveillance from high above farms in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as one way of confirming that fields have been left fallow under voluntary conservation agreements with farmers.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


17-foot sea creature found off Catalina Island

SANTA CATALINA. (AP) - Santa Catalina Island harbor patrol has found the carcass of a 17-foot-long sea serpent - a rarely-seen oarfish.

June 02, 2015 | | Nation


Bruce Jenner completes transition to Caitlyn

NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Jenner's transition is complete.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Series of quakes strikes off Northwest coast; no tsunamis

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Five earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, but they weren't strong enough to generate tsunamis, scientists said.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


High court throws out conviction for threats

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Man ousted by curling club sues in court

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man who is protesting his dismissal from North Dakota curling club has won the right to take his case into overtime.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Shatner to travel across US on three- wheeled motorcycle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - William Shatner will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• Boy, 17, impersonates FBI agent, test drives car, crashes it: YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old southeastern Michigan boy pretended to be an FBI agent and got a car dealer to let him test drive a Dodge Charger, then crashed the muscle car in northwestern Ohio, authorities say.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Pool industry touts water savings

ORANGE . (AP) - The California swimming pool and spa industry has launched a campaign to market itself as a drought-friendly landscaping option as the state enters a fourth summer of drought that has residential pools and other conspicuous water users in the crosshairs.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


John Kerry breaks leg in bicycle crash

GENEVA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday after striking a curb and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group. He planned to return to the United States on Monday.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in US Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session.

June 01, 2015 | | Nation


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