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More crews h ead to Arizona fire

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Flagstaff dramatically increased in size Wednesday as it sent up choking plumes of smoke, threatened homes and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Nest recalling 440K smoke alarms for safety

NEW YORK (AP) - Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


BNSF: Future of crude by rail depends on safety

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Wyoming mulls firing squad for executions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


EBay asks users to change password after breach

SAN JOSE (AP) - E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing customers' names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Target 1Q profit falls 16 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Committee OK s end to door-slot mail for millions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would have to go to communal or curbside boxes instead under a proposal advancing through Congress.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of honor for blocking grenade

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Feds don’t want irrigation water from Bureau used to grow pot

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn't want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Prisoner freed 90 years early to appeal sentence

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early will appeal his sentence, his attorney said Tuesday, claiming it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he started a family and reformed his life.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Actor told 911 he shot wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Teen faces life after cops find pot brownies

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Cooler weather helps crews fighting Reno wildfire

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Rain and snow falling Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada was a relief for crews trying to snuff out a wildfire on the edge of Reno. But the wet weather also brought challenges in the steep, slippery canyons northeast of Lake Tahoe that are prone to landslides.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Merriam-Webster adds da ‘Yoopers’

NEW YORK (AP) - Da "Yoopers" up dere in da U.P., Michigan's Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the company's free online database.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Reno wildfire is 5% contained; homes safe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Three helicopters dumped water on a wildfire burning on the edge of Reno on Monday as about 150 firefighters on the ground were getting the upper hand on the blaze, pushing the flames back into the rugged wilderness along the Sierra's eastern front. No homes or structures were threatened.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


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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


House GOP elects McCarthy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California capped a meteoric rise through the ranks of power on Thursday, winning election as House majority leader as Republicans shuffled their leadership in the wake of Rep. Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Presbyterians: Gay marriage is Christian

DETROIT (AP) - The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


More vets wait 30 days; some waits shorter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands more veterans than previously reported are forced to wait at least a month for medical appointments at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, according to an updated audit of 731 VA medical facilities released Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Data: iPhone ‘kill switch’ cuts thefts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


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