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SAN FRANCISCO MOVES TO PROVIDE GREEN POWER: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supervisors have given initial approval to a five-year deal with Shell Energy North America that gives San Francisco residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


Bakersfield hockey team mocks opposing Stockton’s bankruptcy

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A hockey game promotion poking fun at America's largest bankrupt city has caused a tiff between fans in the San Joaquin Valley.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


Obama boosted by upbeat housing reports, new polls in bid for 2nd term

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh signs of a national housing rebound and growing support in public opinion polls boosted President Barack Obama's bid for a new term in the White House on Wednesday as Republican rival Mitt Romney struggled to quell his video controversy.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


FBI asked to keep data on anti-Sikh hate crimes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The son of a massacre victim at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to begin collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


SD prison tobacco ban curbs religion rights

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the South Dakota prison system's ban on tobacco in religious ceremonies substantially burdens Native American inmates' religious rights.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


209 News

MODESTO OFFICIALS VOTE TO STOP WATER DEAL WITH SF: MODESTO (AP) - Modesto water officials are no longer negotiating with San Francisco to sell Tuolumne River water to the coastal city.

September 19, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

EGYPT TO TRY 7 COPTS, US PASTOR OVER PROPHET FILM: CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's general prosecutor issued arrest warrants Tuesday for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Feds: NC sheriff and deputies targeted Latinos

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


18 immigrants sue US over entry program denials after investing $1M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - LOS ANGELES - Eighteen immigrants are suing the federal government, alleging they were wrongly denied entry into a program that grants legal residency to foreign entrepreneurs.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Jury hears LA-area chef say on tape he cooked wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles-area chef on trial for his wife's murder told sheriff's investigators that they couldn't find his wife's body because he had slow-cooked it for days in boiling water until little was left but her skull.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a spiteful stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation's public schools.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Republicans: Bad gets worse for Romney over flap about American’s dependency

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bad stretch for Mitt Romney just got worse, and Republican insiders now are growing increasingly pessimistic about the GOP presidential nominee's chances of winning the White House.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


More than half in 39 states will be obese

NEW YORK (AP) - We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse?

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Half avoid taxes in United States, get federal help but many not poor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney got the math about right when he said 47 percent of Americans pay no incomes taxes and are "dependent on government" for support. But he blurred together half or more of the entire country with his comment, from the neediest Americans to some of the richest.

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


Romney tells donors nearly half of Americans ‘believe they are victims’

WASHINGTON (AP) - Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support. He added that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people."

September 18, 2012 | | Nation


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Review of deportations has risks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's new promise to seek ways to ease his administration's rate of deportations aims to mollify angry immigrant advocates but carries risks for a White House that has insisted it has little recourse.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Campaign to save dog in mauling

PHOENIX (AP) - A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Woman, no longer a fugitive, is set free

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fugitive charges were dropped against a 60-year-old woman who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 after authorities discovered she had surrendered decades ago and already been sentenced to time served.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


General’s deal drops sex assault charge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Defense attorneys said Sunday that the Army will drop sexual assault charges against a general under a plea deal that marks the end of a closely watched case that unfolded as the military grapples with sex crimes within the ranks.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Leading California GOP candidates are contrast in style as well as form

BURLINGAME (AP) - A conservative state assemblyman and gun rights enthusiast was the crowd favorite among the party faithful on Sunday as the Republican candidates seeking to challenge Gov. Jerry Brown for the governorship addressed delegates at the state party's convention in the San Francisco Bay Area and promised to get the government out of their way.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Final words came after systems shutdown

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - When someone at the controls calmly said the last words heard from the missing Malaysian jetliner, one of the Boeing 777's communications systems had already been disabled, authorities said Sunday, adding to suspicions that one or both of the pilots were involved in the disappearance of the flight.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Egypt crackdown brings most arrests in decades

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country's biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny cells.

March 16, 2014 | | Nation


Barnes & Noble to discontinue Windows Nook app

NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble will stop offering a stand-alone Nook app for Windows and instead deliver Nook media to Microsoft's Consumer Reader app.

March 14, 2014 | | Nation


FDIC sues 16 big banks that set key rate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has sued 16 big banks that set a key global interest rate, accusing them of fraud and conspiring to keep the rate low to enrich themselves.

March 14, 2014 | | Nation


Animal advocates sue to stop bull runs in California

RIVERSIDE, (AP) - Animal rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit to stop running-of-the-bulls events planned for cities in northern and southern California this summer.

March 14, 2014 | | Nation


Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

NEW YORK (AP) - Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story.

March 14, 2014 | | Nation


Insulation: The big key to drafts & cutting utility bills

Whether it's the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically.

March 14, 2014 | | Nation


Zuckerberg voices frustration with Obama over NSA

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


McDonald’s hit by worker pay lawsuits

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.

March 13, 2014 | | Nation


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