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Improper disability claims cost $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska’s most active volcano starts erupting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations. But unlike Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, where there's been spectacular images of lava encroaching on a community and burning a home, there's no property at risk in Alaska because of the eruption of Pavlof Volcano.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft surpasses Exxon as 2nd most valuable company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vet has government letter declaring him dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he's alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Justice Department deploys planes to gather cellphone data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Southern Cal port truckers demonstrate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach staged the latest in a string of demonstrations Thursday against what they call unfair labor practices.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sales up ahead of holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


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Blue Angels jet crashes in Tenn. killing pilot

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - A Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet crashed Thursday near Nashville, Tennessee, killing the pilot just days before a weekend air show ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Officials heed warnings as early heat wave scorches the West

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Parts of the Western U.S. are getting an early taste of scorching summer heat, forcing officials in California, Oregon and desert ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


New super PAC to help Trump, this time organized by a friend

WASHINGTON (AP) - A close friend of Donald Trump has helped start a super PAC to support him, potentially giving the presumptive Republican presidential nominee his ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


GOOGLING YOURSELF

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Soon, all you'll need to do is Google yourself if you're wondering how deeply Google has been digging into your ...

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Uber raises $3.5 billion from Saudis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Uber said Wednesday it is getting a massive cash infusion from Saudi Arabia.

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Wal-Mart revives smiley face image for price marketing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart is reviving its yellow smiley image to be the face of its low-price marketing.

June 02, 2016 | | Nation


Military vet finds a mission nursing fellow vets at VA

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Nursing assistant Tom Alligood wears camouflage scrubs during his emergency room shifts at the Dorn VA hospital because he says it ...

May 30, 2016 | | Nation


Zoo director defends the killing gorilla to save boy

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Zoo's director on Monday defended the decision to kill a gorilla to protect a 4-year-old boy who entered its exhibit ...

May 30, 2016 | | Nation


Burning Man: Art group plans to haul part of jumbo jet to event

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Los Angeles-based entrepreneur is turning part of a jumbo jet into an art installation and plans to haul it to Burning ...

May 30, 2016 | | Nation


Studing century-old hobo graffiti

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anthropologist Susan Phillips had spent a career examining the graffiti that covers urban walls, bridges and freeway overpasses.

May 30, 2016 | | Nation


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