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Microsoft, NBC dissolve MSNBC.com joint net news venture

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Woman sues Justin Bieber, says concert harmed her hearing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman has filed a $9.2 million lawsuit against pop star Justin Bieber, alleging she suffered permanent hearing loss at his Portland concert two years ago.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


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ALASKA TOWN: FELINE MAYOR IS THE CAT'S PAJAMAS: TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) - The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Weather stops tandem lawn chair balloon flight

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Hours into their lawn-chair balloon flight, two men made a hard landing after they were hit by hail and snow as thunderstorms swept into central Oregon. But their back-yard aircraft floated away.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Obama says no apology to Romney over Bain attacks

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) - Mitt Romney's campaign said Sunday that President Barack Obama is willing to say anything to win a second term and should say he's sorry for attacks on the Republican's successful career at a private equity firm. "No, we will not apologize," the president responded, adding that if Romney wants credit for his business leadership, he also needs to take responsibility.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Space workers struggle a year after last shuttle costs them their jobs

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A year after NASA ended the three-decade-long U.S. space shuttle program, thousands of formerly well-paid engineers and other workers around the Kennedy Space Center are still struggling to find jobs to replace the careers that flourished when shuttles blasted off from the Florida "Space Coast."

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Governors put off health care questions until after election

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Millions of uninsured people may have to wait until after Election Day to find out if and how they can get coverage through President Barack Obama's health care law.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Idaho farm hosts 'weed dating' for singles

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - For one night a year, a neighborhood farm in northwest Boise turns into a respite for singles who are tired of the same old dating scene.

July 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

SAN FERNANDO COUNCILWOMAN CHARGED IN BEATING OF EX: SAN FERNANDO (AP) - A San Fernando councilwoman has been charged with destroying a laptop computer and picture frame in a fight with a fellow councilman who resigned after their scandalous affair and an ugly breakup that resulted in mutual restraining orders.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


Panel calls for annual PTSD screening

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Institute of Medicine recommended Friday that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan undergo annual screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


Four drug tunnels found along United States’Mexico border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Three sophisticated drug tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation - including one with a railcar system - have been discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border in less than a week, the latest signs that cartels are building passages to escape heightened detection above ground.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


DC chief: Reports differ on officer's 'threats'

WASHINGTON (AP) - If your job is protecting the first lady's motorcade, mouthing off about the boss can lead to more than a citation in a personnel file.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


NRA finds some GOP lawmakers resistant to gun laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Threats, denunciations and verbal potshots between the National Rifle Association and the leaders of the Legislature were common in the decades that Democrats ran the show in the Tennessee Capitol. Turns out Republicans are just as good at running afoul of the powerful gun rights group.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


Judge upholds child support in Russian adoption

LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee woman who ended her adoption of a 7-year-old Russian boy by putting him on a plane to Moscow by himself lost her bid Friday to keep from paying $150,000 in child support.

July 13, 2012 | | Nation


Senate rejects Dem, GOP business tax cut proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate on Thursday rejected rival Democratic and Republican plans for cutting taxes on businesses, with both parties refusing to yield ground in their election-year struggle over how best to spark the economy.

July 12, 2012 | | Nation


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Giuliani to defend video game firm vs. ex-dictator

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will defend Activision in court against a lawsuit filed by disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega over the "Call of Duty" franchise, the video game maker said Thursday.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Cuban migration to US surges

HAVANA (AP) - The number of Cubans heading to the United States has increased dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, eliminating a costly exit visa and making it easier for emigrants to return, new U.S. government figures show.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Newlyweds die in apparent murder-suicide

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana couple was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide only hours after they were married, authorities say.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Mexico’s junk food taxes hit Pepsi, Coke bottom lines

NEW YORK (AP) - No wonder Coke and Pepsi are spending millions of dollars to fight proposed taxes on sugary drinks in California.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


Dairy Queen latest to suffer customer card data hacking

NEW YORK (AP) - Ice cream and fast food chain Dairy Queen is the latest retailer to reveal a hack of its customer data.

October 09, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T to pay $105M for bogus phone charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T wireless customers may want to take a closer look at their old phone bills because they may have money coming back to them.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Sen. Wyden: NSA tech spying hurts economy & Silicon Valley

PALO ALTO (AP) - Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are undercutting the Internet economy and want Congress to step up stalled reform.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


EPA says new vehicle mileage hits record 24.1 mpg, gains slow

DETROIT (AP) - Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slowing.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Step toward artificial hand with touch sense

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel: Implanted electrodes allowed some amputees to tell by touch how gently to grasp, letting them pluck fruit without crushing it.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Police mistake black teen for home burglar

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) - Police mistook a black teenager for a burglar and pepper-sprayed him inside the home of his white foster parents.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Tesla factory may add 35,000 more residents

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada will have nearly 35,000 more residents in the year 2032 than it would have if the state hadn't landed the Tesla Motors battery factory and another out-of-state business, according to new projections released Wednesday.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Hacking danger for small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) - It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Man says he poured vodka into disabled teen’s IV to calm him

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A man told police he poured vodka into the IV feeding tube of his girlfriend's disabled 13-year-old son to settle him down, a dose of alcohol that contributed to his death, according to court documents released Wednesday.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona storms bring mosquito infestation

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's barrage of rain storms in recent months has created an unlikely pest infestation for the desert region: mosquitoes.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


Players suspended over duct-taped player

NATRONA HEIGHTS, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania high school soccer coach and two players have been suspended for at least five days after an autistic teammate told police the two teens duct-taped him to a goalpost.

October 08, 2014 | | Nation


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