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Netflix’s peak Internet traffic rises

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013.

May 14, 2014 | | Nation


Latest fad: Cold-water jump challenges

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A recent fad in which people challenge their friends to jump into freezing water to raise money for charity has prompted warnings across the nation, as an increasing number of divers are reporting broken bones, blown-out knees or worse.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


ABC adds 12 new shows for fall

NEW YORK (AP) - ABC will add a new drama from "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes to its schedule in the fall, giving her ownership of Thursday night on a network that's lagging behind its competitors among advertiser-favored young adults.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


FCC revising Internet rules after backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Man bought drugs with bitcoins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida man pleaded guilty to using bitcoins to buy a massive amount of drugs via the now-shuttered Silk Road website, federal authorities said Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Nevada school shooter left 2 suicide notes

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada seventh-grader who went on a deadly schoolyard shooting rampage had images of the Columbine gunmen on his cellphone and told a therapist three days before the October attack that classmates were teasing him, authorities said Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Bill expands public safety survivor death benefit filing time

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Survivors of peace officers and firefighters will have more time to file for death benefits if they can show their spouse or partner fell victim to certain diseases while they were working, under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Governor Brown releases $108 billion spending plan

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax windfall lifted Gov. Jerry Brown's spending plan to a record level Tuesday, but the Democratic governor cautioned that the surplus is needed for higher-than-expected health care costs and an underfunded teachers' pension system.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wildfire forces 20,000 evacuations

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A wildfire roaring through Southern California forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes on Tuesday, but so far only one mobile home burned as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to the parched state.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Social Security tally: Noah, Sophia are favorite baby names

WASHINGTON (AP) - When it comes to baby names, blending in is out, and standing out is in.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Authorities told slain student looking for alcohol in garage where he died

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say a 17-year-old German foreign exchange student who was shot to death in a Missoula garage was apparently looking for an alcoholic beverage when he wandered into a partially open garage and was killed after a homeowner sprayed the garage with shotgun blasts.

May 13, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona town runs low on water

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) - In the northern Arizona city of Williams, restaurant patrons don't automatically get a glass of water anymore. Residents caught watering lawns or washing cars with potable water can be fined. Businesses are hauling water from outside town to fill swimming pools, and building permits have been put on hold because there isn't enough water to accommodate development.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Washington Monument reopens

WASHINGTON (AP) - A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washington Monument, open to the public Monday for the first time in nearly three years after an earthquake chipped and cracked the towering symbol.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Clay Aiken’s primary foe dies at his home

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - The entrepreneur who was locked in a too-close-to-call Democratic primary with former "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken died Monday, his family said.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


Second USA case of MERS reported

NEW YORK (AP) - Health officials have confirmed a second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.

May 12, 2014 | | Nation


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Drought alarms 9 in 10 Californians

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly 9 in 10 California voters are alarmed by the drought plaguing the state, but few say the rainfall shortage has had a major impact on them, according to a recent poll.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


FBI says SF bomb suspect sought toxins

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man charged with possessing explosive material at his San Francisco apartment also used an anonymous, Internet-based marketplace to try to buy biological agents and lethal toxins, the FBI said in documents unsealed Friday.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-DA’s law license suspended in sexting scandal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former state prosecutor and victims' rights advocate who tried to spark a physical relationship with a domestic abuse victim and made sexual remarks to social workers cannot practice law for four months, the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Friday.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Student pepper-sprayed, tackled gunman

SEATTLE (AP) - The man blasting away with a shotgun paused to reload, and Jon Meis saw his chance.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Woman sues after STD diagnosis posted

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio woman whose medical record was posted to Facebook, revealing her name and a syphilis diagnosis, has sued the hospital where she was treated and the worker who accessed her information.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Working off a soda takes 23 minutes

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Hershey sues Colorado edible marijuana firm

DENVER (AP) - The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles company, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Colorado law sets up pot banks; feds must OK

DENVER (AP) - Seeking to move marijuana businesses away from cash-only operations, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Friday that tries to establish the world's first financial system for the newly legal industry in Colorado.

June 06, 2014 | | Nation


Study: At-home dads down slightly since recession ended

NEW YORK (AP) - The number of U.S. fathers home with their kids full-time is down, from a peak 2.2 million in 2010, the official end of the recession, to about 2 million in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Household wealth hit high in 1st quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rising stock markets and home prices helped lift U.S. household wealth to a record in the first three months of the year.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Fewer Americans look for new housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans are looking for a new address than they were a decade ago.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Student disarmed Seattle gunman

SEATTLE (AP) - A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, Seattle police said.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Threat to Bergdahl led to US action

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because of intelligence the Taliban might kill him if the deal was made public.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Jamestown at risk from rising seas

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Thursday at the effect of climate change on ever-receding Jamestown island, concluding that America's first permanent European settlement is clearly vulnerable to rising seas.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


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