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California needs storm every other day until end of May to end drought

MERCED (AP) - Two recent storms that washed over bone-dry California delivered welcome rain and snow, but officials from the state's Drought Task Force said Tuesday that much more is needed to alleviate the crisis.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Sierra snowpack one-third normal; March miracle desperately needed

TRUCKEE. (AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

March 04, 2014 | | Nation


Obama’s 2015 budget appeals to Demos

WASHINGTON (AP) - Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Oscar celeb selfie a landmark moment

NEW YORK (AP) - Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-studded selfie from the most-watched Oscars telecast in a decade was a landmark social media moment at a time online conversation is boosting television viewership and vice versa.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Minnesota farmer creates granddaddy of a snowman

GILMAN, Minn. (AP) - A farmer in central Minnesota has created a towering tribute to winter's excess.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Friends common source of abused meds

CHICAGO (AP) - Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


False alarm ‘Olympus’ movie ad fine $1.9M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It turns out that using emergency warning tones in a TV commercial with images of the White House blowing up and the flashing words "THIS IS NOT A TEST" is frowned upon by the government.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• DAUGHTER'S FACEBOOK POST COSTS FATHER $80,000: MIAMI (AP) - A Florida teenager's Facebook post has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement.

March 03, 2014 | | Nation


Ukraine tensions increase

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Woman claimed to be sister when she was ticketed

POLK, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been jailed on forgery and other charges because state police say she identified herself as her sister when she was pulled over and given two traffic tickets, and again when she pleaded guilty before a district judge and was fined.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Rap disrespect of black icons raises concerns

NEW YORK (AP() - Malcolm X and rap music have always fit together like a needle in the groove, connected by struggle, strength and defiance. But three recent episodes involving the use or misuse of Malcolm and other black icons have raised the question: Has rap lost touch with black history?

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


‘American Idol’ votes routed to pizzeria

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The phones were ringing off the hook at Gordy's Pizza & Pasta in Port Angeles last Wednesday, but the callers weren't looking for the eatery's signature fettucine.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Jimmy Fallon, Chicago mayor take a chilly dip

CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Jimmy Fallon took a quick but icy dip in Lake Michigan - dressed in a full suit and tie - eyes bulging as he darted out of the slushy water and headed straight for a pile of dry towels.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case may lead to lawyers at bail hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In Maryland each year, thousands of defendants appear before court commissioners - not judges - who set their bail without an attorney present.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


Case looks at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

March 02, 2014 | | Nation


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Federal workers owe more than $3.5B in unpaid taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in unpaid taxes last year, a $200 million increase over the previous year, the IRS said Tuesday.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

March 24, 2015 | | Nation


89-year-old Utah man feels lucky to survive 400-sting bee attack

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - An 89-year-old Utah man says he feels lucky to be alive after being stung nearly 400 times during a bee attack at a baseball game.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Comic Marty Allen marks 93rd birthday with stand-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On his 93rd birthday, comedian Marty Allen could easily rest on his laughs.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Utah OKs reviving firing squads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Farmers fund research to breed gluten-free wheat

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


$243M to turn Astrodome into large civic park

HOUSTON (AP) - A proposal to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and build a tree-lined green space around the structure could cost nearly $243 million, according to a report released Monday by a nonprofit research group focused on land use.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Police: No evidence of gang- rape at University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said Monday.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Robert Kennedy Jr. speaks out against vaccine requirements

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Calling the federal agency that makes recommendations on vaccines a "sock puppet" for that industry, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke out Monday against making it harder for parents to exempt their children from vaccinations.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


Three dead in as scaffolding falls at high-rise

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Workers were dismantling a scaffold at a high-rise construction project on Monday when a piece of it fell to the ground in downtown Raleigh, killing three men and sending another to a hospital.

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

March 23, 2015 | | Nation


More Americans turn to refund advances

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

March 22, 2015 | | Nation


Baristas stop writing ‘Race Together’

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday, ending a visible component of the company's diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect.

March 22, 2015 | | Nation


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