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Taco Bell to launch Cool Ranch tacos on March 7

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell fans can finally mark their calendars: Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch flavor will be launched March 7.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Morning-after pill use up to 1 in 9 younger women

NEW YORK (AP) - About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Minimum wage plan renews economic debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and boost it annually to keep pace with inflation is already getting a trial run. Ten states make similar cost-of-living adjustments, including Washington state, where workers earn at least $9.19 an hour, the highest minimum in the country.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Calif. man killed NJ man for laughing at sandwich

TORRANCE (AP) - A Southern California man has been convicted of killing a New Jersey businessman who laughed at him when pastrami fell out of his sandwich at a doughnut shop.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Serial killer wrongly issued razor before suicide

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes was mistakenly issued a razor before he committed suicide, according to a report released Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Corrections that also said "it appears that razor was not retrieved."

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent automatic budget cuts from happening

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PILOT OF SMALL PLANE DEAD AFTER PLANE LOSES WING: WINTERS . (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead after a small plane lost a wing and crashed just feet from a Northern California freeway.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Hackers use alert system for zombie warnings

DETROIT (AP) - Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation's public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Grad student sues Leigh University, says C-plus cost her $1.3 million

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - Talk about grade inflation.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


3 arrested in NJ videotaped stripping, whipping of man

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The haunting video, shot on a hot summer night, starts with a young man being ordered to strip naked as he is berated by a group around him.

February 13, 2013 | | Nation


Seattle barista fired over snarky blog

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle barista says it was all satire, but his anonymous blog that made snarky comments about his boss and the customers he didn't like got him fired.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: GOP should back his plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Study questions kidney cancer treatment in elderly

ATLANTA (AP) - In a stunning example of when treatment might be worse than the disease, a large review of Medicare records finds that older people with small kidney tumors were much less likely to die over the next five years if doctors monitored them instead of operating right away.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Side Briefs

HACKER WARNS OF ZOMBIES ON 2 MICH. TV BROADCASTS: MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - No, zombies aren't attacking northern Michigan.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


Senate Dems, GOP clash over need for new gun curbs during latest hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The toll of gun violence and the widespread disgust it has generated makes it time for new federal gun curbs that balance public safety with gun rights, Democrats said Tuesday at the Senate's latest hearing on restricting firearms.

February 12, 2013 | | Nation


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Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


General Motors profit falls 85% on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) - Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama slams company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


California AG to help illegals get lawyers

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Los Banos man gets 14 years for raping men in bathroom

LOS BANOS (AP) - A Central California man has been sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison following his conviction on charges that he drugged and raped two men.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down in Cotati

COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Fire season in expected to get much worse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Salmon, steelhead get help

FRESNO (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled ambitious plans aimed at helping endangered salmon and steelhead thrive again in Central California rivers.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution got underway

PHOENIX (AP) - A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Senator: PTSD made him plagiarize

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Nazi war suspect dies as extradition OK’d

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Getting paid for posts? New twist for Social networking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


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