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More crews h ead to Arizona fire

OAK CREEK CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - A wind-whipped wildfire in a canyon near Flagstaff dramatically increased in size Wednesday as it sent up choking plumes of smoke, threatened homes and scuttled Memorial Day weekend plans in the popular hiking and camping area.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Nest recalling 440K smoke alarms for safety

NEW YORK (AP) - Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


BNSF: Future of crude by rail depends on safety

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The future of crude oil shipments by train depends on proving to the public that it can be done safely, the head of BNSF Railway Co. said Wednesday.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Wyoming mulls firing squad for executions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Prompted by the shortages of available drugs for lethal injections, Wyoming lawmakers are considering changing state law to permit execution of condemned inmates by firing squad.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


EBay asks users to change password after breach

SAN JOSE (AP) - E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing customers' names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Target 1Q profit falls 16 percent

NEW YORK (AP) - Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Committee OK s end to door-slot mail for millions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would have to go to communal or curbside boxes instead under a proposal advancing through Congress.

May 21, 2014 | | Nation


Medal of honor for blocking grenade

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Feds don’t want irrigation water from Bureau used to grow pot

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn't want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Prisoner freed 90 years early to appeal sentence

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early will appeal his sentence, his attorney said Tuesday, claiming it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he started a family and reformed his life.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Police: Actor told 911 he shot wife

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit TV show "The Shield," was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he called 911 and told an operator he shot his wife.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Teen faces life after cops find pot brownies

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - A 19-year-old Texas man accused of making and selling brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil faces a felony charge that carries a punishment of anywhere from five years to life in prison.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Cooler weather helps crews fighting Reno wildfire

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Rain and snow falling Tuesday in the Sierra Nevada was a relief for crews trying to snuff out a wildfire on the edge of Reno. But the wet weather also brought challenges in the steep, slippery canyons northeast of Lake Tahoe that are prone to landslides.

May 20, 2014 | | Nation


Merriam-Webster adds da ‘Yoopers’

NEW YORK (AP) - Da "Yoopers" up dere in da U.P., Michigan's Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the company's free online database.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


Reno wildfire is 5% contained; homes safe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Three helicopters dumped water on a wildfire burning on the edge of Reno on Monday as about 150 firefighters on the ground were getting the upper hand on the blaze, pushing the flames back into the rugged wilderness along the Sierra's eastern front. No homes or structures were threatened.

May 19, 2014 | | Nation


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Government warns against minors using tanning beds & sun lamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google steps up efforts for more racial diversity

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Google building truly driverless car

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the wheel.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Maya Angelou, celebrated poet dies

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou's story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


3-year-old kills younger brother

PAYSON, Ariz. (AP) - A 3-year-old Payson boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment and took it to another room, the eastern Arizona town's police chief said Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Male student named prom queen

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has been named prom queen at his high school and says he's making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Disabled man is killed; estate billed nearly $12M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Two years after a 33-year-old mentally disabled man died at a state institution in Queens, and one year after his sister filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him, New York officials have sent her an $11.67 million bill.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Hatch: Gay marriage will become law of the land

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it's only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn't think that's the right way to go.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• BURN VICTIM DOUSES SELF WITH SLURPEES AT 7-ELEVEN: GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Things were quiet at a convenience store in Southern Oregon when a tattooed man came in and started dousing himself with Hawaiian Punch Slurpees.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


Bill seeks to restrict vehicle-tracking tech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate on Wednesday was considering a bill that would place some restrictions on vehicle-tracking technology to protect people's privacy.

May 28, 2014 | | Nation


What shopping will look like in the future

NEW YORK (AP) - One of America's favorite pastimes is changing rapidly.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Reality TV show seeks young teen rebels

NEW YORK (AP) - A television producer is seeking teenagers as young as 13 who like to make their own rules and "party like a rock star" to participate in a reality television series about their lives.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


Man shoots police officer with rifle

PHOENIX (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of an Arizona police officer carefully balanced a semi-automatic rifle on the roof of his vehicle during a traffic stop and fired two shots, striking the officer in the head before he even got out of his patrol car, according to court documents released Tuesday.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


ND tornado prompts safety discussion

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - No sirens or local alert system warned an RV park housing workers in North Dakota's oil patch about a Memorial Day tornado that injured nine people and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers.

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


First lady responds to school meal critics

WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."

May 27, 2014 | | Nation


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