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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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Judge orders ‘affluenza’ records turned over

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas judge ordered attorneys for the North Texas teenager who killed four people in a deadly wreck to turn over the records of the psychologist who claimed the teen had "affluenza."

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Google closing smartphone factory in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Cross-country flight diverted after dog poops

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor.

May 30, 2014 | | Nation


Students upset about altered yearbook photos

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) - A group of Utah high school students said they were surprised and upset to discover their school yearbook photos were digitally altered, with sleeves and higher necklines drawn on to cover bare skin.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Shinseki fights for his job

WASHINGTON (AP) - Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki eroded quickly Thursday, especially among congressional Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns, even as Shinseki continued to fight for his job amid allegations of delayed medical care and misconduct at VA facilities nationwide.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Brazen heroin ring wore ‘Bricks R Us’ shirts

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forty-four people were accused of participating in a Pittsburgh-area heroin ring in which investigators say some members brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


‘The Weed Fairy’ visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• MARYLAND GIRL PLEADS 'RESPONSIBLE' FOR BULLYING: LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - A 17-year-old Maryland girl accused of assaulting an autistic boy pleaded "responsible" to two misdemeanor charges after her case was transferred from adult to juvenile court.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


Southwest fined $200,000 for deception

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

May 29, 2014 | | Nation


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


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