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Honda appeal seeks to reverse hybrid owner's award in California claims court

TORRANCE (AP) - Lawyers for American Honda Motor Co. returned to court Thursday to try to overturn a highly publicized small claims court award to a woman who sued over the fuel economy of her hybrid Honda Civic.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Cruise line: Captain never told of disabled boat seen by passengers

RIO HATO, Panama (AP) - A Panamanian man and his two friends had been drifting for 16 days in an open fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean when they saw a huge white ship. They would be saved, they thought, and Adrian Vasquez began waving a dark red sweater.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Dismissal of 2 Haditha Marines sought

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy on Thursday initiated dismissal proceedings against two Marines from a squad that killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2005, saying they lied to military investigators after the massacre.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


2011 was worst measles year in 15 years

ATLANTA (AP) - Last year was the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 15 years, health officials said Thursday.

April 19, 2012 | | Nation


Subway plotter: We wanted to spread panic

NEW YORK (AP) - An admitted al-Qaida recruit testified Wednesday that he and two friends were determined to "weaken America" by strapping on suicide bombs and attacking New York City subways around the eighth anniversary of 9/11, but now hopes for redemption.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


New military photo scandal: Panetta apologizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apologized Wednesday for gruesome, newly revealed photographs that show U.S. soldiers posing with the bloodied remains of dead insurgents in Afghanistan. He said war can lead young troops to "foolish decisions" and expressed concern the photos could incite fresh violence against Americans.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

TRANSCANADA SUBMITS NEW ROUTE FOR OIL PIPELINE: WASHINGTON (AP) - The company planning the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline has proposed a new route through Nebraska that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


3 agents out in wake of Secret Service scandal involving hiring prostitutes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The prostitution scandal at the Secret Service claimed its first casualties Wednesday. The agency announced three agents are leaving the service, even as separate U.S. government investigations were under way. The tawdry episode took a sharp political turn when presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he would fire the agents involved.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


Secret Service calls Ted Nugent over anti-Obama screed at NRA gathering

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rocker and gun rights champion Ted Nugent says he will meet with the Secret Service on Thursday to explain his raucous remarks about what he called Barack Obama's "evil, America-hating administration" - comments some critics interpreted as a threat against the president.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


'World's oldest teenager' Dick Clark dead at 82

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and producer who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand" and rang in the New Year for the masses at Times Square, has died. He was 82.

April 18, 2012 | | Nation


2nd panel blasts GSA executive for parties, trips, & big bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - The main figure in a General Services Administration spending scandal took trips to Hawaii, Napa Valley and the South Pacific islands, all after the agency's inspector general warned top officials about the excesses.

April 17, 2012 | | Nation


Bill increases hunter access to public lands

WASHINGTON (AP) - A hunting bill passed by the House on Tuesday makes it harder to restrict hunting and fishing on public lands and ensures that the hunter's arsenal will continue to include lead bullets.

April 17, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

POLICE HANDCUFF GEORGIA KINDERGARTNER: ATLANTA (AP) - A kindergartner who threw a tantrum at her small-town Georgia school was taken away in handcuffs, her arms behind her back, in an episode that is firing up the debate over whether teachers and police around the country are overreacting all too often when dealing with disruptive students.

April 17, 2012 | | Nation


Looking for a bear while traveling thru Yellowstone? There’s an app for that

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Pretty soon, the best place to be on the lookout for wolves, grizzly bears, bison and other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park could be your phone.

April 17, 2012 | | Nation


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Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis involving kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Google’s 2Q revenue & expenses up

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


FedEx charged with assisting illegal online pharmacies; may lose $820M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal authorities on Thursday charged FedEx with assisting illegal pharmacies by knowingly delivering painkillers and dangerous drugs to customers without prescriptions.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook testing ‘Buy’ button

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to open at Stateline, Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


New Apple board director

CUPERTINO (AP) - One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft plans 18,000 job cut

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.

July 17, 2014 | | Nation


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