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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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Student disarmed Seattle gunman

SEATTLE (AP) - A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, Seattle police said.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Threat to Bergdahl led to US action

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because of intelligence the Taliban might kill him if the deal was made public.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Jamestown at risk from rising seas

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Thursday at the effect of climate change on ever-receding Jamestown island, concluding that America's first permanent European settlement is clearly vulnerable to rising seas.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


States balk at not disclosing info

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn't be kept from the public.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Tattoo shop owner pleads guilty to attacking rival

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) - The owner of a tattoo shop in Coos County has pleaded guilty to accusations he tried to gun down a competitor.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Navy considers banning tobacco sales on bases

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Tobacco sales on Navy ships and in stores on Navy and Marine Corps bases would be a thing of the past under a plan being considered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, but some congressional members are pushing back.

June 05, 2014 | | Nation


Bergdahl’s hometown cancels celebration amid furor

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds - both for and against the soldier.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Court considers restoring NYC big-soda ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York City officials urged the state's top court on Wednesday to reinstate the city's ban on big sodas, arguing that the local Board of Health has authority to restrict products that make people obese and contribute to disease.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Man drives 100s of miles with passenger after she died in car

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area man was so determined to get to Michigan from Arizona that he refused to stop and contact authorities after one of his passengers died, police said Wednesday.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Last of original Navajo Code Talkers dies

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez's primary weapon in World War II.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Woman dies after plane propeller hits head

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - An employee at a southwest Ohio skydiving business has died from head injuries she suffered when she walked into a spinning airplane propeller.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Carson City leads nation in warming trend

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Don Quilici has snookered a few Carson City newcomers with bets that it would snow the week of his birthday in early May.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Will that be a 6-bedroom suite or simply just a couch?

NEW YORK (AP) - Private elevators, personal shopping assistants, six-bedroom suites with their own postal codes. Even helipads. This is what the super-rich have come to expect from hotels.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


A new ‘Destiny’ for non- sequel video games at E3

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart to expand online savings tool nationwide

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on price matching.

June 04, 2014 | | Nation


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