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Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog children’s book series, dies at 86

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.

June 12, 2014 | | Nation

Amazon launches music streaming

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Amazon's newly announced music streaming service is yet another attempt by the company to move beyond e-commerce and infuse itself into the daily lives of Americans with an increasing number of offerings -including grocery delivery and streaming TV.

June 12, 2014 | | Nation

E3 offers more ways to have fun

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Multiplayer action has been part of video-games going back to "Pong," and ever since home consoles went online, few major games are released without some way to compete or cooperate with friends.

June 12, 2014 | | Nation

Samsung tablets to have richer colors in screens

NEW YORK (AP) - New tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs.

June 12, 2014 | | Nation

What do you do if confronted by gunman?

LAS VEGAS (AP) - When a gunman menaced a small Seattle college, a student pepper-sprayed the attacker, ending his rampage. Police say his actions probably saved lives.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Bergdahl writing, posts show frustration

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - In Facebook posts written before he vanished from his military base in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spoke of his frustration with the world and his desire to change the status quo.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Iconic Utah arch could soon close to rope swinging

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - One of southern Utah's signature towering arches could soon be closed to rope-swinging and other daredevil activities.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Grad party bonfire blast injures 7

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - A drum of fuel left too close to a bonfire exploded in the desert in southern Nevada this week, injuring seven young people who gathered to celebrate a high school graduation ceremony, fire officials and a witness said.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Cesar Chavez family opposes candidate using name

PHOENIX (AP) - The grandson of Cesar Chavez filed a challenge Tuesday against an Arizona congressional candidate who has been using the farm labor leader's name.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Oil boom good for archaeologists

TIOGA, N.D. (AP) - Drilling crews are eager to plunge their equipment into the ground. Road builders are ready to start highway projects, and construction workers need to dig.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Senate GOP blocks student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

US opens probe of air bag ruptures

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether 1.1 million vehicles from five automakers have air bags that could hurt people in a crash.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Vitaminwater fans upset over new sweetener

NEW YORK (AP) - Fans of Vitaminwater are demanding that parent company Coca-Cola drop a new formula that uses stevia, a low-calorie sweetener known for its metallic aftertaste.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Trial underway in patent case against Facebook

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Facebook infringed on patents held by a Dutch computer programmer who tried to launch a similar site called "Surfbook" more than a decade ago, according to a lawsuit heard by a federal jury Wednesday.

June 11, 2014 | | Nation

Philippines may make smoking warnings graphic

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A Philippine legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would compel cigarette manufacturers to print illustrations of smoking hazards on cigarette packs to curb smoking in a country where tens of thousands die yearly from tobacco-related diseases.

June 10, 2014 | | Nation

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Novavax: Early study indicates its vaccine effective vs. RSV

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Early research in older adults found an experimental vaccine prevented nearly two-thirds of serious cases of a common, seasonal respiratory virus ...

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

Strep’s evolution may provide clues for making a vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The same bacteria that cause simple strep throat sometimes trigger bloodstream or even flesh-eating infections instead, and over the years, dangerous cases have ...

August 10, 2015 | | Nation

35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

BAY CITY, Texas (AP) - For more than 35 years, a Texas man has been in a prison even though an appeals court threw out his ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Push for higher minimum wage ignites worry about enforcement

NEW YORK (AP) - As a campaign to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 has achieved victories in such places as Seattle, Los Angeles ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Juvenile court decision due in Slender Man stabbing case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A pivotal decision is due this week in the case of two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Minutes of silence, march year later in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - One year after the shooting that cast greater scrutiny on how police interact with black communities, the father of slain 18-year-old Michael ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Man who killed 8 had a dispute with woman victim

HOUSTON (AP) - A family of six children and two parents were fatally shot in the head at a Houston home by a man with a ...

August 09, 2015 | | Nation

Holmes will spend life behind bars

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Twelve jurors failed to agree on a death sentence for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes on Friday, prompting shocked sobs from victims ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Police: Mom who lost custody kills servicex worker

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - A mother who was upset about losing custody of her child fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker on Friday ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Sheriff: French pair who died in US desert likely saved son

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

East Texas man guilty of assault; judges gives him life in matrimony

TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony.

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart medal heading to family

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

Air Force helicopters help search for missing 5-year-old boy in forest

JACOB LAKE, Ariz. (AP) - Air Force helicopters and ground crews with dogs searched unsuccessfully Friday for a 5-year-old Arizona boy who wandered off from a ...

August 07, 2015 | | Nation

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