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Government to auto manufacturers: Curb growing car dashboard technology

WASHINGTON (AP) - Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and web surfing, the government says, and it's asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving.

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


MSN adds new feature to take Internet's pulse on hot topics

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is hooking up MSN.com with a hipper sidekick to broaden its appeal and stay on top of the Internet's hottest topics.

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


Arizona police officer scrutinized after 6th fatal shooting in 10 years

PHOENIX (AP) - Is James Peters one trigger-happy cop? Or just an aggressive police officer who happens to find himself in more than the usual number of explosive situations?

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


Stepbrother charged with sexual abuse of Wisconsin teen who was kept locked up

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday charged the stepbrother of a severely malnourished Wisconsin teen with repeatedly sexually assaulting her beginning around her 10th birthday, in the same year she claims her father and stepmother began confining her to the basement.

February 16, 2012 | | Nation


Hottest pepper? Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


No cussing in class for teachers, is goal of new law being considered in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - A teacher's role may be to expand a student's vocabulary, but one Arizona lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn't include four-letter words.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

PRELIMINARY 3.7 QUAKE RATTLES VALLEJO: VALLEJO (AP) - An earthquake with a confirmed magnitude of 3.7 has rattled the East Bay city of Vallejo.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


Boy genius's book reveals life in East LA college as 8-year-old

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The one thing 14-year-old Moshe Kai Cavalin dislikes is being called a genius.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


Counterfeit drugs becoming big business worldwide as they put patients’ lives at risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - The discovery that a fake version of the widely used cancer medicine Avastin is circulating in the United States is raising new fears that the multibillion-dollar drug-counterfeiting trade is increasingly making inroads in the U.S.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Malnourished Wisconsin girl has been abused; locked in basement since 2006

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A severely malnourished Wisconsin teenager found walking barefoot in pajamas outside in the cold last week had been forced to stay in an unfinished basement for years and an alarm would sound if she went upstairs, police records say.

February 15, 2012 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

BOY GENIUS' BOOK REVEALS LIFE IN COLLEGE AT AGE 8: LOS ANGELES (AP) - One thing 14-year-old Moshe Kai Cavalin dislikes is being called a genius.

February 14, 2012 | | Nation


Woman sentenced for spiking Utah man's smoothie with anti-freeze

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah woman was sentenced Tuesday to consecutive prison terms for spiking a 79-year-old man's peach smoothie with antifreeze after taking control of his bank accounts.

February 14, 2012 | | Nation


Agent: Informant in militia case got about $31K for helping govenrment

DETROIT (AP) - An undercover informant was paid about $31,000 in cash for his critical role in an investigation that led to charges against members of a militia accused of plotting rebellion against the U.S. government, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.

February 14, 2012 | | Nation


FCC urged to end sports blackout rule for NFL football contests

WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people weighing in on a sports blackout rule are urging the Federal Communications Commission to scrap it.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


Washington governor signs gay marriage bill into law making it seventh state to do so

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

February 13, 2012 | | Nation


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Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Getting paid for posts? New twist for Social networking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Thieves got into StubHub accounts for $1.6M payday

NEW YORK (AP) - Some of the hottest tickets in town - to Broadway hits, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game - were snapped up by an international ring of cyber thieves who commandeered more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts to make big money by fraudulently buying tickets and reselling them, prosecutors said Wednesday.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


ACLU may fight for California shelter

ESCONDIDO (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday it was mulling legal options after a north San Diego suburb's planning commission rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Crews make gains on massive wildfire

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters were making progress Tuesday in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt on for possible anaconda in lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) - Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake - possibly an anaconda - slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Convicted of starving 10-year-old stepson

DALLAS (AP) - A North Texas jury took less than an hour to find a woman guilty Tuesday in the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

DRIVER STOPS TO HELP DUCKLINGS, GETS TICKET: NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Use of growth hormones up

NEW YORK (AP) - Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


Many think they’re normal weight

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn't have an accurate idea of their own weight - most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal.

July 22, 2014 | | Nation


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