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Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data on Thursday.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Flakka behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Kaiser nurses strike hospitals over staffing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Registered nurses at six California hospitals went on strike Thursday over staffing levels and other issues during contract negotiations, a move the medical centers called "inappropriate" but said would not interrupt services.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Tesla to expand battery tech to homes, firms

FOSTER CITY (AP) - Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages.

April 30, 2015 | | Nation


Can you run from police?

BALTIMORE (AP) - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Police: Moose fatally stabbed in Alaska park; 3 men arrested

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Three men have been accused of stabbing a young moose to death at a park in Alaska's largest city, and police said witnesses reported seeing the men punching the animal and walking away.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Death of transgender teen who ‘had enough’ deemed suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The death of a troubled transgender teenager who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway has been deemed a suicide, and the investigation into it has been closed, the State Highway Patrol said.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Thousands protest Baltimore death

BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of people hit the streets in Baltimore and several other cities from Boston and New York to Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police and to demand reforms to police procedures.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Houston man charged in crashes that killed boy, homeless man

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors are trying to recreate a path of destruction left this week by a driver who police say killed a 6-year-old boy and a homeless man in separate drunken-driving collisions only hours apart in Houston.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Shark kills woman, 65, off Maui

HONOLULU (AP) - A shark killed a 65-year-old woman in an attack off the shore of Maui on Wednesday, officials said.

April 29, 2015 | | Nation


Court to rule on same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court. But Kennedy's record on the issue could give encouragement to gay and lesbian couples.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


‘Partridge Family’ child star Suzanne Crough, 42, dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show "The Partridge Family" has died.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Ranger uses stun gun on man operating drone over lava lake

HONOLULU (AP) - A park ranger used a Taser on a man flying a drone over a lake of lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then arrested the man in front of several hundred people after telling him that flying an unmanned aircraft at a national park is prohibited.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Disney told to rehire workers who refused soiled costumes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World must rehire three performers who were fired when they refused to wear soiled spandex unitards as part of their costumes for the "Festival of the Lion King" show, an arbitrator ruled Monday.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher who criticized President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students has been removed from the classroom, pending her upcoming retirement.

April 28, 2015 | | Nation


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Drones may be new firefighting tool

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires - drones.

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Judge sentences defendant, spends night in jail with him

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge sent a retired Special Forces sergeant to jail for violating probation - then spent the night in the ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


8 relatives shot dead, some while sleeping

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - Eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Officers didn’t stand by and watch teens drown

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - When three Florida teenagers stole a car, crashed it into a cemetery pond and then drowned, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri ...

April 22, 2016 | | Nation


Day care shut down after child forgotten in hot SUV dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The state forced a Louisville day care to shut down immediately Wednesday, two days after a toddler forgotten in a hot SUV ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


Ohio boy electrocuted while conducting YouTube experiment

VERMILON, Ohiom (AP) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy was electrocuted apparently while attempting to conduct an experiment he saw on YouTube that involves a high-voltage traveling ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


Lawmaker: Want Viagra? Then come back in 24 hours with a note

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same ...

April 20, 2016 | | Nation


Yahoo deterioration speeds up ahead of a possible sale

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo may have hung out a "for sale" sign, but it hasn't done much to improve its curb appeal.

April 19, 2016 | | Nation


McDonald’s testing bigger, smaller Big Macs

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is testing bigger and smaller versions of its Big Mac as the world's biggest hamburger chain pushes to revive ...

April 19, 2016 | | Nation


Kanye West sued over new album

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Kanye West fan on Monday sued the rapper and the streaming service Tidal claiming they duped users into subscriptions based on ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Man faces murder charge cold case of his missing stepson

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego 14 years ago has been arrested in North Carolina and faces ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Securing SF seawall could cost $3 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco port officials say it could cost between $2 billion and $3 billion to secure three miles of seawall underlying the ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


22 charged with illegally collecting Social Security

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal grand juries in Los Angeles have indicted 22 people, including a sheriff's deputy, on charges of illegally obtaining Social Security ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


San Francisco remembers 1906 quake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have gathered to remember victims of the city's devastating 1906 earthquake on the quake's 110th anniversary.

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Fight against non-native plan near end in San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A non-native plant that became a threat to birds and wildlife in San Francisco Bay has been nearly eradicated more than four ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


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