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Billions at risk as West Coast port contract ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The West Coast ports that are America's gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of trade with Asia and beyond are no stranger to labor unrest and even violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation

Proposal would give vets discount on name-brands

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods - a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation

‘Game of Thrones’ puts No. Ireland on the map

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version - on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

June 22, 2014 | | Nation

65% of senior VA execs got bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said Friday.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Murder charge still pending against woman at 102 in death of roommate

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly five years after a woman was charged with killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home, a second-degree murder charge is still pending against her at the age of 102.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

$40M settlement reached in Central Park rape case

NEW YORK (AP) - With New York awash in murder and drugs, the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger by what was said to be a gang of "wilding" teens was seen as evidence of a city sliding into lawlessness. A quarter-century later, it stands instead as a $40 million symbol of failure by the justice system.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Great white shark numbers surging

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A report that scientists are calling one of the most comprehensive studies of great white sharks finds their numbers are surging in the ocean off the Eastern U.S. and Canada after decades of decline - bad news if you're a seal, but something experts say shouldn't instill fear in beachgoers this summer.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

California, Amtrak end joint train bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority said Friday that they canceled a joint agreement seeking companies to build high-speed trains for them, a proposal billed as a way to save money and lure advanced train manufacturing to the United States.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Hiker, ‘guru of trails’ missing on Mount Rainier

SEATTLE (AP) - Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday while she researched a story.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Report: Apple smartwatch to come this fall

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Governor signs $108 billion budget

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed California's $108 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that pays down debt, builds a rainy day fund and provides additional money for schools and health care.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Panel OKs 2 percent raise for California lawmakers, officials

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A citizens' commission on Friday cited California's improving economy as it approved 2 percent cost-of-living salary increases for lawmakers and statewide officials, including the governor and attorney general.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Californians warned of perilous peak fire season due to drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With the first day of summer Saturday and the Fourth of July coming up, Southern California officials are warning residents to prepare for what's expected to be one of the most dangerous fire seasons the state has seen in years.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Berkeley pursues gas-pump warning labels

BERKELEY (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

Market pushes toward milestones

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is back to setting records.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation

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JPMorgan head: CEOs don’t have all it takes to be president

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The CEO of one of America's most powerful financial companies said Sunday that CEOs have some attributes that would serve ...

September 21, 2015 | | Nation

3 dozen Alaska villages lack plumbing

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Flush toilets and running water are elusive dreams for Paul Dock and other residents of impoverished Alaska villages where indoor plumbing has ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

New web site features Tahoe bicycle trails

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The founder of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition has launched a new online bike guide - complete with maps, trail ratings, photos and ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

Expecting a million for the pope

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - In the videotaped message, Pope Francis issues a personal invitation to pilgrims - "See you in Philadelphia!" - but it remains an open question whether ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

America’s Stonehenge: History or hoax?

SALEM, N.H. (AP) - Using the astronomical chart on a table in the covered tower, visitors aim their gaze along worn arrows to huge, upright ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

No votes cast in small-town school board race

MCINTIRE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his local school board failed to earn any votes - not even his own - but ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

Delicate balance in polygamous towns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The secluded polygamous towns tucked between stunning red-rock cliffs have survived for more than 100 years, despite Utah and Arizona's ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

Trump to teens: Follow your heart

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Donald Trump's advice for high school students in suburban Des Moines, Iowa, is uncharacteristically wholesome: Avoid alcohol and drugs as well ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

VW chief ‘sorry’ for duping buyers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The CEO of Volkswagen apologized Sunday and VW customers said they felt duped after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the German automaker ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation


BRUSSELS (AP) - The greatest influx of people into Europe in decades is not just a humanitarian emergency, but also a potential stroke of luck for ...

September 20, 2015 | | Nation

Parents forgive sons accused of trying to kill them

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia couple said Friday they have forgiven two sons accused of attacking them in what police believe was a plot to ...

September 18, 2015 | | Nation

Man charged in 6 killings called van ‘murder mobile’

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - An East Coast drifter accused of being a serial killer told fellow prison inmates he killed seven people in Connecticut in ...

September 18, 2015 | | Nation

NAACP seeks Confederate flag dialogue

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - An NAACP leader in the Virginia town where students have been suspended over wearing Confederate flag emblems to school commended the teens ...

September 18, 2015 | | Nation

Players: Coach told them to strike ref

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas high school football coach directed two players to strike a referee during a game because of missed calls that had hurt ...

September 18, 2015 | | Nation

Trump condemned for questioner

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drew fire from Democrats and some Republicans on Friday after declining to rebuke a questioner at ...

September 18, 2015 | | Nation

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