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Improper disability claims cost $2B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Alaska’s most active volcano starts erupting

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's most active volcano is spitting lava into the air and producing an ash cloud at low elevations. But unlike Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, where there's been spectacular images of lava encroaching on a community and burning a home, there's no property at risk in Alaska because of the eruption of Pavlof Volcano.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

WASHINGTON (AP) - AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, said Friday it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Microsoft surpasses Exxon as 2nd most valuable company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The bull run in Microsoft's stock this past year has helped the tech giant surpass Exxon Mobil and seize the rank of the second most valuable company, behind Apple Inc.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Hunt for trooper ambush suspect: $11M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

November 14, 2014 | | Nation


Vet has government letter declaring him dead

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An 81-year-old Army veteran from Wisconsin wants the U.S. government to know he's alive and well, despite its information to the contrary.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


E-cigarette use rising among teens

NEW YORK (AP) - Use of electronic cigarettes by high school students tripled over three years, according to a new government report released Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ohio man says wife’s remains lost in mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cremated remains of an Ohio woman that were supposed to be delivered to her husband didn't arrive as scheduled or in time for her funeral, and now the U.S. Postal Service is trying to figure out what happened to the package.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Ex-CEO of mine where blast killed 29 indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Don Blankenship, the steely-eyed executive once dubbed "The Dark Lord of Coal Country," on Thursday became the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


CRUDE OIL & RAW POLITICS

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


5 years for officer who shot handcuffed suspect in his back

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A former Maryland police officer convicted in a shooting that paralyzed a handcuffed suspect from the waist down was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, far less time than prosecutors had requested.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end battle

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Justice Department deploys planes to gather cellphone data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Southern Cal port truckers demonstrate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of the massive seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach staged the latest in a string of demonstrations Thursday against what they call unfair labor practices.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart sales up ahead of holidays

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | | Nation


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Ex-judge banned from Nevada bench for handcuffing of lawyer

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Las Vegas justice of the peace has been barred for life from the court bench in Nevada as punishment for ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Video of men hooking shark at pier sparks state probe

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) - California authorities are investigating after video surfaced of fishermen reeling in what appears to be a juvenile great white shark on the ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Wife killed husband after fight over burned casserole

TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) - Police in Pennsylvania say a woman fatally shot her husband after arguing about a casserole she burned, then took a photo of ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Former Montana Rep. Zinke takes helm of Interior Dept.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of the Interior Department, assuming oversight of 400 million acres of public ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Colorado pot club plan clears 1st hurdle

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is moving ahead with a first-in-the-nation attempt to allow marijuana clubs.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Widow: Rodney Dangerfield gets ‘no respect’ with mural

NEW YORK (AP) - Rodney Dangerfield made a career out of getting "no respect." His widow contends he's not getting much in death, either.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Oprah for president? Winfrey rethinks a run after Trump win

NEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey says President Donald Trump's victory has her rethinking whether she could be elected to the White House.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


White House staff told to preserve Russia- related materials

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House lawyers have instructed the president's aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Trump idea to expand health care competition across states faces hurdles

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Allowing insurers to market health care policies across state lines is one of President Donald Trump's main ideas for bringing down costs.

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


75% of USA population within three miles of a McDonald’s

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's acknowledged that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012, and said it plans to use ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Scant demand for California carbon emission permits

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California saw another three months of weak demand for pollution permits amid persistent uncertainty about the future of the state's cap on ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Pepsi to lay off 80 to 100 workers, citing Philadelphia tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pepsi says slumping sales from Philadelphia's new sweetened-beverage tax are prompting layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at three distribution plants that ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Yahoo punishes CEO in fallout from security breakdown

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is punishing CEO Marissa Mayer and parting ways with its top lawyer for the mishandling of two security breaches that exposed the ...

March 01, 2017 | | Nation


Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana

CHICAGO (AP) - An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


Mardi Gras crash suspect’s alcohol level 3 times limit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly ...

February 26, 2017 | | Nation


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