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$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


Starbucks hiking prices on drinks

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


Congresswoman proposes e-cigarette rules

SAN MATEO (AP) - A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing.

June 20, 2014 | | Nation


‘Modern Family’ dad headlines gay marriage event in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - In the season finale of the ABC hit 'Modern Family,' actor Ty Burrell's character ends up officiating at the wedding of the show's comical gay couple.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


School leader calls welfare folks ‘lazy pigs’

PHOENIX (AP) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has confirmed he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as "lazy pigs" and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans.

June 19, 2014 | | Nation


Obama sending military advisers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inching back into a fight he tried to leave behind, President Barack Obama announced Thursday he was dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation. He also challenged Iraq's embattled leader to create a more inclusive government or risk his country descending into sectarian civil war.

June 19, 2014 | | 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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