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California data breaches hit 21.3 million accounts over two years

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California businesses and government agencies have experienced 300 separate data breaches exposing the personal information of more than 20 million customer accounts during the past two years, leading state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday to elevate cybersecurity as a key focus of the state's top crime-fighting agency.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Best Buy returns to profit in 4th Q

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy returned to a profit in the fourth quarter and topped Wall Street expectations as it cut costs to offset declining sales.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


How corporate America forced veto of Arizona’s bill impacting gay rights

NEW YORK (AP) - When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity of numerous innocent Yahoo users

LONDON (AP) - Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Video of boy stuck in chair prompts investigation

GOODRICH, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan elementary school teacher is fighting efforts to fire her for shooting cellphone video of a student who got stuck trying to squeeze through the back of his chair and allegedly replaying the footage later for her class.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


‘Mein Kampf’ signed by Hitler up for auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is considered one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but an auctioneer says two rare, early editions signed by Hitler could sell Thursday for more than $20,000 at an online auction.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Wyoming top in CO2 per person

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn't smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Noah’s ark project spurred by debate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The founder of a Bible-themed museum who recently debated evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye said Thursday that the widely watched event helped to boost enthusiasm among followers who invested in a project to build a 510-foot Noah's Ark.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Clay Aiken officially joins congressional race

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken officially filed Thursday to run for Congress in North Carolina, saying that he wants to help end the gridlock in Washington and that no single political party has all the answers.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Married man becomes Maronite Catholic priest

ST. LOUIS (AP) - When Wissam Akiki was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including his wife and daughter.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Cracks force closure of $60M Texas HS stadium

ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A $60 million Texas high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur and price tag will be shut down indefinitely 18 months after its opening, school district officials said Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


5 San Francisco officers indicted by feds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal grand juries have indicted five San Francisco police officers, charging two with stealing money and drugs seized as part of investigations, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona religious bill that angered gays vetoed

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.

February 26, 2014 | | Nation


FDA snoops on whistleblowers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.

February 26, 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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