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US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

NEW YORK (AP) - Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Blackface performer planning fundraiser for 6 indicted officers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Teacher: Health issues led to student sex

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' aggressive behavior, her lawyer said.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Man pleads not guilty to recording fatal accident scene

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who posted a cellphone video of a grisly car crash that killed one teenage boy and critically injured another pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Court hearing set for inmate seeking abortion

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Black official ‘overwhelmed’ by response

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Amid angry demonstrations over the Confederate flag last weekend, a quiet gesture of human kindness unfolded on the steps to South Carolina's Statehouse: A white man overcome by the sweltering heat and wearing a Nazi swastika on his T-shirt was escorted to rest and shelter by a black man wearing an officer's uniform.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Manteca Kaiser among top hospitals

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Manteca and Modesto were ranked 40th best in California for one or more specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual report on hospitals that excel in treating the most complex cases.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch

CUPERTINO (AP) - For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Diet Coke sales slim down more

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola says sales of Diet Coke are still sliding as people continue gravitating toward foods they feel are fresh.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Fueled by heat-seeking Americans, Korean cuisine is now hot item

NEW YORK (AP) - When chef Hooni Kim opened his Korean-inspired restaurant Danji in New York City nearly five years ago, he made sure to couch the cuisine's bold, funky flavors in familiar items: sliders filled with the marinated beef called "bulgogi," for example, and chicken wings glazed with garlic, honey and sesame seeds.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Ikea warns of risks with 27M dressers

NEW YORK (AP) - A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture - 27 million chests and dressers - away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.

July 22, 2015 | | Nation


Strong iPhone sales; Apple stock down 6% regardless

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple's much-vaunted smartwatch may not be selling as fast as Wall Street expected.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Microsoft books $8.4B write-down on phones in 4Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft booked an $8.4 billion charge in the fourth quarter, swallowing a bitter pill by writing off the Nokia phone business it bought just over a year ago. It narrowly beat analysts' depressed expectations for a quarter that also saw a steep decline in personal computer sales even as it prepares to launch its latest operating system, Windows 10.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


Yahoo suffers quarterly loss

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is still limping along as the Internet company prepares to shed the financial crutch that has been propping up its stock during the three-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


FCC chairman backs AT&T-DirecTV deal

NEW YORK (AP) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV.

July 21, 2015 | | Nation


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US, China hold quiet military talks amid NKorea tensions

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Chinese generals engaged in an unusual set of security talks on Wednesday, just hours after North Korea's most powerful ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Haley: NKorea ‘brings us closer to war’ the US doesn’t seek

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile - which some ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Mueller’s team questioned Kushner about Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators about former national security ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


San Francisco pier shooting jury ends Day 5 without verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jurors have ended their fifth day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the murder trial that sparked a national debate ...

November 29, 2017 | | Nation


Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab at Navajo event draws blowback

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Families of Native American war veterans and politicians of both major parties are criticizing President Donald Trump for using a White House ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Special court to oversee hundreds of deadly asbestos claims

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the creation of a special court to oversee hundreds of claims filed on behalf of ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Sen. Paul says man who tackled him spoke to him after attack

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says a man who tackled him in his yard spoke to him afterward about why he was ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Feds, ex-Louisiana congressman working on resentencing deal

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for a former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 in his freezer are working on an agreement ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Court documents reveal Trump paid $1.375M in labor lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump paid $1.375 million in 1998 to settle a class action lawsuit involving Polish laborers who demolished a building at ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Keystone pipeline leak likely caused by 2008 damage

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - A federal agency says a leak in TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota likely was caused by damage ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Some Vegas shooting victims want donation plan revised

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Some victims injured in the mass shooting at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas on Tuesday asked a committee in charge ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Army Reserve officer gets 4 years for defrauding government

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A high-ranking Army Reserve officer was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison and ordered to forfeit $4.4 million for fraudulently ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Eni receives federal permit for US Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A subsidiary of an Italian energy company has received a federal permit to drill the first oil exploration wells in U.S ...

November 28, 2017 | | Nation


Condor group wants more hunters to avoid lead bullets

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - An effort to bring one of the world's largest birds back from the brink of extinction is expanding after northern Arizona ...

November 26, 2017 | | Nation


Conyers steps aside from Judiciary post amid sex allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top ...

November 26, 2017 | | Nation


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