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Ryan prepares to take on skilled debater Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) - To prepare for his biggest test yet on the national stage, untested debater Paul Ryan has been hauling two thick briefing books around the country and intently studying up on Vice President Joe Biden, who has been sparring over public policy since the Wisconsin congressman was learning how to talk.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


End of the line for returnable Coca-Cola bottle

NEW YORK (AP) - It's the end of an era for Coca-Cola lovers, as the last 6.5-ounce returnable, glass bottle rolls off the production line.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

PA. STUDENTS DISCIPLINED FOR PIC OF DJ WITH BRAS: IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - A school district has disciplined students after a disc jockey posted a Facebook picture in which he holds bras thrown at him during a recent homecoming dance.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


49ers offense seeks another big day against NY Giants Sunday

SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


Biden likely to play 'hardball' in VP debate with Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


Republicans hammer witnesses on Libya attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four weeks before the election, Republicans used a politically charged House hearing to confront State Department officials about security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya and assail the Obama administration's early response to the killing of the ambassador and three other Americans there.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


Alice Cooper helps launch rock academy for South Dakota youth

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - To all the girls and boys, makin' all that noise: Alice Cooper has found you some new toys.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


What are you doing on 10-11-12?

NEW YORK (AP) - So what are you doing on Thursday?

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


Details of fatal beauty surgery at Pa. hotel

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia woman known as "the Black Madam" performed deadly cosmetic surgery on a London dancer in an airport hotel room, then used Krazy Glue to close the wounds and fled when the client went into respiratory distress, a witness testified Wednesday.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


2 dead, 1 trapped in parking garage collapse

MIAMI (AP) - A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed Wednesday, killing two people and trapping two others in the rubble, officials said. One worker was rescued amid the debris, but authorities said it could be days before they are able to get the other one out. At least one other was unaccounted for.

October 10, 2012 | | Nation


State Dept. officials say they didn't link Libya attack to video; at odds with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


US to warn about counterfeit air bags

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is preparing to warn car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years that dangerous counterfeit bags may have been installed, according to auto industry officials who have been briefed by the government.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Odd News

POLICE: MAN TRIES TO ROB BANK OF $1 IN PRISON BID: NORTHERN CAMBRIA, Pa. (AP) - A man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Police: Student took LSD before shooting

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A nude University of South Alabama freshman had taken LSD and assaulted others before he chased the campus police officer who fatally shot him, authorities said Tuesday, though the student wasn't armed and didn't touch the officer.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


Big Bird flies high in 2012 presidential campaign via Obama television ad spot

NEW YORK (AP) - Big Bird is flying high in the 2012 presidential campaign.

October 09, 2012 | | Nation


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Starbucks sales rise with help of revamped food

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


General Motors profit falls 85% on recall costs

DETROIT (AP) - Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Obama slams company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


California AG to help illegals get lawyers

WEST SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's attorney general said Thursday she is helping secure lawyers to represent minors from Central America during immigration hearings.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state appeals court on Thursday upheld a proposed route for California's high-speed rail line connecting the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Los Banos man gets 14 years for raping men in bathroom

LOS BANOS (AP) - A Central California man has been sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison following his conviction on charges that he drugged and raped two men.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Outcry saves rare redwood from being chopped down in Cotati

COTATI (AP) - A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

July 24, 2014 | | Nation


Fire season in expected to get much worse

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less than half the 10-year average area so far this summer.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Salmon, steelhead get help

FRESNO (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled ambitious plans aimed at helping endangered salmon and steelhead thrive again in Central California rivers.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution got underway

PHOENIX (AP) - A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Senator: PTSD made him plagiarize

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Nazi war suspect dies as extradition OK’d

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Man stabbed ex 84 times, put pig mask on her

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A man was convicted Wednesday of fatally stabbing his ex-wife 84 times and covering her face with a pig mask.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


Getting paid for posts? New twist for Social networking

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.

July 23, 2014 | | Nation


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