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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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Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids’ clothing

NEW YORK (AP) - Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to ...

July 25, 2016 | | Nation


Poll shows support is growing for stricter laws

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


Judge tosses woman’s tornado- related suit against Home Depot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has tossed out a woman's lawsuit against Home Depot over the deaths of her husband and two ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


University of Florida linebacker stops sexual assault of woman

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


Pro-Sanders, anti-fracking marchers hit Philly streets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators took to Philadelphia's sweltering streets Sunday, cheering, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


Democrats bedeviled a new by email

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - On the heels of a tumultuous Republican convention, Hillary Clinton arrives in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking Democratic Party united behind ...

July 24, 2016 | | Nation


Fortune, friction and decline as casino ‘Chinatown’ matures

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - No ornate archway marks it. No obvious business district with exotic signs and storefronts sets it apart. But in the quiet neighborhoods ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Records: Minnesota officer may have interacted with Castile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota police officer and the black motorist he shot to death during a traffic stop may have interacted in a previous stop ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Trump seeks to dismiss lawsuit over Trump University

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One day after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States, his lawyers will be in court to ...

July 21, 2016 | | Nation


Chapman’s 105.1 mph pitch matches fastest since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The 105.1 mph pitch from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to Baltimore's J.J. Hardy matched the fastest since Major League ...

July 20, 2016 | | Nation


Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

SACRAMENTO (AP) - More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Melania Trump ignites GOP convention after gloom, turmoil

CLEVELAND (AP) - After a harsh primary, Donald Trump's general election campaign officially opened with a warm and personal validation from his wife, Melania Trump ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


In medical mystery, caregiver of Zika patient gets virus

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A person who cared for a Zika-infected relative in Utah also got the virus, but exactly how it was transmitted is ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Textbook reignites Mexican- American studies flap in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Activists and educators on Monday called a Mexican-American studies textbook proposed for use across Texas biased and poorly researched and argued that ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


Pulse gunman repeatedly taunted for being Muslim

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The gunman who opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub last month had complained he was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in ...

July 19, 2016 | | Nation


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