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• ASTRONOMERS SPOT MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Cancer risk with fibroid procedure

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Salmonella decline seen in food

NEW YORK (AP) - The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Merck tablet gets OK t to reduce ragweed allergies

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck & Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Facebook rolls out location- sharing feature

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Chipotle plans first price hike in 3 years as popularity soars

DENVER (AP) - Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Target expands subscription service

NEW YORK (AP) - Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers' homes.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Wal-Mart jumps into money transfer business

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

April 17, 2014 | | Nation


Diabetic heart attacks & strokes falling

NEW YORK (AP) - In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Fake abduction in park outrages bystanders

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) - Police are investigating possible charges against people who staged a fake kidnapping in a park, terrifying parents and children who thought it was real.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Teen pees in reservoir, Portland dumping 38M gallons of water

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Armed robber was never told to report to prison 13 years ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Man charged with marathon hoax

BOSTON (AP) - The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Court upholds Snowden email firm contempt

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a contempt of court citation against an email service provider used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

April 16, 2014 | | Nation


Research finds signs of brain changes in marijuana smokers

NEW YORK (AP) - A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

April 15, 2014 | | Nation


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Trump is amassing delegates who might not be loyal to him

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Police: Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped

SEATTLE (AP) - A man dismembered a nurse and mother of three in her suburban home then drove her head and other remains to Seattle, where ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Judge: says using Confederate emblem on flags ‘anti-American’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge said Tuesday that the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Jury: Firefighter fraudulently collected disability pension

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former firefighter accused of collecting a state disability pension while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook: New ways to chat, stream video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Looking for new ways to engage with its audience, Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


NY to become latest state to exempt tampons from sales tax

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is poised to become the latest state to repeal its sales tax on tampons in response to a national ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

DETROIT (AP) - The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Demand for the new Tesla is wild, limited to tech fans

FREMONT (AP) - Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


CDC: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) - The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


New steps to help people with disabilities and student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven, safeguarding their Social Security payments.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


The rich have longer longevity

CHICAGO (AP) - The richest Americans live at least 10 years longer on average than the poorest, but that gap isn't as wide in many ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Bernie Sanders leads in likability

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders is still behind when it comes to delegates and votes, but he has one clear advantage over his Democratic and Republican ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Mom gets prison for lying to police in potty training death

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) - A Utah judge handed down the maximum sentence Monday to a mother who acknowledged lying to investigators after what police call her ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


White officer gets probation in black driver’s shooting death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A white South Carolina police officer who was charged with a felony for shooting and killing a black driver at the ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


Utah polygamy ban restored in loss for ‘Sister Wives’ family

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court restored Utah's ban on polygamy Monday, handing a defeat to the family from TV's "Sister ...

April 11, 2016 | | Nation


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