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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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Wayward sea lion snarls traffic in Sonoma

SAUSALITO. (AP) - A wayward sea lion snarled Monday morning traffic on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway before it was caught and taken to a ...

April 04, 2016 | | Nation


Ex-US tax court judge, husband indicted in tax evasion case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former U.S. Tax Court judge and her husband have been indicted on charges in Minnesota that they conspired to evade at ...

April 04, 2016 | | Nation


Men assaulted 9-year-old while mother smoked meth in garage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Four men have been arrested for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in a Utah home while her mother was in the ...

April 04, 2016 | | Nation


Right-to-die group comes up with new, cheaper medication

SEATTLE (AP) - Right-to-die advocates in Washington state have created a cheaper alternative mixture of medications to help terminally ill patients legally end their lives after ...

April 03, 2016 | | Nation


Amtrak train hits backhoe, 2 workers die

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - An Amtrak train struck a piece of heavy equipment just south of Philadelphia on Sunday, causing a derailment that killed two Amtrak ...

April 03, 2016 | | Nation


Activists try to calm fears over transgenders, bathrooms

NEW YORK (AP) - Stung by setbacks related to their access to public restrooms, transgender Americans are taking steps to play a more prominent and vocal ...

April 03, 2016 | | Nation


Crow Tribe elder, historian Joe Medicine Crow dies

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Tribe, has died. He was ...

April 03, 2016 | | Nation


Development based on LDS founder’s plan finds few fans

SHARON, Vt. (AP) - An obelisk soars into the sky on a hill in central Vermont, marking the birthplace of the founder of the Church of ...

April 03, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: Kasich is ‘taking my votes’

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Donald Trump on Sunday called for John Kasich to drop out of the Republican presidential race, arguing that the Ohio governor shouldn't ...

April 03, 2016 | | Nation


Some farms getting full water supplies

FRESNO (AP) - Many California farmers expect to receive full deliveries of irrigation water this year from a vast system of canals and reservoirs run by ...

April 02, 2016 | | Nation


Officers who killed hostage taker wounded victim

REDLANDS (AP) - Officers who fatally shot a man holding a gun to his former girlfriend's back during a two-hour standoff outside an Office Depot ...

April 02, 2016 | | Nation


Air quality appointment angers environmentalists

DIAMOND BAR (AP) - The board that regulates Southern California's air quality, having angered environmentalists last month by firing its longtime director, angered them again ...

April 02, 2016 | | Nation


Trooper, suspect die in bus station shooting; 2 hurt

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A gunman fatally shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


Fiancee of man killed by police says he was shot in the back

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee woman says her fiance was shot in the back by an officer as he was surrendering a rifle to her ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


US spy agency selects St. Louis location over Illinois

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A U.S. spy agency seeking a new $1.6 billion home for its western regional headquarters expects to remain in St ...

March 31, 2016 | | Nation


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