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U.S. tightens smog limits in bid to protect health
WASHINGTON — In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental a...
By Josh Lederman and Dina Cappiello The Associated Press FULL STORY
Eyeing ’16, Hillary Clinton selective on policy issues
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton offered praise for President Barack Obama’s executive actions to stave off deportation for millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But the Democrats’ favored presidential hopeful has been less forthcoming on other issues in these early days of t...
By Ken Thomas The Associated Press FULL STORY
Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was expected back at work on Monday, but her hospitalization — just three weeks after elections han...
By Mark Sherman and Sam Hananel The Associated Press FULL STORY
Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls
CHICAGO — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the fi...
By Carla K. Johnson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Applications for U.S. jobless aid jump to 313,000
WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That’s the highest le...
By Christopher S. Ruaber The Associated Press FULL STORY
Researchers discover ‘pre-cancers’ in blood
Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these c...
By Marilynn Marchione The Associated Press FULL STORY
Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem
JERUSALEM — Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in Jerusalem in the face of the city’s worst wave of violence in nearly a decade. Police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city’s eastern sector and Old City — the location of its most sensiti...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Guinea, hit by Ebola, reports only 1 cholera case
CONAKRY, Guinea — The health workers rode on canoes and rickety boats to deliver cholera vaccines to remote islands in Guinea. Months later, the country has recorded only one confirmed cholera case this year, down from thousands. The rare success, overshadowed by the Ebola outbreak that has ravag...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
In Seattle, tofu turkeys get Thanksgiving pardons
SEATTLE — As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can’t. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soybean-based roast Friday, The Seattle Times reported this week. Spokesman Jason Kelly says Murray posed with the tofu turkey at City Hall to draw attenti...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Los Angeles freeway sign unveiled with typo
LOS ANGELES — No one noticed the mistake until the morning after the sign was installed above Interstate 710 in Southern California. A subcontractor had misspelled Olympic Boulevard with an “I” in place of the “Y.” The large green exit sign was covered with a tarp and eventually removed ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Passengers in Russia’s Arctic give airliner a push
MOSCOW — In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway. A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven crew members onboard was due to fly from the to...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Houston-area family rescues dog with jug on head
HOUSTON — A stray puppy with a plastic jug stuck on his head has been rescued — and freed from his headpiece. A Houston-area family says they saw the dog around the property for weeks. The jug, which was open on both ends, was part of a pet feeder in Audra Bohannon’s barn. She believes the d...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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