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Tesla, UNLV announce battery research partnership
Electric car company Tesla announced details Wednesday about a plan to invest $1 million into battery research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. UNLV President Len Jessup joined Tesla Vice President Diarmuid O’Connell and Gov. Brian Sandoval on campus to discuss the partnership, which was o...
By Michelle Rindels The Associated Press FULL STORY
Group launches new effort to boost state cigarette tax
SACRAMENTO — Proponents of an effort to raise California’s cigarette tax have launched a new effort to raise the cigarette tax by $2 a pack, this time with support from wealthy donor Tom Steyer. A group that includes the California Medical Association, American Lung Association and Service Emp...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Private database lets police skirt license plate data limits
LONG BEACH, — For years, police nationwide have used patrol car-mounted scanners to automatically photograph and log the whereabouts of peoples’ cars, uploading the images into databases they’ve used to identify suspects in crimes from theft to murder. Nowadays, they are also increasingly buy...
By Tami Abdollah The Associated Press FULL STORY
South Carolina still on edge from floods; two die in truck
COLUMBIA, S.C. — It could take until the weekend for the threat of flooding to ease in storm-tattered South Carolina, where a senator warned of a potential billion-dollar cleanup bill, two more people died in the floodwaters and the flagship university sent a home football game 700 miles away. R...
By Adam Beam and Meg Kinnard The Associated Press FULL STORY
If he runs, Biden would be only Dem backing the Trans-Pacific Partnership
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden became the only prospective or current Democratic presidential candidate supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton declared her opposition. A longtime darling of unions, Biden has been skeptical of previous sweeping free ...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Senate OKs massive defense bill, sends measure to Obama
WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill that he has threatened to veto over an ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans about government spending. The Senate voted to approve the measure 70 to 27. If Obama vetoes the defe...
By Deb Riechman The Associated Press FULL STORY
House conservatives opposed to McCarthy, search for alternative
WASHINGTON — The House’s most hard-edged conservatives are anxious to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker, but they’re outnumbered and their chosen candidate lacks support. That leaves the Californian the heavy favorite when Republicans pick their candidate to repla...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama apologizes to aid group for U.S. attack on Afghan clinic
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. Obama’s teleph...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Officials: Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria
BAGHDAD — Iran played an integral role leading up to Russia’s move to launch its air campaign in Syria and play a stronger role in Iraq, with one of Tehran’s most powerful generals meeting for three hours with President Vladimir Putin to push for intervention, Iraqi government officials tell t...
By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Vivian Salama The Associated Press FULL STORY
Russia fires cruise missiles from warships into Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. The missiles flew ne...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Anxious Israelis told to be on alert amid wave of attacks
JERUSALEM — Palestinian assailants carried out a series of stabbings across Israel on Wednesday, jolting an anxious country unnerved by weeks of unrest as clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators raged across the West Bank. The violence forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how bodies repair damage to DNA
STOCKHOLM — Tomas Lindahl was eating his breakfast in England on Wednesday when the call came — ostensibly, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It occurred to him that this might be a hoax, but then the caller started speaking Swedish. It was no joke: Lindahl and two others had won the ...
By Karl Ritter and Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press FULL STORY
Toddler found alive in home with dead mother, baby brother
LOS ANGELES — Police say a toddler’s cry led officers to discover the bodies of his baby brother and their adopted mother inside a Los Angeles apartment. Police Officer Liliana Preciado says officers went to the apartment in Hollywood Monday afternoon after someone who heard a child’s cry cal...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police: Man killed mother, desecrated body
FREMONT — A Fremont man suspected of killing his mother last week told detectives he hit the retired teacher over the head with an ax, shot her in the back at least four times, and then sliced her chest open with a knife. According to court documents released Tuesday, Omar Malik Pattigen describe...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Connecticut university student arrested over mac and cheese
STORRS, Conn. — A University of Connecticut student faces criminal charges over a confrontation with a campus food court manager who wouldn’t let him buy macaroni and cheese with bacon and jalapeno peppers. A 9-minute, obscenity-laced video clip posted online shows freshman Luke Gatti arguing w...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ohio man calls cops to complain he got too high on marijuana
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Police in Ohio say they were called to a house by a man who complained he’d gotten too high smoking marijuana. The Youngstown Vindicator reports that Austintown Township police on Friday found the 22-year-old man curled in a fetal position on the floor, groaning and surround...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Denali name change trickles down to fast-food burger
SOLDOTNA, Alaska — The name change of North America’s tallest mountain is rippling down to a fast-food chain. The extra-large sized McKinley Mac available at Alaska McDonald’s restaurants will now be marketed as the Denali Mac. The change comes after President Barack Obama in August renamed...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker
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Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany
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US airman who helped thwart French train attack is stabbed
SACRAMENTO — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who was hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunm..
Syrian general says Russian strikes aid ground offensive
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's top general on Thursday said Russian strikes had helped government force..
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