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Undercover agents get subsidized ‘Obamacare’ using fake identities
WASHINGTON — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The weak link seemed to be call centers that handled applications for frazzled consume...
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California’s salmon, steelhead get help
FRESNO — State and federal wildlife officials have unveiled ambitious plans aimed at helping endangered salmon and steelhead thrive again in Central California rivers. The fish were abundant, migrating from the Pacific through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and up rivers, but dams were built, b...
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Lawyers delay corruption trial of Sen. Calderon
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors and defense lawyers have agreed to delay the public corruption trial of state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother until next year. Lawyers filed a stipulation in Los Angeles federal court Monday to move the trial to May 19. It had been scheduled for September. Calderon, ...
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House and Senate advance competing border proposals
WASHINGTON — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear...
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Hondurans deported back to a bleak future
TOCOA, Honduras — Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago. Then the killers came looking for her. Ramirez had seen Facebook messages an...
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Gov.: Border crossings a humanitarian issue
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday the arrival of unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is more of a humanitarian issue than a political one. The Democrat said the state “is willing to do its part” but offered no details on what it might do or what actions he might...
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Social Security spent $300M on ‘IT boondoggle’
WASHINGTON — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a pr...
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Bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, nearly silent ceremony contr...
By Dorothee Thiesing and Mstyslav Chernov The Associated Press FULL STORY
China detains employees of suspect meat seller
BEIJING — Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier. China’s food safety agency said on its websit...
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U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to at least 695 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Underscori...
By Ibrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg The Associated Press FULL STORY
Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed on Penghu in the...
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Woman: Backyard near turnpike is not a rest stop
STAHLSTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols. The woman, Crystal King, tells WTAE-TV that her backyard in Stahlstown, about 50 miles southeast of Pitt...
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Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge
NEW YORK — Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge’s two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones. The security breach at one of the city’s...
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