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One in four wells in California farm area show high uranium
SAN FRANCISCO — One in four household water wells in parts of California’s Central Valley contains potentially harmful levels of uranium, a U.S. Geological Survey study said. The federal study attributed the higher-than-expected uranium levels to farming in the Central Valley, which is one of t...
By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled
WASHINGTON — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police. Waze is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. Fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the fr...
By Eileen Sullivan The Associated Press FULL STORY
Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it’s his
WASHINGTON — A 2-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security — and a growing threat from the sky. A man later came forward to say he was responsib...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Conviction upheld over contributions to Sen. Harry Reid
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Harry Reid’s 2010 reelection campaign. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore’s contention that the evidenc...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
New Jersey’s Christie launches political action committee
NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken his firmest step yet toward running for president, launching an organization that allows him to raise money for a potential 2016 campaign. Opening the political action committee allows Christie to begin to hire staffers, build the foundation...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Russia defiant after threats from West over Ukraine
MOSCOW — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a “NATO foreign legion,” reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk. While the Russian ru...
By Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press FULL STORY
Greece’s first radical left prime minister sworn in
ATHENS, Greece — Tieless and eschewing the traditional religious swearing-in ceremony, but with a surprise coalition deal in the bag and a sanguine international reception, radical left leader Alexis Tsipras took over Monday as austerity-wracked Greece’s new prime minister. Hours earlier, the 4...
By Nicholas Pahitis The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Spielberg warns of growing anti-Semitism at Holocaust event
KRAKOW, Poland — Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the “perennial demons of intolerance” from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity. His warning came in a speech to dozen...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Snowstorm threatens to paralyze the Northeast
NEW YORK — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was coating cars and buildin...
By Meghan Barr The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Kurds celebrate ousting IS militants from Kobani
BEIRUT — Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurds raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group’s...
By Zsina Karam The Associated Press FULL STORY
Japan seeks Jordan’s help in gaining hostage’s release
TOKYO — A Japanese diplomat emerged from talks in Jordan on Monday with no signs of progress in securing the release of a freelance journalist held hostage by the extremist Islamic State group. Japanese officials refused direct comment on the contents of the talks in Jordan, where Japanese Deputy...
By Elaine Kurtenbach The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Stocks eke out small gains after drifting
U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. Major stock indexes barely budged early as investors took in stride the election of a Greek political party that has called for the elimination of some that nation’s rescue loans. Market players also weigh...
By Alex Veiga The Associated Press FULL STORY
IBM ‘flatly denies’ report of mass layoffs
SAN FRANCISCO — Calling it “ridiculous” and “baseless,” IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people. The company “flatly denies” the Forbes report, IBM spokesman Ian Colley said in a phone interview. IBM pre...
By Brandon Bailey The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Union: California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement
SAN FRANCISCO — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 hospitals and 65 clinics across North...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mattel CEO resigns, toy maker results miss expectations
Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results that fell far short of analyst expectations. Shares of the El Segundo, California, company slumped Monday after it announced preliminary numbers for the...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache
SAN FRANCISCO — The pink mustache is out. Lyft, a company that allows customers to use a smartphone app to book and pay for rides in a private car, is pulling the pink furry mustache that drivers display on the front of their cars and rolling out the new “glowstache” for the cars. At the Sa...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Microsoft earnings report doesn’t excite market
SAN FRANCISCO — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft’s quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Two small planes run out of fuel, crash-land off Hawaii
Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one briefly nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute. The five people aboard the planes survived after dramatic rescues, authorities said. In...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Woman gets bag full of cash at Burger King drive-thru
ROCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman got a surprise at a Burger King drive-thru: a bag full of cash instead of food. Janelle Jones says she discovered on the way home that the bag did not contain the sweet tea and junior spicy chicken sandwich that she had ordered Friday at the Rochester fast-...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
 
Suspected burglar falls through ceiling, lands near police
HOUSTON — Authorities say a man’s plans to break into a Houston store fell through, after he crashed through the ceiling and landed in front of police. Houston police say the man climbed a tree and onto the roof of a Family Dollar store early Sunday morning, then managed to break a hole in the ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Naked violinist sues over arrest in Portland last year
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland last year is suing police. The Oregonian reports that 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej claims authorities used excessive force and violated his First Amendment rights. He n...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
  
 
  


 
 
 
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White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans
WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits..
Record iPhone sales drive blowout quarter for Apple
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which help..
Yahoo to spin off Alibaba stake into separate company
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer is spinning off the company’s prized stake in China’s ..
US company outlooks worry investors, sending stocks lower
U.S. stocks slumped Tuesday after some of the market’s largest companies reported disappointing ea..
US consumer confidence jumps to 7 ½-year high in January
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers welcomed the new year with a surge in confidence. The Conference Bo..
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