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California malpractice cap generates big spending
SACRAMENTO — Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003. But under California’s 1970s-era medical malpractic...
By Judy Lin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama expressed confidence Wednesday about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus. “We’re ca...
By Jim Kuhnhenn The Associated Press FULL STORY
Study looks at lane splitting in California
SACRAMENTO — A California study of a driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by going between lanes finds the practice poses no more danger than riding a motorcycle in general. If the motorcyclist, however, is speeding or riding more than 10 mph faster than traffic, the risk...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Student back in U.S. after being stuck in Mexico
SAN DIEGO — A Mexico-born Harvard University student has returned to the United States after being stuck for months in his native country when he crossed the border without permission. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service initially declared that Dario Guerrero Meneses effectively deported...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong. The men claimed se...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Two dead in shooting attack at Canada’s war memorial
OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that rocked the building with the boom of gunfire and forced lawmakers to barricade themselves in meeting rooms. The gunman was shot to d...
By Jeremy Hansworth and Rob Giles The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers OK fighters for Syria
IRBIL, Iraq — Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State militants in the key border town of Kobani, providing much-needed boots on the ground. The unprecedented deployment wil...
By Bram Janssen and Zeina Karam The Associated Press FULL STORY
Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station
JERUSALEM — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack. The girl and her parents, who were injured in the...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Teens’ travel renews concerns about terror appeal
DENVER — Three teenage girls being investigated for trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an “online predator” who encouraged them, a school official said Wednesday, as U.S. officials tried to determine how they made it to Europe without anyone knowing and whether terror...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California
SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California’s historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at 6.07 pounds, the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. The nugget’s finder asked dealer Don Kagin to keep his name an...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man admits to marijuana grow in national forest
SACRAMENTO — A Mexican national had pleaded guilty to growing thousands of marijuana plants in a Northern California national forest. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento said that 30-year-old Mario Lopez-Parra pleaded guilty Wednesday to growing 7,589 marijuana plants in the Shasta Trinity...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
New Mexico man’s typo costs him thousands on bill
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico man says he made an error while paying his electric bill that led him to overpay by thousands of dollars. The Public Service Company of New Mexico says it could take weeks to get him his money back. KOB-TV reports that Rio Rancho attorney Ira Karmiol overpaid a ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Man’s ashes to be scattered in fireworks display
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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White House fence jumper charged with assault
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Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall
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Brazilian companies raise Chiquita offer to $681M
NEW YORK — Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana ..
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