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  • FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012, 11:28 A.M.

    Gov’t to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that’s a federal crime. This is …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012, 10:42 A.M.

    Plan to streamline solar development in West OK’d

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 9:31 P.M.

    US affirms steep tariffs on China solar panels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration upheld steep tariffs on Chinese solar panels Wednesday, finding that improper trade practices have undermined an American solar industry that the largest U.S. manufacturer …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 3:07 P.M.

    Soldiers claim illness after guarding KBR in Iraq

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A war contractor knew a critical southern Iraq oilfield plant was riddled with a well-known toxin but ignored the risk to soldiers while hurrying the project …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 12:38 P.M.

    Experts: Global warming means more Antarctic ice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching farther than ever before. And yet in this confounding region of the world, that spreading …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012, 1:02 A.M.

    Alaska village short of water as winter approaches

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Inupiat Eskimo villagers in a small Alaska community are facing six long months of melting ice and snow nearly every time they want to cook a …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012, 6:52 A.M.

    Rise in California gas price slows, remains record

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The rise in California gasoline prices has slowed after recent jarring increases, but nonetheless the cost of a gallon inched up to another record high, even …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012, 12:35 A.M.

    Officials hope ‘winter-blend’ gas will drop prices

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State leaders — and drivers — hope to see gasoline prices drop soon, now that California officials have approved the release of “winter-blend” fuel that is …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012, 11:43 A.M.

    Release of ‘winter-blend’ gas could reduce prices

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State air pollution regulators said Monday that California’s air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably after the governor ordered the release of a dirtier blend …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012, 12:35 P.M.

    Obama to designate Chavez home as nat’l monument

    KEENE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Ybarra’s trailer is one of two left on the property that for over two decades was home to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez and farmworkers …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 12:43 P.M.

    Calif. refinery back online amid soaring prices

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 6:19 A.M.

    Calif. gas prices jump by up to 20 cents overnight

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 2:10 A.M.

    Parasailing a thrill yet peaceful too

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — I’m not afraid of heights, or flying, or thrill rides. So I didn’t hesitate to take a parasail ride for an Associated Press story about …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 2 A.M.

    Fatal parasail accidents renew calls for rules

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Soaring high above the ocean, tethered to a boat, a parasail ride is at once exhilarating and peaceful, even quiet. But every year, there are …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012, 12:50 A.M.

    Analysts: Spike in Calif. gas prices may linger

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The recent spike in gasoline prices around the nation is expected to wane slowly in coming weeks, but California may not be so lucky due to …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012, 6:47 A.M.

    High court rejects challenge to roadless rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests. The justices …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012, 12:51 P.M.

    Burnt money, campus ban: Tidbits on Colo. shooter

    DENVER (AP) — The suspect in the Aurora movie shooting case mailed “burnt currency,” along with a notebook, to his psychiatrist before the attack. He threatened a professor and was …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 2:45 P.M.

    Deal reached for huge desalination plant in Calif.

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Water Authority announced a tentative agreement Thursday to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 2:28 P.M.

    EPA pushes tough asbestos standard for Mont. town

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposed standard for federal cleanup of asbestos contamination in a Montana town concludes that even a tiny amount of the material can lead to lung …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 2:19 P.M.

    Chef found guilty of murder in boiled body case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A chef who told police he boiled his wife’s body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder. David …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012, 2:31 A.M.

    New data on Wyo. frack site await interpretation

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The meaning of reams of new data from groundwater testing in a remote Wyoming gas field where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sparked concern last year …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2012, 2:46 P.M.

    East Coast weather satellite fails, spare used

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. weather satellite that tracks the East Coast and Atlantic hurricanes is broken. Meteorologists are scrambling to fill in lost data for forecasters with a spare …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012, 4:43 P.M.

    Gas drilling protests held in US, other countries

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Demonstrators in the United States and other countries protested Saturday against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking that they say threatens public health and the …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012, 10:44 A.M.

    Desalination no panacea for Calif. water woes

    MARINA, Calif. (AP) — In the Central California coastal town of Marina, a $7 million desalination plant that can turn salty ocean waves into fresh drinking water sits idle behind …


  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2012, 1:46 A.M.

    After victory lap, Endeavor rolls to retirement

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour rocketed beyond Earth orbit 25 times. Its 26th mission: A 12-mile commute through the streets of Los Angeles to its new retirement home …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012, 4:03 P.M.

    Endeavour swans California skies in whirlwind tour

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The people became the paparazzi Friday, aiming their lenses not at the latest starlet, but toward the sky to catch a glimpse of an aging superstar …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012, 3:50 P.M.

    Obama declares Chimney Rock a national monument

    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A dramatic rock formation in southwestern Colorado that was home to ancestors of the Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago now has protection as a national monument …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012, 3:28 P.M.

    9/11, Va. Tech. mediator to dole out Aurora funds

    DENVER (AP) — The mediator who oversaw compensation for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks will oversee the distribution of money donated to the victims of the deadly shooting at …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012, 3:12 P.M.

    Polar bear bill ties Senate in knots

    WASHINGTON (AP) — On its last day in session before the election, the Senate tied itself in knots over 41 polar bear carcasses that hunters want to bring home from …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012, 9:55 A.M.

    Ariz. school lands free Mass. Christian campus

    BOSTON (AP) — The owners of an historic campus in the hills of western Massachusetts announced Friday that they’ll give it away to a Christian college from Arizona that plans …


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