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  • Salmonella confirmed in peanut butter plant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe’s and several other …


  • Obama: Jobs report shows economy is on right track

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama says an encouraging jobs report shows that the country has made too much progress to turn back to the policies that he says …


  • Parents decide not to sue in Rutgers webcam case

    The parents of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to see him kissing another man have decided not to sue the university or …


  • AP sources: Possible friendly fire in shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating the possibility that the fatal shooting of a U.S. border patrol agent and the wounding of another was a case of friendly fire, …


  • Romney blasts Obama despite drop in unemployment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says a drop in the nation’s unemployment rate to 7.8 percent “is not what a real recovery looks like.” The former Massachusetts …


  • 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 …


  • Texas test scandal ex-school chief faces 3.5 years

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A former superintendent is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his part in a scheme to fraudulently improve high-stakes school testing scores in the El …


  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. US JOBLESS RATE TAKES UNEXPECTED TURN


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Clinics rush to warn patients of tainted steroid

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health providers are scrambling to notify patients in nearly two dozen states that steroid shots they got for back pain may have been contaminated with a …


  • Romney’s Medicare plan raises cost questions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan won’t try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say. Budget experts …


  • Idaho discovers it’s tough to return a mansion

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The hilltop mansion was a gift to Idaho from potato magnate J.R. Simplot, meant as a residence befitting the governor. Instead, it’s become a money pit, …


  • Calif. parole board OKs Manson follower’s release

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A parole board panel has recommended the release of a former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years for a double murder Manson engineered, but it’s …


  • 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 …


  • SF prelate jokes about DUI charge at installation

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded …


  • Scalia says abortion, gay rights are easy cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest …


  • Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concludes. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly …


  • Criminal freed over Mass. lab scandal skips court

    BOSTON (AP) — Career criminal Marcus Pixley got a break when his bail was reduced after allegations that a state police lab chemist put thousands of drug cases like his …


  • Broadway producer says he was fraud victim

    NEW YORK (AP) — The psychological thriller “Rebecca” was a hit for author Daphne du Maurier and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Leave it to Broadway to one-up the master of suspense. …


  • Teachers, bosses charged in NJ school sex scandal

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Six months ago, a student came to Triton High School Principal Catherine DePaul with a disturbing story: She believed another student was involved in a sexual …


  • Broadway producer says he was fraud victim

    NEW YORK (AP) — A producer who had hoped to bring the psychological thriller “Rebecca” to Broadway as a musical now believes the troubled show was the victim of a …


  • Teachers, bosses charged in NJ school sex scandal

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Three New Jersey high school teachers are charged with having improper sexual relationships with female students — and two administrators face charges for allegedly covering it …


  • Criminal freed over Mass. lab scandal skips court

    BOSTON (AP) — Career criminal Marcus Pixley, whose bail was reduced after allegations that a state police lab chemist mishandled thousands of drug samples, has become a fugitive. A Suffolk …


  • Romney on ‘47 percent’: I was ‘completely wrong’

    FISHERSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay federal income taxes as “not elegantly stated.” …


  • SF archbishop jokes about recent DUI arrest

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith’s most sacred rites, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday without referring to …


  • Man accused of being Russia agent didn’t mingle

    HOUSTON (AP) — In his suburban Houston neighborhood, at least, Alexander Fishenko kept a low profile, living well but never mingling with others on his block. All the while, U.S. …


  • Top military officer opposes general’s demotion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s top military officer is opposing the demotion of a four-star general who is accused of spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on lavish travel and …


  • Panel recommends parole for Manson family member

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Manson won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance …


  • Man accused of being Russia agent kept low profile

    HOUSTON (AP) — An immigrant from Kazakhstan who U.S. authorities say is at the center of a scheme that illicitly funneled cutting-edge microelectronics to Russia apparently tried to keep a …

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