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  • 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 …


  • Obama chides Congress for departing with much left

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is faulting Congress for leaving town with several pieces of unfinished business on its plate, including measures to help veterans, farmers and homeowners. Obama …


  • Corruption trial opens for former Detroit mayor

    DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick repeatedly stuffed his bank account and paid off credit cards with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, the illegal fruit of …


  • Detroit’s former mayor faces corruption trial

    DETROIT (AP) — After a last-ditch effort to move the case out of Detroit failed, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is returning to court for the start of a corruption trial …


  • Bourbon Street ‘no preaching’ law challenged

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A street preacher sued on Thursday to block a city ordinance that restricts religious or political speech on Bourbon Street after dark. In his federal lawsuit, …


  • After teachers strike, doubts about implications

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel secured an extension of Chicago’s school day and empowered principals to hire the teachers they want. Teachers were able to soften a new evaluation …


  • Texas town’s rental ban gets second hearing

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Dallas suburb has asked a federal appeals court to uphold an ordinance that would ban illegal immigrants from renting homes in the town. The full …


  • Planned AEG sale means hazy future for LA sports

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A for-sale sign for the owner of the Staples Center arena, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy and a stake in the …


  • Texas town’s rental ban to get second hearing

    DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas suburb’s long, expensive fight to ban illegal immigrants from renting homes will have perhaps its most important hearing before a largely conservative group of judges …


  • Chicago mayor: Court must end teachers’ strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appeal to the courts to end a six-day Chicago teachers strike set off a new round of recriminations Monday but did not appear to …


  • Chicago teachers strike enters 2nd week

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that’s entering its second week and has left …


  • Weighing offer, Chicago teachers remain on strike

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff …


  • Israeli PM makes case on Iran to US voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case on Iran directly to U.S. voters Sunday, telling the American public in televised interviews that the White House must …


  • Israeli PM makes takes case on Iran to US voters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a direct appeal to American voters on Sunday to elect a president willing to draw a “red line” with Iran, comparing …


  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public …


  • Judge strikes down Wis. law limiting union rights

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Friday struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most …


  • On Bourbon Street, party but don’t preach at night

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden. Two weeks …


  • More progress reported in Chicago strike talks

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than 350,000 public school students spent a fifth day out of class Friday as bargaining to end the city’s teachers strike dragged on ahead of a …


  • NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groundbreaking attempt …


  • NYC bans big sugary drinks at eateries, theaters

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas …


  • NYC big-soda crackdown plan goes to vote Thursday

    NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York City’s most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan …


  • Hobby Lobby sues over morning-after pill coverage

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Christian-oriented Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a mandate in the nation’s health care overhaul law that requires employers to provide coverage …


  • Portland, Ore., approves adding fluoride to water

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland’s water, meaning Oregon’s biggest city is no longer the largest holdout in the U.S. …


  • Indian capital to ban use of all plastic bags

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The government of India’s capital is hoping that a strict ban on plastic bags will help the environment. An engineer with Delhi’s government says that starting …


  • Intense systems of thunderstorm soak Southwest

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wild summer thunderstorms slammed parts of the Southwest, stranding residents in Navajo Nation in their homes in northern Arizona and leaving an already squalid mobile …


  • Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

    CHICAGO (AP) — For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation …


  • Wounded flood hospitals in Syria’s largest city

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — It had been a calm day in Aleppo’s Shifa Hospital, said Dr. Osman al-Haj Osman, his face etched with exhaustion from just three hours of sleep. …


  • In Portland, fluoride debate is ideological clash

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s a dental story told so often it borders on cliche. When someone moves to Portland from another state — and that’s most people you meet …


  • In liberal Portland, fluoride issue resurfaces

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland is the largest city in the United States that has yet to approve fluoridation to combat tooth decay. That is expected to change when the …


  • Chicago teachers strike in bitter contract dispute

    CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time in a quarter century, Chicago teachers walked out of the classroom Monday, taking a bitter contract dispute over evaluations and job security to …

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