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Correction: Bernie Sanders-Wife-Investigation story |Jun 28, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) In a story June 26 about how wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders hiring attorneys to represent her during a federal investigation into a real estate deal she was involved with, The Associated Press reported erroneously when...

Westinghouse blocked in bid to seek $2B over nuclear plants |Jun 28, 2017

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) A Delaware court has reversed a decision that would have let Westinghouse Electric Co. try to recoup about $2 billion from a business partner over cost overruns at nuclear plant projects in Georgia and South...

Board: Pipeline security company operated without license |Jun 28, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota regulators are suing a North Carolina-based private security firm hired by the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, alleging it operated in the state without a license and has continued doing so...

Analysis: GOP health bill could cost California $114B |Jun 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California officials say the state's budget could take a $30 billion annual hit if health care legislation proposed by U.S. Senate Republicans is passed.An analysis released Wednesday by the state Department of Health...

Edmunds: Deals for July Fourth car shoppers |Jun 28, 2017

Summer is upon us, and that means car sales are in full swing. With the July Fourth holiday approaching, car dealership advertisements flood the airwaves and every deal sounds better than the one before it. Given all that noise, you might have a...

98-year-old activist arrested during pipeline protest |Jun 28, 2017

SANDISFIELD, Mass. (AP) A 98-year-old activist has been arrested on a trespassing charge during a protest at a natural gas pipeline project in Massachusetts.State police say Frances Crowe and seven other demonstrators were arrested last weekend...

7 couples from same town charged with public benefits fraud |Jun 28, 2017

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) Seven married couples from the same New Jersey shore town, including a rabbi and his wife, now face charges that they misrepresented their income to get a combined $2 million in public welfare benefits they weren't entitled...

Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy |Jun 28, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms. But since Addison's occupational therapist went out of business this winter, the child with a rare...

Carnegie Science Center gets $7.5M donation for new wing |Jun 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Carnegie Science Center has received its largest gift, a $7.5 million donation from PPG and its corporate foundation for the interactive museum in Pittsburgh.The gift is part of more than $42.5 million being spent on a new...

The Latest: Wife dropped from Pulse victims' lawsuit |Jun 28, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Latest on the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter (all times local):3:30 p.m.The wife of the gunman in the Orlando nightclub shooting has been dropped from a civil lawsuit brought by survivors of the massacre and...

Samsung investing $380M in South Carolina, creating 950 jobs |Jun 28, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Samsung is investing $380 million in South Carolina to manufacture home appliances, creating an estimated 950 jobs over the next three years, state and company officials announced Wednesday.The South Korean-based company is...

AP Source: Rockets to acquire Chris Paul from Clippers |Jun 28, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.The Clippers will get Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a...

Family investigated in 8 killings say they're being harassed |Jun 28, 2017

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) A family who Ohio authorities have called the "special focus" of an investigation into the slayings of eight members of a different family say they are being harassed by the state attorney general's office despite their...

Owners of Los Angeles hospital reach $42 million settlement |Jun 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors say the owners of a Los Angeles hospital have agreed to pay $42 million to settle allegations that they had improper financial relationships that could have induced doctors to refer patients for unnecessary...

Mormon church now allows female employees to wear pants |Jun 28, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Women who work at the Mormon church's headquarters in Salt Lake City are now allowed to wear pantsuits and dress slacks instead of just skirts or dresses.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent employees a memo...

Three Mile Island notifies regulators of intent to close |Jun 28, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) The owners of the Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant have formally notified regulators and a regional power grid operator of their previously announced intentions to close the plant.LNP newspaper reports...

Mid-July swearing in date set for California US House member |Jun 28, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Congressman-elect Jimmy Gomez is expected to finally join fellow Democrats in Washington on July 11. That's five weeks after he won a special election to replace Xavier Becerra, now California's attorney...

Markets Right Now: Stocks jump as banks make big gains |Jun 28, 2017

11:55 a.m.Stocks are climbing as banks rise along with interest rates and industrial and consumer-focused companies also make big gains.Interest rates continued to increase Wednesday, which will let banks make bigger profits on mortgages and...

Man hit and killed by train in Florida |Jun 28, 2017

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) Officials say a man has been fatally struck by a train in Florida.News outlets report that Palm Beach County Fire Rescue says the person died Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a train south of Lake Worth. Tri-Rail said...

San Jose woman pleads guilty in homeless tax fraud scheme |Jun 28, 2017

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a San Jose woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she stole social security numbers from homeless people and used them to file false tax returns.The U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco says a...

Man sentenced for money laundering in massive hacking scheme |Jun 28, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A Pakistani man has been sentenced to four years in prison for laundering nearly $20 million as part of an international computer and telephone hacking scheme.Muhammad Sohail Qasmani, formerly of Bangkok, Thailand, had pleaded...

Scrutiny for Houston congressman's Australian stock purchase |Jun 28, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) Texas U.S. Rep. John Culberson's purchase of stock in a little-known Australian biotech firm earlier this year has come under scrutiny and appears to be a likely issue as the Houston Republican seeks a 10th term next year.Culberson...

Highest-paid public college chiefs in 2016, by the numbers |Jun 28, 2017

The Chronicle of Higher Education on Wednesday released its annual study of compensation for presidents of public colleges and universities in fiscal year 2016. The survey of more than 150 executives found that average total compensation...

US stock indexes wavering in morning trading; oil rises |Jun 27, 2017

U.S. stock indexes were wavering between small gains and losses Tuesday morning as investors sized up the latest company and economic news. Phone and utilities companies were among the biggest decliners. Banks led the gainers. Energy stocks also...

The Latest: State has little comment on abortion law suit |Jun 27, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Latest on lawsuit challenging Louisiana's abortion clinic licensing laws (all times local):4:50 p.m.The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says lawyers are still evaluating a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's licensing laws...

Number of people using Facebook reaches 2 billion |Jun 27, 2017

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than 2 billion users.CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the new marker was reached early Tuesday and in a Facebook post said that he's proud of the role his...

Family of train crash victim files wrongful death lawsuit |Jun 27, 2017

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The family of a woman killed when a New Jersey Transit commuter train slammed into a station last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against the agency.Fabiola Bittar de Kroon's family is seeking unspecified...

Florida bitcoin processing boss gets 5 1/2 years in prison |Jun 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A Florida man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by a judge who said he used a "pyramid of lies" to boost a business that helped criminals process millions of dollars in illegal bitcoin transactions.Anthony Murgio, of Tampa,...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US |Jun 27, 2017

iBook charts for week ending June 25, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ):iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid BooksRank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher1.Camino Island by John Grisham - 9780385543057 - (Knopf...

Correction: Google-Europe story |Jun 27, 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) In a story June 27 about European regulators' $2.7 billion fine against Google, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from a press representative, misspelled the name of an antitrust expert at Georgetown. He is...

Lexington, Louisville mayors ask exemption from travel ban |Jun 27, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The mayors of Kentucky's two largest cities are asking California's attorney general to consider exempting Louisville and Lexington from a travel ban.Last week, Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra (hahv-YEHR'...

Skyscraper lit in Qatar Airways' colors amid dispute |Jun 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The Empire State Building in New York City is lit up in burgundy and white for Qatar Airways amid a diplomatic dispute with Qatar.The top of the Empire State Building was lit in the airlines' colors Tuesday night to recognize its...

Judge approves initial motions in Takata bankruptcy |Jun 27, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday granted several preliminary orders allowing Japanese auto parts supplier Takata to move forward with its reorganization plan, which includes the sale of most of its assets to a...

California governor signs $125 billion budget |Jun 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a $125 billion budget that gives doctors and dentists a raise while increasing funding for education and social services.The spending plan kicks in July 1.For the second consecutive...

Estates of Bernie Madoff's 2 sons to keep nearly $4 million |Jun 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A bankruptcy court filing shows the estates of Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's (MAY'-dawfz) two sons will get to keep nearly $4 million once about $18 million in assets is taken away as part of a legal settlement.The...

Universal presses bid to void music deal with Prince estate |Jun 27, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Lawyers for Universal Music Group have renewed their request that a Minnesota judge cancel the company's music rights deal with Prince's estate, saying UMG will otherwise have to sue in litigation that could keep fans from...

Real estate broker accused of taking items from home |Jun 27, 2017

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) Police say a Connecticut real estate broker has been charged with taking more than $400,000 worth of personal items from a foreclosed home.The News-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2sXSlGE ) that 66-year-old Barbara Morris, of...

LA City Council oks plans for George Lucas museum |Jun 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with light-sabre speed to clear the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art the "Star Wars" creator plans to build down the road from his...

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers |Jun 27, 2017

President Donald Trump's new policy on travel to Cuba has winners and losers: Group tour operators could sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they're losing business.Lodging owners say they started getting cancellations after...

Feinstein: Bill would cut care for 4 million Californians |Jun 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Up to 4 million people in California would lose health coverage over the next decade under the Republican health care bill being proposed in the Senate, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday.About 1.6 million...

Nuke commission: Safety records falsified at Vermont Yankee |Jun 27, 2017

VERNON, Vt. (AP) A senior radiation protection technician at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant deliberately falsified safety records and failed to check workers for radiation exposure for eight months last year, according to the...

Report: Sexual relationships, complaints at DA's office |Jun 27, 2017

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) A grand jury panel says sexual relationships and complaints are so common in the investigations bureau at a Southern California district attorney's office that the workplace environment may have become hostile.The Orange...

Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays |Jun 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and resulting in a power outage as people were evacuated from trains along the subway line.The Fire Department of New York said a handful of...

Judge to decide who gets comic com naming rights |Jun 27, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Settlement talks have broken down between the organizers of two pop-culture conventions in California and Utah known for guests' elaborate costumes, Salt Lake Comic Con officials said Tuesday.Both sides are asking a judge to...

Man to face judge in killing of runner in Massachusetts |Jun 27, 2017

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) A man accused of killing a Google employee who went out for a run near her mother's Massachusetts home last summer will be arraigned on a murder charge next month.The Worcester (WUS'-tur) County district attorney's office...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store |Jun 27, 2017

App Store Official Charts for the week ending June 25, 2017:App StoreTop Paid iPhone Apps:1Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang2Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations4Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi5Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.6iSchedule,...

Flint extends contract for Detroit-area water supply |Jun 27, 2017

FLINT, Mich. (AP) Flint has extended its water contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority to September as the impoverished Michigan city struggles to recover from a lead-tainted water crisis.The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2teV69f )...

The Latest: Feds seek improved performance at Los Alamos lab |Jun 27, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The Latest on the contract competition for Los Alamos National Laboratory (all times local):12:30 p.m.The National Nuclear Security Administration says an open competition to find the next manager of Los Alamos National...

Q&A: Controversy lingers after $1.7B cleanup of Hudson River |Jun 27, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Dredging crews left the Hudson River two years ago, but criticism of the $1.7 billion cleanup is bubbling up again.Advocates who want the Environmental Protection Agency to order crews back on the river are expected in...

Facebook now deleting 66K posts a week in anti-hate campaign |Jun 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Facebook is deleting about 66,000 posts a week as the social media giant cracks down on what it considers to be hate speech.The company says in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can "feel like censorship," but that it is...