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California law letting actors delete ages online is blocked |Feb 22, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a California law that allows actors and other entertainment professionals to remove their ages from a popular industry website.The law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed in September was...

Republican US senator: I'm open to subpoena of Trump's taxes |Feb 22, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on Wednesday she's open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trump's tax returns for potential connections to Russia.Collins, a Republican who has served as a U.S. senator from...

Tesla swings to lost in 4Q, says Model 3 on target |Feb 22, 2017

DETROIT (AP) Unable to string together profitable quarters, electric car and solar cell maker Tesla Inc. reported a loss for the last three months of 2016.Tesla posted its first profit in three years in last year's third quarter and had...

American Airlines resolves computer troubles in Philadelphia |Feb 22, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) American Airlines says its computers are again working at Philadelphia International Airport and the airline has also lifted a ground stop that kept its flights from heading to the city for hours.American spokeswoman Katie...

Janelle Monae shines as both her films get Oscar nods |Feb 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The journey from pop star to serious thespian is littered with casualties. For every Justin Timberlake, there are big-name hitmakers whose movie careers have stalled with dubious and disappointing results.Which is just one reason...

Punitive damages allowed in farmer lawsuit against Syngenta |Feb 22, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A Minnesota judge will let some farmers seek punitive damages against the Syngenta seed company for selling genetically modified corn seeds before China approved imports of crops grown from them.In an order unsealed Tuesday,...

Study: Technology trouble dents car and truck reliability |Feb 22, 2017

DETROIT (AP) If you're having issues with your car's technology, you're not alone.Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of...

UConn moves forward with plans for new athletic fields |Feb 22, 2017

STORRS, Conn. (AP) The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved spending $4.75 million to design its "Athletic District," which will include new stadiums for soccer, baseball and softball.The project, which school...

Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly lower, Dow edges higher |Feb 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.U.S. stocks are ending mostly lower, led by drops in energy companies which fell along with the price of crude oil.The Dow Jones industrials bucked the...

Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed |Feb 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called "abortion reversal."Doctors' groups oppose the bills because of flawed science and...

High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws |Feb 22, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with California-based Life Technologies Corp. in a patent infringement case that limits the international reach of U.S. patent laws.The justices ruled unanimously that the company's shipment...

Yonkers woman pleads guilty to stealing $1M from ex-employer |Feb 22, 2017

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) A former office assistant for a New York business has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $1 million from her employer.The Journal News reports (http://lohud.us/2m7j2YD ) that 60-year-old Joann Perrino, of Yonkers, made...

Cute calf video draws activists fearful of animal's fate |Feb 22, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) So much for sharing the good news about a newborn calf named Pitcher Diego.A New Hampshire farm that posted a video of the Scottish Highland calf is coming under fire from animal rights supporters who don't want the animal to...

FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies |Feb 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The so-called abortion pill now dispensed only in clinics, hospitals and doctors' offices should be made available by prescription in pharmacies across the U.S., according to a group of doctors and public health experts urging...

Ohio University board chooses school's 21st president |Feb 22, 2017

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) Ohio University trustees have chosen former Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis as the school's 21st president.The board of trustees announced their selection of Nellis on Wednesday at the university's Dublin campus....

California Editorial Roundup |Feb 22, 2017

Feb. 18The Sacramento Bee on providing funds to shore up levees and dams:No disaster is entirely natural in our re-engineered state and valley. Owing to our hubris, we humans have a direct hand in them all.We have built cities on earthquake...

How major US stock market indexes fared on Wednesday |Feb 22, 2017

US stocks ended mostly lower Wednesday, but the Dow notched its 9th straight gain. Energy companies stumbled, but basic materials makers rose as investors hoped two large deals will win approval from regulators.On Wednesday:The Dow Jones...

Caretaker performed sexy dance on 100-year-old with dementia |Feb 22, 2017

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) A caretaker at an assisted living center who police say was filmed performing a sexually provocative dance on a 100-year-old resident was doing it as a prank and trying to make the man feel good, her attorney said.Brittany...

Nobel-winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow dies at 95 |Feb 22, 2017

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) Kenneth J. Arrow, the youngest -ever winner of a Nobel prize for economics, has died in California. He was 95.His son, David, says Arrow died on Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto.Arrow was 51 when he and British economist...

Stocks start lower as energy and industrial companies fall |Feb 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) U.S. stocks are starting the day lower after a record-setting run. Energy and industrial companies are taking some of the biggest losses Wednesday. Technology stocks, which have risen every day in February, are slipping as big...

Hawaii bill would bar licenses for some foreign fishermen |Feb 22, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) A proposal in the Hawaii Legislature has the potential to shake up the fishing industry and the permit process for foreign fishermen. An Associated Press investigation found foreign fishermen confined to boats off Honolulu and...

Flight school plane crashes in swamp near runway, killing 1 |Feb 22, 2017

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A plane from a local flight school has crashed in a swampy area near the end of a runaway at a Connecticut airport, killing one occupant and seriously injuring the other.The Piper PA 38 aircraft had just taken off from...

Coast Guard awards polar icebreaker design study contracts |Feb 22, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The Coast Guard has awarded five fixed-price contracts for design studies and analysis of new heavy polar icebreakers.Coast Guard and Navy personnel will use the studies to refine heavy polar icebreaker specifications.The...

NY lawmakers: Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer |Feb 22, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to cut $25 million from 39 public health programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other conditions.The Democrat's administration says it will be up to state health officials to decide where to...

Amazon resists request for Echo info in Arkansas slaying |Feb 22, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Amazon is resisting an effort by Arkansas prosecutors to obtain potential recordings from a slaying suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker, saying authorities haven't established that their investigation is more important...

Rankings in J.D. Power's auto dependability study |Feb 22, 2017

The consulting company J.D. Power released its 2017 auto dependability study Wednesday. The study measures problems per 100 vehicles based on responses from 35,186 original owners of 2014 model-year vehicles. The industry average is 156 problems...

Chris Paul cleared by doctors, could return against Warriors |Feb 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul has been cleared by doctors and could be back in the Los Angeles Clippers' lineup on Thursday at Golden State.Coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday that Paul "looked great" in practice a day earlier and the only remaining...

Industry: Philadelphia soda tax killing sales, layoffs loom |Feb 22, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Some Philadelphia supermarkets and beverage distributors say they're gearing up for layoffs because the city's new tax on soft drinks has cut beverage sales by 30 percent to 50 percent worse than the city predicted.Jeff...

Los Angeles Lakers fire general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations |Feb 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Lakers fire general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations.

Police: NY man with chain saw cuts through door, hurts boss |Feb 21, 2017

LYONS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) State police say a 29-year-old man used a chain saw to cut through a door at his boss's upstate New York home, causing severe injuries to the employer's hand.Troopers say Kyle Poore, of Lyons Falls, used a running chain...

Kansas governor to veto income tax hike meant to fix budget |Feb 21, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback promised publicly Tuesday to veto a bill that would roll back personal income tax cuts he's championed, calling the bipartisan measure for fixing the state's persistent budget problems "an assault on...

The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks-US |Feb 21, 2017

iBook charts for week ending February 19, 2017 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ):iBooks US Bestseller List - Paid Books1. Eerything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - 9780553496666 - (Random House Children's Books)2. Burn by Helen...

3rd person arrested in theft of truckload of diapers |Feb 21, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island police have arrested a third person in the theft of a truckload of diapers worth about $90,000.Rodney Dalzon was ordered held without bail after an arraignment on larceny, theft and conspiracy charges...

Bull that led police chase after slaughterhouse escape dies |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A plucky bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and led police on a wild chase through the streets on Tuesday only to die on its way to a shelter.Police corralled the bull in a backyard in Queens after a two-hour chase that continued...

Lowe's announces layoffs for more than 500 full-time workers |Feb 21, 2017

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) Home improvement retailer Lowe's has announced its second round of layoffs in just over a month, saying more than 500 full-time corporate employees companywide will lose their jobs.Local news outlets report Lowe's...

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.The revised...

American unveils prices, routes for new cheapest fare |Feb 21, 2017

DALLAS (AP) American Airlines has begun selling cheaper "basic economy" fares as it battles discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.American announced Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on...

Floods that saturated Louisiana also damaged its seed rice |Feb 21, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The floods that inundated Louisiana in August also damaged rice harvested as seed for this year's planting.Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says he's temporarily relaxed certification requirements to ensure...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store |Feb 21, 2017

App Store Official Charts for the week ending February 19, 2017:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang2. Enlight, Lightricks Ltd.3. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.4. Bloons TD 5, Ninja Kiwi5. NBA 2K17, 2K6. OK Golf, Okidokico...

Out-of-service commuter train accident in Philly burbs |Feb 21, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Officials are investigating an accident involving two out-of-service commuter trains in suburban Philadelphia.The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says the Market-Frankford Line trains were travelling near...

Lakers fire Kupchak, put Magic in charge of basketball ops |Feb 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise's front office.Lakers owner Jeanie Buss also removed...

The Latest: 2nd day in a row of record rainfall in Reno |Feb 21, 2017

RENO, Nev. (AP) The Latest on heavy snow and rain in northern Nevada (all times local):5:45 p.m.The latest winter storm in the Sierra has dropped record rainfall on Reno for the second day in a row.The "Biggest Little City in the World" has...

NJ officer sues her department, claiming discrimination |Feb 21, 2017

HILLSIDE, N.J. (AP) A New Jersey police officer has sued her department, saying she endured years of racial and gender discrimination that included supervisors telling her to style her hair like a white officer.The civil lawsuit filed by...

Faraday Future says plan is to resume work on Nevada plant |Feb 21, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) Upstart electric vehicle company Faraday Future says it plans to resume construction soon on a $1 billion southern Nevada manufacturing plant where it says it'll begin producing cars in 2018.A company spokeswoman pointed Tuesday...

Rains increase California demand for goat grazing services |Feb 21, 2017

CHINO, Calif. (AP) Southern California businesses that rent goats for brush control say demand is high for their services this winter.The San Bernardino Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2kHuQ3I ) that Chino resident George Gonzales and fellow goat...

Historic Manhattan cathedral activates eco-friendly power |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The historic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan has activated a geothermal plant part of a series of environmentally friendly upgrades.The Archdiocese of New York said Tuesday that the geothermal plant is comprised of 10 wells...

Milo Yiannopoulos resigns as editor of Breitbart Tech |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Milo Yiannopoulos resigns as editor of Breitbart Tech.

No criminal charges in LA school iPad probe |Feb 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in connection with a billion-dollar plan to provide every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an iPad.The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2m9HS73 ) says the U.S....

Liens show governor's companies owe his state $4.4 million |Feb 21, 2017

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) Coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice still owe his cash-strapped state $4.4 million in unpaid taxes due at least a year ago, tax liens show.The liens, filed in Raleigh County where parent company Southern...

Markets Right Now: US indexes gain, remain at record highs |Feb 21, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):11:45 a.m.Stocks are trading at record highs on Wall Street as the market resumed its climb after a holiday break.Energy companies rose in midday trading Tuesday...