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Conde Nast to launch original Web series

March 12, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Conde Nast is launching a slate of original Web series, continuing the publisher’s push to expand its stable of magazines into multimedia programming. Conde Nast will debut on Tuesday online channels on YouTube and other video destinations for Glamour and GQ. The digital programming is just the start of plans for Read More

California animal park reopens after fatal lion attack

March 11, 2013

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — A California animal sanctuary where an African lion killed a 24-year-old intern reopened to the public Sunday with the support of the victim’s family. Cat Haven, a private zoo run by the nonprofit Project Survival, observed a moment of silence at noon for Dianna Hanson, who was fatally attacked by the Read More

Obama cracks wise at annual Gridiron dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama blamed the budget battle if his jokes fell flat at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough.” Always a target for digs, the president tossed out a few of his own during the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, an annual event where political leaders, Read More

Recordings: Nixon wanted total handgun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons. Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White Read More

Congress wants role as Obama pushes trade agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of the economic giants of Asia and Europe. To make that a reality, though, it may first have to negotiate future trade policy a little closer to home — with Congress. The Read More

Nuclear chief: US plants safer after Japan crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, though not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy. “The performance is quite good,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Lawmakers: Obama wooing might break budget logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers said Sunday they welcome President Barack Obama’s courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans’ jobs at risk. Yet the lawmakers cautioned that years of hurt feelings were unlikely to heal simply because Obama Read More

Seattle police arrest woman suspected in shooting

March 9, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say the woman suspected of wounding a man in a shooting in a Seattle parks department building has been arrested. Police say the woman was arrested in Burien, a suburb south of Seattle, after they surrounded a house.

Feds release confidential report on Cal nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant sparred with environmental activists Friday over the details of a once-confidential report that shows industry engineers were aware of problems with steam quality inside equipment that later malfunctioned. San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, was shut down Read More

Famous restaurant damaged by blaze

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chef and food activist Alice Waters inspected damage to the facade of her famed Chez Panisse on Friday after a fire blazed through a landmark dining section of the Berkeley restaurant. A small eating area with signature woodwork within the restaurant’s front porch burned, but firefighters were able to extinguish the Read More

Snowstorm spares Washington, D.C., heads toward New England

March 7, 2013

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — A late-winter storm inflicted new damage Thursday to parts of the Jersey shore still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, as New Englanders braced for potential evacuations and coastal flooding. The storm buried parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions with snow but barely laid a glove on Washington, D.C.

Weekly U.S. unemployment claims fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years. The drop is a positive sign ahead of Friday’s report on February job growth.

Ohio executes man who fatally shot security guard

March 6, 2013

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in 1994 at the end of a multistate crime spree was executed on Wednesday.>   Frederick Treesh received a single powerful dose of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 10:37 by Donald Morgan, warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Read More

Passengers call new TSA knives-on-planes policy ‘common sense’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers reacted with shrugs but largely agreed with a new policy announced by the Transportation Security Administration that airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and previously forbidden sports equipment on planes. “It’s common sense,” said Pat O’Brien, who stood at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving from Durango, Read More

Philadelphia ethics complaint targets philanthropy in public education

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — School activists are using unusual tactics to fight a contested proposal to overhaul the nearly bankrupt Philadelphia school district: They’ve gone to the city ethics board.Their ethics complaint says the two private groups that helped fund and develop the plan should have registered as lobbyists, which would have compelled public disclosure of Read More

Venezuelans in U.S. hopeful of change

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Venezuelans in the U.S. cheered and expressed cautious optimism that new elections will bring change to their homeland after the death of President Hugo Chavez.“My hope is that Venezuela will become a free country once again,” said Elizabeth Gonazalez, 52, who wore a smiley face sticker on her sweater with the Read More

Power outages big fear as storm bears down on DC

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — After pummeling the nation’s midsection with heavy snow, a late-winter storm made its way Wednesday to the nation’s capital, where residents braced for the possibility of power outages. As the storm closed in, the federal government said its offices in the Washington, D.C., area would be closed Wednesday. Many major school Read More

Commander: Cuts could undermine Pacific strategy

March 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts are starting to affect U.S. military activities in the Asia-Pacific and threaten to undermine Washington’s strategy to rebalance its forces in the region, the U.S. Pacific commander said Tuesday. Adm. Samuel Locklear told a congressional panel that in the near-term, cuts will affect training, ship deployments and exercises with U.S. Read More

Bush clarifies view on immigration pathway

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he was open to immigration reform proposals that include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, clarifying his approach amid questions from fellow Republicans. Bush, the author of a new book on immigration, said he could support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as Read More

U.S. power grid costs rise, but service slips

NEW YORK (AP) — America’s power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, even if its performance is slipping. But the repair bills go up every year and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline.

Obama nominates 3 to Cabinet-level posts

March 4, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama filled in more pieces of his second term leadership team Monday, nominating a trio of new advisers to lead the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office. The nominations signal the White House’s desire to get back to normal business after the president and Congress failed to avert Read More

Obama says his team managing cuts best they can

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama presided Monday over the first meeting of his new-look Cabinet in a sobering climate of forced fiscal belt-tightening, urging humane management of spending cuts for communities and families that are “going to be hurting.” Obama said he’s continuing to seek out Republican partners to reach a deal to end Read More

Dems urge court to overturn anti-gay marriage law

March 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 congressional Democrats are urging the Supreme Court to overturn a key provision of the federal law against gay marriage. The lawmakers are filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices Friday, asking them to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The provision denies Read More

Odds against him, Obama still betting on big deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Barack Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs. But with automatic federal spending cuts ready to start taking their toll, the path toward that grand bargain Read More

Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

February 28, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact’s 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can’t push it any faster than 109. So why do the Yaris — and most other cars sold in the U.S. — have speedometers that show Read More

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