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  • Prison company pays $8 million in back wages

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest private prison company, Corrections Corp. of America, has paid more than $8 million in back wages and benefits to current and former employees guarding federal inmates at a prison in California City, officials with the U.S. Department of Labor said...

  • US safety agency offers online recall check

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov. Drivers can key in their...

  • No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort...

  • Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported. Twelve other miners were rescued from the privately owned mine in Huainan city in Anhui province after...

  • NC lawmakers reach compromise on coal ash measure

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina. House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger announced their chambers...

  • Singer Ray J denies crimes at Beverly Hills hotel

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Singer Ray J has pleaded not guilty to groping a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel bar and resisting arrest afterward. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Ray J — whose legal name is William Ray Norwood — entered the plea Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of sexual...

  • Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names...

  • Lucrative Grand Canyon contract up for bid again

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A lucrative contract to operate some of the most iconic lodging and food locations at the Grand Canyon has been reopened for bidding in a process that will bring changes affecting the millions of people who visit the landmark each year. The contract first went out for...

  • Federal licensing board hears testimony on mine

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A licensing board of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tasked with approving a South Dakota uranium mine questioned expert witnesses Tuesday to determine whether commission staff members adequately consulted Native Americans and met legal requirements for protecting...

  • Stretch of Ohio River reopens after fuel oil spill

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on Tuesday with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued. River traffic in that area must get Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed, agency spokeswoman Lt....

  • Romney stumps for GOP hopefuls in West Virginia

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Mitt Romney bashed President Obama in West Virginia coal country Tuesday to stir up support for three Republican hopefuls as the GOP seeks to win a U.S. Senate race that could help tip the Democratic chamber in the GOP's favor. However, the support of the former Republican...

  • Eatery that served toxic tea had labeling citation

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah restaurant where a woman unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals, and nearly died, was cited seven months earlier for improper food labeling. County officials issued seven violations to Dickey's Barbecue in South Jordan following a January inspection, Salt...

  • Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at...

  • PetSmart to consider selling itself

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Bowing to pressure from investors, PetSmart Inc. said Tuesday that it is considering putting itself up for sale. The pet supply chain said that it will weigh "strategic alternatives" after a board review that included conversations with shareholders. Investment firm Longview Asset Management...

  • California environmentalist shakes up Florida race

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A California billionaire environmentalist is pouring millions of dollars into the Florida governor's race to buy television ads attacking Gov. Rick Scott as a friend of polluters and utility companies, giving the campaign of Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist a boost...

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. The taxi-alternative service is hiring a former White House adviser to lead its campaign for acceptance in the 170 cities around the world where it operates. David Plouffe is best known for running President...

  • Wyoming primary a referendum on Gov. Mead

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican voters went to the polls Tuesday to answer the question of whether widespread dissatisfaction with the federal government gives them any reason to vote out incumbent Gov. Matt Mead. Challengers Dr. Taylor Haynes and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy...

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a...

  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a...

  • New Mexico chile gets certified-product safeguards

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Idaho has its potatoes. Florida has its fresh fruits and juices. Vidalia is the name synonymous with the nation's most famous sweet onion. Now New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and integrity of its signature crop: chile....

  • Q&A: How 1 US factory owner fought cheap imports

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of one manufacturer who...

  • FDA approves new drug for rare genetic disease

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new capsule-based drug to treat Gaucher's disease. Regulators approved the new drug, Cerdelga, for patients with the Type 1 form of the rare genetic disorder, which causes excess fat to build up in the spleen, liver and...

  • Attorney blasts fatal police shooting at Wal-Mart

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at a Wal-Mart store said Tuesday that surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified, and the state's top lawman said a special grand jury will begin considering whether charges are appropriate against the...

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's former campaign manager and White House senior adviser David Plouffe is joining car service startup Uber as it seeks to expand in cities worldwide. Plouffe will serve as Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy, bringing a campaign mindset...

  • Corps: Waterway infrastructure improvements needed

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change...



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