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U.S. applications for unemployment aid drop to 339K

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-fewest in more than five years. The drop suggests that layoffs have declined and that job growth may pick up from last month's sluggish pace.

April 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama consoles families, survivors of Texas blast

WACO, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief and they will have the nation's support to rebuild from the devastation.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


FDA detains imports of Mexican cucumbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is detaining imports of cucumbers from a Mexican company after they were linked to salmonella illnesses in 18 states.

April 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NASA measures effects of jet engine biofuel

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.

April 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


EBay pulls 'Boston Massacre' T-shirt from website

NEW YORK (AP) - EBay has confirmed that it pulled a Nike T-shirt with the words "Boston Massacre" printed on it from its online marketplace.

April 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More turns in poisoned letters case

OZARK, Miss. (AP) - A lawyer says authorities know how to reach a Mississippi man being investigated in the poisoned letters sent to the president and others.

April 25, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Boston suspects planned to attack New York

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said Thursday.

April 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Presidents praise George W. Bush at new library

DALLAS (AP) - Presidents past and present lionized one of their own Thursday, putting politics aside as President George W. Bush dedicated the library that documents his place in history. President Barack Obama praised his predecessor's strength and resolve after Sept. 11, calling Bush a "good man" who faced the storm head on.

April 25, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Kidnap suspect returns to US from Mexico

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A phone tip and a Superman tattoo led to the Mexico arrest and return to the U.S. of a fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: 2 arrested in high school stabbing

RESEDA (AP) - Los Angeles police have arrested two people for a deadly stabbing at a San Fernando Valley high school.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


S. Korea demands talks with N. Korea on closed factory

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea on Thursday warned of an unspecified "grave measure" if North Korea rejects talks on a jointly run factory park shuttered for nearly a month - setting up the possible end of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Presidents gather at dedication of Bush library

DALLAS (AP) - In a rare reunion, the five living American presidents gathered in Dallas Thursday to honor one of their own at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bangladesh factories ignored evacuation order

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) - Deep cracks visible in the walls of a Bangladesh garment building had compelled police to order it evacuated a day before it collapsed, officials said Thursday. More than 230 people were killed when the eight-story building splintered into a pile of concrete because factories based there ignored the order and kept more than 2,000 people working.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Three hurt in Alabama fuel barge explosions

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Multiple explosions aboard two fuel barges near Mobile, Ala., led to a major fire Wednesday night that left three people hospitalized with burns and created a situation so unstable that fire and rescue officials decided to let the fire burn into the night.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Marathon suspect falls silent after Miranda warning

BOSTON (AP) - Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings went silent: He'd just been read his constitutional rights.

April 25, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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High court upholds Mich. affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions despite one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of wanting to wish away racial inequality.

April 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii - a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Death count in ferry sinking tops 100

JINDO, South Korea (AP) - One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago.

April 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.

April 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Keyshawn Johnson arrested in domestic dispute

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says former NFL and Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson has been arrested after a report of a domestic dispute.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


PG&E pleads not guilty in fatal pipeline blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to a dozen felony charges stemming from alleged safety violations in a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion that leveled a suburban neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area.

April 21, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Teen rides in wheel well of Hawaii jet

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

April 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


American wins Boston marathon

Meb Keflezighi of San Diego won the men's race in the Boston Marathon Monday, giving the city its long-hoped-for American champion a year after the bombings.

April 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Survivors recall chaos, fear in Everest avalanche

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Easter morning delivery for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sleeping girl killed after car drives into home

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a 16-year-old Southern California girl asleep in her bed has died after a driver accused of being drunk crashed his SUV into her home.

April 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Colorado celebrates 4/20

DENVER (AP) - Denver police say they have issued 28 citations for public consumption of marijuana and arrested one person accused of attempting to distribute the drug so far this weekend as revelers celebrate the traditional pot holiday of April 20.

April 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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