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Bangladesh official: Disaster not 'really serious'

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladesh's finance minister downplayed the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry, saying Friday he didn't think it was "really serious" hours after the 500th body was pulled from the debris.

May 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Witherspoon pleads no contest

ATLANTA (AP) - Reese Witherspoon pleaded no contest and paid a $100 fine after berating a state trooper in Atlanta while her husband was given a sobriety test, an embarrassing exchange caught on a dashboard camera after the usually squeaky-clean Hollywood star had what she called "one too many" glasses of wine.

May 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US jobless rate at four-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April - and far more in February and March than anyone thought.

May 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama OK with morning-after pill sales at age 15

MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama said Thursday he was comfortable with his administration's decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older.

May 03, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet.

May 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel: US rethinking possibly arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels who have been locked in a civil war with the Syrian regime for more than two years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, becoming the first top U.S. official to publicly acknowledge the reassessment.

May 03, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama, Mexican president talk economy, security

MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Barack Obama sought on Thursday to tamp down a potential rift with Mexico over a dramatic shift in the cross-border fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, acceding that Mexicans had the right to determine how best to tackle the violence that has plagued their country.

May 02, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Settlement reached in Calif. bullet train lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.

May 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Man killed after firing shot at Houston airport

HOUSTON (AP) - A man who had fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. has until midnight to to say how it will cut prison crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Reducing California's prison population by tens of thousands of inmates is not enough for the federal courts, which have given Gov. Jerry Brown's administration until midnight to say how they will reduce the population even further.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Murdered woman ID'd by police as Calif. woman

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. (AP) - A woman slain on the southern Oregon coast has been identified as a California resident.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Murder-suicide of 3 ailing in Calif. investigated

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) - Every morning, Jim Crabtree said he would wake up, wash and dress his wife who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and drop her off at his parents' home so he could go to work.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


U.S. suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

NEW YORK (AP) - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.

May 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bangladeshi engineer arrested in building collapse

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Bangladeshi police arrested the engineer who warned that a building housing garment factories was unsafe a day before it collapsed, killing at least 487 people.

May 02, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Food, skin allergies increasing in children

NEW YORK (AP) - Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.

May 02, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


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5 NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Five NATO troops died in a British helicopter crash Saturday in southern Afghanistan, authorities said, the single deadliest day this year for foreign forces as they prepare to withdraw from the country.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


School stabbing suspect is under psych evaluation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation and will likely remain there for two weeks, one of his attorneys said Saturday.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


All S. Korea ferry crew members arrested

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A prosecutor investigating the South Korean ferry sinking that left 302 people dead or missing says all 15 crew members involved in the ship's navigation are now in custody.

April 26, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


1 dead, 6 hurt as SUV hits group at ice cream shop

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) - An SUV driven by an elderly motorist plowed into a group of people waiting to enter an Orange County ice cream parlor Friday evening, killing a 73-year-old woman and injuring six others, authorities said.

April 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


State leaving online health exchange for US site

DURHAM, Ore. (AP) - After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website - the first state in the nation to do so.

April 26, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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