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5 facts about the Powerball jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The latest Powerball jackpot is estimated at $400 million, and it's considered the nation's fifth-largest ever. Here are some things to keep in mind ahead of Wednesday night's drawing.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pilot killed in Oregon crash appeared on 'Ax Men'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A pilot killed this week when his helicopter crashed while attempting to lift logs in an Oregon forest has been identified as a former cast member of the History Channel series "Ax Men."

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2nd private company rockets toward space station

A commercial cargo ship made its successful debut Wednesday, rocketing toward the International Space Station and doubling the number of NASA's private suppliers for the high-flying lab.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Pandora wins court battle with music publishers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet radio leader Pandora has won a court battle with the music publishing society known as ASCAP (AZ-cap) that could help it lower its royalty payments.

September 18, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


What's different about the new iPhones?

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apart from new colors, the exterior of Apple's new iPhones doesn't look much different from last year's model. The iPhone 5S is identical to the iPhone 5 in size and weight, while the iPhone 5C is only slightly bigger and heavier. The 5C also uses plastic instead of aluminum and glass.

September 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Navy gunman's mom: 'I don't know why he did it'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The mother of Aaron Alexis said Wednesday that she does not know why her son opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people, but she is glad he can no longer hurt anyone else.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Gunman's path to DC emerges, but questions remain

WASHINGTON (AP) - Through a wall at his Rhode Island hotel, Aaron Alexis could hear them - voices harassing him, wanting to harm him. He couldn't sleep. He believed people were following him, using a microwave machine to send vibrations to his body. He changed hotels once, then again. But he called police and told them he couldn't get away from the voices.

September 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


5 die as train, bus collide in Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Police say five people are dead after a passenger train collided with a city bus at a crossing in Canada's capital, Ottawa, at the peak of morning rush hour. Witnesses say the bus went through a closed crossing barrier.

September 18, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: DHS must better track excessive force

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A widely anticipated federal report released Tuesday on excessive force among U.S. border agents contained little discussion of use-of-force policies, but recommended improvements to training and the tracking of such allegations.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


NJ boardwalk fire linked to Sandy-damaged wiring

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - The massive fire that destroyed part of a Jersey shore boardwalk and dozens of businesses began accidentally in wiring damaged in Superstorm Sandy, and should prompt coastal property owners to inspect their own equipment for similar danger, officials said Tuesday.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Federal gun laws didn't block Navy Yard shooter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The gunman in the mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis, had a history of violent outbursts, was at least twice accused of firing guns in anger and was in the early stages of treatment for serious mental problems, according to court records and U.S. law enforcement officials.

September 18, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


2 Maine hikers explain surviving Colo. peak ordeal

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two women from Maine say they were "one bad event away from complete disaster" during their terrifying ordeal in an ice storm thousands of feet atop a Colorado peak.

September 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Billionaire Broad says his LA museum will be free

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad said Tuesday he's hit on a failsafe way to expose the most people possible to his collection of priceless contemporary art: He's going to let everybody in for free to the $140 million museum he's building in downtown Los Angeles.

September 17, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Game of blind baseball helps players cope

ATLANTA (AP) - In the game of blind baseball, players use their sense of sound to make up for their lack of sight. They play the game known as Beep baseball with an oversized softball that beeps and bases that buzz.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US builder confidence steady, rates a concern

U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market held this month at its highest level in nearly eight years. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow if mortgage rates continue to rise.

September 17, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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South Pasadena Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Police said they prevented a "horrific tragedy" by arresting two teenage boys who plotted to kill three high school staffers then gun down as many students as possible in a quaint Los Angeles suburb.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukrainian troops inch closer to rebel city Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian government troops were fighting pro-Russian rebels in the streets of Luhansk on Tuesday and captured most of a town near the eastern city of Donetsk, tightening the noose around that key rebel-held stronghold, Ukrainian officials said.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

NEW YORK (AP) - Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."

August 19, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


California brush fire spurs 1,500-plus evacuations

GLENDORA (AP) - One of several wildfires burning across California prompted widespread evacuations Monday in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's top dollar store chains are betting big that their once-thriving business will make a comeback if they band together.

August 19, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Los Angeles officer, suspect each shot after chase

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wild chase that began Monday with two men in an SUV firing on pursuing police ended several hours later with one suspect dead, another arrested, and a SWAT officer with a gunshot wound to the leg, Los Angeles authorities said.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting and the unrest that followed:

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Steve Ballmer debuts as LA Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Ballmer has introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


San Diego adopts $11.50 hourly minimum wage

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, overriding a mayoral veto and setting the stage for a possible challenge at the voting booth.

August 18, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The body of the missing, pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been found deep in an abandoned mine shaft in Southern California, where her husband had been stationed, and Alaskan authorities have arrested her alleged lover on suspicion of homicide.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


A Closer Look: Do more with companion devices

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

CAIRO (AP) - The Egyptian government has announced a 24-hour extension in cease-fire talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Report: Cost to raise today's child tops $245,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday.

August 18, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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