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Few tests done at toxic sites after superstorm

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - For more than a month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that the recent superstorm didn't cause significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it's monitoring in New York and New Jersey.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bigger round 2 of Northern Calif. storm expected

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A weekend winter storm system that moved through Northern California proved a nuisance for holiday travelers, but an even bigger wave of mountain snow and coastal rain Sunday could create even more problems.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Airports trade layover horror for 'terminal bliss'

CHICAGO (AP) - Getting stranded at an airport once meant enduring hours of boredom in a kind of travel purgatory with nothing to eat but fast food. These days, it can seem more like passing through the gates of Shangri-la to find spas, yoga studios, luxury shopping and restaurant menus crafted by celebrity chefs in terminals with calming, sleek design.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Low-water rivers offering up glimpse of history

ST. LOUIS (AP) - From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation's midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Public honors Inouye's passing at Hawaii Capitol

HONOLULU (AP) - After two days of services in Washington, Hawaii is saying aloha to the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hepatitis C tests continue after NH tech's arrest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Hospitals across the country recommended hepatitis C testing for about 7,900 patients last summer after a traveling medical worker was accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with tainted syringes in New Hampshire. But five months later, nearly half of those who were possibly exposed to the liver-destroying disease in other states have yet to be tested.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Miss Universe not returning to Boston University

BOSTON (AP) - The 20-year-old Rhode Island woman who brought the Miss Universe crown back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years will not be returning to Boston University.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Help at hand when elderly relative's health fails

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Marnie Schwartz was in California, a lawyer raising two toddlers. She was in no position to move across the country to care for her mother, who was living alone in New York and whose health was beginning to decline.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California prisons revamp isolation cells policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prison officials tossed convicted killer Todd Ashker into California's notorious Security Housing Unit 25 years ago after "validating" him as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang.

December 23, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Feds, shuttered NM peanut butter plant reach deal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A peanut butter plant shuttered by a widespread salmonella outbreak has been given the go ahead to start harvesting a bumper crop of prized eastern New Mexico Valencia peanuts next week under an agreement that ends a tense, monthslong standoff with federal regulators.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Heavy rain, snow in Northern California forecast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Heavy rain, pounding waves and plenty of snow in the mountains were all in the forecast as Northern Californians braced for a weekend of wintry weather and potential delays in holiday travel.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


4.0-magnitude quake hits San Diego County desert

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - A magnitude-4.0 earthquake has hit the San Diego County desert but there are no reports of damage or injuries.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Annual bird counts give scientists climate clues

MAD ISLAND, Texas (AP) - Armed with flashlights, recordings of bird calls, a small notebook and a stash of candy bars, scientist Rich Kostecke embarked on an annual 24-hour Christmastime count of birds along the Texas Gulf Coast. Yellow rail. Barn owl. Bittern. Crested Cara-Cara. Kostecke rattled off the names and scribbled them in his notebook.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Boeing engineers use spuds to improve in-air Wi-Fi

CHICAGO (AP) - If the wireless Internet connection during your holiday flight seems more reliable than it used to, you could have the humble potato to thank.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. official says new payroll system in chaos

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A $371 million overhaul of California's government payroll system is in chaos and in danger of collapsing, the state controller's office warned in a letter demanding fixes from the contractor.

December 22, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Obama: U.S. to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ukraine military launches offensive against rebels

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city's outskirts, the nation's interior minister said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistan air force jet crashes, killing 3

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan air force fighter jet crashed into the country's largest city after a technical fault Tuesday, killing two pilots and a civilian on the ground, authorities said.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Automakers see big US sales gains in May

DETROIT (AP) - Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks - and five sunny weekends - likely pushed U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama: US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 03, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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