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SPIN METER: 'Middle class' turns fuzzy in politics

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a recent speech, President Barack Obama referred to the "middle class" 14 times, defining it as a family that makes up to $250,000 a year. Republican challenger Mitt Romney has looked at it from the other direction, saying that someone who falls into poverty "is still middle class."

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


American Airlines lauds NY worker's 70-year career

NEW YORK (AP) - American Airlines is celebrating the seven-decade service of a New York mechanic who turns 87 next month and has no plans to retire.

July 18, 2012 | BY The Associated Press | Signal AP


Doctors use eggs to reverse egg allergies in kids

First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


AP NewsBreak: No charges for military in scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seven Army soldiers and two Marines have received administrative punishments, but are not facing criminal charges, for their part in the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia this year, The Associated Press has learned.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


New welfare restrictions target booze, tattoos

BOSTON (AP) - Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UC board endorses tax initiative, freezes tuition

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A University of California committee has voted to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif OKs funds for bullet train with shaky future

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's governor is celebrating billions of dollars in government funding for a high-speed train, but construction is a long way off and could get bogged down by lawsuits, environmental rules and political infighting.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chicago mayor seeks recipe to expand food trucks

CHICAGO (AP) - Each day at lunch Amy Le faces the same dilemma as she looks for a spot to park her bright green food truck in downtown Chicago. She needs a space close enough to hungry office workers but far enough away from the restaurants she knows will call police if she gets too close to their doors.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Balloonists recount harrowing flight over Oregon

Two men flying matching lawn chairs suspended by helium-filled party balloons over Central Oregon last weekend said Tuesday they were floating along peacefully at 14,000 feet when thunderstorms grabbed control of their homemade craft like a giant hand.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


US panel: Improve child custody rules for military

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A national legal panel that works to standardize state laws wants to simplify child custody rules for military service members, whose frequent deployments can leave them without clear legal recourse when family disputes erupt.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


APNewsBreak: Costco turns against tight sow pens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Costco Wholesale Corp. on Tuesday joined a growing list of retailers and restaurants in asking suppliers to phase out the use of small pens for pregnant sows, as an animal welfare group prepared to release an undercover video showing conditions at one of its suppliers.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


INFLUENCE GAME: Cyclist's allies turn to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - When the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Lance Armstrong for taking performance-enhancing drugs, his legal problems seemed to be over.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ariz. sheriff says Obama birth certificate is fake

PHOENIX (AP) - Investigators for an Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is definitely fraudulent.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Chinese companies see profits plunge amid slowdown

BEIJING (AP) - Some of China's biggest companies, from tech giants to airlines and retailers, are warning of unexpectedly sharp drops in profit of up to 80 percent, adding to pressure on Beijing to reverse a painful economic slump.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hungary: Nazi-era war crime suspect detained

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungarian prosecutors say they have taken into custody, and charged with war crimes, a man suspected of taking part in the deportation of Jews in 1944.

July 18, 2012 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

August 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man fatally struck by arrow in Lancaster

LANCASTER (AP) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his brother's friend with a bow and arrow during a dispute at his Lancaster home.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Taps go dry in Porterville

ORTERVILLE (AP) - Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Officer critical in coma after gunfight

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - A San Bernardino policeman remained in a medically induced coma Saturday after he was shot in the head by a man who was then killed by another officer in a shootout, police said.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man dies after being shot backstage at concert

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - A 38-year-old man died Saturday after being shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


After Ferguson: Calls for police 'body cameras'

NEW YORK (AP) - What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family buries remains of veteran killed in 1952

WHITTIER (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in Whittier.

August 23, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

CLEVELAND (AP) - Olympic champions together, Kevin Love and LeBron James spent the last 30 days waiting to become teammates again.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Family buries remains of veteran killed in 1952

WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) - An Air Force veteran whose body lay lost in the snow of an Alaskan glacier for six decades has been buried with military honors in California.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Amazon seeks to reach viewers with 'Hand of God'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dana Delany had an urge.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California camping gets a twist with cabin concept

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - For a lot of people, camping is off limits. Tents and gear are expensive, and then there's the thought of sleeping outside on the ground.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hot sauce plant's tour offers whiff of excitement

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe's largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 things to watch for weekend at The Barclays

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - In a span of two weeks, Adam Scott lost his No. 1 ranking and then ended the year without a major.

August 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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