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Link between pot smoking and IQ drop challenged

NEW YORK (AP) - A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. The analysis says the statistical analysis behind that conclusion is flawed.

January 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


OSHA finds 58 violations at Hoover Dam near Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The federal agency operating Hoover Dam must correct 58 health and safety violations that investigators found in recent inspections at the massive Colorado River water retention and hydroelectric power plant east of Las Vegas.

January 15, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Nissan lowers price of electric Leaf

DETROIT (AP) - Nissan is lowering the price of its Leaf electric car to try to boost anemic sales.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Evangelical coalition seeks immigration overhaul

NEW YORK (AP) - Prominent evangelical leaders announced a new effort Monday to persuade conservative Christians and lawmakers they should support overhauling U.S. immigration laws.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Steps taken for possible restart at nuke plant

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) - Steps are quietly being taken to prepare for possibly restarting the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant, even as its future remains clouded with uncertainty, officials said Monday.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Calif. school shooting teen charged as adult

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old student who was teased by his California high school classmates for his red hair, social awkwardness and bookish appearance will be charged as an adult for allegedly wounding a classmate with a shotgun and trying to target another.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Apple stock wilts on worries about iPhone demand

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple's stock slipped below $500 for the first time in 11 months on Monday as investors reacted to reports signaling the company's latest iPhone is falling further behind a slew of sleek alternatives running Google's Android software.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


UPDATE: Armstrong tells Oprah he doped

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview Monday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

January 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2012 military suicides hit a record high of 349

WASHINGTON (AP) - Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


5 arrested in Los Angeles store hostage drama

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five people were arrested for a brutal takeover holdup of a clothing store during which 14 employees were held hostage, including one who was stabbed and another who was sexually assaulted, police announced Monday.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs gun limits, concedes tough fight ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama endorsed controversial bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines on Monday, as well as stricter background checks for gun buyers - but conceded he may not win approval of all in a Congress reluctant to tighten restrictions.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Jeep in talks to build some vehicles in China

DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler's Jeep brand is in talks to build some of its vehicles in China for that market as the automaker looks to build on growing interest in its SUVs among Chinese drivers, the company's chief executive said Monday.

January 14, 2013 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Some citrus shows damage as SoCal cold snap continues

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - As an unusual cold gripped the West Coast for the fifth day, some California citrus growers began to see damage on Monday while strong winds added to the misery of bundled-up city residents.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Armstrong apologizes to Livestrong staff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong stopped at his Livestrong Foundation before heading to an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday and delivered an emotional apology to staff members, some of whom broke down in tears, a person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.

January 14, 2013 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Hog-nosed skunk causes stir at Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Desert bighorn sheep, river otters and mountain lions, yes. But a hog-nosed skunk at the Grand Canyon? Hardly.

January 14, 2013 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Explosion hits Bangkok protesters, wounding dozens

BANGKOK (AP) - Dozens of people were wounded in Thailand's capital Friday when a grenade blast ripped through a crowd of marching anti-government demonstrators, an ominous development that raises tensions in the country's political crisis and the specter of more bloodshed to come.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

WASHINGTON (AP) - One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday - even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


French president visits hospitalized first lady

PARIS (AP) - President Francois Hollande has visited France's first lady for the first time since she was hospitalized late last week after a gossip magazine reported he was having an affair with an actress.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama backs limits on NSA phone collections

WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and immediately ordered intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Crews chase flareups in wildfire

GLENDORA (AP) - Firefighters were chasing early-morning flare-ups Friday in a damaging wildfire that was largely tamed but kept thousands of people from their homes in the foothill suburbs northeast of Los Angeles.

January 17, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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