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One dead as authorities arrests standoff leaders

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Federal and state officials were restricting access to the Oregon refuge being occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group’s leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested. The group, which has included people from as far away as Arizona […]

DHS grad indicted for Planned Parenthood videos

By Paul J. Weber AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos alleging that Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit, and said the abortion provider committed no wrong. The grand jury in Houston, which investigated Planned Parenthood after the Center for Medical […]

Pacifica declares local emergency after damage to sea wall

PACIFICA (AP) — The city manager of Pacifica has declared a local emergency after strong waves caused by El Nino storms ate away part of a sea wall in the coastal community, damaging the municipal pier and threatening several homes. The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/1SbxSW7 ) City Manager Lori Tinfow announced Friday Pacifica […]

Caltrans: Leaks plugged in Bay Bridge eastern span

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Caltrans has found a simple and cheap solution to eliminate leaks in the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span that could cause corrosion and other damage to the cable at its anchorages, authorities announced. Bridge officials said almost no water is making it into the hollow steel structures despite recent heavy rains […]

AP Poll: Public doubts Washington’s problem-solving ability

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the first voting nears in the presidential race, most Americans have little to no confidence in the federal government to confront what they see as the country’s most important priorities, according to a national survey. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, conducted in December, found more than 6 […]

Blizzard packing mighty winds cripples East Coast

Storm leaves at least 18 dead NEW YORK (AP) — A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down the nation’s capital and its largest city. After days of weather warnings, most […]

Effort on to curb overuse of antibiotics

By Lauran Neergaard, AP medical writer WASHINGTON — It’s cold season, and the miserable continue to trudge in, seeking antibiotics because of mucus turned green, or a cough that has nagged for weeks. Despite years of warnings, doctors still overprescribe antibiotics for acute respiratory infections even though most are caused by viruses that those drugs […]

Blizzard dumps snow in South

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm’s path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions. Snowfall as heavy as 1 to 3 inches an hour could last […]

Brown outlines push for road funding in speech

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown took a muted tone Thursday as he delivered his State of the State address to the California Legislature, urging fiscal restraint and reinforcing policy positions he has already articulated rather than proposing expensive new programs. In a recurring theme that sets the stage for upcoming legislative debates, he called […]

Wheels to watch: Mercedes, Porsche, Buick show new vehicles

The Associated Press Automakers debuted 45 new vehicles at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opened to the public last Saturday. Here are some of the buzz-worthy new cars and trucks at the show. Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S Not known for austerity or restraint, the latest Porsche 911 pushes even […]

ValentinesGifts: New book captures pop culture moments that scream love

By Leanne Italie NEW YORK — Fashion and style have forever been in bed with film, television and music, especially the moments that scream love. We all have our top pop memories of romance, lust, marriage, heartbreak from those worlds and more, including the beauty industry and the world of advertising. In a new book, […]

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