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Gov't proposal aimed at bus, truck rollovers

May 16, 2012

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturers would have to equip large trucks and buses with safety systems that help prevent rollover accidents through computer-controlled braking, under regulations proposed Wednesday by the government.

The National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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Healthy eating can cost less, study finds

May 16, 2012

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it really more expensive to eat healthy?

An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt.

That counters a common perception among ...

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Clemens accuser McNamee: 'I didn't make it up'

May 16, 2012

By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Clemens' lawyer toyed with Brian McNamee's memory and attacked him from several directions at once. The attorney even put an easel next to the witness with the words: "MISTAKE. BAD MEMORY. LIE." Eventually, there came the inevitable ...

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FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads

May 16, 2012

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian's curves or Brooke Burke's toned tush.

Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal ...

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Paralyzed woman uses her mind to control robot arm

May 16, 2012

By MALCOLM RITTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Using only her thoughts, a Massachusetts woman paralyzed for 15 years directed a robotic arm to pick up a bottle of coffee and bring it to her lips, researchers report in the latest advance in harnessing brain waves to help disabled people.

In ...

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Death as bargaining chip? Ohio prosecutor slammed

May 16, 2012

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Within days of a drug-related slaying in suburban Cleveland, six men were indicted on charges that carried the possibility of a death sentence. Six months later, all had been allowed to plead to lesser charges, including four who ...

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New scrutiny for CA nuke plant, as restart looms

May 16, 2012

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The idled San Onofre nuclear power plant is facing new scrutiny from Congress as the utility that operates it moves closer to proposing a fix to get the twin reactors back in service.

The chair of the U.S. Senate's environment committee ...

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AP: Killer of 3 says he considers requesting death

May 16, 2012

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — A man on Connecticut's death row for the murder of a suburban mother and her two daughters says he believes the only way he will be put to death is if he volunteers for lethal injection.

Joshua Komisarjevsky, who was condemned to die ...

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NY judge grants class action status to frisk suit

May 16, 2012

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Finding the city's attitude "deeply troubling," a judge granted class action status Wednesday to a 2008 lawsuit accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against blacks and Hispanics with its stop-and-frisk policies aimed at ...

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Congress considers threats from airport employees

May 16, 2012

By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commercial air travel is at risk from terrorists who quietly get jobs at airports so that they can attack from within sensitive areas, a senior Homeland Security Department official told lawmakers Wednesday.

There has never been such an ...

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Website set up by killer's mom upsets co-workers

May 16, 2012

By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State officials have launched an investigation into an anti-racism website set up by the mother of a man who killed eight employees at a Manchester beer distribution warehouse.

Lillie Holliday's site, www.ostmemorialfund.com , is set up ...

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Police confirm missing Tucson girl was abducted

May 16, 2012

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Police investigating the abduction of 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis have scoured her Tucson, Ariz., home, interviewed more than 500 sex offenders and waded through 1,000-plus tips.

So far, they haven't named a suspect.

But revelations over ...

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George W. Bush Breaks Silence, Says He's 'for Mitt Romney'

May 16, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — After months of silence, George W. Bush finally weighed on the presidential race — with four short words.

"I'm for Mitt Romney," the former president said Tuesday in Washington as the doors of his elevator shut, perhaps his only public ...

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Scientists Hunt Ways to Stall Alzheimer's Earlier

May 16, 2012

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look for a fundamental shift in how scientists hunt ways to ward off the devastation of Alzheimer's disease — by testing possible therapies in people who don't yet show many symptoms, before too much of the brain is destroyed.

The most ambitious ...

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Records detail George Zimmerman's medical injuries

May 16, 2012

MIAMI (AP) — Court records show George Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a nose fracture and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

ABC News reports (http://abcn.ws/K3tcvN ) the medical records were part of evidence released Tuesday that ...

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Lawmakers gather to talk deficit, answers elusive

May 16, 2012

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government leaders past and present gathered in Washington to do what they do best about the nation's deficit woes: talk.

At an annual "fiscal summit" Tuesday in a capital city that seems almost comically unable to function, much less take ...

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Zuckerberg's Facebook Story is Study in Contrasts

May 16, 2012

By ADAM GELLER, Associated Press

When Hollywood set out to tell the story of how Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, it enjoyed the flexibility of portraying a man who, despite his social network's worldwide reach, was all but unknown to the public.

A year and half later, the movie "The Social ...

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Conn. accident shows dangers of distracted driving

May 15, 2012

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A teenage driver is under arrest after authorities said the distraction of a handheld cellphone caused her to fatally hit a jogger, whose father blames his death on her "stupidity."

The death of 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey in Norwalk and the ...

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Deficit summit brings about more talk, no answers

May 15, 2012

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government leaders past and present gathered in Washington on Tuesday to do what they do best about the nation's deficit woes: talk.

At an annual "fiscal summit" in a capital city that seems almost comically unable to function, much less take ...

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