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Report: Man-made quakes shake over a dozen areas in US

Report: Man-made quakes shake over a dozen areas in US

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Government scientists say more than a dozen regions in the United States have experienced a rise in man-made earthquakes in recent years. A report released Thursday found that 17 areas in eight states have seen small quakes triggered by oil and gas drilling. They include parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, […]

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US new-home sales collapse in March

US new-home sales collapse in March

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted in March, as the spring buying season opened with sharp declines in the Northeast and South. The Commerce Department says new-home sales fell 11.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000. This marks a swift reversal from an annual sales pace of […]

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US jobless aid applications stay low, a sign of few layoffs

US jobless aid applications stay low, a sign of few layoffs

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was little changed last week, evidence that employers are cutting few jobs. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid ticked up 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 295,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased to 284,500. Still, that is just 2,000 higher […]

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Loretta Lynch heads for confirmation as attorney general

Loretta Lynch heads for confirmation as attorney general

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is expected today to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general. The vote comes five months after Lynch was nominated by President Barack Obama. The confirmation vote was held up by an unrelated bill on human trafficking. And that bill hit unexpected gridlock over an abortion funding provision. […]

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Obama says he takes full responsibility for hostage deaths

Obama says he takes full responsibility for hostage deaths

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says he takes “full responsibility” for a counterterrorism operation that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida. Obama says he profoundly regrets the deaths of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. The president says the men were killed during a mission that targeted an al-Qaida […]

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Sandra Bullock named People’s ‘Most Beautiful Woman’

Sandra Bullock named People’s ‘Most Beautiful Woman’

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – People magazine has named Sandra Bullock as the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” for 2015. The 50-year-old actress, who voices a supervillain in the upcoming movie “Minions,” tops the magazine’s list, announced Wednesday. Commenting on being selected for this year’s cover, Bullock says she just laughed when she heard about the honor. […]

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US home sales roared back to life in March

US home sales roared back to life in March

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The arrival of spring has home sales blooming. U.S. homebuyers flooded back into the real estate market in March, pushing up sales and prices at the start of the spring buying season. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes jumped 6.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual […]

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Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage

Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – With weeks to go before a key surveillance law expires, leading Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The bill by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and […]

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High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is making it easier for people to sue the federal government for negligence. The justices, voting 5-4, ruled in two cases Wednesday that the deadlines for filing such lawsuits can be extended if plaintiffs tried their best to comply or simply failed to learn about important information before a […]

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New York aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

New York aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

| April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City is set to mark Earth Day today by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by more than 3 million tons by 2030. The Zero Waste plan will include an overhaul and expansion of the city’s recycling program and provide incentives to businesses and residents to […]

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