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Johnstown flood's legacy lives on 125 years later

PITTSBURGH - A privately owned dam collapsed in western Pennsylvania 125 years ago on May 31, 1889, unleashing a flood that killed 2,209 people. The terrible stories from the Johnstown Flood of 1889 are still part of lore because of the gruesome nature of many of the deaths and the key role the disaster played in the rise of the American Red Cross. Here's some of what's known about the flood, one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history.

May 29, 2014 | By KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | World


Frenchman joined US D-Day forces to free homeland

PARIS - When he left Paris at age 18, the plan was to go to New York for a year and learn his father's sewing machine trade. Six years later, Bernard Dargols found himself crossing the Channel in a U.S. Army uniform, sloshing ashore on Omaha Beach to a homeland that had persecuted his Jewish family.

May 28, 2014 | By LORI HINNANT Associated Press | World


High court rules for death-row inmates with low IQ

WASHINGTON - Twelve years after barring execution of the mentally disabled, the Supreme Court on Tuesday prohibited states in borderline cases from relying only on intelligence test scores to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible to be executed.

May 28, 2014 | By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press | World


California couple's buried gold coins go for sale

SAN FRANCISCO - A treasure trove of rare gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog has gone on sale, with one coin selling for $15,000 on Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | World


Power plant becomes a model for cleaner operation

HOMER CITY, Pa. - A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.

May 28, 2014 | By DINA CAPPIELLO and KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press | World


After long wait, Malaysia releases jet data

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.

May 27, 2014 | By CHRIS BRUMMITT and EILEEN NG Associated Press | World


Michigan men finding success in failure talks

EAST LANSING, Mich. - An entrepreneur told a Detroit audience about how he had failed as a father, husband and businessman.

May 27, 2014 | By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press | World


Median CEO pay crosses $10 million in 2013

NEW YORK - They're the $10 million men and women.

May 27, 2014 | By KEN SWEET Associated Press | World


Gasoline prices have familiar look as summer begins

NEW YORK - If the price of gasoline looked familiar this Memorial Day weekend, there's good reason. For the third year in a row, the national average was within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon.

May 26, 2014 | By JONATHAN FAHEY Associated Press | World


Experts: Mass murderers are hard to predict

GOLETA, Calif. - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.

May 26, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and ALICIA CHANG Associated Press | World


US plants prepare long-term nuclear waste storage

WATERFORD, Conn. - Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel - radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.

May 26, 2014 | By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press | World


New York prosecutor to re-examine 90 convictions

NEW YORK - Fueled by the freeing of a prison inmate who claimed a detective framed him in a 1990 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney's office has undertaken one of the nation's most ambitious efforts to revisit cases of people put behind bars decades ago to determine whether they were wrongly convicted.

May 25, 2014 | By JENNIFER PELTZ and TOM HAYS Associated Press | World


Gov't: Airlines should disclose bag, seat fees

WASHINGTON - Going to bat for confused passengers, the government is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for basic items like checked bags, assigned seats and carry-on bags so consumers know the true cost of flying.

May 21, 2014 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | World


Veteran actor tells police he shot and killed wife

LOS ANGELES - Michael Jace projected the image of a doting, hands-on father and husband to neighbors, but authorities are now trying to determine what prompted the veteran actor to tell police he shot and killed his wife while his young sons were in the home.

May 21, 2014 | By ANTHONY McCARTNEY Associated Press | World


Text 911: Calling for help without making a call

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Sometimes a voice call to 911 just won't work, such as for deaf people in need of help or in certain domestic violence cases.

May 20, 2014 | By WILSON RING Associated Press | World


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Oops! 14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s

No, the United States military isn't trying to build a force of centenarians.

July 10, 2014 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | World


Germany asks top US spy to leave the country

BERLIN - Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two suspected cases of American spying and the yearlong spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.

July 10, 2014 | By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press | World


4 children, parents killed in Houston-area shooting

SPRING, Texas - A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said.

July 10, 2014 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press | World


Government made $100B in improper payments

WASHINGTON - By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them - tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.

July 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press | World


4 dead, 70K without power after upstate NY storms

SMITHFIELD, N.Y. - Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds rolled through central New York, killing four people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and knocking out power to more than 70,000 utility customers, officials said Wednesday.

July 09, 2014 | Associated Press | World


US employers add 288k jobs in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

July 03, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK Associated Press | World


Storm's path puts it off NC beaches for July 4th

SAVANNAH - A hurricane watch covering nearly 200 miles along North Carolina's coast was issued early Wednesday, threatening Fourth of July plans as Tropical Storm Arthur moved northward from Florida.

July 02, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | World


In dry California, water fetching record prices

SAN FRANCISCO - Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.

July 02, 2014 | By GARANCE BURKE Associated Press | World


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