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Fear, fire but no injuries in crash

Military jet slams into CA neighborhood

Changes in state aid may be expanding wealth gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.

US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) —The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

US border agency releases report on use of force

Excessive force used by border patrol.

White and male, Google releases diversity data

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

Poll: Money taboo on dating scene

WASHINGTON — In dating, money may be the biggest taboo. An Associated Press-WE tv poll finds that two-thirds of Americans think it’s tougher to talk money with your romantic partner than it is to talk sex. Three in 10 say sex is the harder conversation.

Court blocks protester case against Secret Service

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed protesters free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents who were guarding President George W. Bush during a 2004 campaign trip to Oregon.

Arizona firefighters work to protect communities from blaze

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. — Hundreds of firefighters are working to protect communities from a wildfire chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon, but some business owners worry the blaze will keep customers away from the premier tourist area over the holiday weekend.

US home sales at slower pace than 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.

Detroit motorists under siege in ‘Carjack City’

DETROIT — When they pull up to a gas station these days, Detroit drivers are looking beyond the price per gallon at a far more threatening concern: carjackers.

US jobless aid applications rise

WASHINGTON —” The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.

Federal supoena seeks Cover Oregon website documents

PORTLAND — A grand jury is investigating Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange website, one of the most dysfunctional and expensive coverage marketplace flops in the nation.

VA misconduct under fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals are “dishonorable” and will be not be tolerated by his administration.

Microsoft unveils larger Surface tablet

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft announced a larger version of its Surface tablet to make the device more compelling as a laptop replacement.

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Vet fights for unpaid bills

Former soldier says VA system needs overhaul

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