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April 12, 2014 - 3:31am
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead or are unaccounted for after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were killed, but their identities have not been released.

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Michael Myvett had spent years connecting to autistic children as a therapist, and now was playing chaperone to a different group...

April 12, 2014 - 3:28am
1 week 4 days ago

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A tractor-trailer already was on fire as it came across a median and crashed into a tour bus, killing 10 people, according to a couple whose car was sideswiped by the big rig.

Joe and Bonnie Duran were driving a sedan northbound on the 5 Freeway on Thursday when they said a FedEx truck heading south careened toward them, struck their rental car and crashed into the oncoming bus carrying high school students from Southern California. The bus and...

April 12, 2014 - 3:06am
1 week 4 days ago

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Red Cross prepared a shelter Saturday for people evacuated from their homes in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson because of a slow-moving landslide.

About 60 people have been forced from their homes since Wednesday as a precaution and because of damage to the only access road.

The unstable hillside is about the size of two football fields and is along a main artery outside the historic downtown area. Officials say...

April 12, 2014 - 3:02am
1 week 4 days ago

"The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago." — President Barack Obama, accusing Republicans of using voting restrictions to jeopardize ballot box access for millions of black Americans and other minorities.

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"We knew we were in major trouble." — Steven Clavijo, a high school senior from Santa Clarita, Calif., who was aboard the...

April 12, 2014 - 12:06am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Is the selling over or has it just begun?

That's the question investors are asking after the biggest weekly drop in the Standard and Poor's 500 index since January. The stock market hasn't had a correction, or fall of 10 percent from recent highs, since 2011.

It is inching close to one, at least in technology stocks.

Investors drove the stock market lower for two straight days at the end of the week. Big drops in...

April 12, 2014 - 12:01am
1 week 4 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are ravaging its highest fliers.

Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences.

Stung by the abrupt change in sentiment,...

April 12, 2014 - 12:00am
1 week 4 days ago

Today is Saturday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2014. There are 263 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On April 12, 1954, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission opened a hearing on whether Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, should have his security clearance reinstated amid questions about his loyalty (it wasn't). Bill Haley and His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" in...

April 12, 2014 - 12:00am
1 week 4 days ago

Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

1. THREE DAYS OF RIGOROUS CROSS-EXAMINATION FOR OSCAR PISTORIUS AT MURDER TRIAL

The disabled athlete, who took the stand this week, contradicted himself at times Friday as he sparred with chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel over what led to the shooting of model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius testified he was hobbling fearfully on his stumps with his pistol toward his bathroom after hearing a possible...

April 11, 2014 - 11:59pm
1 week 4 days ago

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A 12-bedroom waterfront estate on 50 acres in wealthy Greenwich has been sold for $120 million.

Even though that's $70 million under Copper Beech Farm's initial listing price, real estate agent David Ogilvy tells the Greenwich Time (http://bit.ly/1jzpxJN ) he believes the sum is the most ever paid for a residential property in the United States. The paperwork finalizing the sale to a limited liability company was filed Friday.

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April 11, 2014 - 11:38pm
1 week 4 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adreian Payne of Michigan State was honored at the John R. Wooden Award gala on Friday night for his friendship with a cancer-stricken 8-year-old girl.

Payne received the first Outreach Award at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He attended the gala three days after the death of Lacey Holsworth of St. Johns, Mich., who was stricken with neuroblastoma in 2011.

"She wouldn't want me to be sad," Payne said. "It's hard."...

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