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April 4, 2014 - 2:18pm
1 week 5 days ago

DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.

The recall involves cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years equipped with 2.5-liter engines.

The yellow sac spider, which is attracted to hydrocarbons, builds webs that cause pressure to build in the fuel tank. That increases the risk of fuel leaks and fire.

Mazda recalled cars in...

April 4, 2014 - 2:16pm
1 week 5 days ago

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Murphy's final movie opens Friday in Eugene before going on a limited run.

The actress died at age 32 in December 2009. That year she worked on a psychological thriller called "Something Wicked," and much of it was filmed in Eugene and other parts of Lane County.

The movie made for nearly $5 million failed to get a distribution deal with the large studios. But producer and local businessman Scott Chambers told The...

April 4, 2014 - 2:16pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup.

I've been using Google's Web-connected eyewear over the past few months. Spending a day trying to get some chores done with it was frustrating at times, though it gave me a glimpse of what might be possible down the line.

Cooking with Glass, for example, frees my hands to stir, chop and...

April 4, 2014 - 2:01pm
1 week 5 days ago

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — On an icy night in January, a man entered a grocery store here, walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.

Hours later, the man was found dead in the bathroom with a needle still in his arm, authorities said. They believe he was one of more than 80 people across the country who have died after injecting heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate....

April 4, 2014 - 1:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers skyrocket nationwide, governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police officers and the people advocates say are the most critical group — people who abuse drugs, and their friends and families.

Supporters say the opportunity to save potentially thousands of lives outweighs any fears by critics that the promise of a nearby...

April 4, 2014 - 1:21pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — One private economist says the March jobs report shows that "we're back to where we were before the weather got bad." John Canally of LPL Financial is reacting to this morning's report showing that employers added jobs at a solid pace in March, and hired more in January and February than had been thought.

The economy gained 192,000 jobs in March, slightly below February's revised total of 197,000. The unemployment rate stays the same, at 6.7 percent....

April 4, 2014 - 1:20pm
1 week 5 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected to gather in Salt Lake City this weekend to find out church news and soak up words of guidance and inspiration from the faith's top leaders.

During The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' biannual general conference, leaders will give speeches and make announcements about church statistics, new temples or initiatives

In addition to those filling up the 21,000-seat...

April 4, 2014 - 1:17pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago transit officials have fired a train operator who acknowledged dozing off before crashing a commuter train at the O'Hare International Airport station.

The March 24 crash injured more than 30 passengers and sent the eight-car train barreling over the platform and up an escalator leading into the airport. It caused millions of dollars' worth of damage.

The operator was fired Friday, said Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian...

April 4, 2014 - 1:08pm
1 week 5 days ago

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is fighting online rumors that running bison seen in a YouTube video are fleeing a possible explosion of the park's supervolcano.

The video was posted on March 20, 10 days before a magnitude-4.8 earthquake hit, the park's strongest quake in 30 years.

Yellowstone posted a video of its own this week, noting that it's normal for wildlife to move around to find food at lower elevations that...

April 4, 2014 - 1:06pm
1 week 5 days ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two drug-smuggling tunnels with rail systems stretching hundreds of yards across the U.S.-Mexico border were discovered by law enforcement officials, and a 73-year-old woman was charged with helping run one operation, federal authorities said Friday.

No contraband was found in connection with the tunnels, which linked warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico, and the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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