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August 18, 2015 - 9:24pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Uncle Sam is joining the ranks of beauty salons, taco stands and other services reviewed on Yelp.

The General Service Administration says it has reached a deal with Yelp and will officially recognize the public's star ratings on its federal agencies.

It says it will take the online ratings into account to improve public services, from the Transportation Security Administration to national parks.


August 18, 2015 - 8:55pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter has been found by police safe in a New Jersey home, hours after it was publicly revealed she had been missing for a week.

Chelsea O'Donnell had left the family's home a week earlier with a therapy dog, and her mother's concern was intensified because she had not been taking needed medication. Family spokeswoman Cindi Berger said Chelsea O'Donnell suffers from mental illness.

Rosie O'Donnell lives...

August 18, 2015 - 8:44pm
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California health officials are investigating another possible case of plague in a tourist from Georgia who fell ill after visiting Yosemite National Park, the second case in less than a month.

The California Department of Public Health said Tuesday "the presumptive positive case" of plague occurred on a patient who visited Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest and surrounding areas in early August.

Officials said...

August 18, 2015 - 8:38pm
1 week 3 days ago

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri auditor says mismanagement over hiring a master developer after the Joplin tornado has raised enough concerns that findings have been turned over to authorities.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday her audit found "mismanagement and questionable business practices" in Joplin after the 2011 tornado that killed 161 people.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) the audit found that city officials...

August 18, 2015 - 8:36pm
1 week 3 days ago

HONOLULU (AP) — The students assigned to the University of Hawaii apartment where a man fell out of a window to his death while trying to get a distraught man off a 14th floor ledge will have the option to get new housing arrangements.

University spokesman Dan Meisenzahl (MY'-sen-zall) says the four students assigned to share the 2-bedroom apartment have been notified about Sunday's incident. He says if they don't want to live there, the top floor unit will remain...

August 18, 2015 - 7:59pm
1 week 3 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — The organizers of Boston's failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are disputing a state-funded consultants' report that says they underestimated costs and could have left taxpayers on the hook for significant overruns.

Boston 2024 say the Brattle Group didn't critique the detailed construction budgets organizers gave them. The organizers say the consultants' report was a "simple comparison" between Boston's plan and those of past host cities....

August 18, 2015 - 7:41pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor has urged jurors to reject an Arizona man's insanity defense to charges that he killed his brother over a drug dispute and fatally shot his 6-year-old nephew who had witnessed the crime.

Prosecutor Laura Reckart said Tuesday that Christopher Rey Licon (LEE'-cohn) hasn't proven that he suffered from a mental disease that would have prevented him from understanding that his actions in the December 2010 killings were wrong.


August 18, 2015 - 7:08pm
1 week 3 days ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says a special session on health care financing isn't the appropriate venue for California lawmakers to pass right-to-die legislation.

Brown's spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said Tuesday that the better approach is to reconsider legislation next year that is now stalled.

Democratic lawmakers announced earlier in the day that they were renewing their push to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their...

August 18, 2015 - 6:46pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved the first prescription drug to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by the pharmaceutical industry.

But safety restrictions on the daily pill, called Addyi, mean it will probably never achieve the blockbuster sales of men's impotence drugs like Viagra, which have generated billions of dollars.

The new drug's label will carry a bold warning that combining it with alcohol can...

August 18, 2015 - 6:42pm
1 week 3 days ago

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A 19-year-old white woman has been sentenced to a year of supervised probation for shooting a black high school athlete with a BB gun in what police initially classified as a hate crime.

Thurmont police said Kristen Myers yelled a racial slur at acquaintances on the Catoctin High School track team as they ran through town in April. An 18-year-old was hit in the face but not seriously hurt.

He characterized the slur as an...

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