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May 13, 2015 - 3:01pm
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LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife experts are investigating what caused the blunt trauma found in 30 dead birds pulled from Lake Havasu, on the Arizona-California border.

Today's News-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Fep23Z ) Lake Havasu wildlife manager Suzanne Ehret recovered the eared grebes — duck-like aquatic birds — late last month. She sent them to Phoenix's wildlife agency for further testing.

Arizona Game and Fish wildlife biologist...

May 13, 2015 - 2:55pm
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ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple with 12 sons already have kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13.

Jay Schwandt tells The Associated Press his wife Kateri gave birth Wednesday, four days after her due date.

The couple had said they were sticking to the tradition of not knowing the baby's sex ahead of time.

The 40-year-old father confirmed the birth in a text message to The Associated Press, saying the...

May 13, 2015 - 2:53pm
1 week 2 days ago

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans have used their large majorities to send a "right-to-work" measure to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon but appear to lack the support to override an expected veto.

The Missouri House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would prohibit workplace contracts that require union fees to be collected from nonmembers.

Supporters say the legislation would attract more businesses to the state and spur economic...

May 13, 2015 - 2:52pm
1 week 2 days ago

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday May 4, to Sunday, May 10, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Alessia Cara, "Here" (Def Jam)

2. Miguel, "Coffee" (RCA)

3. Big Wild, "Aftergold" (Foreign Family Collective)

4. Felix Jaehn, "Ain't Nobody (...

May 13, 2015 - 2:45pm
1 week 2 days ago

The derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia is the latest passenger train crash involving fatalities in the United States. Other crashes that killed passengers include two involving commuter rail lines serving New York City, where Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was bound when it crashed Tuesday night.

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FEB. 3, 2015 — A Metro-North train slams into an SUV on the tracks at a railroad crossing about 20 miles north of New York City, killing...

May 13, 2015 - 2:45pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says China's massive land reclamation raises regional tensions and does nothing to strengthen its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel was speaking at a congressional hearing Wednesday ahead of a trip to China this weekend by Secretary of State John Kerry.

U.S. senators are pressing the Obama administration on its response to China's...

May 13, 2015 - 2:45pm
1 week 2 days ago

The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday May 4 to Sunday, May 10 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)" (Atlantic Records)

2. Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen" (RGF Productions)

3. T-Wayne, "Nasty Freestyle" (Unauthorized...

May 13, 2015 - 2:40pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Sally Quillian Yates to be deputy attorney general, putting two women in the top posts at the Justice Department.

The vote was 84-12.

Last month, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, replacing Eric Holder. Lynch's confirmation came after a protracted fight over a sex trafficking bill and amid disputes over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

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May 13, 2015 - 2:32pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press of surveillance video just before the deadly crash of an Amtrak train indicates it was traveling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit was only 50 miles per hour.

The video shows the train — which was roughly 662 feet long — passes the camera in just over five seconds.

But AP found that the surveillance video inexplicably plays back slightly slower than in real...

May 13, 2015 - 2:25pm
1 week 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional officials say the Senate is near a deal to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda one day after Democrats embarrassed him by blocking it.

The emerging deal would eventually allow a Senate vote on Obama's request for so-called fast track negotiating authority. Fast track lets a president send Congress trade proposals it can kill or ratify but not amend.

At the same time, Democratic-backed legislation...

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