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March 26, 2015 - 1:25pm
11 hours 52 min 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 March. 16, to Sunday, March 22, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

UNITED STATES

1. Grace, "You Don't Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)" (RCA Records)

2. Phoebe Ryan, "Ignition / Do You... (Mashup)" (Phoebe Ryan)

3. Highly Suspect, "Lydia" (300...

March 26, 2015 - 1:22pm
4 hours 52 min ago

SALADO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say the driver of a pickup truck was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer that slammed into construction beams along a busy interstate in Central Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the 32-year-old Arlington man died when a beam fell onto his truck during the Thursday accident. Other details weren't immediately released.

Investigators say the oversized 18-wheeler hit beams being used to...

March 26, 2015 - 1:21pm
12 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings.

An investigation led by the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement has led to 252 enforcement actions and $2.6 million in consumer refunds and fees.

In one case, a company called the National Payment Network Inc., in San Mateo, California, pitched car buyers an automated payment program that was...

March 26, 2015 - 1:16pm
12 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is inviting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHEEN-zoh AH-bay) to address a joint meeting of Congress next month.

The Ohio Republican announced Thursday that Abe — who will be the first Japanese leader to address Congress — is scheduled to speak on April 29.

He says the speech will give Americans a chance to hear from a close U.S. ally on a variety of issues, including working together to...

March 26, 2015 - 1:07pm
12 hours 12 min ago

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has improved to serious condition at the National Institutes of Health.

The agency announced Thursday that the patient's status improved from critical condition. He is being treated at the NIH's hospital near Washington.

The patient was flown in isolation from Sierra Leone on a chartered plane and arrived March 13....

March 26, 2015 - 1:07pm
12 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock says he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility. He is vowing to work "tirelessly" to make amends to constituents and others he has let down.

In a farewell speech Thursday, the Illinois Republican said his departure from Congress "is not the end of the story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter" in his life.

Schock announced his resignation March 17 following a month-long cascade of...

March 26, 2015 - 1:05pm
12 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some aviation safety experts say French prosecutors' assertion that the crash of a German airliner was a deliberate act points to the possible need for a third pilot in the cockpit.

James Hall, former chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, says no pilot should ever be alone in the cockpit. He notes that all airliners have a cockpit "jump seat" for a third pilot. Hall investigated the deliberate crash of an EgyptAir plane into the...

March 26, 2015 - 1:02pm
12 hours 12 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — A member of the Illinois Army National Guard and another suburban Chicago man have been arrested on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said in a statement Thursday that 22-year-old Hasan Edmonds and 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, both of Aurora, were arrested Wednesday night.

It says Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Chicago Midway International...

March 26, 2015 - 1:01pm
12 hours 12 min ago

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department has reached an unprecedented agreement with Barrick Gold Corp. and The Nature Conservancy intended to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of private land in Nevada.

The agreement with the largest gold mining company in the world establishes a "conservation bank," providing Barrick credit for enhancing some critical habitat now, in exchange for more flexibility in future development....

March 26, 2015 - 12:56pm
12 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in the Middle East says he'd like his forces to protect the Syrian rebels the U.S. is training to fight the Islamic State group.

But, Gen. Lloyd Austin told Congress Thursday, he's waiting for the White House to respond to his recommendation.

U.S. forces are training moderates to fight the Islamic State militants in Syria. But many of those rebels oppose President Bashar Assad and may also want to fight him....

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