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Tuskegee Airmen colonel dies at 91

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Col. Paul L. Green, one of the Tuskegee Airmen — the legendary black pilots who escorted U.S. aircraft during World War II — has died in a Southern California senior care home. He was 91.

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High rate of shopping in Obamacare is a good sign
Posted: February 26, 2015

For most customers returning to the Obamacare marketplaces this year, it really paid to shop around. New data shows that a large number of them did. That bodes well for those shoppers and the future offerings of the insurance marketplaces.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
Posted: February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

Panel OK’s attorney general pick
Posted: February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general, sending it to the full Senate.

House thinking about Homeland Security
Posted: February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Officials say that House Republicans are considering passage of a stand-alone, short-term funding measure to prevent a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at week’s end.

IS plotters ‘vocal in beliefs’
Posted: February 26, 2015

NEW YORK — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to “strike fear in the hearts of infidels,” federal authorities said.

Teen pleads guilty to supporting terrorism
Posted: February 26, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Internet vandalism takes out cellphones, ATMs, 911 systems
Posted: February 26, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Computers, cellphones and landlines in Arizona were knocked out of service for hours, ATMs stopped working, 911 systems were disrupted and businesses were unable to process credit card transactions — all because vandals sliced through a fiber-optic Internet cable buried under the rocky desert.

VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters
Posted: February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
Posted: February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 5:21 pm

SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas that dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

Lawyer: Trucker ran after stranding truck on tracks
Posted: February 25, 2015

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — A driver who abandoned his pickup truck on railroad tracks before a fiery crash with a commuter train made repeated attempts to get the vehicle off the rails and then ran for his life as the train approached, his lawyer said Wednesday.

U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech
Posted: February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

Lawsuit filed against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs
Posted: February 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company’s dry dog food.

Deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate
Posted: February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama.

3 in U.S. charged with aiding ISIS
Posted: February 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Three New York men were charged Wednesday with aiding the Islamic State, the terrorist organization that controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and has been actively recruiting young people from around the world to its fight.

Justices overturn fisherman’s conviction
Posted: February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a Florida fisherman, throwing out his conviction for tossing evidence — undersize grouper — back into the Gulf of Mexico under a federal law aimed mostly at white-collar crime.

Astronaut safe after water gets into helmet
Posted: February 25, 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

Man admits sending jet information to Iran
Posted: February 25, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former defense contractor accused of sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Lawsuit filed against Purina claims food sickens, kills dogs
Posted: February 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company's dry dog food.

Longtime Coke executive Donald Keough dies at 88
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 4:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the “cola wars” of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta, according to the company. He was 88.

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