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Yosemite tourist dies after contracting hantavirus

August 17, 2012 12:40 am | by TRACIE CONE - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A popular lodging area in Yosemite National Park could be linked to a rare rodent-borne disease that has killed a California tourist who stayed there this summer, officials said.A man who stayed at Curry Village in June died after contracting hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. A woman who also...

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Mom seeks heart transplant for autistic son

August 16, 2012 11:41 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant because of his illness and the complexity of the process, among other factors, said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not...

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Police: More than 30 killed in S. Africa shooting

August 16, 2012 11:41 pm | by JON GAMBRELL - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

South African police officers killed more than 30 striking workers at a Lonmin PLC platinum mine who charged a line of officers trying to disperse them, authorities said Friday.The shooting Thursday is one of the worst in South Africa since the end of the apartheid era.Police ministry spokesman...

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South Africa police ministry: More than 30 striking miners killed in Lonmin PLC mine shooting

August 16, 2012 11:40 pm | by Jon Gambrell, The Associated PressAssociated Press | Comments

JOHANNESBURG - South African police officers killed more than 30 striking workers at a Lonmin PLC platinum mine who charged a line of officers trying to disperse them, authorities said Friday.The shooting Thursday is one of the worst in South Africa since the end of the apartheid era.Police...

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Accelr8 Technology moving headquarters to Tucson

August 16, 2012 6:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Accelr8 Technology Corp. says it plans to move its headquarters from Denver to Tucson, Ariz.The company develops instruments to detect microorganisms that could cause disease.It reported five full-time employees in an annual report filed in October but said Thursday it plans to fill 65...

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Money market fund assets rose to $2.574 trillion

August 16, 2012 5:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose $11.76 billion to $2.574 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $1.40 billion to $886.55 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund...

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Attendants not reassured by ruling for AA pilots

August 16, 2012 5:41 pm | by DAVID KOENIG - AP Airlines Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The flight attendants' union says a bankruptcy judge's ruling against American Airlines' attempt to break its contract with pilots was only a temporary win for workers.The Association of Professional Flight Attendants says the judge's overall ruling is "a blistering indictment of the labor...

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Marines: Osprey aircraft crash due to pilot error

August 16, 2012 5:41 pm | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Marine Corps investigation has concluded that operator error caused the deadly April crash of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft in Morocco — an incident that has fueled unease in Japan, where the hybrid aircraft are being deployed.In a report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, the Marine Corps...

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Brazilian mining giant Vale SA postpones $3 billion Saskatchewan potash mine

August 16, 2012 5:40 pm | by The Canadian PressAssociated Press | Comments

REGINA - Brazilian mining giant Vale SA says it is postponing a $3 billion potash project in Saskatchewan.The huge mine was to be developed near Kronau (crow-now), a small community southeast of Regina.It would have employed more than 1,500 workers during construction and up to 500 jobs once it was...

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Drought could be a factor in US anthrax cases

August 16, 2012 2:40 pm | by DAVID PITT - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States.Anthrax outbreaks happen occasionally in livestock herds and wild animals in the U.S.,...

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News Summary: Chevron sued over refinery fire

August 16, 2012 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

LAWSUIT FILED: Nine people have sued Chevron Corp. over a California refinery fire that sent thousands to hospitals with respiratory issues and contributed to higher gasoline prices on the West Coast.NEGLIGENCE CLAIM: The lawsuit claims Chevron was grossly negligent in its handling of refinery...

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2 sheriff's deputies dead, 2 hurt in US shootout

August 16, 2012 12:41 pm | by KEVIN McGILL - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana were killed and two others were injured in an early morning shootout west of New Orleans, authorities said Thursday.The sheriff in St. John the Baptist Parish said five people are in custody.A tearful Sheriff Michael Tregre said the incident started when a...

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Michael Phelps again graces Wheaties boxes

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions.General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on...

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News Summary: Maruti Suzuki to restart car plant

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

RESTARTING: Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki said it will reopen a factory with tightened security, including a force of 100 police, after a riot by workers last month killed one person and injured dozens of others.UNEVEN ROAD: The dispute between workers and management stems from a wide gap in pay...

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News Summary: Ford's European sales fall

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

THE NUMBERS: Ford Motor Co.'s sales in Europe fell 12.3 percent in July from a year earlier to 83,100 vehicles. From January through July, sales were off 10.6 percent, and Ford said total industry sales were the lowest in 17 years in the region.THE REASON: Europe appears headed for recession, and...

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