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Investigators zeroed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators zeroed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies....

AP WAS THERE: The Associated Press bureau chief in Honolulu couldn't get out the urgent news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew the U.S. into World War II, because the military had already taken control of all communication lines
HONOLULU (AP) -- EDITOR'S NOTE - On Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press' chief of bureau in Honolulu, Eugene Burns, was unable to get out the urgent news of the historic attack that would draw the U.S. into World War II. The military had already taken control of all communication lines, so Burns was left without a line to the outside world. In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's press secretary. In the language and style used by journalists of his era, including the use of a disparaging word to describe the Japanese that was in common use, Peacock dictated the details of the announcement. Seventy-five years after their original publication, the AP is making the dispatches available to its subscribers....

Surprise, fear, anger and pride _ that's what Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing recalls about the attack that plunged the U.S. into World War II
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) -- Surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame Jim Downing as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor....

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary _ as friends
TOKYO (AP) -- Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary - as friends....

Invasive insects are draining the life out of forests across the United States, aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought
PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) -- In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree....

A federal judge could decide whether to end Michigan's presidential recount after the state's second-highest court said the Green Party nominee was ineligible to seek a second look at millions of ballots
DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge could decide whether to end Michigan's presidential recount after the state's second-highest court said the Green Party nominee was ineligible to seek a second look at millions of ballots....

The FBI said Tuesday it found no evidence that a bomb threat which prompted heightened security at a Los Angeles subway station was real and the anonymous caller who made it may have reported similar phony threats in the past
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The FBI said Tuesday it found no evidence that a bomb threat which prompted heightened security at a Los Angeles subway station was real and the anonymous caller who made it may have reported similar phony threats in the past....

Michigan's presidential recount suddenly is in doubt after a state appeals court found the Green Party candidate's poor showing disqualified her from seeking another look at the votes
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's presidential recount suddenly appears in doubt after a state appeals court said the Green Party candidate's poor showing disqualified her from seeking a second look at the votes....

The death penalty trial for a white man who said he wanted to start a race war by killing black people in their South Carolina church is set to begin
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury....

Maybe getting stuck at a traffic signal might not be so bad, if you know how long the wait will be
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be....

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The final phase of jury selection is underway in the death-penalty trial of Dylann Roof, the white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a church is Charleston, South Carolina last year

A social studies textbook that says some slaves in Connecticut were cared for like family members is being pulled from fourth-grade classrooms in Norwalk

A central Pennsylvania university student already accused of trying to abort his girlfriend's pregnancy by putting bleach in her water has now been charged with trying to kill her in the process

A Massachusetts man falsely portrayed by a newspaper as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will stand trial on a sex assault charge

Authorities have seized 100 snakes, lots of rats, two miniature pigs and a few dozen birds from a New York home where dozens of creatures were found dead

Hunters have killed a record 607 bears in New Jersey

Police in Connecticut are investigating the theft of dozens of toys collected for underprivileged children from a Watertown church

A Long Island man claims a Nassau County police officer beat and restrained him over a parking dispute that prevented him from seeing his dying mother one last time

The Little Rock police chief says an officer shot and critically injured a man who reportedly told police dispatch he had fatally shot some people

A Detroit-area drug dealer nicknamed "White Boy Rick," who has been in prison for 28 years for crimes when he was a teen, is making another effort to get his sentence reduced



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