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US appeals court blocks Trump birth control coverage rules

Dec. 13, 2018 4:04 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. States were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama's health care law were made without required...

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

Blue Jays are leaving Las Vegas with Elvis

Dec. 13, 2018 3:43 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are leaving Las Vegas with Elvis. Right-hander Elvis Luciano was selected by the Blue Jays from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday with the ninth pick of the winter meeting draft of unprotected players. An 18-year-old Dominican, Luciano signed with Arizona in October...

Scuba-diving Santa takes time to feed San Francisco fish

Dec. 13, 2018 3:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to scuba dive and feed the fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a diver dressed as Santa Claus submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children...

Billionaire builds beach access app after violating rules

Dec. 13, 2018 3:29 PM EST

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A tech billionaire whose elaborate wedding in a redwood grove violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 spots where people can get to the coastline. The California Coastal Commission planned to unveil the YourCoast...

Patient who escaped wants to go to trial to tell his story

Dec. 13, 2018 3:23 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The attorney representing a man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital says his client wants to go to trial. Attorney Michael Green says Randall Saito "wants to get his story out there." Saito appeared via video from a Honolulu jail Thursday to be arraigned in court on charges of...

Recalled California judge asks for help to pay legal debt

Dec. 13, 2018 1:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge who was recalled after sentencing a former Stanford student to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman is asking people to donate money so he can pay court-ordered attorney's fees to the backers of the recall. Former Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky...

2018 Breakthrough: Elsie Fisher of 'Eighth Grade'

Dec. 13, 2018 1:28 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elsie Fisher was about to give up on acting right before Bo Burnham's coming-of-age project "Eighth Grade" came on her radar, and it's a good thing she decided to take one last chance. Her deft portrayal of a lonely teenage YouTuber in her last week of middle school has earned her Golden...

Serial killer pleads guilty in Texas woman's 1994 death

Dec. 13, 2018 1:24 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A 78-year-old prisoner who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman. Samuel Little entered his plea in the West Texas city of Odessa, where the body of Denise Christie...

AP source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contract

Dec. 13, 2018 12:07 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that reliever Joe Kelly has agreed to a $25 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not yet been announced. A 30-year-old...