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  • Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well

    Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday. At least three water…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ McDonald’s challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale. CEO Steve…

  • Huge waves in California lure surfers, cause minor flooding

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Big surf kept rolling ashore Monday along south-facing sections of the Southern California coast after bodysurfers challenged the towering waves over the weekend and lifeguards were kept busy pulling people…

  • Google tractor-beams Star Wars universe into Knowledge Graph

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Star Wars fans no longer have to search their feelings to discover the truth. They can just Google it. The search engine and the Lucasfilm movie franchise said Monday they have…

  • Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii’s Kilauea

    HONOLULU (AP) — Molten lava and rocks went flying through the air on Hawaii’s Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY’-uh) volcano after an explosion caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano…

  • Q&A: A look at the big waves pounding California beaches

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big waves have been lashing Southern California, attracting surfers and thousands of gawkers to south-facing beaches. Beach patrols were stepped up Monday after lifeguards rescued 17 people off Newport Beach over…

  • Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

    NEW YORK (AP) — It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights. Instead, the…

  • Ag Secretary Vilsack announces $235 million for conservation

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday announced up to $235 million in funding for conservation projects to protect water quality and combat the drought that is ravaging parts of the…

  • Furmanite and Rite Aid are big market movers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Furmanite Corp., up $1.44 to $8.67 The industrial and refinery-services company…

  • California officer in hot water over ice bucket video

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury. Los Angeles County prosecutors say…

  • Google is starting small, thinking big with ‘Project Fi’

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit…

  • Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first Italian woman in space is now the world’s first orbiting barista. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a…

  • Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama Administration’s hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation’s power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as…

  • AP source: Goldberg died after collapsing in gym

    David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, was exercising at a gym in a Mexican resort when he collapsed before he died Friday, a person close to the family…

  • Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off

    LOPEZ PASS, Wash. (AP) — Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn’t surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions…