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  • Lebanese held hostage by Syria militants appear in video

    BEIRUT (AP) — Seven Lebanese troops held hostage by al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate have appeared in a video posted online. The men are among some 20 Lebanese soldiers and policemen who have been held captive by…

  • Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii’s Kilauea

    HONOLULU (AP) — Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The collapse triggered a small…

  • 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…

  • Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii’s Kilauea

    HONOLULU (AP) — Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The collapse triggered a small…

  • Huge waves in California lure bodysurfers, crowds to beaches

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of spectators lined the beach and gasped, cheered and clapped on Monday as bodysurfers braved 15-foot waves at The Wedge, a Newport Beach break known for its powerful waves.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…