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CDC: New diabetes cases in US adults are dropping

NEW YORK — Fewer cases of diabetes are being diagnosed in U.S. adults, according to startling new federal statistics released Tuesday. Diabetes had been climbing for decades, driven by surging obesity rates. In 2009, the number of new cases reached 1.7 million. By last year, it had dropped to 1.4 million. “After so many years […]

Things to know for officer’s trial in death of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE — A jury will be seated Wednesday for the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury he suffered in custody. The panel will be chosen from some of the 150 […]

Southern California man dies in crash hours after good deed

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego-area woman is working to honor the memory of a stranger who died hours after he paid for her groceries and asked her to “pay it forward.” Matthew Jackson, of Oceanside, was killed in a crash on Nov. 11, less than 24 hours after he met Jamie-Lynne Knighten, KNSD-TV in […]

2 children die in Sacramento house fire

SACRAMENTO — A 6-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl died in a house fire despite firefighter efforts to rescue them. The Sacramento Bee reports Tuesday that firefighters were called to the two-story house in the Meadowview neighborhood just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Five people made it out safely. When they arrived, crews found fire furiously […]

California sues 2 car charities over administrative costs

SACRAMENTO — The state attorney general and county prosecutors on Tuesday sued two Southern California car donation charities that they say lie to donors about how much goes to charitable causes. Ventura-based Cars 4 Causes reported donating $15.9 million from 2009 through 2014, but Attorney General Kamala Harris said only $5.4 million went to charity. […]

Fresno Democrat Perea resigns from California Assembly

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno, who has led a group of moderate Democrats in the state Legislature this year, announced Tuesday he is resigning to pursue another job, likely in the private sector. Perea, who was elected to the state Assembly in 2010 and has a year remaining in his current term, made […]

US factory activity drops in Nov.; first decline in 3 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. factory activity plummeted last month to the lowest level in more than six years, with a stronger dollar and low oil prices cutting new orders and hurting production. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index of factory activity in November dropped to 48.6 from 50.1 in October. Any reading […]

Express Scripts offers low-cost alternative to Turing drug

The nation’s biggest pharmacy benefits manager is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by promoting a less-expensive alternative to a life-saving medicine with a list price of $750 per pill. Express Scripts Holding Co. said Tuesday that it will make a treatment for the rare infection toxoplasmosis that costs $1 per pill […]

Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients

WASHINGTON — The makers of a breakthrough hepatitis drug put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that’s become a symbol of the excessive cost of medications, Senate investigators said Tuesday. A bipartisan report from the Senate Finance Committee concluded that California-based Gilead Sciences Inc. was focused on maximizing revenue for its hepatitis C […]

Cybersecurity bill would add secrecy to public records laws

WASHINGTON — A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws. The legislation — already passed with broad bipartisan support in both houses of […]

US auto sales hit 14-year high in November

DETROIT — November used to be a slow month for U.S. car sales. Not anymore. Black Friday promotions — some of which began well before Thanksgiving — pushed last month’s sales to a 14-year high of 1.3 million, just short of a record for the month. Sales were up 1.4 percent from last November, according […]

Voters wonder if Cruz can heal Washington’s bitter divisions

CLINTON, Iowa — Iowa Republican Sharon Gilbert thinks her party veered off course in the past two presidential elections by nominating candidates who were too moderate. This time around, the 73-year-old Gilbert wants to send a staunch conservative into the general election, and she thinks Texas Sen. Ted Cruz might be that candidate. But she […]

Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing

WASHINGTON — Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit the human genetic code. “We sense that we are close to being able to alter human heredity,” Nobel laureate […]

Official: California water savings take a dip in October

FRESNO — Californians posted a 22 percent savings in water use in October, marking the first month residents have missed the state’s mandatory 25 percent conservation target since enforcement of the cutbacks began in June, officials said Tuesday. Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resource Control Board, said she had anticipated the dip in […]

California man pleads guilty to trying to join extremists

SACRAMENTO — A 22-year-old California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to join Islamic extremists in Syria and could face up to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Nicholas Teausant entered the plea to one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in […]

Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers argue for new trial

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — sentenced to death for his admitted role in the deadly 2013 attack — deserves a new trial to reconsider both his guilt and his punishment, his lawyers argued Tuesday. Earlier this year, Tsarnaev was convicted and given the death penalty for his role in twin bombings that […]

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. Now, a week after the video’s release, the Chicago mayor has fired the police superintendent, created a new task force for police accountability and expanded the use of […]

US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants unleashing violence in Iraq and Syria and determined to hold territory they have seized across the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday. Carter, who testified alongside Gen. Joseph […]

Planned Parenthood shooting renews focus on domestic terror

WASHINGTON — The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks officials say he assembled around a car. For hours, he holed up inside the clinic, unleashing a fusillade that wounded nine others, scattering post-Thanksgiving shoppers who had to hide inside surrounding buildings for […]

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Rudder problem, pilot actions led to Indonesia AirAsia crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A rudder control system problem that had occurred nearly two dozen times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots’ response led to last year’s crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia that killed all 162 people on board, investigators said Tuesday. In releasing their report, the country’s National Transportation Safety […]

Obama says parts of climate deal must be legally binding

PARIS — Parts of a global climate agreement being hammered out in Paris should be legally binding, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. His declaration was both a boost to climate negotiators seeking a tough accord and a challenge to Republican senators, many of whom don’t believe that global warming is real. Whether or not to […]

Iraqi forces surround Ramadi, but it could be a long siege

BAGHDAD — After months of sluggish progress, stalled advances and outright failures, Iraqi troops and militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have surrounded the key city of Ramadi and appear poised to launch a new attempt to wrest it from the Islamic State group. The battle that is shaping up threatens to turn into a drawn-out […]

Today in History: Dec. 1

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2015. There are 30 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus; the incident sparked a year-long […]

Group funded by Coke to fight obesity disbanding

NEW YORK — A nonprofit funded by the Coca-Cola Co. to combat obesity is disbanding following revelations about the beverage maker’s involvement with the group. The Global Energy Balance Network said on its website Monday night that it is “discontinuing operations due to resource limitations.” The decision was effective immediately. The group had previously said […]

‘Spotlight’ tops Gotham Independent Film Awards

NEW YORK — The investigative journalism procedural “Spotlight” won best feature at the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, landing the first of what could be a string of awards for Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed newsroom drama. The film, about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on sex abuse by Catholic priests, also was honored for […]

NHL Capsules

MAPLE LEAFS 3, OILERS 0 TORONTO — Garret Sparks became the first Maple Leafs goalie with a shutout in his NHL debut, lifting Toronto over the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Monday night. Sparks made 24 saves in the Leafs’ first shutout since Jonathan Bernier blanked the Dallas Stars on Dec. 23, 2014. Leo Komarov scored […]

Cousins returns, scores 31 to lead Kings past Mavs 112-98

SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins returned to the lineup from a back injury and scored 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Sacramento Kings past the struggling Dallas Mavericks 112-98 on Monday night. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 for the Kings, who had dropped six straight to […]

Briscoe helps No. 1 Kentucky outlast Illinois State 75-63

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari took heart in his young Wildcats absorbing Illinois State’s best shots before getting off the deck to inflict some aggression of their own. He expected some struggles with point guard Tyler Ulis sidelined by injury but was glad the top-ranked Wildcats eventually figured things out. Isaiah Briscoe scored […]

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