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LA restaurant offers discount to phone-free diners

The Associated Press
August 15, 2012
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  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens. Eva Restaurant is giving a 5 percent discount to customers who will leave their cellphones with staff when they are seated. Owner Mark Gold told KPC...

Britain warns Ecuador over Assange asylum

GONZALO SOLANO,Associated Press
August 15, 2012
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  QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Ecuador accused Britain on Wednesday of threatening to storm its London embassy to arrest Julian Assange after the U.K. issued a stern warning to the South American nation ahead of its decision on an asylum bid by the WikiLeaks founder. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Brita...

Britain warns Ecuador over Assange asylum

GONZALO SOLANO,Associated Press
August 15, 2012
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  QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Ecuador accused Britain on Wednesday of threatening to storm its London embassy to arrest Julian Assange after the U.K. issued a stern warning to the South American nation ahead of its decision on an asylum bid by the WikiLeaks founder. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said Brita...

Video shows vapor cloud before refinery fire

JASON DEAREN,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - An internal Chevron Corp. surveillance video shows a towering vapor cloud engulfing an area of its refinery for two minutes before it ignited into a volatile blaze, federal investigators said Tuesday. U.S. Chemical Safety Board officials said the video shows plant wor...

17th century shipwreck to be freeze-dried, rebuilt

MICHAEL GRACZYK,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  BRYAN, Texas (AP) - More than three centuries ago, a French explorer's ship sank in the Gulf of Mexico, taking with it France's hopes of colonizing a vast piece of the New World - modern-day Texas. Like La Salle in 1685, researchers at Texas A&M University are in uncharted waters as they try to ...

17th century shipwreck to be freeze-dried, rebuilt

MICHAEL GRACZYK,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  BRYAN, Texas (AP) - More than three centuries ago, a French explorer's ship sank in the Gulf of Mexico, taking with it France's hopes of colonizing a vast piece of the New World - modern-day Texas. Like La Salle in 1685, researchers at Texas A&M University are in uncharted waters as they try to ...

US government launches new immigration program

ALICIA A. CALDWELL,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  WASHINGTON (AP) - Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits. Homeland Security announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal i...

US government launches new immigration program

ALICIA A. CALDWELL,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  WASHINGTON (AP) - Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits. Homeland Security announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal i...

From Bill Gates, a toilet challenge spills forth

DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  SEATTLE (AP) - These aren't your typical loos. One uses microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity. Another captures urine and uses it for flushing. And still another turns excrement into charcoal. They are part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation competition to reinvent the toilet for ...

From Bill Gates, a toilet challenge spills forth

DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  SEATTLE (AP) - These aren't your typical loos. One uses microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity. Another captures urine and uses it for flushing. And still another turns excrement into charcoal. They are part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation competition to reinvent the toilet for ...

Pastor guilty in same-sex union custody case

WILSON RING,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
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  BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Just moments after a Mennonite pastor from Virginia was convicted of helping a woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former same-sex partner, scores of his supporters poured out of the courthouse and began singing hymns. It was their way ...

Pastor guilty in same-sex union custody case

WILSON RING,Associated Press
August 14, 2012
Filed under News

  BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Just moments after a Mennonite pastor from Virginia was convicted of helping a woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former same-sex partner, scores of his supporters poured out of the courthouse and began singing hymns. It was their way ...

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