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Oyster farm ouster

Park service taking pains to restore area of California shoreline to wilderness

Subscriber onlyPOINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. -- The once-bustling oyster farm and sales shack at the end of the dirt road had the look of sudden abandonment. Continue reading...

White House tries to trim tax troubles

Administration officials worry about backlash over penalizing the uninsured

Subscriber onlyObama administration officials and other supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties and as many people struggle with complex forms needed to justify tax credits they received in 2014 to pay for health insurance. Continue reading...

GOP hopefuls rush for Romney donors

Supporters pressed to pick new sides

Subscriber onlyGov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida plunged into all-out battle this weekend for the billion-dollar donor network once harnessed by Mitt Romney. Continue reading...

Feud families start business

Hatfields, McCoys find spirit of friendship in moonshine

Subscriber onlyGILBERT, W.Va. -- After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing -- the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud. Continue reading...

Record-setting pilots land balloon off Mexico

Subscriber onlyTwo pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico early Saturday after a nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning. Continue reading...

New LA mosque is for women only

Subscriber onlyA downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending is likely the first of its kind in the United States. Continue reading...

Funding cuts, tuition surge leave collegians in a bind

Subscriber onlyMichael Bayne has done everything you're supposed to do to avoid taking on too much debt for college. He lives off-campus to save money on housing. He's always working at least one job -- sometimes two. And he enrolled at an in-state public school, Arizona State University. Continue reading...

1 neutral on big question

Super Bowl picks delegation’s dividing line

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Arkansas' delegation was split last week on who would win tonight's Super Bowl. Continue reading...

Low crime rate a selling point for Cuban tourism

Subscriber onlyAt midnight on the streets of this crumbling capital, tipsy tourists walk down dark alleys with cameras dangling from their necks that might be worth six months' salary to a local Cuban. Yet by many accounts those innocents abroad are probably safer here than on almost any other street in the Caribbean. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber only2 million vehicles need 2nd air-bag fix Continue reading...

Powerball

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only Gian Piero Milano, chief prosecutor of Vatican City's criminal tribunal, said the Vatican investigated two cases of child pornography possession in the past year, with one resulting in the defrocking of former Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Jozef Wesolowski, but the suspect in the second case was not identified. Continue reading...

Slacker growth in GDP caps '14

It’s up 2.6% after a hotter midyear

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government spending and a widening trade gap took some of the shine off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years. Continue reading...

Obama rolls out quest for gene-targeted medicine

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Declaring that "the possibilities are boundless," President Barack Obama on Friday announced a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on a million Americans so that scientists can develop drugs and treatments tailored to the characteristics of individual patients. Continue reading...

Zimmerman assault case dies

Prosecutor says ex-girlfriend recanted story, so no charge

Subscriber onlyORLANDO, Fla. -- An aggravated-assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday. Continue reading...

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