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Balloon crew hits halfway mark in trans-Pacific record run

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mission control for an international team trying to break two major ballooning records says the helium-filled balloon has passed the halfway mark of its journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry’s most popular mobile apps could put officers’ lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.

Colorado theater shooting trial faces jury selection woes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he’d be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

McDonald’s menu a big McFail

McDonald’s is having some Big Mac-sized problems as it finds its image and menu are poorly suited for consumers’ increasing preference for fresh, healthy ingredients.

Value of euro plunges, but European brands not on sale in US

Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn’t rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There’s very little to celebrate.

Got Battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix

At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar.

Added protections for consumer information on health website

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

Value of euro plunges, but European brands not on sale in US

There’s still too much demand here for European products for their prices to fall.

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn’t rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There’s very little to celebrate.

Tired of baby-sitting your battery? Nothing better yet

There are a lot of low-battery workarounds, but so far, no solution for a better, longer-lived one.

NEW YORK (AP) — At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety

West Coast seaport talks resuming after hiatus, rallies

Labor strife at seaports along the West Coast prompted thousands of dockworkers to rally against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually.

Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280M in cash

Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash.

Signs emerge of major Ukraine rebel offensive looming

Signs emerged Friday of a major rebel offensive looming in eastern Ukraine, which has seen a surge in fighting and deadly attacks despite diplomatic efforts to craft a lasting peace deal.

DNA ties prisoner to 2 of 6 serial killings from 1976

DNA evidence linked an Oregon prisoner to at least two of the six serial killings of young women that terrified the San Francisco Bay Area and a city in Nevada four decades ago, investigators say. He is suspected of the other slayings.

Amid mourning, a new generation enters line to Saudi throne

Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom, a significant appointment that puts the kingdom's future squarely in the hands of a new generation.

Protests across Yemen a day after president, Cabinet resigns

Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country's south secede after the nation's president and Cabinet resigned.

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