FDA reviewing whether anti-bacterial soap is safe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are taking a look at the germ-killing ingredient that’s found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration wants…

States take action on immigration bills

State legislatures across the nation are taking up immigration laws, and many proposals were introduced or signed in conjunction with May Day immigrants’ rights rallies. The changes create a state-by-state patchwork, but the overall effect has emboldened activists…

Burglars strike Fla. home of Heat’s Udonis Haslem

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem’s home in South Florida has been burglarized, although authorities say it’s not clear if anything was taken. According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report released Thursday, someone broke into the…

Upper Midwest schoolchildren get rare May snow day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting a rare May snow day after a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow on the Upper Midwest. Bobbi Howe’s two daughters had to stay home…

Feds: NY bus company made drivers repair vehicles

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Federal safety officials have shut down a Niagara Falls, N.Y., tour bus company that they say required drivers to maintain and repair vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that an investigation…

SEC’s new network with ESPN to debut in 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have announced a 20-year agreement to operate a SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August, 2014. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Thursday the SEC network will produce 1,000…

Official: Shiny dog bowl sparks Calif. house fire

A Northern California couple might be able to blame this one on the dog. Authorities say sun refracted off the dog’s shiny water bowl and ignited a fire at Terry and Shay Weisbrich’s…

Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…

German co. ‘surprised’ by Bangladesh clothing find

BERLIN (AP) — A German clothing company says it is “surprised, shocked and appalled” after samples of its textiles were reportedly found in the remains of a Bangladesh garment factory that collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka last…

US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

NEW YORK (AP) — The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday. The trend was most pronounced among…

Deadheads oppose renaming Jerry Garcia venue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Deadheads are uniting in opposition to a proposal to rename a San Francisco venue named in honor of the Grateful Dead founder. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/12r5mlS ) more than 1,100 people have…

UN report wants moratorium on killer robots

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A draft United Nations report says that killer robots that can attack targets without any human input “should not have the power of life and death over human beings.” It deals with legal and…