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AP Top U.S. News At 7:47 a.m. EDT

Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections....

DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said....

Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents....

California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered....

California farmers agree to drastically cut water use
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record....

B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta....

Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday....

NY judge: Release testimony by Rosenberg brother in spy case
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge has ordered the unsealing of key grand jury testimony from 1950 that may give new fuel to suspicions that Ethel Rosenberg was unjustly convicted of espionage and put to death for conspiring to give nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union....

Group that organized biker meeting gets city proclamation
Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists' meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month."...

Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours, or even since the day before....

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