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April 22, 2014 - 5:19pm
1 day 1 hour ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill.

Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs flexibility to consider more cost-efficient options that include leaving much of its 100 million tons of toxic ash in place after being...

April 22, 2014 - 5:17pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was locked up last year is asking a Missouri judge to set him free.

A petition filed by Cornealious Michael Anderson in Mississippi County Circuit Court on Tuesday seeks to require the Missouri Department of Corrections to credit the 13 years he was technically at large after a May 2000 armed robbery conviction in suburban St. Louis...

April 22, 2014 - 5:15pm
23 hours 39 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83.

Koundakjian died Monday at a Manhattan hospital, from complications of open heart surgery he had in February, his daughter, Lola Koundakjian, said.

Born in Syria, Koundakjian finished high school in Lebanon. He began work there for The Associated Press in the 1960s, first as a freelancer and...

April 22, 2014 - 5:14pm
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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 92-year-old military veteran has gotten long-overdue medals he earned for serving in the Navy during World War II.

Rhode Island's U.S. Sen. Jack Reed presented Frank Poli with several awards Tuesday in the military lounge at T.F. Green Airport. The awards include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.

Poli was honored for his "exemplary conduct, efficiency and fidelity"...

April 22, 2014 - 5:13pm
1 day 1 hour ago

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 14, to Sunday April 20:


1. John Legend, "All of Me" (Columbia Records)

2. Katy Perry, "Dark Horse" (Capitol Records)

3. Jason Derulo, "Talk Dirty - feat. 2 Chainz" (Warner Bros. Records)

4. Bastille, "Pompeii" (Virgin Records Ltd)

5. Idina Menzel, "Let It Go" (Disney...

April 22, 2014 - 5:06pm
1 day 2 hours ago

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — President Barack Obama is bracing to share sorrows once again as he visits Washington state to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.

With the search for bodies still ongoing, Obama also plans to survey damage from the March 22 disaster by helicopter and meet with emergency responders and recovery workers.

The president came to Washington Tuesday on his way to Tokyo, the first stop on a four-...

April 22, 2014 - 5:03pm
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dr. Lyle Best traveled nearly 200 miles from the heart of North Dakota's oil patch Tuesday to tell state regulators one thing: "Slow down."

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal that would cut back on the state's booming oil production as a means of controlling the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil.

But oil...

April 22, 2014 - 4:57pm
1 day 2 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A former police officer accused of rocking out on stage as the lead singer of a metal band called Cousin Sleaze while he claimed he couldn't work because of an arm injury pleaded guilty to fraud on Tuesday.

Christopher Inserra entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn. He left court without speaking to reporters.

Inserra, 32, was arrested last year on charges accusing him of fraudulently collecting more than $30,000 in disability...

April 22, 2014 - 4:52pm
1 day 2 hours ago

PHOENIX (AP) — A fire at an oil recycling business near Sky Harbor International Airport critically burned two men and sent a tall plume of black smoke over central Phoenix during the morning commute.

Fire Department officials said the fire occurred as used automotive oil was being transferred from a rail tanker to a truck.

Officials said one of the men being treated at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center had burns over 50 to 60...

April 22, 2014 - 4:45pm
23 hours 9 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus.

Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a figure that has dropped since voters in 2006 said race couldn't be used as a factor in the selection process. Nearly eight years later, the Supreme...

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