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February 22, 2015 - 5:02pm
1 week 1 day ago

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano, the driver who seemed washed up at 22 years old, has won his first career Daytona 500.

Logano took the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining on Sunday. Once out front, his Ford was stout and he seemed to have the race in control until a caution with three to go at Daytona International Speedway stopped the race.

NASCAR needed nearly seven minutes to clean the track, which...

February 22, 2015 - 4:51pm
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law.

And what's clear as the national governors met in Washington is that many states that could be affected are not prepared for the potential fallout.

Several governors indicated they could do little about the estimated 8 million people in more than 30 states who could drop coverage if they...

February 22, 2015 - 4:42pm
1 week 1 day ago

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office says a man struck and killed by a train south of Kalama was posing for a photograph at the time.

The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/BnSEF1 ) that the man had been driving from Tacoma to Portland, Oregon, on Saturday morning when he and his female traveling companion stopped to smoke a cigarette and take pictures along the Columbia River.

The man was posing between two railroad...

February 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
1 week 1 day ago

The Appalachian Regional Commission asked outside researchers to analyze changes to the 420 counties in the 12 states it serves in the 50 years since the federal-state partnership's creation.

Below are some highlights from their 180-page report.

EMPLOYMENT

While Appalachia had a higher unemployment rate than the country as a whole for many years, the two rates have been closely aligned since around 2001. For example, both the...

February 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
1 week 1 day ago

A new study finds that the nearly $4 billion investment over 50 years by the agency created to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped its counties grow faster than rural areas elsewhere. But the region still lags the rest of the country in some important areas.

The study ordered up by the Appalachian Regional Commission cites progress in some areas such as poverty rates. But its authors noted persistent problems such as mortality rates and dependency on government checks...

February 22, 2015 - 4:21pm
1 week 11 hours ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University's problems with the party drug Molly didn't begin with this weekend's apparent overdoses that sickened at least 12 people.

School health officials sent an email to the university community on Sept. 16, noting that students had been hospitalized over the two previous weekends after taking the drug.

The school posted information about the drug on its webpage and asked students to visit its health center if...

February 22, 2015 - 4:19pm
1 week 1 day ago

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of students taking part in Penn State's annual dance marathon over the weekend have raised more than $13 million for pediatric cancer research and care.

The Penn State Dance Marathon known as "Thon" began Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College and wound up at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Organizers announced that the 46-hour event billed as the largest student-run philanthropy raised $13,026,653. Last year's...

February 22, 2015 - 4:11pm
1 week 1 day ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

Walt Disney says it has raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks, effective Sunday.

A one-day ticket for either Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim, California, is now $99 for anyone 10 or older. That's up from $96.

Single-day tickets for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena...

February 22, 2015 - 3:56pm
1 week 1 day ago

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.33, repeating the hike seen two weeks prior for a total 26 cents rise in the last month.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the rise follows months of crashing prices and is still $1.08 per gallon less than a year ago. She attributed the rise to an increase in crude oil prices in mid-January and labor strikes at several refineries....

February 22, 2015 - 2:57pm
1 week 1 day ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the storms and freezing temperatures this past week in Tennessee caused 21 deaths, including 11 attributed to hypothermia.

Gov. Bill Haslam elevated Tennessee on Saturday to a higher level state of emergency, meaning hard-hit areas may be eligible for state and federal assistance.

Forecasters say the heavy precipitation has gone, but most of the state will see low temperatures in the teens to mid-20s the rest of...

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