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May 22, 2015 - 3:18pm
1 week 3 days ago

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.

An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent, roughly matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production.


May 22, 2015 - 3:12pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says "offensive and disgusting" replies posted on President Barack Obama's new Twitter account are part of an open society.

But spokesman Josh Earnest says the bile flooding Obama's @POTUS account is worth the price of engaging the public on issues they care about.

Earnest says that's why Obama launched the account on Monday after more than six years in office.

A review of the Twitter feed finds...

May 22, 2015 - 3:11pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation that gives Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.

It's a central element of Obama's foreign policy. He signed the measure without ceremony Friday at the White House.

Negotiators from the U.S., China, France, Russia, Great Britain and Germany are seeking a deal with Tehran by the end of June. Israel and some Persian Gulf nations worry Iran is simply...

May 22, 2015 - 3:01pm
1 week 3 days ago

The operator of a popular adult dating website says it's investigating a potential security breach, following a report that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual preferences of up to 4 million members.

A British TV report says hackers posted some of the information on an obscure website after stealing account data from the operator of, which claims 64 million members use the service to "hook up, find sex or meet...

May 22, 2015 - 2:59pm
1 week 3 days ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC says it has pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Duggar from when he was a juvenile.

In a statement Friday, the channel said it was deeply troubled and saddened by what it called a "heartbreaking situation." TLC said its "thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time." The statement doesn't elaborate....

May 22, 2015 - 2:58pm
1 week 3 days ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes, the Harlem Globetrotters star often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89.

The Globetrotters said Haynes died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes. Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider said "basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures."

Haynes made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored. He had two stints with the touring team — from 1947-53...

May 22, 2015 - 2:47pm
1 week 3 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Dexter Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

Gordon was considered the first tenor saxophonist to adapt the new bebop style pioneered by Charlie Parker in the 1940s.

Johnson helped pioneer the Harlem stride style of jazz piano in the 1920s, while Tristano was an innovative modern pianist who in 1949 made the first freely...

May 22, 2015 - 2:37pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man who refused to cooperate with security officers at Los Angeles International Airport and was subdued with a stun gun.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 22-year-old Christian James Heinz will be arraigned Friday on one felony count of resisting arrest and one misdemeanor count of avoiding screening.

Travelers recorded photos and video of the Wednesday incident on their cellphones...

May 22, 2015 - 2:36pm
1 week 3 days ago

5:15 p.m. CDT

The same group that organized a biker meeting in Texas that ended in violence has received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as "Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month."

The City Council issued the proclamation two days after the deadly biker shootout at a Waco restaurant.

Waco City Secretary Esmeralda Hudson said Friday that the proclamation was to be presented to Steven Cochran on behalf of...

May 22, 2015 - 2:15pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants.

The officials said Iran is contributing small numbers of troops, including some that are operating artillery and other heavy weapons in support of Iraqi ground forces trying to regain control of the Beiji (BAY'-zhee) refinery.

The officials weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition...

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