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April 22, 2015 - 9:49am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — With weeks to go before a key surveillance law expires, leading Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American.

The bill by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and reauthorize sections of the Patriot Act, including the provision under which the NSA is requiring phone...

April 22, 2015 - 9:48am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man was rescued from the tracks at a Washington Metro station after his wheelchair rolled off the platform.

Surveillance video shows two bystanders jumping onto the tracks to lift the man and his wheelchair back onto the platform Tuesday afternoon at the U Street station. A Metro spokesman says the nearest train was three stops away when the bystanders jumped onto the tracks.

Metro says the man who fell had a bloody mouth but no...

April 22, 2015 - 9:43am
1 week 4 days ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of 11 people killed in the Newtown shooting rampage are making it known that they have no association with a gun control group behind a Tim McGraw concert this summer.

The July 17 concert in Hartford, Connecticut, is benefiting Sandy Hook Promise, an advocacy group that involves several victims' families and is at times wrongly assumed to speak for all 26 victims' families.

The 11 families said in a statement...

April 22, 2015 - 9:41am
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is calling on Europe to spend more on defense in light of security threats like terrorism and Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Carter made the plea Wednesday during a question-and-answer sessions with Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets at Georgetown University.

Carter said that if Europe wants to play its proper role as a U.S. ally it needs to boost its defense budgets. He said the U.S. sees the...

April 22, 2015 - 9:41am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading as traders pore over more earnings news.

Yum Brands rose 4 percent Wednesday after reporting higher global sales at Taco Bell and KFC.

Chipotle sank 6 percent after the company reported lower sales of pork because of a shortage of the meat.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 30 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,977 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.


April 22, 2015 - 8:54am
1 week 3 days ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be granted a new trial or should pay less than the $11 million awarded to plaintiffs in a lawsuit resulting from a fatal crash in Minnesota.

A jury in February cited a design defect in determining that Toyota was 60 percent to blame for a 2006 crash that killed three people and injured two others in St. Paul.

The Star Tribune reports ( ) an...

April 22, 2015 - 8:51am
1 week 4 days ago

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to review evidence from a state investigation of the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld notified Berkeley County NAACP President Hubert J. Smith of the review in a letter sent last week. Media outlets report Smith read the letter at a Martinsburg City Council meeting Tuesday.

The county NAACP asked Ihlenfeld in March to...

April 22, 2015 - 8:21am
1 week 4 days ago

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Watchmaker Timex says it's time to close its museum in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The company says Timexpo, which opened in May, 2001, will close on Sept. 30, a result of poor attendance.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary tells the Republican-American newspaper ( ) that Timex officials are working with the city's Mattatuck Museum to preserve some of the museum's artifacts.

Timexpo focused on...

April 22, 2015 - 7:00am
1 week 4 days ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties for a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

As part of a consent decree set to be filed in a Little Rock federal court Wednesday, the companies would pay about $3.2 million in federal civil penalties in addition to addressing pipeline safety issues and oil-response capacity. They would pay $1 million in state civil...

April 22, 2015 - 6:02am
1 week 3 days ago

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Florida Everglades illustrate the dangers posed by climate change and said the warming of the planet cannot be denied.

He says rising sea levels threaten South Florida aquifers and calls on Congress to provide money for a land and water protection fund.

He says action on climate change can no longer be delayed and can be addressed with political will.


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