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April 21, 2015 - 7:18pm
1 week 4 days ago

A photo of four rainbows in New York is striking a pot of gold on social media, but an expert in such rare events said this isn't quite the quadruple miracle that it seems.

"I had a moment of awe, heard my train coming, snapped the photo and ran after my train," said Amanda Curtis, co-founder of a Brooklyn-based fashion startup called Nineteenth Amendment, who took the photo in Glen Cove on Long Island. "It was very inspiring."

Many are calling it a...

April 21, 2015 - 7:16pm
1 week 4 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This court decision invoked both law and grammar.

A North Carolina appeals court ordered a new trial Tuesday for a former High Point University student, overturning her 2013 conviction on three misdemeanors and a felony for having a pistol and three knives in a car she parked on campus the year before.

One issue: whether the word "knowingly" in a state law about possessing weapons on educational property modifies just possession...

April 21, 2015 - 7:08pm
1 week 4 days ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis' City Council has approved a plan to move two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, from Graceland to a location down the street.

The unanimous vote by the 13-member City Council on Tuesday comes after a Shelby County land use board signed off on a proposal by the planes' current owners, OKC Partnership, to place the aircraft on a lot just steps from the Graceland tourist attraction.

April 21, 2015 - 7:07pm
1 week 4 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ban chewing tobacco from sports playing fields in the city, including AT&T Park.

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell said the proposal specifically targets baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice on the field. He said kids shouldn't get the idea that they need to use tobacco to be a great ballplayer.

The city currently prohibits cigarette...

April 21, 2015 - 6:40pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration has announced her retirement.

Word of the retirement of Michele Leonhart came late today in a statement from Attorney General Eric Holder.

Leonhart had faced mounting pressure to resign from members of Congress who questioned her competence in the wake of a scathing government watchdog report. It detailed allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes....

April 21, 2015 - 6:27pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, says he's no longer a danger and should be allowed to live fulltime outside a Washington mental hospital.

Hinckley was 25 when a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the assassination attempt. He has lived at St. Elizabeths, a Washington mental hospital, ever since. But he's 60 years old now and spends 17 days a month at his mother's home in Virginia....

April 21, 2015 - 6:07pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has given final legislative approval to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House.

The bill was approved Tuesday on a voice vote. It includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

Senators approved the bill last month, also by voice vote.

The measure, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire...

April 21, 2015 - 6:06pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting a rare gathering of lawmakers from both political parties at the White House to thank them for their work on legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors.

Democrats and Republicans, along with Cabinet and White House officials, are mingling on the South Lawn on a warm spring evening. Obama said the bipartisan achievement would not have happened without the work of House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican...

April 21, 2015 - 5:49pm
1 week 4 days ago

DALLAS (AP) — Mark Cuban wants Mavericks fans in the seats for the early start of their home opener in the playoffs.

The team distributed an email Tuesday with what resembled a doctor's note from the outspoken Dallas team owner, under the heading "Mark Cuban, MC."

With Game 3 against Houston in a first-round series set for 6 p.m. local time Friday, the note includes a blank line for a name, lists the date and indicates the person has been under Cuban...

April 21, 2015 - 5:45pm
1 week 4 days ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin says there is no immediate deadline for a financing deal for a new arena.

Feigin's comments Tuesday evening came after he told business leaders earlier in the day that a deal needs to be done within 10 days so the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee can consider it.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Feigin said, "The clock is ticking." His comments came with the...

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