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February 17, 2015 - 2:35pm
1 week 3 days ago

KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is getting a firsthand look at the effects of climate change on Alaska coastal communities.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( reports Jewell on Monday visited Kivalina (kiv-ah-LEE'-nah), a community of 370 on a barrier island just off Alaska's northwest coast.

The island for decades was protected from erosion by sea ice that provided a natural sea barrier to fierce Chukchi (...

February 17, 2015 - 2:31pm
1 week 3 days ago

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The leader of a Hispanic group in an agricultural city in Washington is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate last week's fatal police shooting of an orchard worker accused of throwing rocks at officers.

Consejo Latino Chairman Felix Vargas says he supports law enforcement in general, but he believes there's a conflict of interest in the investigation by a local law enforcement team. He says a federal probe could accompany the local...

February 17, 2015 - 2:23pm
1 week 3 days ago

EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a man suspected of killing a couple and their adult son nearly four years ago tried to steal $20,000 from the family who had previously let him stay in their home.

Nicholas Ortiz is jailed Tuesday on three counts of murder and other charges after a judge rejected his parents' request to have him released. They said during a preliminary hearing Monday that Ortiz had cooperated with police.


February 17, 2015 - 2:15pm
1 week 3 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have urged a federal appeals court to reject a bid to move the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) out of Massachusetts.

In a filing Tuesday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, prosecutors noted that the judge has already qualified 54 people to serve as jurors. They said of those, 63 percent indicated they have not formed an opinion that Tsarnaev is guilty and 37 percent indicated they...

February 17, 2015 - 2:13pm
1 week 3 days ago

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities are monitoring a humpback whale tangled in strong synthetic line and pulling a red buoy off Hawaii's Big Island.

West Hawaii Today reports ( ) a combined rescue effort involving state and federal agencies and a trained volunteer squad are working to free the whale.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary...

February 17, 2015 - 1:47pm
1 week 3 days ago

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president is endorsing a set of recommendations designed to improve how the university handles sexual misconduct cases on campus.

President Eric Barron said Tuesday that the school will hire a new coordinator and set up an office to address sexual misconduct and related issues.

The official will have to implement a new approach to investigating such cases, conduct an annual survey and set up an expert advisory...

February 17, 2015 - 1:47pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says his agency will stop working on the program to protect parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents until further notice.

Late Monday a federal judge in...

February 17, 2015 - 1:39pm
1 week 2 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A beagle wagging her tail a mile a minute has become America's top dog.

Miss P pulled an upset, winning best in show Tuesday night at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square Garden.

The 4-year-old is related to Uno, who in 2008 became the only other beagle to win at the nation's most prominent dog show.

Miss P beat out Matisse, a Portuguese water dog that was the top-winning male in show dog history....

February 17, 2015 - 1:37pm
1 week 3 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spokeswoman for Los Angeles airport police says they do not know who incorrectly said an armed man was on the loose in a terminal, spurring a panic.

Sgt. Belinda Joseph said Tuesday that the police activity outside an airport terminal on Monday likely explains the misinformed announcement, and there is no continued effort to determine whether airport workers or a traveler misspoke.

Police say they apprehended an unarmed man...

February 17, 2015 - 1:35pm
1 week 3 days ago

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are searching Tuesday morning for a missing man who was canoeing with two others in the bay.

Fire officials were called around 10:30 p.m. Monday after three people failed to return from an afternoon canoeing trip.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search-and-rescue effort and heard cries for help at around 1 a.m. Tuesday near Oyster Point, south of San Francisco.

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