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February 16, 2015 - 5:38pm
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MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil has derailed in southern West Virginia. The mishap sent at least one tanker into the Kanawha River. At least 14 tankers were set ablaze, and a house is reported on fire.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene about 30 miles southeast of Charleston.

The...

February 16, 2015 - 5:31pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is no longer caught in a bad romance: She's engaged to actor Taylor Kinney.

The pop star shared the news on her Instagram account Monday. She posted a photo of a ring on her finger and wrote: "He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!"

Lady Gaga and Kinney met on the set of her "You & I" video in 2011. Kinney stars in the NBC series "Chicago Fire" and had a role in the film "Zero Dark Thirty."...

February 16, 2015 - 5:24pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards in Journalism include reporters for The New York Times and the Miami Herald.

The Times' Rukmini Callimachi won for international reporting for her account of how European nations secretly paid ransoms to free hostages held by the Islamic State militant group.

Times reporters Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip shared the award for justice reporting with Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown....

February 16, 2015 - 4:57pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The twin sons of Ernie Banks contend that his agent and caretaker "coerced" the Chicago Cubs great into signing a new will giving her all of his assets.

Jerry Banks says in a statement Monday that Regina Rice did not tell the family she had an attorney write up a new will.

Joey Banks says the family thought Rice was helping "Mr. Cub" while he was in Chicago. He says Rice had him sign a power of attorney, a health care directive and a...

February 16, 2015 - 4:46pm
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BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who was a philosopher and the author of nearly two dozen books has died. Irving Singer was 89.

Singer's academic career spanned 65 years. He served on the MIT faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Linguistics from 1958 until his retirement in 2013.

He was the author of 21 books in the field of humanistic philosophy, focusing on areas such as the philosophy of love, the...

February 16, 2015 - 4:36pm
1 week 3 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers.

But this was hardly a bit of Robin Hood banditry that spared innocent account holders. Security experts say consumers still need to keep a close eye on their checking and savings, as epic computer breaches such as this theft — documented in a report issued Monday — are becoming all too common....

February 16, 2015 - 4:34pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official is arriving in California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is flying Monday to San Francisco, where negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt.

So, too, has processing of billions of dollars of cargo due to pass through 29 seaports from...

February 16, 2015 - 3:20pm
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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The White House says this week's summit on countering violent extremism will not focus exclusively on threats from the Islamic State group.

Senior administration officials on Monday previewed the three-day conference and said that while the Islamic State group poses a near-term threat, violent extremists "come in all shapes and sizes."

Vice President Joe Biden opens the summit Tuesday with representatives from Boston, Los...

February 16, 2015 - 3:14pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst "It's My Party" and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me" has died. Lesley Gore was 68.

According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Monday of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records...

February 16, 2015 - 2:56pm
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The CSX train derailed Monday afternoon in Fayette County.

West Virginia Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said the tanker is leaking crude oil into...

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