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March 20, 2015 - 12:26pm
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it is adding 400 soldiers to its force in South Korea. They are members of an Army battalion equipped with the Multiple-Launch Rocket System, an armored vehicle that fires surface-to-surface rockets.

A Pentagon spokesman says the extra firepower and soldiers were not requested by U.S. commanders in South Korea. Rather, the additions reflect an internal Army reorganization that is increasing the number of Multiple-Launch Rocket System...

March 20, 2015 - 12:22pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wood bison, North America's largest land mammal, could reappear in their native U.S. habitat soon.

If the weather cooperates, Alaska wildlife officials on Sunday plan to move the first of a new herd to a rural village for eventual release into the Innoko (in-NOH'-koh) Flats about 350 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

Wood bison were native to Alaska but disappeared more than a century ago. They're larger than plains bison, the...

March 20, 2015 - 12:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for former NFL player Darren Sharper has told a Los Angeles judge he's planning a resolution of the rape charges filed against Sharper in four states.

Attorney Blair Berk said Friday that Sharper would enter a plea Monday in two jurisdictions, including California, that would resolve sexual assault allegations also pending in New Orleans, Las Vegas and the Phoenix area.

Berk didn't specify the plea or name the other...

March 20, 2015 - 12:11pm
1 week 5 days ago

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Police say the body of a 3-year-old boy has been found inside the Florida home where he lived with his father.

Hollywood Police Chief Frank Fernandez offered few details Friday morning, other than to say Ahziya Osceola's body was discovered in an obscure location inside the home late Thursday night. He says the body wasn't visible to the "average person looking through the house."

Authorities had been searching for the boy...

March 20, 2015 - 11:50am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher in midday trading as investors respond to strong earnings from U.S. companies.

Nike rose 5 percent and Darden Restaurants gained 3 percent Friday after reporting results that beat analysts' expectations.

Energy companies rose more than the rest of the market as the price of oil turned higher.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 180 points, or 1 percent, to 18,141 as of 11:45 a.m....

March 20, 2015 - 11:43am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Senate-confirmed director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving the post after less than two years.

The agency says B. Todd Jones' last day will be March 31. Deputy Director Thomas Brandon will become acting director.

Jones was confirmed by the Senate in July 2013, more than six months after he was nominated to the post.

Prior to being approved by the Senate, Jones...

March 20, 2015 - 11:40am
1 week 5 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A student group is criticizing University of California President Janet Napolitano for calling chants by students protesting tuition hikes "crap," a remark picked up by a microphone that prompted her apology.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/19F2hKt ) reports that UC Student Association President Jefferson Kuoch-Seng released a statement Thursday night saying the comment shows "disrespect for public expression of the student interest" and makes...

March 20, 2015 - 11:34am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

A final rule released Friday also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, a drilling method that has prompted an ongoing boom in natural gas production.

The rule has been under consideration for more than three...

March 20, 2015 - 11:31am
1 week 5 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new museum is opening this weekend in downtown Washington showcasing a wide variety of art, history and culture through ancient textiles and a significant collection of maps and documents on the history of the nation's capital.

George Washington University is opening the $33 million complex Saturday on its downtown campus where two museums will share one facility. The six-story complex becomes the new home for Washington's 90-year-old Textile Museum...

March 20, 2015 - 11:30am
1 week 5 days ago

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — An administrator who led a task force that recommended Penn State change how it handles sexual assault and misconduct says allegations about a fraternity's secret Facebook page shows the need for school trustees to continue work on those issues.

Vice president for student affairs Damon Sims told the board at a meeting in Hershey on Friday that there may be no more high profile or incendiary issue in higher education today than sexual misconduct....

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