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February 20, 2015 - 12:32pm
1 week 6 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — The harsh winter weather is causing more transportation problems in Boston -- this time, on a commuter ferry. The ferry had trouble steering in the ice this morning, and had to be towed to port.

Ferry service elsewhere in the Northeast has been canceled because of the ice, wind and record-cold temperatures.

Bitter cold temperatures are shattering records from decades ago in many places today, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and...

February 20, 2015 - 12:30pm
1 week 6 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — If it's just snow, why is New England having such a difficult time making it all go away?

Midway through an epic winter that's shattered records and buried Boston in more than 8 feet of snow, locals and outsiders alike could be forgiven for wondering why a world-class city that's accustomed to heavy snowfall — and prides itself on being a global center of technology and innovation — can't seem to dig out and move on.

Here's a brief...

February 20, 2015 - 12:25pm
1 week 6 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are set to hold a final vote on a law that would allow businesses to decide whether to serve cyclists at drive-thru windows.

If approved today, the law would overturn a Salt Lake City rule requiring restaurants to serve drive-thru cyclists if the lobby is closed. Bill sponsor Rep. Johnny Anderson, a Taylorsville Republican, said the city overstepped by interfering with private businesses.

Some lawmakers expressed...

February 20, 2015 - 12:18pm
1 week 6 days ago

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The rallying cry in Ferguson was "Hands up, don't shoot!" In New York, it was "I can't breathe!" In the city of Pasco, Washington, these days, the protest signs say things like "It was just a rock!!!"

In a case with unmistakable echoes of Ferguson and New York, demonstrators have gathered every day over the past week in front of the Pasco City Hall.

They are demanding answers in the deadly police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-...

February 20, 2015 - 12:08pm
1 week 6 days ago

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Warm weather and low snowfall in Telluride, Colorado, have been hampering the filming of Quentin Tarantino's snow-centric movie in the ski town.

The Durango Herald ( ) reports that Telluride has only had 7 inches of snow in the last 30 days, forcing the director to shoot indoor scenes of "The Hateful Eight," which is set during a post-Civil War blizzard.

The Oscar-winning Tarantino could get a break this...

February 20, 2015 - 12:02pm
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is little changed at midday as investors monitor the tough debt negotiations between Greece and its European creditors.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged down three points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,095 as of 11:50 a.m. Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average is eked out a gain of seven points, a rise of less than 1 percent, to 17,993. The Nasdaq edged up one point, or 0.03 percent, to 4,926.

Greece is trying...

February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
1 week 6 days ago

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. (AP) — Most residents living along a road where an oil train derailed in southern West Virginia are returning to their homes.

State public safety agency spokesman Lawrence Messina said Friday that the last of the small fires at the scene of Monday's fiery crash in Mount Carbon are out. In addition, one lane of the nearby state highway reopened Friday.

About 225 people living in 100 homes along the road had been staying in hotels...

February 20, 2015 - 11:48am
1 week 6 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A large mirror fell off the wall at a trendy New York City restaurant and injured one person.

The mirror toppled onto diners at Balthazar, a French brasserie in Manhattan, on Friday morning at about 10 a.m. A spokesman for the Fire Department of New York says one person was transported to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries.

The restaurant declined to comment.

February 20, 2015 - 11:38am
1 week 6 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it's "not an accident" that the economy is improving on his watch and that Republicans' "doom and gloom" predictions haven't come true.

Speaking to the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting, Obama said the party's belief in "middle class economics," including his health care law, has spurred economic growth and job creation.

The president says he is encouraged that some Republicans are talking...

February 20, 2015 - 11:27am
1 week 6 days ago

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — The president of Wright State University and its dining services vendor have apologized for a Black History Month menu that included fried chicken and collard greens.

The menu screens at the Ohio university also offered mashed potatoes and cornbread under photos of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other black leaders. The Dayton Daily News reports ( that people circulated images of it on social media, calling it offensive...

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