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July 18, 2016 - 12:24pm
1 week 5 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The heads of Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Co. are on the witness stand as they explain why North Carolina regulators should approve their merger.

Duke's proposal to buy its fellow Charlotte-based company for about $5 billion comes as power companies are increasingly switching from burning coal to natural gas to generate electricity. They're buying suppliers to control costs.

The state Utilities Commission on Monday...

July 18, 2016 - 12:21pm
1 week 5 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is getting another cultural treasure — a world-class museum to showcase the largest collection of Mexican and Latino art in the nation.

Groundbreaking is set for Tuesday for the new Mexican Museum — the realization of a dream by Mexican-American artist Peter Rodriguez, who opened the city's first museum for Latino art in a Mission District storefront in 1975.

Rodriguez started a collection that now has more than 16,...

July 18, 2016 - 12:17pm
1 week 5 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials say a man who died after being infected with Zika virus passed it to a caregiver, creating a medical mystery about how it spread between them.

The Salt Lake County Health Department said Monday that the two people didn't have sexual contact and the type of mosquito that mainly spreads the virus is not found in the high-altitude area where they live.

Officials say the caregiver is a "family contact" but...

July 18, 2016 - 12:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A woman caused a scare when she mistakenly thought a dead reptile that washed up along the banks of a Massachusetts river was an alligator.

The Eagle-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2a3i5cq ) Deborah Salerno and her husband were exploring a new boat ramp on the Merrimack River in Methuen on Saturday when she saw the scaly creature floating in the water.

Salerno's husband thought it could possibly be a caiman, the gator-like...

July 18, 2016 - 12:09pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — McDonald's and Starbucks are implementing filtering technology that blocks customers using Wi-Fi from accessing pornography sites.

The move follows a campaign from anti-pornography groups Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to demand the chains filter out pornography.

Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's says in a statement that Wi-Fi filtering has been activated in the majority of its nearly 14,000...

July 18, 2016 - 11:59am
1 week 4 days ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the Republican National Convention now underway in downtown Cleveland, got a speedy makeover from hallowed basketball arena to political ground zero. Some facts and figures about the facility:

MORE THAN LEBRON

The downtown arena, known locally as The Q, is home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. You may recall the team's historic comeback last month to clinch the NBA championship and end the city's 52-year...

July 18, 2016 - 11:53am
1 week 4 days ago

The Republicans and Democrats both picked diverse, sports-obsessed cities with histories of industrial might in swing states for their 2016 national conventions. Here are some comparisons of Cleveland, where the Republican event opened Monday, and Philadelphia, where the Democrats gather beginning July 25.

SPORTS SUFFERING

Ohio native LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to this year's NBA title, ending the city's 52-year drought since its last...

July 18, 2016 - 11:43am
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor says no charges will be filed against Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor following an investigation into allegations of a sex assault at a strip club.

District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday there was insufficient evidence to warrant any charges.

Police had received an allegation that Agholor was involved in a sex assault June 9 at the Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club.

The...

July 18, 2016 - 11:42am
1 week 5 days ago

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) — An Air Force colonel who served as vice commander of the 20th Fighter Wing until he was demoted in February has been charged with possessing child pornography and obstructing justice.

The Air Force said in a news release Monday that Col. William R. Jones faces a preliminary hearing on Aug. 8.

Jones, a command pilot and instructor with more than 2,000 flying hours, was reassigned in February to a desk job — deputy...

July 18, 2016 - 11:20am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The former Yale University dining hall worker who resigned after smashing a stained-glass window depicting slaves is asking for his job back.

An attorney for Corey Menafee says she has been in discussions with the office of Yale's general counsel. Yale says it has agreed to a meeting.

Menafee resigned last month after taking a broomstick to the window inside a Calhoun College dining hall. He called the depiction offensive....

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