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Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 04:14 PM

Charter Communications is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, say two people familiar with the negotiations.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the deal talks.

One of the people says the deal will be announced early Tuesday morning.

Charter had wanted to buy Time Warner Cable earlier, but Time Warner Cable chose a $45 billion offer from Comcast instead.

Agent: 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif has Alzheimer's

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 03:43 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on May 23.

176 people arrested during Indy 500 weekend, down from 2014

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 03:39 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say 176 people were arrested at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over race weekend, mostly for alcohol-related infractions, marking a 17 percent drop from a year ago.

Indiana State Excise Police, the law enforcement division of the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, issued 141 summonses for illegal possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage from Friday to Sunday.

2 B.B. King daughters allege 2 closest aides poisoned him

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 03:31 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to The Associated Press that King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, killed their father.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg (FYOU'-den-berg) said Monday that an autopsy was performed Sunday on King's embalmed body, and test results will take up to eight weeks.

Anonymous threats against airliners prompt plane searches

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:42 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say several anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners today haven't been found to be credible.

The threats prompted searches of at least two planes at Kennedy Airport and nearly interrupted a third flight from England.

In one instance, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft. The FBI says no hazards were found on board and the plane was cleared.

NFL player Ray McDonald arrested in domestic violence case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:28 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Police say Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence in Northern California, the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.

Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke tells The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1cWyGwZ ) that McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.

McDonald was arrested in August on suspicion of domestic violence against his then-fiancee following a party at his home. Charges were never filed.

Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:28 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has reassured Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group in a telephone call to Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

The call comes a day after the Obama administration came under heavy criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters over Defense Secretary Ash Carter's comment in an interview that Iraqi forces showed in Ramadi that they lacked the "will to fight."

Latest in food-track tech: Swipe a code, meet your fisherman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:25 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of scientists and fishermen in Maine is working on a new tool they say will allow seafood consumers to learn the backstory of a piece of fish by scanning a code at the supermarket.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Maine Coast Fishermen's Association are cooperating to develop the tool, which they say will likely be a smartphone application. Scientists say the planned application will allow consumers to learn the name of the fisherman who caught their fish and where they caught it.

Cause of death of child in swing undetermined after autopsy

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:23 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Law enforcement officials say an autopsy has been completed on a child who was found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him, but the cause of death remains under investigation.

Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Monday that there were no findings on the cause or manner of death of the 3-year-old found Friday in La Plata, Maryland.

Protester leaves Shell ship after hanging on since Friday

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 02:09 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who has been hanging off the anchor chain of an Arctic oil-drilling support ship since Friday night has ended her protest north of Seattle.

The Coast Guard says student activist Chiara D'Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch on the Arctic Challenger in the Bellingham harbor around 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer says D'Angelo was checked for hypothermia and then released.

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