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Sheila Bair named president of private Maryland college

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:27 PM

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Sheila Bair, who was the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during the 2008 financial crisis, has been named president of Maryland's Washington College, a private liberal arts school.

She will be the first female president at the college, which was founded in 1782.

This year Bair published a young adult novel titled "The Bullies of Wall Street," a fictional account of the financial meltdown.

New indictment charges owners of kennel where 21 dogs died

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:18 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A new indictment reinstates animal cruelty charges against the owners of a suburban Phoenix kennel where 21 dogs died of heat exhaustion and four others were injured in June.

Prosecutors in January dismissed animal cruelty charges against Green Acre Dog Boarding owners Jesse Todd Hughes and Maleisa Maurine Hughes.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said at the time the case presented to a grand jury didn't take into account the potential for problems with an air-conditioning unit.

Teen who spray-painted prom invite on Idaho cliff sought

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:10 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities are looking for a teen who wanted a date with Destiny and hoped to get it by spray-painting a prom proposal on an Idaho cliffside.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1GYk3Us ) that the message "Destiny, Prom?" was painted in large pink and blue letters on the side of the Black Cliffs, in a popular rock climbing spot, east of Boise. The Ada County sheriff's office is searching for the culprit.

Latest on Texas attack: White House: Group's claim studied

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:06 PM

1 p.m. CDT

The White House says intelligence officials had a lot to investigate related to the Islamic State group claim of responsibility for a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad.

No agreement between Florida governor, feds on Medicaid

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott says he and the Obama administration are still far apart on health care financing issues that have paralyzed the state's efforts to pass a new budget.

After meeting privately with federal Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on Wednesday, Scott said the two "had a good conversation," but added, "we don't have resolution."

No charges in shooting death of man who was strangling woman

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors won't be charging the 70-year-old Oregon man who shot and killed his friend to stop him from strangling a woman.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1DRjA1r ) Jerry Dale Risener of Dorena said he didn't have a choice when he shot 49-year-old Mitchell Demopoulos in the chest.

Exterminator goes on trial in Philadelphia doctor's death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 02:00 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An exterminator has gone on trial in the strangulation death of a globe-trotting pediatrician who hired him to address a mice problem at her Philadelphia home.

A prosecutor said Wednesday that 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti (keh-tew-NEW'-tee) had visited Botswana as she studied tuberculosis, HIV and other diseases.

The native of Thailand was researching infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia when she was killed in January 2013.

Ship may have hit whale found washed up near San Francisco

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 01:59 PM

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists say a ship may have hit and killed a young humpback whale that washed up at a San Francisco Bay Area beach earlier this week.

KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/1IOacmc ) Wednesday that Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman Laura Sherr says the female whale had four fractured vertebrae and other injuries that led scientists to their conclusion.

Scientists from the mammal center, the California of Academy of Sciences and the University of California at Davis examined the whale.

Fugitive on lam since 1959 waives extradition

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 01:57 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A fugitive who had been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 won't fight his extradition back to Ohio after his arrest in Florida.

Authorities along Florida's Space Coast said Wednesday that 79-year-old Frank Freshwater had waived his right to formal extradition proceedings and won't resist efforts to return him to Ohio.

EPA suggests triggers for warning of algae in drinking water

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 01:54 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing guidelines to help state and local officials detect dangerous levels of algal toxins in drinking water.

EPA officials Wednesday released suggested thresholds that should prompt actions such as issuing do-not-drink warnings or taking steps to quickly reduce levels of two types of algal toxins. One set of trigger points was recommended for young children and another for the rest of the population.

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