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Montana ski area back in operation after Saturday evacuation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:22 PM

RED LODGE, Mont. (AP) — A southern Montana ski area resumed normal operations Sunday and weather conditions improved, allowing firefighters to attack wildfires that ignited the previous day in the state and northern Wyoming.

Red Lodge Mountain ski area spokesman Jeff Carroll says the ski mountain was open and the snow was good Sunday morning.

On Saturday, about 650 skiers were evacuated from the ski area because of a wildfire about 3 miles away.

NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 01:14 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The new boss of NBC News Group is facing a puzzle he tried to solve once before: how to make MSNBC work.

MSNBC changed from traditional news to a political network with a liberal lens since Andy Lack has been gone. Now Lack's mandate will be figuring out if MSNBC needs a complete overhaul or a sharpening of its mission.

Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:34 PM

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Police departments nationwide are being asked to issue more tickets for violations at railroad crossings because of recent crashes in New York, California and North Carolina.

After a fiery train-car collision killed six people in New York in February, Metropolitan Transportation Authority police are issuing summonses at six times last year's rate.

Obama golfs with big money, oil moguls in Florida

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:13 PM

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama is teeing off in Florida with a trio of oil and private equity moguls.

The president is spending the weekend in Palm City in eastern Florida, at the private Floridian National Golf Club.

Obama was joined for his round of golf Sunday by Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian. Crane is a major Democratic donor who also owns the Houston Astros and golfed with Obama and Tiger Woods in 2013. He's also a major player in the Texas energy industry.

Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.

Some scenes offer a rare glimpse of slave life in the South from images made by Confederate photographers. Most previous photos showed slaves who were recently freed in the North.

Institute honoring the late Sen. Kennedy to open in Boston

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:53 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Family members say before his death from brain cancer in 2009, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved.

The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is scheduled to be dedicated in Boston on Monday at a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of his brother, John F. Kennedy.

DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:44 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" at the box office, but both films debuted strongly.

According to studio estimates Sunday, "Home" opened with $54 million, giving DreamWorks Animation a much needed hit. Jeffrey Katzenberg's studio has struggled recently, but the better-than-expected debut of "Home," with a voice cast led by Rihanna and Jim Parsons, gives DreamWorks a welcome lift.

MMA amateurs say NY should let them turn pro here

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:19 AM

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — While proposals to legalize professional mixed martial arts have been deadlocked for eight years at New York's statehouse, the amateur sport has grown in gyms across the state.

Some MMA fighters training at Brian Beury Jiu Jitsu in suburban Albany, just down the road from the Capitol, say they'd like to turn pro.

Thirty-one-year-old hairdresser and mother of two Heather LeFevre says they already put into it their blood, sweat and tears and money would be good.

Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:05 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Most people agree the Northeast must expand its energy supply to trim the nation's highest costs and natural gas could be at least a short-term answer.

Still, there is loud opposition to building or expanding pipelines here.

Last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company moved it to New Hampshire — where it's also generating plenty of venom.

Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor Swift set for iHeartRadio Awards

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:47 AM

Rihanna will perform her new single for the first time, Sam Smith will deliver his soulful vocals, and Taylor Swift will be in the audience dancing along in her typical awards show form.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will debut its second annual show Sunday from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Justin Timberlake will accept the 2015 iHeartRadio Innovator Award for his accomplishments as an entertainer.

Rihanna will sing "B---- Better Have My Money," released days ago.

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