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Duke: Student disciplined for hanging noose, not expelled

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:30 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke University says a student who left a noose hanging on campus has been disciplined but can return to campus next semester and won't face criminal charges.

The university on Friday also released an apology letter written by the person responsible, who says the noose was made as a joke and carelessly left outside. The letter says the person didn't know its connection with lynching in the South.

Auditors: National Science Foundation suspends UConn grants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:25 PM

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Auditors say the National Science Foundation has frozen more than $2 million in grant money to the University of Connecticut after a foundation investigation found two UConn professors used grant money to buy products from their own company.

State auditors John Geragosian and Robert Ward notified Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday about the frozen grants. They also say UConn officials failed to inform auditors about the suspended grants as required by law.

2 National Guard soldiers charged with fraud, theft in USVI

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:25 PM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Two National Guard soldiers have been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands on charges of theft, wire fraud and making false statements.

The U.S. Justice Department says 45-year-old Lt. Col. Kenneth Alleyne and 37-year-old Staff Sgt. Emmrie Edwards are accused of improperly using government housing funds.

Justice Department officials said in a statement Friday that the two were released on $50,000 bond each.

$1.3M in marijuana found in bell pepper shipment in Arizona

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:18 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Federal authorities at the Arizona border in Nogales say more than $1.3 million worth of marijuana has been found in a shipment of bell peppers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility conducted a secondary inspection after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to a tractor-trailer.

The officers located more than 2,700 pounds of marijuana in the truck's load of bell peppers.

The driver was arrested, and authorities say he's a 38-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

"Duck Commander Musical" in Las Vegas to fly away May 17

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:08 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A flying duck in West Monroe, Louisiana might have a longer life than the "Duck Commander Musical" which debuted in Las Vegas two weeks ago.

A spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the 90-minute broadway-style musical that told the story of the Louisiana family behind the "Duck Dynasty" reality show will end May 17.

The same Broadway company behind "Jersey Boys" renovated a 680-seat theater inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for the show.

Stocks end higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:08 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher on the first day of May, erasing much of a loss from the day before.

Expedia jumped 8 percent Friday after the online travel company reported sales that beat analysts' estimates. LinkedIn plunged 19 percent after releasing a disappointing forecast.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 183 points, or 1 percent, to 18,024. It fell 195 points the day before.

US testing of lithium batteries alarms aviation officials

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 04:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — International aviation officials are trying to quickly come up with safer packaging for air cargo shipments of lithium-ion batteries, after U.S. testing confirmed that aircraft fire suppression systems can't prevent overheated batteries from causing a powerful explosion.


POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 03:49 PM

Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 26th.


1. "Memory Man" by David Balducci (Grand Central Publishing)

2. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)

3. "The Liar" by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

4. "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

5. "The Bone Tree" by Greg Iles (Riverhead)

6. "What Do You Do With an Idea" by Kobi Yamada (Compendium)

Obama salutes journalists working in repressive environments

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 03:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is saluting journalists working in countries that repress freedom, saying a free press is under attack in many places because governments want to avoid the truth.

Obama invited three foreign journalists to the White House Friday to discuss their experiences in observance of Sunday's World Press Freedom Day.

The three journalists, from Russia, Vietnam and Ethiopia, have been harassed, detained, tortured or imprisoned for their work.

Judge: US govt. liable for some Katrina flooding

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 03:43 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge in Washington has ruled that federal authorities are liable for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms — flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel.

How much the government will have to pay in damages is unclear. Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington set a hearing for next Wednesday in New Orleans to determine whether an agreement can be reached to have damages assessed by a mediator.

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