Latest News

National News

  • Court rejects Calif. appeal in Skid Row killings

    WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected California’s plea to reinstate murder convictions in the 1970s-era Skid Row Stabber case in Los Angeles. Two justices dissented from the court’s decision to leave in place a federal appeals court ruling that overturned two murder convictions and a life sentence for Bobby Jo Maxwell. […]
  • Reinvented Dodge Dart to join compact car race

    AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) – If the new Dodge Dart sells anything like the original, Chrysler will have the small-car hit it needs. The reinvented compact, unveiled at the Detroit auto show Monday, is nothing like its predecessor from the 1960s and `70s. But Chrysler is counting on the Dart, and its zippy name, […]
  • NASA says it’s working to resolve items’ ownership

    AP Legal Affairs Writer MIAMI (AP) – The head of NASA met Monday with former astronauts to discuss who owns space artifacts from moon shots and other missions, saying afterward that the agency will work cooperatively with them to resolve what’s recently become a contentious issue. NASA chief Charles Bolden said in a statement that […]
  • Warrant: Conn. EMT says he touched woman sexually

    HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) – An arrest warrant for a Connecticut paramedic accused of raping an unconscious woman inside an ambulance says he admitted to police that he touched her inappropriately. Mark Powell, of North Haven, was arrested last week on charges of first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint. A 22-year-old woman being taken to a […]
  • Pharmacist gets 2 years in Ohio pain pill case

    AP Legal Affairs Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former Ohio pharmacist linked by the government to two drug overdose deaths but never charged in those cases was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for illegally dispensing pain pills. Harold Fletcher was also ordered to pay a $75,000 fine and $275,000 in restitution to […]
  • Last inmates leave aging Nevada State Prison

    Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – The last inmates packed up their duffel bags Monday and were transferred from Nevada State Prison in Carson City, a 150-year-old penitentiary that houses Nevada’s execution chamber, license plate factory and once boasted its own gambling joint. Most of the inmates that once numbered around 800 have already […]
  • IRS reviving program seeking offshore tax cheats

    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Internal Revenue Service is reviving a program that lets Americans hiding their money abroad pay back taxes and penalties while avoiding criminal prosecution, an effort that in recent years has netted the government billions of dollars. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who announced the program’s renewal Monday, said previous efforts […]
  • Prison halts polygamist leader’s calls for 90 days

    Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) – Texas corrections officials have decided that imprisoned polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs will be without phone privileges for 90 days as punishment for making calls that were put on speakerphone _ presumably so he could preach to his followers Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said Monday the 56-year-old […]
  • NYC’s Aqueduct convention center plan progresses

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A multinational development and casino company has signed a letter of intent to build the nation’s largest convention center at Aqueduct racetrack in New York City. The nonbinding letter, signed by the Genting Group a day before Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) announced the proposal in his State of the State address […]
  • APNewsBreak: IBM chips produced at new NY plant

    Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Production has started at a $4.6 billion state-of-the-art computer chip plant in upstate New York built to compete in the constantly evolving semiconductor market and to stimulate the region’s economy. GlobalFoundries Inc. and IBM announced a deal Monday to manufacture chips at the new GlobalFoundries plant, which is being […]
  • Adopted kids mini-ambassadors come Lunar New Year

    Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) – With its fireworks, family reunions and feasts, Lunar New Year is the longest and most important celebration for millions around the world. For kids adopted from China, it holds special meaning. Lunar New Year makes them mini-ambassadors of a culture they know little about firsthand. There’s no official handbook […]
  • Telemarketing scheme boss gets 15 years

    Associated Press EAST. ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A federal judge sentenced the architect of a timeshare telemarketing scheme that bilked $30 million from 22,000 victims to more than 15 years in prison Monday, waving off the new mother’s sobbing claims of remorse. U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy rejected Jennifer Kirk’s request for a […]
  • Drought threatens only surviving whooping cranes

    Associated Press FULTON, Texas (AP) – Raising its slim, white neck out of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, one of the world’s last surviving whooping cranes hungrily searches a Texas marsh for the blue crabs and berries it devours during its annual migration to the Gulf Coast. The high-protein diet is supposed to […]
  • Ford unveils 2013 Fusion at Detroit auto show

    AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) – Ford hopes its redesigned Fusion can help it catch the Camry. The original has been a huge hit since entering the market in 2005 and it topped the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata last year with sales of 250,000. But the Fusion is still lagging Toyota’s Camry, the best-seller […]
  • Andrew Viglucci, ex-San Juan Star editor, dies

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Andrew Viglucci, the longtime editor of Puerto Rico’s San Juan Star and an early colleague of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, has died. He was 84. Viglucci died Saturday from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, an upstate New York funeral home said. Viglucci graduated from Albany High School, served in the Navy […]