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  • New day for Michelle Obama speech to Kansas high schoolers after uproar by students, parents
    Apr 24, 2014 11:29 AM CDT

    TOKYO (AP) — Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends. She had accepted the district's invitation to speak May 17 at the combined ceremony to mark that day's 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka....

  • 45 years after humble beginnings, Jazz Fest blends Louisiana talent, global star power
    Apr 24, 2014 11:29 AM CDT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jazz clarinetist Orange Kellin remembers playing the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970, when small crowds turned out to see a handful of performances. Kellin was with the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra for the initial festival at Congo Square, a grassy park in the city's Treme neighborhood. "I miss the early days," Kellin said. "I miss all the local talent, emphasizing local people, regional people." The first Jazz Fest had four stages for gospel, jazz,...

  • How to hit spring and summer music festivals without hitting a sour financial note
    Apr 24, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the air gets warmer and spring blossoms, the season of music festivals is upon us. From Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee in June to Lollapalooza in Chicago in August, music lovers across the country will soon begin to flocking to festivals, which can draw hundreds of thousands of fans. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and spend a bundle, on everything from tickets to accommodations to bottles of water. But with a little foresight, it's easy to cut...

  • Gadget Watch: With Whistle, Fido can have a fitness tracker too
    Apr 24, 2014 10:33 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bad news for lazy dogs: A new device, called Whistle, lets pet owners track how much exercise — or sleep — their four-legged friends are getting. Whistle is similar to popular activity trackers designed for humans. It wraps around a dog's collar and syncs with a smartphone app, collecting data on how much activity and rest the pet had. I tried it out on my dog, who would much rather sleep under the couch than chase a ball. It's no surprise to find out that he wasn't getting at...

  • Growing size of tourists looking to ride horseback on Western trails means bigger horses
    Apr 24, 2014 10:11 AM CDT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don't lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear. "Even though...

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.33 pct; 15-year loan increases to 3.39 pct
    Apr 24, 2014 10:06 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan rose to 4.33 percent from 4.27 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.39 percent from 3.33 percent. Mortgage rates have risen almost a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. Warmer weather has yet to boost home-buying...

  • Growing size of tourists looking to ride horseback on Western trails means bigger horses
    Apr 24, 2014 9:59 AM CDT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don't lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear. "Even though...

  • Philly-area woodworker's complex designated national historic landmark
    Apr 24, 2014 8:07 AM CDT

    SOLEBURY, Pa. (AP) — The former suburban Philadelphia home of a celebrated furniture designer and woodworker has been designated a national historic landmark. The U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday called the George Nakashima Woodworker Complex in Bucks County significant for its Japanese-influenced structures. Officials said the work of Nakashima, who died in 1990, expresses a worldview formed by his architectural education and exposure to European Modernism, Eastern religious philosophy...

  • Everest climbing season in disarray as climbing teams cancel and talks with Sherpas fall flat
    Apr 24, 2014 8:04 AM CDT

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week. While the season has not been officially canceled, guides and Sherpas said it appeared increasingly unlikely that any summit attempts would be made this season from the Nepal side of the mountain. "Many of us think this year is not good for climbing...

  • Chaco Canyon's dark sky designation prompts National Park Service celebration
    Apr 24, 2014 8:00 AM CDT

    CHACO CULTURAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating Chaco Canyon's designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Officials say the greater Chaco landscape in northwestern New Mexico is one of the last, best places in the U.S. for viewing the night sky. The celebration starts with a guided walk through Chetro Ketl, one of Chaco's great houses. It covers more than 3 acres and contains several ceremonial structures known as kivas. There will also be a...

  • Discount carrier Spirit Airlines announces daily flights between Las Vegas, Kansas City
    Apr 24, 2014 7:58 AM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Discount carrier Spirit Airlines has announced plans to offer daily, nonstop service between Las Vegas and Kansas City. The company announced Wednesday that the flights would begin Aug. 7. A plane will depart Kansas City at 9:55 p.m. daily and arrive in Las Vegas at 10:55 p.m. local time, while a flight will depart Las Vegas at 1 a.m. daily and arrive in Kansas City at 5:45 a.m. Spirit also announced service between Kansas City and Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit and Houston....

  • Diego Rivera's murals at Detroit Institute of Arts designated as national historic landmark
    Apr 24, 2014 7:57 AM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks. Federal officials announced the designation on Wednesday. The Detroit Industry murals were conceived by Rivera as a tribute to the city's manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. The Mexican artist in 1932 and 1933 completed the murals on walls of a court in the museum and they're considered to be among his greatest works. The largely symbolic landmark...

  • Growing size of tourists looking to ride horseback on Western trails means bigger horses
    Apr 24, 2014 7:55 AM CDT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever greater numbers to make sure they don't lose out on income from potential customers of any size who come out to get closer to the West of yesteryear. "Even though...

  • Hits and misses: From regal McQueen to cork wedges, a look at Kate's Down Under tour wardrobe
    Apr 24, 2014 7:33 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Kate's dilemma: What to pack for a two-week trip, when your itinerary includes everything from state receptions and church services to toddler playdates and cricket games? For the Duchess of Cambridge, who's rounding up her trip to Australia and New Zealand with husband Prince William and 8-month-old son George, there were additional sartorial challenges: Do royals take off their shoes at the beach? And what's the most ladylike way to climb into a fighter jet while in a pencil dress...

  • 'Not the right time to sell joy.' Entertainment dims as South Korea mourns ferry victims
    Apr 24, 2014 6:23 AM CDT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Jokes and concerts are out. So are school field trips and boisterous cheering at baseball games. As South Korea mourns one of its worst-ever disasters, a ferry sinking on April 16 that likely killed more than 300 people, most of them high school students, anything deemed frivolous or fun is frowned upon, and the backlash for breaking this collective somber mood can be harsh. A politician has been warned by his party for attending a party where alcohol was served, another...

  • As Vermont moves toward labeling GMO foods, manufacturers worry about costs, confusion
    Apr 24, 2014 5:57 AM CDT

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. The Vermont House approved the measure Wednesday evening, about a week after the state Senate, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to sign it. The requirements would take effect July 1, 2016, giving food producers...

  • 5 free things in Glasgow, Scotland from gardens to museums to a statue with a cone on its head
    Apr 24, 2014 5:47 AM CDT

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The image of Scotland's largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone. Instead, this former European Capital of Culture is now widely regarded as one of Britain's most lively and stylish urban destinations. It boasts the best shopping experience in the U.K. outside of London and is home to a variety of annual festivals celebrating everything from rock music and comedy to literature and the arts. Once regarded as "The Second City of the British Empire,"...

  • In the shadow of Disney, homeless families struggle, turn to mom-and-pop hotels as shelter
    Apr 24, 2014 3:30 AM CDT

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192. "What's hard for us isn't paying the bills," Candice Johnson, 24, said. "It's just trying to get our feet in...

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton tells UConn community that outcome in Ukraine will be bad for Russia
    Apr 23, 2014 9:08 PM CDT

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she believes the outcome of the standoff in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia. Speaking at a University of Connecticut issues forum, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state said she believes the sanctions against the Russian government must be "tightened and widened" to prevent the crisis from escalating. "I think Russia will pay a big price for this," Clinton said. "But that is an endpoint that we've got to get...

  • Port Authority OKs wage hike for airport workers in New York, New Jersey
    Apr 23, 2014 8:29 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey formally adopted a resolution Wednesday to raise wages for workers at its New York and New Jersey airports. The agency operates JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in addition to smaller airports in both states. In recent months it had expressed support for raising wages for low-wage contract workers who perform tasks such as cleaning planes, moving baggage and manning concession stands. The Port Authority's board on Wednesday...

  • Vermont leading US in campaign to require GMO labeling; bill wins lawmakers approval
    Apr 23, 2014 7:58 PM CDT

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor. The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill, which would require the GMO labels on produce and processed foods and which carries a maximum civil penalty for violators of $1,000 per day per product. The Senate previously approved the measure, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans...

  • Alabama photography exhibit explores dynamics of youths' sexual identity, family acceptance
    Apr 23, 2014 5:36 PM CDT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses the labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once. A photography exhibition opening at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute on Wednesday night seeks to put a face on such young people while exploring the difficult dynamics of family acceptance of their identities in the Deep South. The exhibit "Family Matters" features images of a dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender...

  • Emmert believes proposed NCAA changes will address concerns of union organizers
    Apr 23, 2014 5:36 PM CDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes — regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. One day before the board of directors meets in Indianapolis and two days before Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on creating college sports' first union, the NCAA president told The Associated Press that a new governance system could solve many problems by providing more opportunities for college athletes and their families....

  • Atlanta boy abducted from driveway says he sang gospel song until his kidnapper freed him
    Apr 23, 2014 5:27 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him. Willie Myrick recounted the story at a recent gathering in his honor. He says as he sang, the man drove around and was cursing before eventually letting him go unharmed last month. WXIA-TV reports (http://on.11alive.com/1h9tLnb) that Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah...

  • California mother, TSA reach tentative $75,000 settlement in breast-milk dispute
    Apr 23, 2014 5:13 PM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, said TSA officials have tentatively offered her $75,000, along with promises to retrain agents and clarify its guidelines on screening breast milk. The reassurances about revised training...

  • Country star McGraw lends car enthusiast perspective to 'Breaking Barriers' documentary
    Apr 23, 2014 4:33 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tim McGraw drives in the carpool lane most days instead of pushing 100 mph with the windows rolled down and hair pulled back. Next tour stop, Wally World. "I drive the Griswold family cruiser," McGraw said, laughing. "I drive a 10-year-old Cadillac Escalade because I'm always taking cheerleaders to practice and picking up tennis players and track runners." But even one of country music's biggest stars needs to cut loose on the open road — or, a private track — every now and then....

  • 5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green, reopening after being closed since 2009
    Apr 23, 2014 3:43 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Tavern on the Green, closed since the previous operators lost their lease and declared bankruptcy in 2009, reopens Thursday under new management. Here are five things to know about the once-grand restaurant in Central Park: 1. The Victorian Gothic structure was originally built in 1870 as a sheepfold for the flock that grazed in the Sheep Meadow. It became a restaurant in 1934 during a renovation undertaken by parks commissioner Robert Moses. 2. Hollywood scion...

  • 5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green, reopening after being closed since 2009
    Apr 23, 2014 3:41 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Tavern on the Green, closed since the previous operators lost their lease and declared bankruptcy in 2009, reopens Thursday under new management. Here are five things to know about the once-grand restaurant in Central Park: 1. The Victorian Gothic structure was originally built in 1870 as a sheepfold for the flock that grazed in the Sheep Meadow. It became a restaurant in 1934 during a renovation undertaken by parks commissioner Robert Moses. 2. Hollywood scion...

  • Amsterdam gets green light to ban pot shops in Red Light district
    Apr 23, 2014 3:36 PM CDT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but possession of small amounts is not prosecuted and it is sold openly in "coffee shops." Prostitution is legal. But Mayor Eberhard van der Laan argues the district's brothels and coffee shops generate criminality, and he has sought to have many closed. Coffee shop owners...

  • Airport security vulnerabilities that enabled teen to hitch flight to Hawaii not uncommon
    Apr 23, 2014 3:30 PM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes. As the case of the San Jose stowaway shows, it did not take a sophisticated plan for a 15-year-old boy to spend about seven hours in what is supposed to be a secure area of Silicon Valley's main airport — much of it in a wheel well of the jet that took the teen to Hawaii. "No system is foolproof," San Jose...

  • Puerto Rico sees increase in number of cruise ship passengers
    Apr 23, 2014 3:21 PM CDT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of cruise ship passengers who visited the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has jumped more than 15 percent in nearly one year. Port Authority Director Victor Suarez says an additional 124,619 people visited the island in the past nine months compared to the same period in the previous year. Suarez said Wednesday that more than 946,000 passengers visited from July 2013 to March 2014. He attributed the increase in part to 28 new cruise ship visits during that...

  • Summer Movie Preview: In 'Chef,' Jon Favreau cooks with his own ingredients
    Apr 23, 2014 2:52 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — On "Chef," Jon Favreau got to cook with his own ingredients and set his own menu. The parallels for Favreau and the film are unmistakable. In the movie, which he wrote and directed, he plays a creativity-stifled restaurant chef who's fired for going off-menu, but is reborn when he opens his own food truck. After years directing big summer blockbusters ("Iron Man," ''Iron Man 2," ''Cowboys & Aliens"), "Chef" is a return to Favreau's indie roots. (He wrote and starred in 1996's...

  • New breed of peer-to-peer apps is moving the chef-diner relationship outside restaurants
    Apr 23, 2014 2:19 PM CDT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. A growing number of apps and websites are taking the traditional chef-diner relationship out of established eateries and into private homes. Cookapp, for example, is just the latest to launch in the U.S., connecting adventurous diners with independent chefs — and even just ambitious amateur cooks — willing to host dinners at their homes and other...

  • Tunisia divided over tourist chief's decision to let Jewish pilgrims use Israeli passports
    Apr 23, 2014 2:09 PM CDT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed to use their passports rather than a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. Tunisia...

  • Amsterdam gets green light to ban pot shops in Red Light district
    Apr 23, 2014 12:24 PM CDT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but possession of small amounts is not prosecuted and it is sold openly in "coffee shops." Prostitution is legal. But Mayor Eberhard van der Laan argues the district's brothels and coffee shops generate criminality, and he has sought to have many closed. Coffee shop owners...

  • Barren shelves: Venezuela's once-glitzy shopping malls struggle under price and rent controls
    Apr 23, 2014 12:02 PM CDT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Staring through a glass storefront at the Sambil shopping mall, Aleimar Sanchez sees more than a struggling business in the near-empty shelves of a Casio electronics store. She sees a country in sad decline. Since its inauguration in 1999, Caracas' biggest mall has been a hive of frenzied shopping, a glitzy counterpoint to the anti-capitalist tirades of the late Hugo Chavez. Today, a few die-hard shoppers stroll through dimly lit corridors, past stained walls in need...

  • 2014 Buick Regal: Eye-catching styling makes for double takes, just as in TV ads
    Apr 23, 2014 10:58 AM CDT

    The television ads where neighbors, friends and family can't identify a new car as a Buick are true to life. The attractive styling on a 2014 Buick Regal test car so stumped admirers, many could not believe it was a Buick. The common question was, "What kind of car is that?" — even as they stared at the Buick and Regal badges. Still others couldn't believe the 2014 Regal only has four-cylinder engines. In fact, a newly improved, direct injected, turbocharged four cylinder is offered on every...

  • Scientists say climate change will likely make climbing Everest riskier, less predictable
    Apr 23, 2014 10:28 AM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16 in the deadliest single disaster on Everest. While it is impossible to link any single event to long-term changes in the global climate, scientists say the...

  • Dozens of Sherpas leave Everest following deadly avalanche; some expeditions cancel climbs
    Apr 23, 2014 10:28 AM CDT

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. With the entire climbing season increasingly thrown into doubt, the government quickly announced that top tourism officials would fly to base camp Thursday to negotiate with the Sherpas and encourage them to return to work. But while...

  • Sri Lanka deporting British tourist with Buddha tattoo; police say she hurt religious feelings
    Apr 23, 2014 10:27 AM CDT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate who ordered her deportation. Rohana said that Coleman has been handed over to immigration authorities, who are taking...

  • International Indian Film Academy Awards, known as the Bollywood Oscars, comes to Tampa, Fla.
    Apr 23, 2014 9:53 AM CDT

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The International Indian Film Academy is holding its annual awards ceremony in Tampa starting Wednesday. The city is an unusual choice for the awards because it's not known for having one of the largest Indian-American populations in the U.S., but tourism officials hope it will be an economic boon. Some 30,000 performers, industry executives and fans are expected to visit. It's the first time in the event's 15-year history that the Indian film academy has gathered in the United...

  • JetBlue pilots vote to join Air Line Pilots Association after turning down earlier union bids
    Apr 23, 2014 9:53 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Mediation Board said Tuesday that pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes. The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association. Of the 96 percent of pilots eligible to vote, the association said 71 percent voted to unionize. JetBlue has more than 2,500 pilots. Both the airline and the pilot's union will now organize negotiating committees, JetBlue CEO Dave Barger said. ALPA President Capt. Lee Moak said the...

  • Government says average airfare rose less than 1 percent to $381 per trip in 4Q 2013
    Apr 23, 2014 9:41 AM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier. The government said that the highest average fares were in Huntsville, Ala., at $528, and the lowest were $249 in Long Beach, Calif. The figures,...

  • US new-home sales drop 14.5 percent in March; worst sales rate in 8 months
    Apr 23, 2014 9:40 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2013. Sales plunged in the Midwest, South and West in March. But they rebounded in the Northeast,...

  • Airbnb fights subpoena about thousands offering allegedly illegal NYC sublets online
    Apr 23, 2014 9:35 AM CDT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Airbnb has urged a New York judge to reject a subpoena for information about those using the global website to offer apartment rentals in New York City, its attorney calling that "a fishing expedition." The subpoena filed last year by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is improperly "overbroad" and certain to snare information about thousands people who haven't broken any laws, attorney Roberta Kaplan said Tuesday. "This is private information. This is confidential...

  • Sri Lanka deporting British tourist with Buddha tattoo; police say she hurt religious feelings
    Apr 23, 2014 9:26 AM CDT

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate who ordered her deportation. Rohana said that Coleman has been handed over to immigration authorities, who are taking...

  • Fact sheet: 2014 Buick Regal
    Apr 23, 2014 9:16 AM CDT

    2014 Buick Regal GS AWD BASE PRICE: $29,690 for base Regal FWD; $31,560 for Premium I FWD; $31,865 for base Regal AWD; $33,735 for Premium I AWD; $33,760 for Premium II FWD; $35,935 for Premium II AWD; $36,905 for GS FWD; $39,270 for GS AWD. PRICE AS TESTED: $44,275 TYPE: Front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size sedan. ENGINE: 2-liter, turbocharged/intercooled, double overhead cam, direct injection, inline four cylinder. MILEAGE: 19 mpg (city), 27 mpg (highway). TOP SPEED:...

  • Designers tout splashy plan for floating, filtered pool in New York City's East River
    Apr 23, 2014 8:06 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim. The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with cruise-like decking — said they're on course to drop anchor in mid-2016 if they win approval from the city, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government entities. Project co-founder Archie Coates pitched the pool as be clean, safe and good for...

  • Atlanta airport to launch $2M incentive program aimed at bolstering new international service
    Apr 23, 2014 8:03 AM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta City Council has agreed to establish a five year, $2 million incentive program to help boost international air cargo and passenger services at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, officials said Tuesday. "With this new incentive program, Hartsfield-Jackson will be better positioned to attract additional passenger and cargo carriers to Atlanta," the airport's Interim General Manager Miguel Southwell said in a release. Southwell added that airport officials are always...

  • Food Network star Guy Fieri's restaurant open for business in Las Vegas
    Apr 23, 2014 7:59 AM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Food Network star Guy Fieri's restaurant is now open for business on the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant, named Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, is located at the Quad Resort & Casino and welcomed its first customers last week. The 200-seat eatery features casual foods including a wide selection of burgers, wings, tacos and craft beers. Fieri's tattoos appear as design elements on the restaurant's coasters, napkins and dishware. Fieri is known for several Food Network...

  • Dozens of Sherpas leave Everest following deadly avalanche; some expeditions cancel climbs
    Apr 23, 2014 7:58 AM CDT

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. With the entire climbing season increasingly thrown into doubt, the government quickly announced that top tourism officials would fly to base camp Thursday to negotiate with the Sherpas and encourage them to return to work. But while...

  • Scientists say climate change will likely make climbing Everest riskier, less predictable
    Apr 23, 2014 6:21 AM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest. Nepal was left reeling when a sudden ice avalanche slammed down onto a group of Sherpa guides on Friday and killed 16 in the deadliest single disaster on Everest. While it is impossible to link any single event to long-term changes in the global climate, scientists say the...

  • UNESCO study shows reading on cellphones can improve literacy in poor countries
    Apr 23, 2014 6:04 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high. Paris-based UNESCO says 774 million people worldwide cannot read, and most people in sub-Saharan Africa don't own any books but cellphones are increasingly widespread. The report Wednesday by UNESCO says large numbers of people in such countries are reading books and stories on "rudimentary small-screen devices." It says a third of...

  • With competition in China growing, luxury automakers scramble to woo younger buyers
    Apr 23, 2014 3:39 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — At age 32, Jason Jia already is the kind of customer luxury automakers are seeking as competition grows in China's lucrative but crowded market. The energy industry consultant has traded up from a Volkswagen Polo to a VW GTI. Now, as he stood looking at a Cadillac CTS at the Beijing auto show, he said he wants a Mercedes Benz or a BMW. "The engine needs to be turbo," said Jia, who has a budget of 500,000 yuan ($80,000). "Is that a lot of money? Cars over 300,000 yuan ($48,000)...

  • Law enforcement official says jet stowaway spent 7 hours undetected before departure
    Apr 22, 2014 10:32 PM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in what is supposed to be a highly secure area of San Jose International Airport before the flight departed, according to an official briefed on the investigation. The law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that video surveillance shows the boy on the airfield a little after 1 a.m. Sunday, walking on the tarmac and near airplanes in fenced and...

  • Proposed Navajo Nation junk-food tax falls short of needed votes; advocates vow to revive it
    Apr 22, 2014 6:26 PM CDT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food. A proposed 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday in a Tribal Council vote. But...

  • Designers tout splashy plan for floating, filtered pool in New York City's East River
    Apr 22, 2014 5:38 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim. The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with cruise-like decking — said they're on course to drop anchor in mid-2016 if they win approval from the city, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government entities. Project co-founder Archie Coates pitched the pool as be clean, safe and good for...

  • Airbnb fights subpoena about thousands offering allegedly illegal NYC sublets online
    Apr 22, 2014 5:20 PM CDT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Airbnb urged a New York judge Tuesday to reject a subpoena for information about those using the global website to offer apartment rentals in New York City, its attorney calling that "a fishing expedition." The subpoena filed last year by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is improperly "overbroad" and certain to snare information about thousands people who haven't broken any laws, attorney Roberta Kaplan said. "This is private information. This is confidential information,"...

  • Broadcast TV on the Internet: Justices show skepticism, concern about possible ruling's effect
    Apr 22, 2014 5:11 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smartphones and even their large-screen televisions....

  • FBI investigating suspected serial child molester who worked in US schools around the world
    Apr 22, 2014 4:55 PM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota. William James Vahey, 64, killed himself in Luverne on March 21, the FBI said. That was two days after agents in Houston filed for a warrant to search a computer thumb drive that belonged to Vahey, a U.S. citizen with residences...

  • Government says average airfare rose less than 1 percent to $381 per trip in 4Q 2013
    Apr 22, 2014 4:45 PM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier. The government said that the highest average fares were in Huntsville, Ala., at $528, and the lowest were $249 in Long Beach, Calif. The figures,...

  • Tampa, Fla., an unusual choice, hosts the so-called Bollywood Oscars for Indian films
    Apr 22, 2014 4:33 PM CDT

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa? Starting Wednesday, hundreds of Indian film stars and thousands of Bollywood fans are expected to flood this city for the International Indian Film Academy's awards extravaganza, four days of song-and-dance performances and movie screenings. The event caps off with the awards ceremony Saturday. Even though Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls and the 2012 Republican National Convention,...

  • Maine baby lobster decline could mean end to record catches as lobstermen, scientists worry
    Apr 22, 2014 3:53 PM CDT

    YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say. A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations indicates that young lobsters have declined by more than half of their 2007 levels — significant since lobsters typically take about eight years to reach the legal harvesting size. The downward...

  • Jay Leno announced as commencement speaker for his Boston alma mater, Emerson College
    Apr 22, 2014 3:43 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Jay Leno is returning to his alma mater, Emerson College, to deliver the commencement address this spring. The small liberal arts college in Boston announced Tuesday the 1973 graduate will speak at the 134th commencement ceremony on May 11. NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" host Scott Simon will address the graduate students. Leno hosted NBC's late-night talk show "The Tonight Show" for more than two decades before retiring in February. He was replaced by former "Saturday Night Live"...

  • Ellen DeGeneres producing a design competition series for HGTV
    Apr 22, 2014 3:23 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is making a furniture design competition series for the HGTV network. HGTV said Tuesday that "Ellen's Design Challenge" is expected to air sometime next year. It will feature six competitors who sketch, design and build furniture within 24 hours, and will play out over six episodes. Landing a series from a high-profile star is big news at the lifestyle cable network. DeGeneres is helping to produce the series; the network isn't saying whether or not she will actually...

  • Blow to affirmative action: Supreme Court OK's voter-approved ban for Michigan universities
    Apr 22, 2014 2:47 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state's public colleges to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said,...

  • Kansas farmer who permitted Mississippi man to hunt on his land gets kidney donation from him
    Apr 22, 2014 2:24 PM CDT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two hunters brought together by a love of the outdoors formed a friendship leading one to donate a kidney to the other, a friendship that has led to a foundation aimed at sharing the outdoors with others. Rob Robinson, a 45-year-old firefighter from Starkville, Miss., happened to knock on Gil Alexander's door in 2008 in northwest Kansas seeking permission to hunt pheasant. Robinson returned three years later, this time to hunt turkey on Alexander's property. "I didn't remember...

  • Tree-like industrial tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright opens for 1st public tours
    Apr 22, 2014 1:02 PM CDT

    RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson's headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin is regarded as one of the country's most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The first floor looks like a tree trunk, with second and higher floors springing...

  • Labor Department: Job market improved for 2013 college grads but remained weak
    Apr 22, 2014 12:32 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit. But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected or hoped for. The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates — defined as those ages...

  • Bloomberg invests $5 million in portable solar-powered lamp for off-grid African populations
    Apr 22, 2014 11:42 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation on Tuesday announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa. The lamp, called Little Sun, provides clear, affordable energy to places dependent on costly and toxic kerosene lighting in sub-Saharan Africa, said Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charity of the billionaire businessman and former mayor. The foundation said it will provide a low-interest rate...

  • National Zoo launches 'endangered song' with Oregon band to help save endangered tigers
    Apr 22, 2014 11:29 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian's National Zoo released an "endangered song" Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. The new song, "Sumatran Tiger," was recorded on 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number of plays. So the only way to save the song is to digitize and "breed" it by sharing the music through social media, organizers said. The...

  • Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, mountaineers, Sherpas have long known Khumbu's danger
    Apr 22, 2014 10:38 AM CDT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They've known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Icefall in 1921, insisting it was impossible to pass. It is a river of ice, a kilometer (half mile) or so of constantly shifting glacier punctuated by deep crevasses and overhanging immensities of ice that can be as large as 10-story buildings. It can move two meters (six feet) in just one day. Crossing...

  • Tree-like industrial tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright opens for 1st public tours
    Apr 22, 2014 10:18 AM CDT

    RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson's headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin is regarded as one of the country's most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The first floor looks like a tree trunk, with second and higher floors springing...

  • Go For the Food: Homestyle, slow-cooked food in outdoor market offers a taste of old Jerusalem
    Apr 22, 2014 10:16 AM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's bustling open-air Mahane Yehuda market offers a dizzying assault on the senses. Vendors compete with screams over the prices of their produce as the smell of spices and fresh fish wafts through the air. From old-school vegetable stalls, bakeries and boutique wine and cheese bars to fish and chip or falafel stands and sit-down restaurants of every style and price range, the now gentrified market's dozens of eateries present the widest assortment of culinary options...

  • Sales of US existing homes fell in March to lowest level in 20 months in face of rising prices
    Apr 22, 2014 10:15 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales edged down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million. It was the seventh drop in the past eight months. Sales rose in the Northeast and Midwest, suggesting that cold winter weather did not weigh as heavily on sales as in previous...

  • Tree-like industrial tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright opens for 1st public tours
    Apr 22, 2014 10:15 AM CDT

    RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson's headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin is regarded as one of the country's most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The first floor looks like a tree trunk, with second and higher floors springing...

  • 'Modern Family' dad opens beer garden-esque restaurant in his adopted home of Salt Lake City
    Apr 22, 2014 9:31 AM CDT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant, which has high ceilings and long tables and benches to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel, is next door to the cocktail bar Burrell co-owns with an equally simple name, Bar...

  • Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center to debut newly-curated exhibit on rocker Bruce Springsteen
    Apr 22, 2014 9:06 AM CDT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa is planning to debut a new exhibit featuring photographs of legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen. The April 29 unveiling of the exhibit "Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey," also includes a discussion with the featured photographers that will be moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. Admission is $25 and proceeds will benefit education programs at the center. The 12,000-square-foot center opened in downtown Tulsa...

  • St. Louis festival takes Shakespeare to the streets with dozens of free performances
    Apr 22, 2014 9:05 AM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A five-day celebration of English playwright William Shakespeare begins Wednesday in St. Louis with the first of 38 free performances at 38 different venues across town. "Shake 38 Live" opens with a 10 a.m. outdoor reading of the Bard's "King John" at Tower Grove Park. The official kick-off happens later Wednesday with a 6 p.m. performance of "Love's Labor Lost" accompanied by a live orchestra at the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis headquarters. Other performances and readings...

  • Caught on camera, but unnoticed: Teen stowaway shows holes in multilayered airport security
    Apr 22, 2014 9:04 AM CDT

    KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii. Although the 15-year-old apparently wanted nothing more than to run away, his success in slipping past layers of security early Sunday morning made it clear that a determined person can still get into a...

  • US existing-home sales fell in March to lowest pace in 20 months; rising prices a factor
    Apr 22, 2014 9:01 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US existing-home sales fell in March to lowest pace in 20 months; rising prices a factor.

  • After relative's death, some borrowers find they must repay entire student loan tab
    Apr 22, 2014 8:07 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them. The agency's ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, said complaints related to this issue are growing more common because the practice is catching so many consumers by surprise....

  • Regrets mix with memories as families recall those lost in South Korean ferry sinking
    Apr 22, 2014 7:58 AM CDT

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret. Among the 302 people dead or missing in last week's South Korean ferry disaster, there are a multitude of stories. Here are just a few: ___ PARK HYE-SON Hye-son's mother, Lim Son-mi, says the 16-year-old wanted to be a television screenwriter. But Lim's wages from working at a daycare center meant she didn't have enough...

  • Weir, Lipinski to cover fashion on NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage
    Apr 22, 2014 6:55 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is adding Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby telecast as fashion correspondents next week, illustrating how the network's coverage now reflects one of the most female-friendly televised sporting events of the year. The two figure skaters, who were the breakout stars of NBC's Sochi Olympics broadcast team, will comment on the fashionable outfits worn by members of the rich and celebrity-filled audience who try to avoid spilling mint juleps on their designer...

  • Electronic cigarette biz awaits federal rules that will likely curb marketing, set standards
    Apr 22, 2014 5:44 AM CDT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers. Regulators aim to answer the burning question posed by Kenneth Warner, a professor...

  • Retired Justice Stevens proposes constitutional changes on guns, death penalty, election money
    Apr 22, 2014 2:32 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In his new book, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for no fewer than six changes to the Constitution, two of which are directly related to guns. Others would abolish the death penalty, make it easier to limit spending on elections and rein in partisan drawing of electoral districts. His proposed amendments generally would overrule major Supreme Court decisions with which he disagrees, including ones on guns and campaign finance in which he dissented. It's...

  • Botox maker Allergan draws bid from Valeant; activist investor Ackman discloses $4.1B stake
    Apr 21, 2014 11:03 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Valeant Pharmaceuticals is teaming up with activist investor Bill Ackman in a bid for Botox maker Allergan that could be worth about $40 billion. Valeant said Monday that it intends to propose a merger with Allergan using a combination of Valeant stock and cash. The transaction size has not been disclosed, but Valeant expects the cash portion of the deal to be at least $15 billion. Allergan said it had no comment on the bid late Monday. In a separate filing, Ackman's Pershing...

  • Stowaway survives long flight in jet wheel well, forces authorities to review airport security
    Apr 21, 2014 10:29 PM CDT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport's tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet. The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the left rear wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday, according to the FBI. Authorities found the high school student wandering...

  • Manila mayor flies to Hong Kong to apologize to victims' families in bus hostage tragedy
    Apr 21, 2014 10:18 PM CDT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The mayor of Manila flew to Hong Kong Tuesday to apologize to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed in a mishandled hostage taking in 2010 which soured relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said other officials, including a top aide of President Benigno Aquino III and the national police chief, are joining him on the trip. The delegation hopes to meet Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying and other Hong...

  • Retired Justice Stevens wants to strip gun rights, abolish death penalty, limit campaign money
    Apr 21, 2014 10:12 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens began thinking about ways to prevent a repeat. The result is Stevens' new book — his second since retiring from the court at age 90 — in which he calls for no fewer than six changes to the Constitution, of which two are directly related to guns. Others would abolish the death penalty, make it easier to limit spending on elections...

  • Valeant to bid for Botox maker Allergan; activist investor Ackman discloses $4.1B stake
    Apr 21, 2014 7:08 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Valeant Pharmaceuticals has teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman in a bid for Botox maker Allergan that could be worth about $40 billion. Valeant said Monday that it intends to propose a merger with Allergan using a combination of Valeant stock and cash. The transaction size has not been disclosed, but Valeant expects the cash portion of the deal to be at least $15 billion. In a separate filing, Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management said it owns a 9.7 percent stake...

  • Australian man asks US government to re-open green card case after his American husband dies
    Apr 21, 2014 6:38 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades made a renewed pitch Monday for a green card after the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage. Anthony Sullivan, 72, asked federal immigration authorities in Los Angeles to reopen a 1975 petition filed by his late husband Richard Adams so Sullivan can be awarded residency as the surviving spouse of a U.S. citizen, immigration attorney Lavi Soloway said. The request came decades after the...

  • Casino owner MGM Resorts, Cirque, developer plan 'Rock in Rio' venue on Las Vegas Strip
    Apr 21, 2014 6:04 PM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A group including casino company MGM Resorts announced plans Monday to build a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning in May 2015. MGM Resorts International officials said the "City of Rock" development to be built between the Circus Circus resort and Sahara Avenue would serve as home to what they expect will be one of the largest concert festival events in the world. Rock in Rio began in 1985 in Brazil, where...

  • USDA establishes $150 million rural business investment fund to promote jobs, growth
    Apr 21, 2014 4:56 PM CDT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in Cedar Rapids the formation of the first Rural Business Investment Company, a for-profit firm licensed by the USDA to invest in businesses that otherwise might not have the capital to increase business opportunities. The...

  • Rock climber falls 30 feet at Yosemite National Park, sustains major injuries
    Apr 21, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a rock climber at Yosemite National Park had to be rescued by helicopter after falling 30 feet and suffering major injuries. The 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif., fell before noon on Sunday while climbing with a partner on the park's Cathedral range. The California Highway Patrol says park officials asked the CHP to fly a pair of Yosemite Search and Rescue specialists to the injured man. The helicopter took him to the park's floor at...

  • American Airlines Los Angeles-to-Honolulu flight safely returns to LA after engine problem
    Apr 21, 2014 3:08 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu has landed safely back at Los Angeles with one engine out. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor say Flight 283, a Boeing 757, declared an emergency Monday and returned to Los Angeles with the No. 1 engine out. The 757 has two engines. Gregor says the aircraft landed without incident at 11:36 a.m.

  • World Poker Tour championship opens in Atlantic City after 11 years in Las Vegas
    Apr 21, 2014 2:31 PM CDT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — After 11 years in Las Vegas, the championship event of the World Poker Tour is underway in Atlantic City. The weeklong event, sponsored by partypoker, is being held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, its partner for online gambling in New Jersey. Borgata president Tom Ballance said moving the championship to Atlantic City shows the growing appeal of poker in New Jersey, particularly since the state began offering Internet gambling last November. "With online gaming...

  • Supreme Court appears likely to back Pom Wonderful in juice label dispute with Coke
    Apr 21, 2014 1:45 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Count Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy among consumers who feel misled by a beverage called "Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices." The drink was the subject of a lively debate Monday as the high court considered whether to allow false advertising claims against the Coca-Cola Co., which markets the beverage under its Minute Maid unit. Juice maker Pom Wonderful, which sells its own line of pomegranate juice blends, says the label is misleading because 99 percent...

  • Montana uses federal grant to buy 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat in Teton County
    Apr 21, 2014 1:25 PM CDT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Land Board on Monday approved a $345,000 purchase of 320 acres of threatened grizzly bear habitat to add to the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area in Teton County. The state is buying the land from The Conservation Fund with a grant from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services program to help the recovery of grizzlies in the northern Continental Divide. The 320 acres of timber, grasslands and wetlands is considered critical grizzly bear habitat and is adjacent to the...

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