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  • FDA tweaks food safety rules ahead of 2015 deadline in an effort to appease wary farmers
    Sep 19, 2014 10:09 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Friday it will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business. New proposals by the Food and Drug Administration would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The FDA proposed the revised rules Friday, and the final rules are due next fall. The FDA has been haggling over how to write them for four years...

  • NCDOT Ferry Division ready to switch to fall schedule on Hatteras-Ocracoke route
    Sep 19, 2014 9:54 AM CDT

    MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) — With the peak of the tourist season having passed, the Ferry Division of the N.C. Department of Transportation is reducing the number of runs on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route. The division will make the change on Sept. 23, reducing the number of departures from both sides from 36 to 30. The fall schedule runs through Nov. 10. The next day, the Hatteras Inlet route will adopt a winter schedule with 18 departures from both sides each day. Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin...

  • Jekyll Island hosting 3-day shrimp and grits festival this weekend on Georgia coast
    Sep 19, 2014 9:53 AM CDT

    JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Lovers of shrimp and grits are heading to the Georgia coast this weekend for a three-day celebration of the Southern seafood dish. The annual event known as Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival kicks off Friday on Jekyll Island and runs through Sunday. The opening night features vendors serving up samples of their signature shrimp and grits recipes to festival-goers. Later in the weekend, amateur cooks and professional chefs will go head-to-head in separate...

  • American performers receive standing ovation at Iranian puppet festival
    Sep 19, 2014 8:06 AM CDT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hundreds of Iranian art lovers gave a troupe of Chicago-based puppeteers flowers and a lengthy standing ovation at the Tehran City Theater at the end of their historic performance this week during a rare visit by American performers to the Islamic Republic. The artists from the Manual Cinema group presented Ada/Ava, a live cinematic shadow puppet show at the Tehran Mobarak Puppet Festival, in the first such performance by an American troupe at the Tehran event in nearly 17...

  • China's 1st Grand Slam singles champion retires from tennis tour because of injuries
    Sep 19, 2014 6:46 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights. A sense of humor along the way certainly helped. The legs that carried Li to two Grand Slam titles ultimately couldn't get her through another season, with the 32-year-old Chinese tennis star citing recurring knee injuries as the reason she needed to quit when she announced her retirement in an open letter posted to social networks...

  • Millennia-old archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria face looting, destruction under militants
    Sep 19, 2014 2:14 AM CDT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is under the control of extremists from the Islamic State group. The militants have demolished some artifacts in their zealotry to uproot what they see...

  • Thai military ruler apologizes for suggesting bikini-clad tourists unsafe after killings
    Sep 18, 2014 10:33 PM CDT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military ruler apologized for suggesting that attractive foreign tourists might be unsafe on the country's world-famous beaches if they wear bikinis. The comments came just after the bodies of two British tourists were found bludgeoned to death on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another blow to a tourist industry which has been struggling to recover since the army seized power in May. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's comments Wednesday triggered an uproar...

  • JetBlue airliner returns to Southern California airport after engine problem, smoke in cabin
    Sep 18, 2014 9:01 PM CDT

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides. None of the 142 passengers and five crew members was injured during the evacuation, though medical personnel tended to three passengers at the scene and one other was taken to a hospital for observation, airport spokeswoman Cassie Perez-Harmison said....

  • Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself
    Sep 18, 2014 7:48 PM CDT

    BELL, Fla. (AP) — Florida sheriff: Grandfather shoots, kills 6 grandchildren, his daughter and himself.

  • This year's Ig Nobel winners: Pork as way to stop nosebleeds, banana peel slipperiness
    Sep 18, 2014 7:41 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — There's some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives' tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her colleagues in Michigan found that packing strips of cured pork in the nose of a child who suffers from uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds can stop the hemorrhaging, a discovery that won them a 2014 Ig Nobel prize, the annual award for sometimes inane, yet often surprisingly...

  • CEO at low-cost carrier JetBlue is leaving, will be replaced by company president
    Sep 18, 2014 6:07 PM CDT

    JetBlue Airways Corp. CEO Dave Barger will step down in February and be replaced by the company's president, ending months of speculation about leadership at the airline, which is profitable but has lagged its rivals. The new CEO, just the third in JetBlue's 14-year history, will be Robin Hayes, a 48-year-old former British Airways executive who joined JetBlue in 2008. The change was announced after a meeting of the New York-based airline's board. Hayes will take over on Feb. 16, after Barger's...

  • Prada revives brocade, Emporio Armani lights up blue, Fendi evokes architecture in Milan
    Sep 18, 2014 5:31 PM CDT

    MILAN (AP) — Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season. At Emporio Armani, they fit Giorgio Armani's passion for blue — an international color that the designer says satisfies any appetite for ethnic looks. The Emporio collection, presented Thursday on the second day of Milan Fashion Week, included wide-legged denim with a shiny, cropped cuff, dressed up with short tailored jackets. Karl Lagerfeld says women are increasingly asking for denim and he...

  • Busch Gardens in Florida, Virginia, removes props after complaints in wake of beheadings
    Sep 18, 2014 4:57 PM CDT

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday. The change came in the wake of the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. Spokesmen for parks in Virginia and Tampa said that in light of recent events, some props may have had the unintended consequence of appearing insensitive and won't be part of this year's Howl-O-Scream attraction. They wouldn't...

  • Correction: Labor-Jazz Musicians story
    Sep 18, 2014 4:24 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about jazz musicians in New York City seeking pensions, The Associated Press misspelled the name of one musician. Her name is Keisha St. Joan, not St. John. A corrected version of the story is below: NYC jazz musicians fear poverty in retirement NYC jazz musicians fear poverty in retirement, ask clubs to help with pensions By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Keisha St. Joan has been singing at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the nation...

  • Wal-Mart, UPS, FedEx, Kohl's increase holiday hiring
    Sep 18, 2014 3:16 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000. One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away. Credit the combination...

  • Final cash payments arriving in $3.4 billion Indian settlement approved 3 years ago
    Sep 18, 2014 2:47 PM CDT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Native Americans have started receiving the final cash payments this week from one of the largest government settlements in U.S. history, about three years after the deal was approved. Checks ranging from $869 to $10 million were sent beginning Monday to more than 493,000 people by the administrators of the $3.4 billion settlement from a class-action lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Montana. Some $941 million is being distributed in this...

  • Nonprofit group aims to overhaul neglected lakeside garden, add restaurant on National Mall
    Sep 18, 2014 2:45 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation's monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways. After holding a design competition to improve spaces on the mall in 2011, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall selected the little-known Constitution Gardens for a major rehabilitation over the next five years, officials with the group told The Associated Press....

  • Flu is in season, and CDC wants healthy adults to do a better job getting inoculated
    Sep 18, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab. And too many young and middle-age adults are skipping the vaccine altogether, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — even though there are more options than ever. "The best way to...

  • Israeli museum unveils Jewish prayer book it says is oldest in existence
    Sep 18, 2014 1:59 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D. The prayer book, about 10 centimeters (four inches) long and seven centimeters wide, is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages, and is still in its original binding. It was donated to the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green, a devout Christian and owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical...

  • Jacksonville firefighters flying to Las Vegas for bachelor party aid ailing man on flight
    Sep 18, 2014 12:25 PM CDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man who collapsed during a United Airlines flight from Houston to Las Vegas was fortunate that a group of Jacksonville firefighters were onboard en route to a bachelor party. The group was on the final leg of their flight Tuesday when a voice came over the plane's intercom, asking if any passengers had medical training. Jacksonville fire engineer Jason Kerr was one of the men to respond. "We found a 41-year-old man on the ground. His skin color was ashen, gray, and...

  • Citrus distress: Sour-smelling lime juice leak sends emergency responders to Alaska airport
    Sep 18, 2014 12:23 PM CDT

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, airport. Turns out, a bartender with a dish towel could have handled the problem. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1uLea7N) the leak Tuesday on the Alaska Airlines 737-700 was traced to a container of lime juice that broke open during a flight from Seattle. Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove says workers first detected the sour-smelling...

  • Thai military ruler apologizes for suggesting bikini-clad tourists unsafe after killings
    Sep 18, 2014 12:21 PM CDT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military ruler apologized Thursday for suggesting that foreigners visiting the country's world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis in the wake of the killing of two British tourists this week. The bodies of the man and woman were found bludgeoned on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another blow to a tourist industry which has been struggling to recover since the army seized power in May. Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's comments Wednesday triggered...

  • Nearly 550 Edward Weston photos to be sold at auction as a single lot for estimated $2M-$3M
    Sep 18, 2014 12:09 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sotheby's auction house is selling nearly 550 photographs by American photographer Edward Weston. They're being sold as a single lot in New York on Sept. 20. The set could bring $2 million to $3 million. Sotheby's says the photographs are the largest collection of prints made by Cole Weston from his father's negatives in private hands. Cole Weston died in 2003. Edward Weston's images of landscapes, nudes, seashells, sand dunes and vegetation have a painterly soft-focus quality....

  • Western Massachusetts: 5 free things amid college towns, historic sites and rural scenery
    Sep 18, 2014 12:00 PM CDT

    GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Whether you're visiting the region's many colleges or just playing tourist, Western Massachusetts is an interesting destination. There are towns dating back three centuries, main streets that seem simultaneously old-fashioned and trendy, and lots of bucolic rural scenery, from small farms to fall foliage. The area is about a two-hour drive from Boston and three hours from New York City. Best of all, many local attractions are free. Here are a few. BRIDGE OF FLOWERS This...

  • Michelle Obama introduces new class of National Student Poets, hears them read at White House
    Sep 18, 2014 11:06 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has introduced the newest class of National Student Poets. The five 15- to 18-year-olds will promote the reading, writing and appreciation of poetry during a year of service as literary ambassadors, particularly among young people. Each student read original poems for the first lady and guests Thursday at the White House. Mrs. Obama says the program was created to nurture the passion and creativity of young people while sharing the "gifts and wonders" of poetry....

  • Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers seeking freedom from fossil fuels
    Sep 18, 2014 9:35 AM CDT

    MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. He readily admits that horse-powered farming takes more time and effort than tractor farming. But as one of a growing number of small-scale farmers dedicated to keeping alive the art of the teamster, he's fine with that. "People always want to know how many dollars an...

  • Women's only workout led by ex-Miami Heat dancer puts moves on fitness, self-esteem
    Sep 18, 2014 9:28 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Janet Jones was laid off from her job as a financial assistant two years ago and hit rock bottom, inspiration struck. The former Miami Heat dancer decided to create a women's-only workout with a safe space to let loose with girlfriends, listen to hip-hop and rap music, curse, even scream. She called it the "Vixen Workout." As a woman, "you need some type of release," says Jones, who has a 5-year-old daughter. "And you're not a bad mother for thinking that, you're not a...

  • US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments
    Sep 18, 2014 8:44 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly. Construction fell 14.4 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 homes, the Commerce Department said Thursday. This reverses the sharp gains in July when the rate of new construction rose to 1.12 million homes, the highest annual rate since 2007. Last...

  • 'This Is Where I Leave You' stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too
    Sep 18, 2014 8:22 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel "This Is Where I Leave You," Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind. Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently as they promoted the sprawling ensemble dramedy, opening Friday, it was clear that Fey, 44, and Bateman, 45, had developed a real-life rapport, as well. A sampling: Bateman: If it's chemistry, I guess that's what they call it — but, we just ... she's...

  • Leaders of India, Norway to appear at free Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 27 in NYC
    Sep 18, 2014 7:42 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The leaders of India, Bangladesh, Norway and the United Nations are set to appear at the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Jay Z on Sept. 27 in New York's Central Park. India's Narendra Modi, Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina, Norway's Erna Solberg and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are all slated to appear at the event, organizers announced Thursday. Other musical acts include fun., Carrie Underwood, The Roots, No Doubt and Tiesto. Celebrity hosts include Hugh Jackman, Jessica...

  • Eat your kreplach! Book celebrating Jewish food features intro by Joan Rivers
    Sep 18, 2014 6:37 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A few months before she died, Joan Rivers agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food. She began with some old family stories and some old Jewish jokes. "What does a Jewish woman make for dinner? Reservations." "You know how they butcher kosher meat, right? The cows aren't slaughtered. They're nagged to death." Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81, is the opening act for "Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food." Set to be published in December by powerHouse Books,...

  • Women's only workout led by ex-Miami Heat dancer puts moves on fitness, self-esteem
    Sep 18, 2014 2:33 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Janet Jones was laid off from her job as a financial assistant two years ago and hit rock bottom, inspiration struck. The former Miami Heat dancer decided to create a women's only workout with a safe space to let loose with girlfriends, listen to hip-hop and rap music, curse and even scream. She called it the "Vixen Workout." As a woman "you need some type of release," says Jones, who has a 5-year-old daughter. "And you're not a bad mother for thinking that, you're not...

  • Should we stay or should we go? Scottish voters make the ultimate decision in referendum on UK
    Sep 18, 2014 12:08 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote. WHAT'S AT STAKE A Yes vote will trigger 18 months of negotiations between Scottish leaders and London-based politicians on how the two countries will separate their institutions ahead of Scotland's planned Independence Day of March 24, 2016. The issues range from whether Scotland will use the pound as its currency to how...

  • Chaos and looting in Mexico's Los Cabos as electricity, water still out 3 days after Odile
    Sep 17, 2014 9:55 PM CDT

    SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (AP) — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm. Looters stripped supermarkets of their food and other products, with some people fighting over goods. At least one supermarket decided to give away its merchandise. People pushed shopping carts full of goods. Mexico's government continued to fly...

  • First lady Michelle Obama visits patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis
    Sep 17, 2014 7:54 PM CDT

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama visited with young patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis on Wednesday, telling them she was inspired by their focus and courage as they battle life-threatening diseases. Mrs. Obama was making her first visit to St. Jude as first lady, following in the footsteps of Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She chatted with the patients in an activity room and participated in a question and answer session. The first...

  • Drag queens dress down Facebook over 'real names' policy
    Sep 17, 2014 7:19 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and other performers who use stage names because they did not comply with the social networking site's requirement that users go by their "real names"...

  • USDA approves new modified corn and soybean seeds designed to resist popular weed killer
    Sep 17, 2014 6:50 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. However, farmers won't be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the Environmental Protection Agency issues a second ruling allowing the use of Enlist, a new version of the 2,4-D weed killer that's been around since the 1940s. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical. The agriculture...

  • Lincoln Logs, created nearly century ago by Frank Lloyd Wright's son, to be made again in US
    Sep 17, 2014 6:35 PM CDT

    BURNHAM, Maine (AP) — Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A. Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday the toy logs, created by John Lloyd Wright and used to create miniature toy buildings, will be made at Pride Manufacturing, a wood products company in Burnham. The toy has been made in China but when production of the wooden pieces ramps up, possibly in November, 80 percent of the toy will be made at the plant...

  • Adrian Peterson's mother defends son's parenting in the wake of abuse allegations
    Sep 17, 2014 6:08 PM CDT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Adrian Peterson's mother is defending the Minnesota Vikings running back in the wake of child abuse allegations against him, saying that he is "trying hard to be a good parent." Bonita Jackson said she and Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, were "big disciplinarians" who used hands, switches and belts to occasionally spank all six of her children. An indictment by the Montgomery County grand jury accuses Adrian Peterson of felony child abuse for swatting his 4-year-old son with...

  • Ex-Baltimore Raven Ma'ake Kemoeatu donates kidney to brother, Chris, an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler
    Sep 17, 2014 5:15 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — On the field, their ex-teams are huge NFL rivals. Off the field, brothers Ma'ake (May-ah-kay) Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu), an ex-Baltimore Raven, and Chris Kemoeatu, an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler, are closer than close. When Chris' pro football career was cut short because he needed a kidney transplant, his older brother, whose organ was good match, quit the Ravens and donated his kidney to his 31-year-old brother. University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Stephen...

  • Law enforcers: We're close to identifying who is responsible for sisters' disappearance in '75
    Sep 17, 2014 5:11 PM CDT

    BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say they are getting close to finding out who is responsible for the disappearance of two young sisters from Maryland nearly 40 years ago. Authorities said at a news conference Wednesday that information led them to Taylor Mountain in Bedford County, Virginia, where police are searching for evidence in the disappearance of 10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon. The sisters vanished from a mall in Wheaton, Maryland, March 25, 1975....

  • Correction: Art-Bill Cosby story
    Sep 17, 2014 4:29 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about Bill Cosby loaning African-American art to the Smithsonian Institution, The Associated Press, relying on information from the National Museum of African Art, reported erroneously that Cosby and his wife would lend their entire collection to the museum. They will lend 62 works, not the entire collection of more than 300, according to new information from the museum. A corrected version of the story is below: Bill Cosby to loan art to Smithsonian Bill...

  • Tried-and-true Gucci opens Milan fashion week with hippy chic looks alongside up-and-comers
    Sep 17, 2014 4:22 PM CDT

    MILAN (AP) — Milan rang in its fashion week with something old, and something new, and some still on the cusp. Tried-and-true designers like Gucci opened up five days of womenswear previews for next spring and summer, alongside some hot, young talent -- Stella Jean and Fausto Puglesi, to name two -- who have gotten a firm leg up in recent seasons as Italy's fashion city has sought to energize the moda Milanese with new names. Vogue Italia dug deeper into the talent pool, showcasing a new generation...

  • Glass bottles banned on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks; officials cite safety, litter concerns
    Sep 17, 2014 4:08 PM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Glass bottles and containers are no longer welcome among the throngs of tourists on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks. Clark County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday for the glass ban, which they say will reduce the litter and danger of shattered glass on walkways. Police said they've also seen a recent uptick in people using glass containers as weapons. The move has the support of the powerful Nevada Resort Association casino lobby, but was opposed by some small business owners...

  • Wells Fargo Bank pays $290,000 to 4 Nevada tellers to settle same-sex harassment lawsuit
    Sep 17, 2014 3:43 PM CDT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit filed last year in U.S. District Court in Reno accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank branch of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010. The workers complained repeatedly beginning in January 2011 and one of the tellers quit...

  • Witnesses described high-pitch sound from plane that crashed last year in Alaska, killing 10
    Sep 17, 2014 3:41 PM CDT

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two witnesses on the ground described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboard. Another reported seeing a puff of black smoke from the engine area. The witness statements were included in investigative documents released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The documents provide no theories or analysis of what investigators believe might have caused...

  • Westwood loses weight ahead of Ryder Cup clash with United States
    Sep 17, 2014 3:37 PM CDT

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Lee Westwood has been working out and losing weight as he prepares to make his ninth appearance in a European Ryder Cup team. The 41-year-old Westwood arrived for this week's Wales Open at Celtic Manor looking trim and ready to take on the United States at Gleneagles later this month. Westwood sais with a smile "I'm vanishing" and that he has lost 23 pounds in six weeks. He added that "I've been doing double gym sessions, and also undertaking cardio sessions and weight...

  • Animal welfare group awards NYC vegetable sculpture of skyline for city's vegan-friendliness
    Sep 17, 2014 2:16 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's skyline never looked so appetizing. The famed skyline was rendered in a vegetable sculpture Wednesday as part of an award given by an animal welfare group. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared New York the nation's most vegan-friendly city. Actor Alan Cumming was on hand for a City Hall presentation and praised the city's commitment to vegan restaurants. PETA commissioned the vegetable skyline, complete with a Chrysler Building made of radishes....

  • Judge could add $1M to $4.7M jury verdict against Nevada trucking firm in deadly Amtrak crash
    Sep 17, 2014 1:19 PM CDT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada trucking company could be forced to pay more than $5.7 million if a judge formalizes a jury verdict that faulted one of its drivers for a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train that killed six people and injured dozens. A federal jury in Reno awarded $4.5 million to Amtrak and $210,777 to Union Pacific Railroad for damages resulting from John Davis Trucking Co.'s negligence when one of its trucks slammed into the side of a passenger train at a rural crossing 70 miles...

  • Washington teen charged with sex assault on football team bus trip; parents call it horseplay
    Sep 17, 2014 12:54 PM CDT

    WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A 14-year-old high school freshman in Washington state has been charged with second-degree rape after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three students on a football team bus trip. But the parents and attorney of the boy said it was horseplay among boys. The boy penetrated three other boys with his finger against their will Sept. 6 on a bus bringing the Wenatchee High School freshman football team back from a game in Spokane, authorities said. The boy has been in custody...

  • New book offers snapshot into group's work to protect snakes on a plane, other animals on film
    Sep 17, 2014 12:22 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken. Casey the bear, seen in "Evan Almighty" and other movies, had that diva-like demand written into his contract. KFC was his favorite, and it had to be fresh. Sometimes, on remote locations, it would take a 90-minute drive to get to the nearest fast food outpost, his trainer said. The...

  • FedEx 1Q profit, sales top expectations; company will hire 50,000 seasonal workers
    Sep 17, 2014 12:15 PM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries. That's up from about 40,000 temporary holiday workers hired last year. The hiring plan from FedEx Corp. came a day after rival UPS said it would hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers. Both companies are trying to avoid the problems that plagued them last year, when they were inundated...

  • Kohl's plans to hire more than 67,000 workers nationwide for holiday 2014 season
    Sep 17, 2014 11:49 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl's Corp. plans to hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, which the company said is a 15 percent increase over last year. The department store operator declined to specify how many seasonal workers it hired last year other than to say it was "more than 50,000." This year, it expects to hire an average of 50 associates per store, up 25 percent from a year ago. Kohl's, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., operates 1,163 stores in 49 states....

  • Pizza Hut testing 'skinny slice' pizza to lure calorie counters amid sales slump
    Sep 17, 2014 11:31 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza Hut is testing out a lighter pizza in two U.S. markets as it seeks to freshen up its menu and regain its footing against competitors. The tests of the "Skinny Slice" pies began this week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman. Several fast-food and restaurant chains have turned to lighter offerings...

  • 'NBA 2K15' video game drafts 3-D face-mapping technology for latest installment
    Sep 17, 2014 11:30 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "NBA 2K15" is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series' latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game consoles to create faces for wannabe Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants. "It's all done using the...

  • Disney World plans Frozen attraction at Epcot in Florida to replace Maelstrom ride
    Sep 17, 2014 11:25 AM CDT

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World is planning a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular "Frozen" movie. The "Frozen" attraction will go up at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot at the theme park near Orlando, Florida. The new attraction replaces the Maelstrom boat ride. It will take guests to the fictional land of Arendelle and recreate moments and music from the film. The pavilion will include an area where guests can meet the movie's sister characters Anna and Elsa. "Frozen" themes...

  • Flat shoes, romantic tulle, sporty chic: 5 spring trends from London Fashion Week
    Sep 17, 2014 10:35 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — They came, they saw, and now they've jetted off to Milan for another round of catwalk shows. Fashion insiders got a taste of spring style trends at London Fashion Week. Here's a round-up of some of the hottest looks, from girly ballerina skirts to sporty sandals: ___ FLAT IS FAB Comfort is no longer the enemy of style. London designers have collectively rebelled against the high heel. Sensible flat shoes — be they sneakers, sandals, rubber boots or brogues — were everywhere on...

  • Fact sheet: Cadillac Escalade
    Sep 17, 2014 10:25 AM CDT

    2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Premium BASE PRICE: $71,695 for 2WD Standard; $74,295 for 4WD Standard; $75,695 for 2WD Luxury; $78,295 for 4WD Luxury; $80,195 for 2WD Premium; $82,795 for 4WD Premium. PRICE AS TESTED: $86,480. TYPE: Front-engine, four-wheel drive, seven-passenger, full-size, luxury sport utility vehicle. ENGINE: 6.2-liter, overhead valve, direct injection V-8 with Active Fuel Management. MILEAGE: 14 mpg (city), 21 mpg (highway). TOP SPEED: NA. LENGTH: 203.9 inches. WHEELBASE:...

  • 2015 Escalade: Cadillac SUV is more powerful, restyled and high tech
    Sep 17, 2014 10:24 AM CDT

    Cadillac's flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015. The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking exterior bling in a new direction. The Escalade, which comes with up to eight seats, also is the first in the segment with a standard air bag that deploys into the middle of the front seats, where no one...

  • Frustration swells over Air France pilots' strike, as government call for end goes unheeded
    Sep 17, 2014 10:18 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — "I'm going to cry!" groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled. Hers was but one of the untold thousands of travails of passengers who have faced long lines, slept overnight on couches, and hawked over e-mail for flight updates because of an Air France pilots' strike now in its third day. The French government on Wednesday...

  • Sharp rise in extremists recruiting French women, girls poses new worry
    Sep 17, 2014 9:32 AM CDT

    PARIS (AP) — Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say. The number of those that security officials believe are preparing their trip has climbed exponentially — from just four being monitored in France at the beginning of 2013, to 74 at the beginning of this year, according to a French official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss security...

  • Bassett Tower in downtown El Paso to become Aloft Hotel, part of Starwood chain
    Sep 17, 2014 8:58 AM CDT

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The O.T. Bassett Tower office building in downtown El Paso will be converted into a 100-room boutique hotel. Officials with property owner Bassett Partners and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday announced the agreement. No cost estimate was released for renovating the 15-story art deco-style structure that will become a Starwood Aloft Hotel. The Bassett Tower opened in 1930. The structure has been mostly vacant since 2007, with some retail space in use...

  • Utah launches campaign calling Salt Lake City 'Ski City USA' in effort to lure more skiers
    Sep 17, 2014 8:18 AM CDT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials launched a $1.8 million campaign Tuesday to market Salt Lake City as "Ski City USA" in an effort to lure skiers away from top destination spots like Colorado and earn a bigger chunk of the lucrative winter sports market. A package of online and print advertisements highlights the benefits of Salt Lake City being a short drive from four ski resorts located in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons east of Salt Lake City: Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Snowbird...

  • NYC's Sept. 11 museum gets 1 millionth visitor, just under 4 months after opening to public
    Sep 17, 2014 8:17 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The museum at the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York has gotten its 1 millionth visitor just under four months after opening to the public. Museum President Joe Daniels said Tuesday the million-visitor mark wasn't expected to be reached until sometime in the fall but visitors recognize the museum is "a piece of history that they need to understand firsthand." Daniels said feedback from visitors has made it clear that people want to know not only about the events of the day,...

  • Central Florida woman flies plane to celebrate her 90th birthday
    Sep 17, 2014 6:46 AM CDT

    PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida woman celebrated her 90th birthday by flying a four-seat Cessna. Billy Jones had to sit on a pillow to see out the windshield Tuesday, but she took off with flight instructor Kurt Schneider by her side and landed some 30 minutes later at Flagler County Airport. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1yfTmt5) reports the flight wasn't out of the ordinary for the 5-foot-tall Jones. For her 80th birthday, she went skydiving. When she turned 85, she...

  • Hong Kong tycoon pays $20M for 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel in marque's biggest ever order
    Sep 17, 2014 3:17 AM CDT

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau. Stephen Hung's $20 million purchase surpasses the 14 Phantoms bought by Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel in 2006. Hung and Rolls-Royce executives signed the deal Tuesday at the company's Goodwood factory in England. The Extended Wheelbase Phantoms will be used for guests at Hung's "ultra-luxury"...

  • Mexico begins airlifting tourists from hurricane-stricken Baja; Odile still a tropical storm
    Sep 16, 2014 9:58 PM CDT

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes. The Interior Ministry said military and commercial planes were carrying travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remained closed to commercial flights due to damage suffered when Hurricane Odile tore through the area late Sunday...

  • Boat owner, boy, man with broken leg inspired by Journey song to make night swim to safety
    Sep 16, 2014 8:55 PM CDT

    LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A man with a broken leg, a 10-year-old boy and a boat owner were able to swim to safety after a wave capsized their 19-foot vessel off the west coast of Kauai. Boat owner Zack Romanak of Port Allen said he wanted to stay close to the capsized boat Sunday night until dawn, but the pain experienced by his guest made them decide to swim, The Garden Island (http://bit.ly/1u3tjir) reported. Romanak, his son Noah and Brad Warren, a California man they met Sunday, fished near Niihau...

  • His first casino closed, Donald Trump says he may 'buy back' into struggling Atlantic City
    Sep 16, 2014 7:45 PM CDT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One Atlantic City casino bearing Donald Trump's name closed Tuesday and another is threatening to close in November, but Trump himself has mostly cut ties with the struggling seaside resort. Trump told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he will "take a good strong look" at buying back control of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which declared bankruptcy this month. Trump only owns 9 percent of the company. "I got out years ago, the timing was good, but I feel really badly...

  • British Museum showcases treasures from early Ming China in major new exhibition
    Sep 16, 2014 4:59 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Intricate, inventive and ahead of their time — and that's just the vases. London's British Museum will open a major new exhibition on Thursday exploring the rich art and global influences of China's Ming era in the 15th century. Some 280 objects from the years 1400 to 1450 will be featured, from bejeweled gold vessels and gilded-bronze Buddhist figures to a 9-meter- (30-foot)-long scroll painted on bamboo. "This early 15th century is a moment when you can actually bring all these...

  • Delta Air Lines announces Los Angeles-San Antonio nonstop flights, starting in April
    Sep 16, 2014 4:59 PM CDT

    DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines has announced plans for twice-daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and San Antonio starting next spring. Delta on Tuesday said the flights begin April 7, 2015. Delta's daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport starts Nov. 3. The carrier also plans a third daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, beginning Nov. 2. All flights are operated by Delta Connection...

  • Egypt rejects accusations of mismanagement in restoration of oldest pyramid
    Sep 16, 2014 4:58 PM CDT

    SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities minister took journalists inside a 4,600-year-old pyramid on Tuesday to reject recent accusations of mismanagement at the site as false and "without evidence." At a press conference at the Saqqara pyramid complex, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Cairo, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh el-Damaty decried recent media reports alleging that the Djoser pyramid might collapse. "All these repetitions that there are fallen stones inside or outside the pyramid...

  • Rio de Janeiro organizers announce basics for tickets; 7.5 million tickets to be issued
    Sep 16, 2014 4:56 PM CDT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics. Organizers said Tuesday that 7.5 million tickets will be issued for the Rio Games. Half of them — 3.8 million — will be priced under $30. Organizers said the cheapest ticket will be about $20. The most expensive ticket to the Games will be 4,600 Brazilian reals (about $2,000) for the opening ceremony. Spokesman Mario Andrada issued a reminder that "many of the events will...

  • Trump Plaza closes its doors, becomes 4th Atlantic City casino to close this year
    Sep 16, 2014 4:03 PM CDT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Beset by crushing debt, fleeing customers and run-down facilities, Trump Plaza on Tuesday became the fourth casino in Atlantic City to shut down this year. The 30-year-old casino at the heart of the Boardwalk had been the town's worst performing for years. It won about the same amount from gamblers this year as the market-leading Borgata takes in every two weeks. And at pennies on the dollar, no one wanted to buy it. Trump Plaza is the latest victim of casino contraction...

  • Popular book 'The Energy Bus' has several teams thinking positive, avoiding 'energy vampires'
    Sep 16, 2014 3:48 PM CDT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On some practice fields across the country, one of the worst things a football player can be called sounds like something out of a young-adult novel or a television show on The CW. Pity the guy who's labeled an "energy vampire." The reference actually comes from "The Energy Bus: Ten Rules To Fuel Your Life, Work And Team With Positive Energy," a self-help book more and more teams are studying along with their playbooks. The book offers lessons on staying positive and avoiding...

  • Census: US poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006
    Sep 16, 2014 3:21 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty in the United States, said that the poverty rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2012. The decrease in the poverty rate was attributed to the growth in year-round employment by 2.8 million jobs in the...

  • 2 senators ask White House to name permanent chief of highway safety agency
    Sep 16, 2014 2:39 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators are calling on the White House to hire a permanent chief of the agency that keeps the nation's roadways safe. Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican Dean Heller of Nevada made the request Tuesday at the start of a hearing on how the agency handles safety issues. David Friedman has served as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since December. McCaskill says he's doing two jobs as the agency tries to modernize to...

  • Dozens of cars derail from train in southern Arizona; crews work to open Union Pacific line
    Sep 16, 2014 2:15 PM CDT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up after 39 railroad cars carrying empty freight containers derailed from a Union Pacific freight train in southern Arizona amid rain. The derailment occurred Monday night near Picacho (pih-KAH'-cho) Peak, about 40 miles northwest of Tucson. Television news footage showed cars off the tracks. The cause of the derailment isn't immediately known, but Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the train crew reported shortly before the derailment that it was...

  • 5 major findings from Congressional report on US auto safety agency
    Sep 16, 2014 12:40 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Republicans on the House Commerce Committee released a report Tuesday critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's top auto safety agency, and its handling of General Motors' delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches. NHTSA was also the subject of a Senate subcommittee hearing later Tuesday. Here are the top five findings from the House report: — SEVEN-YEAR GAP: As early as 2007, NHTSA had information from multiple sources...

  • British Museum showcases treasures from early Ming China in major new exhibition
    Sep 16, 2014 12:05 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Intricate, inventive and ahead of their time — and that's just the vases. London's British Museum will open a major new exhibition on Thursday exploring the rich art and global influences of China's Ming era in the 15th century. Some 280 objects from the years 1400 to 1450 will be featured, from bejeweled gold vessels and gilded-bronze Buddhist figures to a 9-meter- (30-foot)-long scroll painted on bamboo. "This early 15th century is a moment when you can actually bring all these...

  • Ikea recalls Gunggung fabric swing, citing risk suspension fitting could break, causing a fall
    Sep 16, 2014 11:06 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ikea is recalling its Gunggung fabric swing because the suspension fitting that attaches the swing to its steel hooks could break, causing a fall that could injure a child. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Ikea is taking about 2,000 units off the market in the United States, and another 300 in Canada. The agency says there have been four reports of children who were hurt after the swing's fittings broke. In one incident a child suffered a fractured leg. There have...

  • Amusement park that vowed to call coaster 'King James' instead partners with his nonprofit
    Sep 16, 2014 10:52 AM CDT

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation instead of renaming a roller coaster for the basketball superstar. The Sandusky park had vowed to rename a coaster "King James" if the four-time NBA MVP returned home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he did. Cedar Point says park officials and James decided the partnership announced Tuesday will have greater impact than renaming a ride. A first-ride auction next spring will...

  • Police search hotels, workers' rooms on Thai resort island for clues in slayings of 2 Brits
    Sep 16, 2014 8:01 AM CDT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. More than 70 police officers were deployed to Koh Tao, a popular diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand, as the country's leaders called for a swift investigation into the brutal killings that were a new blow to Thailand's tourism industry. "This should not have...

  • Pizza tours offer a slice of culture in cities like Chicago, New York
    Sep 16, 2014 7:19 AM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza tourists wouldn't know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour. Chicago is one of a handful of cities across the country, like Boston, Milwaukee and New York, with companies that offer tours of the local pizza scene. Chicago Pizza Tours owner Jonathan Porter takes his customers on a bus ride around the city that...

  • Nobel peace laureates appeal to South Africa to give visa to Dalai Lama for Cape Town meeting
    Sep 16, 2014 6:50 AM CDT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of Nobel peace laureates has appealed to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month. The Tibetan spiritual leader withdrew his application for a South African visa after being told he would not get it, the 14 Nobel laureates said in a statement Monday. South Africa has close business ties with China, and has previously denied entry to the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama wants increased autonomy...

  • In the footsteps of Roosevelts: From Maine to North Dakota to NYC and Georgia
    Sep 16, 2014 6:46 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns' new documentary about the Roosevelts — presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin's wife Eleanor — is bound to stir interest in some of the places connected to them. Here's a look at some major Roosevelt sites, including birthplaces, family homes, vacation retreats and national parks and monuments from Maine to North Dakota. THEODORE ROOSEVELT SITES THEODORE ROOSEVELT BIRTHPLACE: Theodore Roosevelt lived at 28 E. 20th St. in Manhattan from his birth in 1858 until...

  • Go For the Food: Scouring central Vermont for the nation's most sought after beer
    Sep 16, 2014 6:44 AM CDT

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Let's not call this a "beer run." That has such a... Friday night frat boy connotation. Let's instead call this a "beer journey." The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing interest in great beer, chances are good you've heard of Heady Topper, the intensely hoppy, grapefruitily-delicious American double IPA by The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont. It is wildly popular, famously hard to get, and always comes emblazoned with the...

  • Northern California wildfire destroys or damages 100 homes; 1,500 evacuated
    Sep 16, 2014 2:41 AM CDT

    WEED, Calif. (AP) — A fire driven by fierce winds raced through a small town near the Oregon border on Monday, burning a church to the ground, damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. This tiny town near the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains was under siege from a 350-acre blaze that surged toward and through it through timberland. The town sawmill caught fire, and a Catholic church was destroyed. The blaze erupted...

  • Odile weakens to tropical storm after hammering Mexico's Baja California Peninsula
    Sep 15, 2014 10:33 PM CDT

    CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after blazing a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels, and left entire neighborhoods as disaster zones. About 30,000 tourists were being put up in temporary shelters in hotels and Los Cabos international airport remained closed. Emergency officials reported that 135 people were treated for minor injuries from flying glass or falling...

  • Lava enters vacant lots in rural Big Island subdivision; no evacuations ordered
    Sep 15, 2014 10:23 PM CDT

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava has begun moving over a vacant lot in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. The lots in the Kaohe (cah-OH'-hay) Homesteads subdivision that are closest to the lava are vacant, and officials say no homes are in imminent danger. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says lava from Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) has slowed and there are no evacuations ordered. Meanwhile, work continues to prepare unpaved, defunct roads to be used as alternate routes if lava reaches a major...

  • London Fashion Week Day 4: Bradley Cooper at Tom Ford, rainbow hues at Burberry
    Sep 15, 2014 6:46 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week reached its glitziest day Monday, with big names like Burberry and Tom Ford packing in the crowds, the supermodels and the celebrities. Day 4 of the style spectacle also saw the latest offerings from young talents Christopher Kane and Erdem, as well as Issa, Giles and Peter Pilotto. Among the day's highlights: ___ BRADLEY COOPER DROPS IN AT TOM FORD Tom Ford has taken his runway to the disco — and with the dark room and all those sparkly sequins, guests almost...

  • Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville area becomes ninth stop on Kentucky Bourbon Trail
    Sep 15, 2014 6:30 PM CDT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Historic Stitzel-Weller distillery is the newest stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Liquor giant Diageo PLC said Monday it is opening a visitors' center at Stitzel-Weller, part of a $10 million investment that includes a new bottling line and a small batch craft still that will bring whiskey production back to the distillery southwest of downtown Louisville. The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller becomes the ninth stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,...

  • Atlanta airport closing 1 runway for repaving; work not expected to impact travelers
    Sep 15, 2014 5:48 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say they're closing the northernmost runway at the world's busiest airport until mid-October for maintenance, but it shouldn't have a negative impact on passengers. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials said in a statement that a 9,000-foot stretch of one of the airport's five runways is being repaved. The airport's general manager Miguel Southwell says the pavement is at the end of its lifespan and the work is expected to be done by Oct. 15. Maintenance...

  • Marriott and Maria Shriver launch campaign to encourage hotel guests to leave tips for maids
    Sep 15, 2014 5:43 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called "The Envelope Please," begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. The name of the person who cleans the room will be...

  • Atlanta police: Disassembled rice cooker prompted investigation at world's busiest airport
    Sep 15, 2014 5:37 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a disassembled rice cooker prompted a partial terminal closure and investigation at the world's busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie has said the departure area of the international terminal was cordoned off while police and the FBI investigated Monday afternoon. Passengers were temporarily blocked from checking in for their flights. Police department spokesman John Chafee says a man was trying to check his bag and...

  • Marriott and Maria Shriver launch campaign to encourage hotel guests to leave tips for maids
    Sep 15, 2014 5:32 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called "The Envelope Please," begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. The name of the person who cleans the room will be...

  • 31-year-old Utah man killed by bear in Bridger-Teton National Forest in central Wyoming
    Sep 15, 2014 5:14 PM CDT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A 31-year-old Utah man doing research alone in a remote backcountry area has died in a bear attack in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming. Officials aren't certain yet what type of bear killed Adam Thomas Stewart of Virgin, Utah. "I'm assuming grizzly, but we don't have the bear so I can't say for certain," Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Monday. "At this particular time we're still putting stuff together." Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee...

  • In the footsteps of Roosevelts: From Maine to North Dakota to NYC and Georgia
    Sep 15, 2014 4:59 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Burns' new documentary about the Roosevelts — presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin's wife Eleanor — is bound to stir interest in some of the places connected to them. Here's a look at some major Roosevelt sites, including birthplaces, family homes, vacation retreats and national parks and monuments from Maine to North Dakota. THEODORE ROOSEVELT SITES THEODORE ROOSEVELT BIRTHPLACE: Theodore Roosevelt lived at 28 E. 20th St. in Manhattan from his birth in 1858 until...

  • Oklahoma City memorial dedicated to bombing adds new exhibits, including McVeigh's car
    Sep 15, 2014 4:58 PM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts were unveiled Monday at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum dedicated to the deadly 1995 bombing. The additions are part of a nearly $8 million project that aims to attract a new generation of visitors to the structure, including those too young to remember the attack by Timothy McVeigh on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more. Detailed information...

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