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Big-wave surfers gather in Hawaii for prestigious event

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau competition began in 1984, but has only been held eight times. Aikau is a Native Hawaiian surfer famous for riding monster waves and saving hundreds of lives as Waimea Bay's first official lifeguard.The two lane road that snakes along Oahu's North Shor ...
Ferguson mayor: City is willing to challenge feds in court

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

The Ferguson City Council has asked the Justice Department for seven changes to the proposed settlement that the city spent seven months negotiating with the government. The vote on Tuesday evening drew swift criticism from both the department and many residents.The settlement, known as a consent de ...
Latest: Ex-DOJ official says Ferguson could face lawsuit

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

11 a.m.A former top official at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division says a lawsuit is likely unless the city of Ferguson agrees to a consent decree.The Ferguson City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to approve the decree, but with seven changes, some of them significant.Samuel Bagens ...
Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charges

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators who were conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the county's jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. Baca an ...
Michigan governor seeks $300 million for Flint water, Detroit schools

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

The Republican governor, who has come under fire for the health crisis in Flint due to unsafe drinking water and for the financial crisis at DPS under emergency managers he appointed, told lawmakers that resources to address the problems are available due to the state's improving ...
New York City budget boss to state: We're not a 'piggy bank'

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:26 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's fiscal watchdog said the city faces much bigger budget deficits in coming years than the mayor has forecast and warned state lawmakers about treating the city like a "piggy bank." The state, like the city, is finalizing i ...
Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

Wednesday February 10, 2016    12:25 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate ...
Obama seeks cybersecurity boost to replace 'ancient' tech

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is asking Congress for $3.1 billion to update the government's archaic computer systems to protect them from cyberattacks as part of a new, centralized effort to boost cybersecurity. Obama said he will hire a new chief inform ...
Slide in energy companies moves US stocks modestly lower

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average was down 87 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,939 as of 1:26 p.m. Eastern Time. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 11 points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,842. The Nasdaq composite fell 47 points, or 1.1 percent, to 4,236. Stocks posted steep slides Monday and Fri ...
Closings set in NYC cop's trial in deadly stairwell shooting

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang faces up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was taking the stairs down with his girlfriend rather than wait for an elevator at the Brooklyn complex.Liang, 28, testif ...
U.S. intelligence chief warns of 'homegrown' security threat

Tuesday February 9, 2016    5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks by "homegrown" Islamist extremists are among the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, along with dangers posed overseas by Islamic State and cyber security concerns, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday ...
Georgia law giving police grand jury access may face change

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

Grand jury proceedings are traditionally secret, with the person accused of wrongdoing often unaware the grand jury is hearing the case. But Georgia law requires that a law enforcement officer be allowed to sit in on the entire proceeding and make a statement at the end that prosecutors can't qu ...
Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 just 3½ months before he leaves office, is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal has dim prospects of winning approval in a GOP-controlled Congress.In all, Obama's budget would increase ...
US senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

Sen. Bill Nelson has called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside."The thing about this storm was that it ...
Paltrow describes years of messages from accused stalker

Tuesday February 9, 2016    10:26 AM

The last package for Paltrow arrived in January 2015 and is now part of a stalking case against Dante Soiu, a man the actress had previously faced in court in a proceeding that resulted in him spending years in a mental institution for his lewd missives in 1999 and 2000.On Monday Paltrow faced Soiu ...
National Security Agency merging offensive, defensive hacking operations

Monday February 8, 2016    3:23 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency on Monday outlined a reorganization that will consolidate its spying and domestic cyber-security operations, despite recommendations by a presidential panel that the agency focus solely on espionage. The NSA said th ...
Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

Monday February 8, 2016    3:23 PM

BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was falling in Connecti ...
Two Sanders supporters back on Tinder after brief ban

Monday February 8, 2016    3:23 PM

(Reuters) - Two women banned from Tinder last week for aggressively promoting U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have been allowed back on the dating app and say they will resume telling prospective matches to "feel the Bern." Robyn Gedrich, 23 ...
FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

Monday February 8, 2016    3:23 PM

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - An FBI agent on Monday accused lawyers for a convicted murderer of manipulating cell phone records in their bid to win a retrial for the Maryland slaying made famous by the podcast "Serial." Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the ...
Taxi in Prague block traffic, demand higher pay, ban on Uber

Monday February 8, 2016    10:25 AM

PRAGUE (AP) Hundreds of Czech taxi drivers are blocking a major road in downtown Prague to demand higher pay and protest alternative services such as Uber.The protest began early Monday with drivers blocking two of the three lines in both directions on a key road near Prague's Central Station, ...
Taxi in Prague block traffic, demand higher pay, ban on Uber

Monday February 8, 2016    10:25 AM

PRAGUE (AP) Hundreds of Czech taxi drivers are blocking a major road in downtown Prague to demand higher pay and protest alternative services such as Uber.The protest began early Monday with drivers blocking two of the three lines in both directions on a key road near Prague's Central Station, ...
Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life

Monday February 8, 2016    7:25 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost a year has passed since it became legal to smoke, but not sell, marijuana in Washington, D.C., and pot enthusiasts and opponents alike are chafing under a compromise that leaves smokers in a haze over how to obtain their weed. Sales of equipm ...
Debate Takeaways: Rubio shaken, Trump not stirred

Sunday February 7, 2016    12:59 PM

Seven GOP Republican hopefuls faced off just three days before a make-or-break New Hampshire primary that some of them are not likely to survive.Coming off a strong Iowa finish, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tripped up early under attack from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christi ...
Demolition of famous LA bridge ahead of schedule

Sunday February 7, 2016    12:59 PM

Traffic began flowing again on the freeway shortly after 10 a.m. about four hours ahead of schedule, said Mary Nemick of the city Public Works Department."Everything just went extremely well," she said about the weekend's work. "Great weather, no unforeseen problems, no problems ...
Guard at N.Y.'s Rikers jail charged with rape, smuggling

Sunday February 7, 2016    12:59 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A corrections officer at New York's infamous Rikers Island jail complex has been arrested on charges of planning to smuggle marijuana to an inmate with whom she had a sexual relationship, authorities said on Sunday. Nicole Bartley, 30, was charged ...
Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, one killed

Friday February 5, 2016    10:08 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm on Friday, killing one person, injuring three others and crushing cars parked in the street. Hundreds of emergency workers responded after the 565-foot-tall crane toppled at ...
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 85

Friday February 5, 2016    10:08 PM

Mitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The Palm Beach Post reported that he died at a hospice center after a brief illness. On his only space ...
The Latest: NYC crane victim was Harvard-educated immigrant

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

3 p.m.Authorities now say the man killed when a crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan was walking on the sidewalk, not sitting in his car.Police say their investigation has found that David Wichs was a pedestrian when part of the crane toppled onto him Friday morning.Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH' ...
Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

The Flagstaff High School players were expressing their team pride and Native American cultural might when they pulled their hair into the neat, low buns Tuesday and took to their hometown court. Yarn in the school's colors green and white wound tightly around each bun, cocooning it, and a spr ...
Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU's OK for budget

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Despite a conditional approval, EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the new Portuguese "government's plans are at risk of non-compliance with" EU rules to keep deficits down and would need strict monitoring.Left-wing and center-left governments particularly in Greece, Spain, Italy a ...
New England sees first serious snowfall of the season

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

They didn't have to like it, but after last winter when some parts of the region received more than nine feet of snow, they could deal with it."I'm from Buffalo, New York, so this is nothing," said Raul Rodriguez, who works in the Connecticut attorney general's office. "It ...
National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Long-delayed projects range from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson Memorial doesn't sink into the Tidal Basin to improving roads at Yosemite National Park.The bill for deferred work is nearly $12 billion nationwide a $440 million increase over last year. Ab ...
Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, kills one

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm on Friday, killing one person and crushing parked cars in the first accident of its kind in New York City since 2008. Hundreds of emergency workers responded after the 565-fo ...
180-year-old piano likely heard by Lincoln to play again

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Jane Hartman Irwin, an accomplished pianist who's performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Tennessee Ernie Ford, rises after a run-through of "Ben Bolt," said to be one of Lincoln's favorites while he was a lawyer."You've got to be gentle," Irwin said, looking ...
The Latest: 1 wounded NYPD officer to leave hospital

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

4:25 p.m.One of the officers shot while patrolling a New York public housing complex has been released from the hospital.Officer Patrick Espeut was struck in the cheek. He left the hospital Friday afternoon to cheers from fellow officers.Police say three officers encountered two people in a stairwel ...
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