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Chinese dams blamed for exacerbating Southeast Asian drought

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- As China opened one of its six dams on the upper Mekong River last month to help parched Southeast Asian countries down river cope with a record drought, it was hailed as benevolent water diplomacy. But to critics of hydroelectric dams built on the Mekong ove ...
In war on Zika mosquitoes, Puerto Rico starting at 'square one'

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

SAN JUAN (Reuters) - The United States faces its first real challenge with the Zika virus on the island territory of Puerto Rico, a part of the nation that is perhaps least prepared to cope with what is expected to be its worst outbreak. Zika is spreading rapidly in P ...
New taxidermy class a hit at Michigan high school

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

Not many, though, stuff and mount the critters afterward.A Michigan high school is teaching students to do just that.Croswell-Lexington High offered a taxidermy course for the first time this school year. So far, it's been a hit.Sixty students enrolled in the first two sections, and about a doze ...
NY state reaches deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

ALBANY, New York, (Reuters) - Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached a deal on Thursday to raise New York state's minimum wage towards $15 per hour, but fell short of a uniform state-wide increase. The deal outlines a faster rise in New York City, ...
Overpass collapse just latest construction accident in India

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

What followed was more or less routine in this country of 1.3 billion.The chief minister of West Bengal state blamed the private builders and the previous government that had commissioned the project. Other officials shot back by accusing her of playing politics. And the builders expressed surprise ...
Affordable Model 3 is Tesla's biggest test yet

Friday April 1, 2016    7:34 AM

Tesla unveiled the Model 3 on Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but in the first 24 hours that order banks were open, Tesla said it had more than 115,000 reservations. Long lines at Tesla stores, reminiscent of the crowds at Apple stores for ...
US applications for jobless aid rise, but still near lows

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications still stayed near historic lows that point to a stable job market.THE NUMBERS: Applications for jobless aid rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 276,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less-volatile fo ...
Officials: US mulls new rules on dollars to help Iran

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press, describing an arcane tweak to U.S. financial rules that could prove significant for Tehran ...
Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

TOKYO (AP) The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully co ...
Struggling steel industry sparks crisis in UK

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

Prime Minister David Cameron held a crisis meeting at 10 Downing St., and said the government would do "everything it can" to keep steelmaking in Britain.But, he said, "this is a difficult situation. There's no guarantee of success.""This industry is in difficulty right ...
Forecasters warn of tornado threat after 7 hurt in Oklahoma

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes as thunderstorms rolled across parts of the South on Thursday, a day after at least seven people were injured when severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns in northeastern Oklahoma. Hail and damaging winds were m ...
Judge schedules Rod Blagojevich's resentencing for June 30

Thursday March 31, 2016    8:21 AM

CHICAGO (AP) A federal judge says former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be resentenced for his corruption convictions on June 30.U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Wednesday granted a request from federal prosecutors to schedule the resentencing for the 59-year-old Democrat. Prosecutors earlie ...
Obama gives second chance to 61 convicted drug offenders

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama commuted prison sentences for 61 non-violent drug offenders on Wednesday and the White House said he hopes to issue more pardons and commutations during his remaining months in office. Obama has pushed to reform the U.S. ...
Woman found murdered in bathtub inside Delaware County apartment

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

Police say a 36-year-old woman was apparently beaten and strangled to death inside her apartment in Secane, Pennsylvania. ...
PHL subcontracted workers to strike Wednesday night

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

Subcontracted workers at the Philadelphia International Airport are joining employees at nine other airports in eight different cities for a strike set to begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday. ...
FBI's secret method of unlocking iPhone may never reach Apple

Wednesday March 30, 2016    6:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI may be allowed to withhold information about how it broke into an iPhone belonging to a gunman in the December San Bernardino shootings, despite a U.S. government policy of disclosing technology security flaws discovered by federal agencies. ...
Apple could use Brooklyn case to pursue details about FBI iPhone hack: source

Tuesday March 29, 2016    9:33 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If the U.S. Department of Justice asks a New York court to force Apple Inc to unlock an iPhone, the technology company could push the government to reveal how it accessed the phone which belonged to a shooter in San Bernardino, a source familiar with the situation said.The ...
Parents of kids in SEPTA video 'ashamed,' 'angry'

Tuesday March 29, 2016    9:31 PM

The parents of young children seen in an online video hitting and spitting on a SEPTA train spoke to Action News Tuesday night. ...
New York mulls two-tier minimum wage in push for $15/hour

Tuesday March 29, 2016    4:40 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Officials negotiating New York's budget are considering capping the minimum wage in less affluent regions so they can raise it to $15 per hour in wealthier areas like New York City, according to top-ranking lawmakers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ...
North Carolina transgender bathroom law faces federal court test

Tuesday March 29, 2016    12:30 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people barred under a new North Carolina law from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, arguing the measure was discriminatory and threatened their personal safety. North Car ...
North Carolina transgender bathroom law faces federal court test

Tuesday March 29, 2016    12:30 AM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people barred under a new North Carolina law from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, arguing the measure was discriminatory and threatened their personal safety. North Car ...
Man comes to niece's aid in Upper Darby armed robbery attempt

Monday March 28, 2016    5:41 PM

A 17-year-old girl walked Action News through the terrifying moment police say a 27-year-old man tried to rob her at knifepoint on the front steps of her Upper Darby home. ...
Woman arrested for moving barrier at White House Easter egg roll

Monday March 28, 2016    5:41 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said it arrested a woman on Monday at the annual White House Easter egg roll because she was trying to move a temporary security barrier. The arrest took place around the same time as a man with a gun entered the U.S. Capitol Visitor Cente ...
Beyonce, Easter Bunny highlight Obama's final egg roll

Monday March 28, 2016    5:41 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rain clouds auspiciously parted, A-list guests including the Easter Bunny and Beyonce were on hand and first dogs Sunny and Bo obliged for selfies as U.S. President Barack Obama celebrated his final Easter egg roll at the White House on Monday. Obama ...
From Israel to Colombia, who's laundering money in China

Monday March 28, 2016    5:41 PM

SHANGHAI (AP) China is emerging as a global hub for money laundering, not just for Chinese but for criminals around the world, The Associated Press has found. There are a number of options in China for cleaning dirty money, including through major state-run banks, import-export schemes, and inform ...
U.S. names General Dynamics prime contractor for new submarines

Monday March 28, 2016    5:41 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Dynamics Corp will be the prime contractor for development of 12 new submarines to carry nuclear ballistic missiles and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc will be the major supplier under a plan released by the U.S. Navy on Monday. The Navy said its new &q ...
Man shot by police at Capitol complex

Monday March 28, 2016    5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man walked into the underground U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Monday and was shot and wounded by police after he pointed what appeared to be a weapon at officers, police said. The suspect and a female bystander, who suffered wounds, were taken to ...
Democratic voter voices from Washington, Alaska and Hawaii

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:22 PM

Voters supporting either Sen. Bernie Sanders or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said important issues to decide on include war, the ability to compromise and honesty.Here's what some of them had to say:Preston Anderson works at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle. Before taking th ...
Cambodia's zeal for rubber drives ethnic group from land

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:36 AM

That changed in 2008, when without warning, bulldozers made way for rubber plantations the government granted to a European-Cambodian joint venture in poor, rural Mondulkiri province. Such economic land concessions were meant to promote development, but for 800 Bunong families, the long-term leases ...
Officials: Philly-bound flight canceled after co-pilot suspected of drinking at Detroit airport

Saturday March 26, 2016    9:36 AM

American Airlines flight 736 from Detroit to Philadelphia was cancelled after a pilot was suspected of drinking at the Detroit Metro Airport. ...
Attacking Cruz's wife could hurt Trump with female voters

Saturday March 26, 2016    8:23 AM

Trump is under fire for jabs at Heidi Cruz, as the rivals engage in an increasingly bitter, personal battle for the GOP presidential nomination. Hostilities reached a new high Friday when Cruz accused Trump and "his henchmen" of stoking false rumors that he'd cheated on his wife." ...
Sanders holds second large Seattle rally before caucuses

Saturday March 26, 2016    8:23 AM

Sanders' brand of Democratic socialism may take some explaining in some parts of the United States, but not in Seattle, where people lined up for hours before doors opened to Safeco Field.This city elected a socialist, Kshama Sawant, to the City Council in 2013 and was among the first to phase i ...
Dogs may be the best line of defense against subway attacks

Saturday March 26, 2016    8:23 AM

Dogs, with their exquisitely sensitive noses, have been trained in recent years to pick up the scent of explosives on people moving through crowded concourses, and so far they have proved a better early warning system than anything engineers have come up with."They outperform both men and machi ...
Sanders seeks caucus trifecta win to close delegate gap

Saturday March 26, 2016    8:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders pushed for a trifecta of wins in Saturday's Democratic presidential caucuses in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington state, hoping to stoke a spring comeback against the commanding front-runner, Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator spent much of the week ...
Rower referee goes overboard after 2 boats collide on Schuylkill River

Saturday March 26, 2016    8:23 AM

Officials say a 70-year-old rower referee's boat struck another small boat that caused him to capsize into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park section. ...
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