• Woman chains herself to Shell ship in bay north of Seattle

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A woman has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans, Bellingham police said. KCPQ-TV said the ship is anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle. A police spokesman said officers talked...

  • Police: Man sought in death of woman kept in box likely near

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a former girlfriend and her teenage son, weeks after he was charged with restricting her to a crate in their western Missouri home, is likely still near his hometown, authorities said Friday. Sandra Kay Sutton and her 17-year-old son,...

  • Senate blocks House surveillance bill, 2-month extension

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. The main stumbling block was a House-passed provision to...

  • Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects. The Senate approved the bill by voice vote early Saturday; the measure passed the House earlier...

  • Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend. The U.S. Geological...

  • Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast. The combination of sunlight and waves...

  • Missouri governor commute's man's sentence for pot offenses

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is eligible for parole Friday after Gov. Jay Nixon commuted his sentence. Nixon's action means 62-year-old Jeff Mizanskey will be eligible for parole immediately. Mizanskey has...

  • Former CEO's lawsuit against Sands China stays in Nevada

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge has decided a wrongful termination case against Macau-based Sands China Ltd. and Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson can stay in Nevada largely because of the influence Adelson wielded over the company, often from several thousand miles away. Clark County...

  • Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there's Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi. The...

  • Mother pleads not guilty to assaulting child on plane

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A mother pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she physically and verbally assaulted her 15-month-old daughter during an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Honolulu. Samantha Leialoha Watanabe allegedly cursed at the toddler, smacked her in the back...

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