• New lab can create hurricane conditions on demand

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Researchers at the University of Miami have a new lab where they can whip up hurricane conditions at any time. The lab at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science features a clear acrylic tank 75 feet (23 meters) long and 6.5 feet (2 meters) high. Inside,...

  • Quake hits N. California; no reports of problems

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake struck in Northern California but authorities say there are no reports of any problems. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.1 temblor hit at 12:05 a.m. Friday and was centered 25 miles northwest of Redding, in neighboring...

  • Prosecutor to review report on Washington police shooting

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Franklin County prosecutor's office will thoroughly review a massive report on the February killing of an unarmed Mexican man who was shot by police in Pasco, Washington, the head prosecutor says. The report submitted Thursday by a police special...

  • Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach. The...

  • Republicans Bush, Santorum making Tennessee stops

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A declared Republican presidential candidate and a likely one are making Tennessee appearances in the coming days. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the headliner at the state Republican Party's annual fundraiser in Nashville on Saturday evening. Bush's...

  • Toughest words aren't tough enough for 2 spelling bee champs

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — For the second straight year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended with co-champions each holding onto one side of the golden trophy while they were showered with confetti. Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were the last two standing Thursday after...

  • Republican Wyoming on board with federal sage grouse policy

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Many Republicans are wary of a large federal effort to protect the greater sage grouse — but not the Republican governor of Wyoming, the state with the biggest share of the birds and more energy development in their habitat than any other. Interior Secretary...

  • Canada diplomat's son back in court in drug-related killings

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — The teenage son of a prominent Canadian diplomat is headed back to court seeking release on bail in a drug-related Miami shootout that killed his older brother and another youth. A hearing resumes Friday for 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu, who is charged as an adult with...

  • Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers. Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the nation's most...

  • Hastert indictment offers few clues about alleged misconduct

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A newly unveiled indictment against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert accuses the Illinois Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct." But it...

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