• Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals. A portion of Good's $8.3 million...

  • Padres newcomer James Shields to start on opening day

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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day. Padres manager Bud Black made the announcement Saturday. San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields...

  • Yemen's president calls Shiite rebels 'puppets of Iran'

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    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender....

  • Crash victim's father calls for more focus on pilot welfare

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    SISTERON, France (AP) — The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps called Saturday for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare. Prosecutors say they believe German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately slammed the Germanwings aircraft into...

  • Attorneys: Sterilizations were part of plea deal talks

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case. In the most...

  • Gordon, Earnhardt among the winners and fans of Martinsville

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    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — If Jeff Gordon ever decides to race again after his 2015 retirement tour is finished, it would likely be at Martinsville Speedway, a track where the four-time champion has had great success. Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson lead active...

  • Best Buy closes Canadian Future Shop brand, 1,500 lose jobs

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    Best Buy is laying off 500 full-time and 1,000 part-time employees in Canada as it consolidates operations. The Richfield, Minnesota-based company also announced Saturday that it will close 66 of its Future Shop locations and rebranding the remaining 65 as Best Buy stores. The Future...

  • Yankees SS Gregorius sprains left wrist going for grounder

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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius sprained his left wrist going for a groundball in a spring training game and has been taken out for precautionary reasons. Gregorius hurt himself Saturday when he awkwardly landed going for the grounder in the second inning...

  • In NYC, an unusual task force fights home-as-hotel rentals

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    NEW YORK (AP) — From an office by the Brooklyn Bridge, a specialized team of investigators tackles a fast-growing concern in the nation's biggest city: apartments being rented like hotel rooms. Building and fire inspectors, police, lawyers, city tax specialists and others combine...

  • Popular Yosemite National Park lookout opens early in season

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    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A road leading to spectacular views of California's Yosemite National Park opened to drivers on Saturday, marking the earliest date for the occasion in at least 20 years. Glacier Point Road takes drivers to a lookout perched at 3, 214 feet above...

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