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  • Arizona court rules on DUI law for marijuana users

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities can't prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation. The ruling overturned a state Court of Appeals...

  • Jim Tressel among 3 finalists to lead Akron

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president. Tressel has been an administrator there for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos. A campus...

  • Navy veteran, 92, finally gets military medals

    WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A 92-year-old military veteran has gotten long-overdue medals he earned for serving in the Navy during World War II. Rhode Island's U.S. Sen. Jack Reed presented Frank Poli with several awards Tuesday in the military lounge at T.F. Green Airport. The awards include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory...

  • Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says that removing all of the company's coal ash away from North Carolina's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with the state's electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. Duke's North Carolina president Paul Newton told state lawmakers Tuesday the company needs...

  • Websites probed for unauthorized Borges downloads

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine prosecutor is pursuing a criminal investigation against the owners of the social network Taringa! and another website for downloads that he says violate the intellectual property of the late writer Jorge Luis Borges. Prosecutor Ricardo Saenz said his initial probe followed a complaint by Maria...

  • Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears to be highly skeptical of laws that try to police false statements during political campaigns, raising doubts about the viability of such laws in more than 15 states. Justices expressed those concerns early and often Tuesday during arguments in a case challenging an Ohio law that bars people from...

  • Man who avoided prison for 13 years seeks release

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was locked up last year is asking a Missouri judge to set him free. A petition filed by Cornealious Michael Anderson in Mississippi County Circuit Court on Tuesday seeks to require the Missouri...

  • Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

    YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England's lobster fishery, scientists say. A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations indicates that young lobsters have...

  • Bernanke regrets not explaining crisis better

    TORONTO (AP) — Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he could have done a better job in helping people understand the action the central bank took during the financial crisis. Bernanke stepped down in late January after eight years as chairman of the Federal Reserve. When asked if he any regrets, Bernanke told a Toronto...

  • Phoenix fire sends up plume of smoke near airport

    PHOENIX (AP) — A fire at an oil recycling business near Sky Harbor International Airport critically burned two men and sent a tall plume of black smoke over central Phoenix during the Tuesday morning commute. Fire Department officials said the fire occurred as used automotive oil was being transferred from a rail tanker to a truck. One of...

  • Mexico editor: Garcia Marquez left manuscript

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer's compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia. Cristobal Pera, editorial director of Penguin Random House Mexico, said that...

  • Miami youth group helped 'Cuban Twitter'

    MIAMI (AP) — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. Interviews and documents obtained by the AP...

  • Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's oil patch is booming, its capital city is thriving and the unemployment rate is falling through the floor, testifying to the state's roaring recovery from the recession. But even though revenue is pouring into the state treasury, the legislature is wrestling with a self-inflicted budget crisis that could...

  • Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

    ATLANTA (AP) — A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit on behalf of seven people and seeks class action status. They are suing the state registrar, a clerk of the Gwinnett County Probate Court and a Fulton County Probate Court judge...

  • NYC mayor rips ambulance delay in deadly fire

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that "it's not acceptable" that ambulances took more than 10 minutes to respond to a fire that killed two small children. The blaze, which was sparked when a child was playing with fire, broke out late Saturday night at a home in Far Rockaway, Queens. The first call to 911 came at 11:51 p.m....

  • US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177

    As of Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is one less than the Defense Department's tally, last updated Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT. At least 1,802 military service members...

  • 2014 Cuba film festival to honor Garcia Marquez

    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is dedicating this year's Havana Film Festival to the late Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Garcia Marquez was a longtime friend of former leader Fidel Castro and also a major backer of Cuba's marquee international cinema bash. Festival official Ivan Giroud says Garcia Marquez's widow and children had...

  • Japan, US struggle to bridge gap on freer trade

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. negotiators are struggling to reach a preliminary agreement on a free trade pact that might have served as a centerpiece for President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo this week. Japan's economy minister Akira Amari told reporters Tuesday that the two sides remained "at a considerable distance" over trade in farm...

  • Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved...

  • Palestinians' Abbas warns against failure of talks

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Tuesday that if peace talks with Israel fail he may dismantle the Palestinian Authority and hand over responsibility for 2.5 million of his people to Israel. Abbas told a group of visiting Israeli reporters that their country's policies have left his West Bank government...