• Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

    Updated: 25 min ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday. During an ongoing relocation effort, dozens of bighorns have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. "We've got the sheep where we want them on a broad geographic basis, which is a huge milestone," California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Tom Stephenson said. "We've still got to get their numbers up a bit." Thousands of the sheep once roamed the Sierra Nevada but overhunting and disease spread by domesticated sheep herds caused near-extinction.

  • Hawaii internment camp to be dedicated as national monument

    Updated: 26 min ago

    WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's largest internment camp where Japanese-Americans and others were held during World War II is being dedicated as a national monument. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Hawaii Gov. David Ige and other officials for a dedication ceremony Tuesday of the Honouliuli National Monument. President Barack Obama established the new monument in February. Honouliuli was opened in 1943. It was the largest and longest used World War II confinement site in Hawaii, holding 320 internees, mostly second-generation Japanese-Americans. The National Park Service says it also held German and Italian nationals. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says preservation of the camp as a nati

  • Iraq: Suicide blast hits bus with Iranian pilgrims, kills 10

    Updated: 26 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including seven Iranians, according to Iraqi officials. Police officials said the attack happened in the town of Taji, 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital where the bomber detonated his explosives as the pilgrims were getting off the bus at a gas station. Hospital officials said two Iranian women and the Iraqi bus driver were among the dead. At least 14 Iranian pilgrims were wounded in the attack. The pilgrims were returning from a trip to the holy Shiite city of Samarra. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

  • US home prices rise modestly, but affordability an obstacle

    Updated: 27 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home price increases continued to rise at a steady pace in January, as the housing market deals with affordability problems and few properties listed for sale. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 4.6 percent in January compared with 12 months earlier. That is up from growth of 4.4 percent in December. Few Americans have listed their homes for sale, with the tight inventory keeping prices higher. Robust hiring and low mortgage rates have raised the possibility of stronger sales, yet home prices have appreciated at a significantly faster pace than wages. The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2

  • Iraq premier: Troops in center of Islamic State-held Tikrit

    Updated: 31 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that Iraqi forces have reached the center of Tikrit in its push to retake the city from the Islamic State group. In a statement Tuesday, al-Abadi said security forces already have retaken neighborhoods on the southern and western edges of the city and are moving to control the entire city. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the commander of the Salahuddin operation, says his forces fighting in from the west were still 300 meters (325 yards) from the center of Tikrit. The large-scale operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown began on March 2. It stalled until U.S. forces joined the offensive, launching airstrikes on March 25.

  • Unease about immigration at core of UK election campaign

    Updated: 31 min ago

    BOSTON, England (AP) — Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local Lincolnshire accent. Immigration has transformed Boston in the last decade. At least one in eight residents comes from eastern Europe, and the population is growing at double the national rate. The change Boston is seeing is not unique — and unhappiness about Britain's transformation is reshaping the political landscape as voters prepare to choose a new government, fueling support for outsider politicians focused on immigration.

  • 10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

    Updated: 33 min ago

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business. Lexington Vintage owner Bonnie Harris tells CBS 46 that she's saddened by the crime, believed to have happened Friday night or Saturday morning. Harris said the rooster attracted attention to the store, which opened in November. Athens-Clarke County police say the estimated value of the Bunyanesque artwork is $3,000, meaning that whoever stole it could face a felony. Harris tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the rooster's installation two weeks ago involved anchoring the big bird in the ground with rebar stakes.

  • Boston University alumnus gives $50M gift to school

    Updated: 34 min ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston University has renamed its business school after an alumnus who made his fortune in the retail industry and donated $50 million, the largest gift in university history. The university's school of management on Monday was renamed the Questrom School of Business after 1964 graduate Allen Questrom and his wife, Kelli, who made the gift through their foundation. The gift, which includes $10 million given in 2012, will be used to endow 10 faculty chairs and enable planning for a new graduate program facility. Allen Questrom became known as a turnaround specialist in the department store field, starting at Federated Department Stores, Inc., and orchestrating turnarounds at Neiman Marcus, Barneys New Yor

  • West Point chapel's stained-glass windows subject of film

    Updated: 35 min ago

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A New York-based filmmaker has produced a new documentary on the stained-glass windows on the U.S. Military Academy's landmark Cadet Chapel. The chapel at West Point was built in 1910, but it didn't get its first now-famous stained-glass windows until a few years later, when glass maker William Willet of Philadelphia beat out the Tiffany Glass Co. for the commission to create a 50-foot-tall window. The so-called "Sanctuary Window" — inscribed with West Point's motto "Duty, Honor, Country" — was installed in 1915. Willet's company continued to produce a commemorative chapel window for every West Point class until 1976. The Journal News reports (http://lohud.

  • Charter Communications buying Bright House Networks

    Updated: 35 min ago

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Charter Communications Inc. is buying fellow cable operator Bright House Networks LLC in a deal valued at $10.4 billion. Charter is the fourth-largest cable operator in the U.S, while Bright House is the sixth biggest. The business will be conducted through a partnership, with Charter owning 73.7 percent and Advance/Newhouse — the parent company of Bright House — owning 26.3 percent. Bright House serves customers in Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California. The transaction is subject to conditions including Charter shareholder approval, the expiration of Time Warner Cable's right of first offer for Bright House and the closing of Charter's previously announced deal with Comc

  • Officials examining why plane landed short of Halifax runway

    Updated: 36 min ago

    TORONTO (AP) — An Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport, the lead investigator said Monday. The Airbus 320 landed 1,100 feet (335 meters) short of the runway during an early Sunday morning snowstorm. It crashed into a bank of antennas and sheared off its main landing gear, nose cone and an engine before skidding on its belly. Twenty-five people were taken to the hospital and all but one has been released. Mike Cunningham, regional manager for Canada's Transportation Safety Board, said investigators are still trying to determine why Flight AC624 from Toronto landed prematurely.

  • Image of Asia: Drying chili peppers under the Cambodian sun

    Updated: 36 min ago

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a woman dries chili pepper on the ground near the Mekong River in Cambodia, where the three-month harvest season started in February. The people in Russey Chroy village, north of the capital Phnom Penh, harvest the peppers and dry them under the sun before selling them for about $1.50 per kilogram. The tons of dry chili peppers harvested by several thousand villagers in the area are sold locally or transported to be sold in neighboring Thailand. The crop is traditionally their main income, though the villagers also fish and plant rice and other crops.

  • Reports: Banned group takes prosecutor hostage in Turkey

    Updated: 37 min ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish news agencies say that members of a banned leftist group have taken a chief prosecutor hostage in his office inside a court house in Istanbul. The private Dogan news agency says some shots were fired inside. The state-run Anadolu Agency and state television, TRT, identified the prosecutor as Mehmet Selim Kiraz. He is the prosecutor investigating the death of a teenager who was hit by a police gas canister fired during nationwide anti-government protests in 2013.

  • Rolling Stones heading to Detroit in July on 'Zip Code' tour

    Updated: 38 min ago

    DETROIT (AP) — The Rolling Stones are heading to Detroit this summer. The rock band announced a North American stadium tour Tuesday that includes a July 8 show at Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. The "Zip Code" tour will once again reunite singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

  • Votes in Poland presidential elections to be hand-counted

    Updated: 39 min ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's electoral authorities say that the votes in the May presidential election will be counted by hand and calculator because of a lack of a reliable electronic system. The decision by the State Electoral Commission follows a major computer malfunction that largely delayed the vote count in the local government elections last fall. The scandal led to the resignations of most of the commission members. The new head of the commission, Wojciech Hermelinski, said Tuesday that the computer system is still being fixed and will only serve as backup in the presidential vote. He couldn't say whether the computer system might be ready for parliamentary elections in the fall.

  • Vail Resorts to buy Australia's largest ski area for $136M

    Updated: 40 min ago

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Vail Resorts Inc. says it's planning to buy its first international ski area — Perisher in New South Wales, Australia — for about $136 million. Rob Katz, CEO of the Broomfield-based company, says the decision to buy the 3,000-acre resort is aimed at driving season pass sales and building loyalty with guests from around the world. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. Katz acknowledged that not many people travel from the United States to Australia to ski, but he tells The Denver Post "there are huge amounts of Australians going to the U.S., and they tend to come for 10 to 14 days and travel in January, which is an off-peak time.

  • Rolling Stones announce North American stadium tour

    Updated: 40 min ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again. The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Other stops include Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee. The "Zip Code" tour will once again reunite singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. The last time the Rolling Stones played North American stadiums was during their "A Bigger Bang Tour" in 2006. They opted for arena venues for their "50 & Counting" tour in 2012 and 2013. "We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to N

  • Police search for armed prisoner after hospital escape

    Updated: 42 min ago

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — One shot was fired early Tuesday as a guard wrestled with a prisoner, who then fled a northern Virginia hospital with a gun setting off an hours-long lockdown and search, police said. A shot was fired during the struggle around 3 a.m. Tuesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler said. The prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye, fled wearing a hospital gown near the room where he was being held, Roessler said. Assaye was being held on federal bank robbery charges involving a suspect who fled on a bicycle. The U.S. Marshal's Service and police said that after Assaye overpowered the guard, he carjacked a vehicle.

  • BC-GA--Georgia News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, GA

    Updated: 55 min ago

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Georgia. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org. News Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • BC-What We're Talking About 8:30,ADVISORY

    Updated: 58 min ago

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