• The Latest: Solar plane lands in suburban Phoenix

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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the flight of a solar-powered airplane from California to Arizona in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe (all times local): 9:00 p.m. A solar-powered plane has landed in suburban Phoenix after a flight from California on the latest leg of its round-the-world journey. Solar Impulse 2 arrived in the suburb of Goodyear, which is just to the southwest of Phoenix, shortly before 9 p.m. PDT Monday. The aircraft took off from Mountain View in northern California shortly after 5 a.m. Monday on the 16-hour flight to Phoenix. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg flew the plane, which began its globe-circling journey last year. Solar Impulse 2 flew from Hawaii to the Silicon Valley las

  • New York publishes new atlas of its inland fisheries

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York conservation and education officials say the state has published a new book about its freshwater fish. "The Atlas of Inland Fishes of New York" was authored by the Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Museum staff following years of research and field work. It describes present and past distribution of all 181 native and introduced freshwater fish species in New York. It includes an illustration of each, brief description of its habitat and native range and maps for all but two species. The atlas is available for download on the museum's website (http://bit.ly/1W4Bo8zat ).

  • Pianist Raul di Blasio enjoys relationship with border

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    If you’re looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, jazz pianist Raul di Blasio has the perfect idea – the gift of music. “This time of year and this occasion, the week of Mother’s Day is perfect,” di Blasio said in a phone interview from his home in Miami. “The tradition of the Latin people – and I’m sure the people in El Paso and Juárez – to celebrate our mothers, makes me very excited (for this concert). It’s so special.” Di Blasio will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Theatre. The Argentinian pianist began his recording career more than 30 years ago with the release of his first album “Sur de America” in 1991.

  • At Tony Award nominations, 'Hamilton' is a safe bet

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Expect another glorious day for "Hamilton" as Tony Award nominations are announced. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored musical about the first U.S. treasury secretary is expected to earn a clutch of Tony nominations Tuesday. Just how many is the big question. "The Producers" and "Billy Elliot" share the record for the most Tony nominations, with 15 each. The megahit "Hamilton" could very well shatter the record in the 13 categories that a new musical is eligible. "Hamilton" has burst through the Broadway bubble like few shows. Bloomingdale's now sells "Hamilton" merchandise, U.S.

  • Survey: Upcoming election makes small business owners wary

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The approaching presidential election is making small business owners wary about the economy and their companies. That's the finding of a survey of 1,000 business owners released Tuesday by Bank of America Corp. The business owners' expectations for economic growth fell by nearly half from a survey taken last fall. Just under 30 percent expect the national economy to improve over the next year, down from 56 percent with that view in a survey last fall. Many owners said the election is one reason why they're less optimistic. Fifty-five percent said the election is affecting their outlook. Last fall, just over a third cited the election as a factor.

  • Solar plane lands in suburban Phoenix after flight from San Francisco area

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    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Solar plane lands in suburban Phoenix after flight from San Francisco area.

  • Asian stocks mostly higher following US lead

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly up Tuesday after U.S. stock indexes moved solidly higher, recovering some of last week's steep declines. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite index was up 1.5 percent at 2,982.0. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 1.2 percent to 20,815.15. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7 percent to 5,282.40. South Korea's KOSPI gained 0.4 percent to 1,986.46. Japan's stock market is closed for the Golden Week holidays. Southeast Asian markets were mostly higher. WALL STREET: U.S. stock indexes moved solidly higher Monday afternoon, recovering some of last week's steep declines. Recently battered technology stocks such as Amazon.com and Microsoft all posted gains, helping end a seven-day losing s

  • DOJ: South Dakota long-term care system violates federal law

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's unnecessary reliance on nursing facilities to serve people with disabilities isolates those residents from their communities and violates federal law, according to the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation released Monday. The investigation discovered that thousands of people who depend on the state for services have to live in nursing facilities to receive them. But the Americans with Disabilities Act and a U.S. Supreme Court decision require states to provide services to people with disabilities in the most integrated setting that is appropriate for their needs, the Justice Department said. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration is reviewing the results of the invest

  • Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield charged with raping disabled woman

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a "developmentally delayed" woman, prosecutors announced. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said Stubblefield, a former defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, allegedly assaulted the woman on April 9, 2015, at his Morgan Hill home after interviewing her for a baby-sitting job. He is charged with five felony counts and faces a "substantial prison sentence" if convicted. A day before the assault, Stubblefield contacted the then 31-year-old woman on a baby-sitting website and arranged an interview, prosecutors said. "This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,"

  • 2016 James Beard restaurant and chef award winners

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    CHICAGO (AP) — The winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation restaurant and chef awards announced Monday are: ___ NATIONAL RESTAURANT AND CHEF AWARDS — Best New Restaurant Shaya in New Orleans — Outstanding Baker Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston — Outstanding Bar Program Maison Premiere in Brooklyn, New York — Outstanding Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles — Outstanding Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles — Outstanding Restaurant Alinea in Chicago — Outstanding Restaurateur Ken Friedman of The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and Tosca Cafe in New York — Outstanding Service El

  • Los Angeles chef, Chicago's Alinea win big at Beard Awards

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Chef Suzanne Goin took home the outstanding chef award Monday night at the James Beard Awards, and Chicago mainstay Alinea won the outstanding restaurant honor at a ceremony many consider the Academy Awards of the culinary world. It's the first outstanding restaurant win for Alinea. Its chef, Grant Achatz, won the outstanding chef award in 2008 and has earned other honors from the Beard Foundation over the years but never the top prize. Achatz's ultramodern cooking style has come to define the molecular gastronomy movement. He thanked his staff during the awards Monday night at Chicago's Lyric Opera for trusting him, having courage and "taking the risk to innovate." Goin's win comes after several nomina

  • The Latest: Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield denies raping woman

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the rape charges against former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The attorney for former San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield says his client had consensual sex with the woman who accused him of rape. Attorney Gary Winuk says the 45-year-old former defensive lineman is being unfairly targeted because of his wealth and celebrity. Winuk says Stubblefield provided prosecutors with lie-detector results and with evidence that shows the sexual encounter last year was consensual. He says the woman asked his client for a job and money afterward.

  • Police identify girl killed in ejection from carnival ride

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    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A teenage girl who was killed when she was ejected from a whirling ride at an El Paso church carnival has been identified by police. El Paso police on Monday identified the 16-year-old girl as Samantha Aguilar. Police say Aguilar and two 17-year-old girls were at a parking lot carnival at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church when they were hurled from a ride called "Sizzler" Friday evening. Aguilar died later at Del Sol Medical Center. One of the 17-year-olds was taken to a hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening. The third teen wasn't ejected or injured. They weren't identified. The cause of the incident hasn't been determined.

  • Refugee sets herself alight at immigration camp on Nauru

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    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Somali refugee was critically injured when she set herself on fire at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru three days after an Iranian refugee died of injuries sustained in a similar apparent protest, officials said. The 21-year-old woman was flown 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) from Nauru to the Australian city of Brisbane on Tuesday after setting herself on fire on Monday, the Nauru and Australia governments said. A 23-year-old man died in the same Royal Brisbane Hospital on Friday after setting himself alight two days earlier in an apparent protest over Australia's strict asylum seeker policies. His actions were a protest intended to coincide with a visit

  • Study: Football concussions and resuming play vary by age

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    CHICAGO (AP) — Younger football players are more likely to return to the field less than a day after suffering concussions than those in high school and college, according to a new study. Only 10 percent of young players with concussions resumed football that soon, but the results are concerning and suggest a need for more sidelines medical supervision and better recognition of concussion symptoms in children, said sports injury researcher Zachary Kerr, the lead author. He directs an injury surveillance program at Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, Inc., an independent group in Indianapolis.

  • Jury finds LA liable for scientist's death, awards $23.7M

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay $23.7 million to the family of a scientist killed in a traffic accident three years ago. Attorneys for Thomas Guilmette's widow and son say jurors made the award Monday after finding the city 95 percent liable for his death. Guilmette, who worked on satellites for Northrop Grumman, died when his motorcycle hit a car that pulled into his path in the San Pedro (PEE'-droh) area. A lawsuit alleged the city had received complaints for years that the intersection was dangerous but did nothing to make it safer until after Guilmette died. Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1UtTxuF ) that t

  • North Dakota man plows Prince's symbol in farm field

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    EDGELEY, N.D. (AP) — A retiree in a tiny community in North Dakota has paid tribute to Prince in perhaps the most unique way a farmer can. Gene Hanson is a retired farmer in Edgeley who always liked the song "Purple Rain." On Friday, he hopped on his tractor and plowed on a football field-size version of the late musician's symbol into his corn field. The 75-year-old says he found an image of the symbol on the Internet. He put it on his tractor's dash and followed the pattern. When done, he got on his airplane to check it out. He couldn't believe that it had turned out so well. The tribute is only temporary. Hanson says the field was seeded Monday. Prince died April 21 in suburban Minneapolis at age 57.

  • Hulk Hogan seeks rematch with Gawker, sues over transcript

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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has sued Gawker again, saying the gossip website leaked sealed court documents with a transcript that quoted him making racist remarks. Hogan's new lawsuit Monday comes on the heels of winning a $140 million verdict against Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend's wife. The three-week trial was a lurid inside look at the business of celebrity gossip and a debate over newsworthiness versus celebrity privacy. Gawker denies that it leaked the sealed transcript to the National Enquirer. In the transcript, Hogan, who is white, makes several racist statements about his daughter's ex-boyfriend, who is black.

  • Snyder expects expanded Medicaid coverage in Flint next week

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    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An additional 15,000 children and pregnant women grappling with Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis should become eligible for government health insurance starting next week, once the funding receives final legislative approval, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. The expanded health coverage will apply to people under 21 who used Flint's water system from April 2014, when the city switched its water source, until the time it is deemed safe again. It also will cover women who were pregnant or become pregnant between early March and the safety declaration. They would remain eligible until age 21 or, if pregnant, until two months after their child is born.

  • At least 9 Haitians killed when boat capsizes in rough seas

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — At least nine Haitians have died after a small boat they were traveling in capsized in rough seas off the northern coast. Interior Ministry spokesman Albert Guillaum-Meleon says the bodies of four men, four women and a child have been recovered. He said Monday that it was not known exactly how many people were on the rickety boat and the death toll could be higher. The vessel was carrying passengers and food items from the northwestern Haitian town of Bombardopolis to the coastal city of Gonaives when squall-like conditions hit. Heavy downpours in recent days have increased the perennial danger of flooding and landslides. Last month, six people were killed in Port-au-Prince by floodw




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