• Jindal: GOP leaders in Congress fear repealing health law

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday called congressional Republican leaders "fearful" of acting to fully repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Jindal, a second-term Republican governor weighing a 2016 presidential candidacy, said the GOP had failed to act on their signature issue in the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans overtook Democrats in the Senate and broadened their majority in the House. "It's leadership and other members who, I think, are fearful of being criticized for putting anything out there that could be attacked. If not, why wouldn't we have had a vote by now?" he told reporters at the anti-tax Club for Growth's winter meeting.

  • Creativity on display at the Moore school district's Fairview Elementary reading fair

    BY TIM WILLERT, Staff Writer | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Colorful storyboards depict characters, plots, conflicts and resolutions.

  • Maldives opposition to protest until ex-leader freed

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader. Mohamed Nasheed, the Indian Ocean nation's first democratically elected president, was arrested a week ago for allegedly ordering the military to detain a Criminal Court chief judge in 2012 and of ignoring a Supreme Court order to release him. Nasheed, who had resigned after weeks of protests and lost the 2013 election, has been charged him under the country's anti-terrorism law. Eva Abdulla said her Maldivian Democratic Party and another ally decided Saturday that opposition supporters would stage nightly demonstrations until Nasheed

  • Silicon Valley shuttle drivers vote to unionize

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shuttle drivers who ferry tech workers between Silicon Valley and San Francisco have voted for union representation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://tinyurl.com/nf3ltp2) that drivers working for Compass Transportation voted 104-38 in favor of joining the Teamsters union Friday. They voted at secret polling booths set up at several locations near driver rest areas in South San Francisco and San Jose. The company drives workers to Apple, Yahoo, eBay, Zynga and Genentech. Drivers who serve Facebook voted earlier to unionize. Union leaders said that tech shuttle drivers are underpaid, overworked and unfairly compensated for time spent on the job.

  • Judge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with opening fire during a municipal meeting in Pennsylvania, killing three people, is competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled. Defense attorneys argued that Rockne Newell has a long history of mental illness and refuses to discuss what happened at the August 2013 supervisors' meeting in the Pocono Mountains community of Ross Township, instead rambling about conditions at the jail. The defense request to find Newell, 60, unfit for trial in Monroe County and send him to a mental health facility for treatment was denied by Judge Joseph Cronin of Delaware County. Cronin ruled that Newell's refusal to cooperate with his attorneys stems from his choice rather than an inability to do so.

  • Lewis leads LPGA Thailand by a shot after 3rd-round 73

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — American Stacy Lewis shot a 1-over 73 on Saturday in hot and humid conditions in the Honda LPGA Thailand to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea's Amy Yang into the final round. The third-ranked Lewis entered the day with a three-shot lead after opening with rounds of 66 and 64 on Siam Country Club's Pattaya Old Course. She had a 13-under 203 total. "That (being in the lead) is pretty much the only good thing that came out of today," Lewis said. Lewis had two birdies and five bogeys — the last on the final hole. "It was a bit all over the place today," Lewis said. "Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far." The Texan won three times last year and has 11 career LPGA Tour ti

  • Woman convicted in ex-Penn hoops star's death gets treatment

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — The wife of a former University of Pennsylvania basketball standout found guilty but mentally ill in his stabbing death may soon be paroled to the state mental hospital for treatment. Maria Garcia-Pellon, 54, could have been sentenced to 25 years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter conviction in the February 2013 stabbing death of 55-year-old Matthew White in their Nether Providence home. But Delaware County Judge Kevin Kelly said Friday he believed her treatment in prison would be inadequate. Instead, he sentenced her to as much as 23 months in jail with an additional 23 years of probation, ordering her transfer to the Norristown State Hospital when a bed becomes available.

  • Blind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester, Alaska, home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner. The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home on Feb. 6, when the temperature dipped below 40 degrees. Her owner, Ed Davis, said he didn't expect to find her alive. "My best hope was to walk those trails and look for a track that might be hers," he said. "My best hope was to find a frozen dog." A man riding a bike accompanied by a bell-wearing dog located Madera in the woods last week, about a half-mile from the Davis' home, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://ow.ly/JLEQr) reported. Madera let out a whine when she heard the dog's bell. Davis said his do

  • Officer hospitalized after she's struck, dragged by car

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RIVERSIDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer was struck by a car and dragged for more than 30 feet early Saturday, then thrown into a parked car when the vehicle's driver swerved in a bid to escape, police said. Riverside police say Sgt. Amaya Urtasun was being treated at a hospital for knee and abdominal injuries, but further details on her condition have not been disclosed. The ordeal started around 1 a.m., when Urtasun was the first officer to respond to a suspicious vehicle call at an elementary school. Authorities say the driver, 23-year-old Brandon Belton of Willingboro, wouldn't cooperate with Urtasun's directives as she stood at the driver's side door. They say he then put the car in drive and accelerate

  • Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, went to four homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone in Texas County late Thursday, killing relatives and neighbors but sparing two teenagers. He was later found dead in a vehicle in neighboring Shannon County, about 25 miles away. Aldridge's 74-year-old mother, Alice, was found dead in a home she shared with her son as officers went door-to-door to search for other victims. An autopsy performed Saturday found she died of natural causes, Texas

  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities. The agency said Friday that it lowered the rating on $8.3 billion in general obligation debt from Baa1 to Baa2. Moody's also maintained its negative outlook for Chicago, indicating another downgrade could occur even if recent efforts to address the city's pension problems survive legal challenges. "Regardless of outcome of the legal challenges to pension reforms, we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operatio

  • Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot. While the discovery didn't occur in nearly enough time for Team XTREME to compete in this weekend's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it was a huge boost for the small-budget operation in its bid to make the next event at Las Vegas. "There was no damage whatsoever," team owner John Cohen told The Associated Press. "Nothing was taken off the car. Even the antennas that went to the radio were still in the seats." Police in Gwinnett County northeast of Atlanta received a suspicious vehicle

  • Annual report offers new clues about Warren Buffett's successor

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he's built as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO over the past 50 years, but he's also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way. Buffett used his annual shareholder letter released Saturday to make the case for his conglomerate's future while also offering investing advice. Buffett dropped a few hints about his eventual successor, and though he didn't name names, another key executive did single out two people as strong executives who could lead the company well. But no, the 84-year-old Buffett isn't retiring.

  • Police: Man, 60, crushed to death at Ohio machine shop

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 60-year-old man has been crushed to death at a machine shop in Ohio. An Akron police spokesman said the accident occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, when co-workers found him. The spokesman says co-workers used a crane to lift a large metal frame off the victim. The spokesman would not identify the man but said he lived in the Akron suburb of Green. The accident occurred at Logan Machine Co. Calls to the company seeking comment on the accident weren't answered on Saturday. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposed $66,000 in penalties against the company in 2012 for eight serious safety violations and seven serious health viola

  • UPDATE: Multi-car pileup in eastbound lane of Interstate 44 cleared, officials report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 9 hr ago

    The eastbound lane of Interstate 44 had been shut down Saturday afternoon due to a crash, authorities reported.

  • AP-WY--Wyoming Digest, WY

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Wyoming at 3 p.m. Bob Moen is on the desk and can be reached at (307) 632-9351. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. TOP STORIES: TRIBE-HEALTH CARE CASPER — A federal judge has denied the Northern Arapaho Tribe's request to block a federal health care law rule that the tribe says will cause Native Americans to pay more for health care. U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled against the tribe Friday because the tribe's case does not meet the standards for injunction set by federal law. SENT: 290 words.

  • Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a "right-to-work" proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. Speakers at the event jeered Walker's comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year. "What we are doing here today is the heart and soul of democracy, not terrorism," said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

  • AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth. Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea, 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating. In the worst case scenario, Antarctica's melt could push sea levels up 10 feet (3.3 meters) worldwide in a century or two, recurving heavily p

  • Blasts from women suicide bombers kill 4 in north Nigeria

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A witness and a security officer say four people died when two women blew themselves up at a bus stop in a village in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a series of suicide bombings carried out by females and blamed on the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group. A witness said the two women appeared to be in their late 20s. He said the explosions on Saturday came after a suspicious bus driver refused to transport them 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Ngamdu village to Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of attack by the extremists. The use of girls and young women has raised fears that Boko Haram is using kidnap victims to carry out bombings.

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Fund Homeland Security while courts consider immigration

    Chris Casteel | Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    House Republicans struggled Friday to pass a spending bill to keep the Department of Homeland Security open. They ultimately could only get a week-long extension through, meaning they will likely find themselves facing another high-stakes  deadline to keep the massive department _ which includes such agencies as the TSA, Border Patrol and FEMA _ from […]