• Latest on Boston trial: Brother criticized US government

    Updated: 20 min ago

    1:30 p.m. An acquaintance has testified that Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) criticized the U.S. government's actions abroad about four months before the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Robert Barnes spoke Monday during the penalty phase of the federal trial of Tamerlan's younger brother, Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR'). Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of all 30 charges against him, and the jury will now decide whether he should be executed for his crimes. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died days after the April 15, 2013, bombings following a gun battle with police. Barnes says he and Tamerlan spoke in December 2012 at a pizzeria in Cambridge. Barnes says Tamerlan was "very passionate" in his criticisms.

  • Peltz gets key backer in fight for influence at DuPont

    Updated: 23 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nelson Peltz gained a powerful backer Monday after the proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services said that change may be warranted at DuPont and recommended shareholders give the billionaire investor seats on its board. Peltz's Trian Fund Management is pushing the chemicals maker to split into two companies and it has nominated four directors for company the board. ISS on Monday said that shareholders should support Peltz and one of his nominees, John Myers, the former CEO of General Electric Co.'s asset management business. It said that some of Trian's criticisms of DuPont have merit. The company's operating efficiency could be better and the board and management are not communicating wel

  • Review: 'Age of Ultron' is an Avengers overdose

    Updated: 24 min ago

    It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director's filmography that in between Joss Whedon's two "Avengers" films there reads "Much Ado About Nothing": a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made. In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Whedon (and Marvel's) sequel to the third highest grossing film of all-time, there is definitely aplenty ado-ing. Too much, certainly, but then again, we come to the Avengers for their clown-car excess of superheros, their colorful coterie of capes. What binds Whedon's spectacles with his Shakespeare are the quips, which sail in iambic pentameter in one and zigzag between explosions in t

  • Texas storms bring reports of tornadoes, damage to buildings

    Updated: 24 min ago

    DALLAS (AP) — A severe storm system that swept across parts of Texas over the weekend brought numerous reports of tornadoes, damage to buildings, large hail and several inches of rain, the National Weather Service said Monday. The weather service's Forth Worth office said it had received reports of twisters in rural Johnson and Hill counties but hadn't yet confirmed them. Some homes and other buildings were flattened in the aftermath of the storm Sunday while other structures had their roofs torn away or were damaged by falling trees. There were no accounts of injuries. Hail described as the size of ping pong balls, and larger, showered the area.

  • SD PUC delays hearing on Keystone XL pipeline construction

    Updated: 25 min ago

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission has voted to postpone a key hearing on whether to allow construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota. The commission voted 3-0 Monday to delay the hearing, which was supposed to begin next week. For the project to move forward, regulators must agree that conditions for construction of the pipeline haven't changed since its initial 2010 authorization. The pipeline would transport oil from Canadian tar sands through South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines headed to the Gulf Coast. Pipeline opponents asked for the delay because they say the original schedule was too tight.

  • US stocks edge lower at start of busy week for earnings

    Updated: 25 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower Monday afternoon as investors waited for a busy week of corporate earnings to begin. European shares rallied on the hopes that Greece will strike a deal with its creditors for new bailout money after it reshuffled its negotiating team. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 11 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 18,069 as of 1:06 p.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,114. The Nasdaq composite slipped 19 points, or 0.4 percent, to 5,072. The slight fade follows huge gains for markets last week. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose to yet another record, and the Nasdaq finally climbed back from its losses in the dot-c

  • Teacher tackled teen during Washington high school shooting

    Updated: 28 min ago

    LACEY, Wash. (AP) — A teacher is being hailed as a hero after tackling a student who fired two shots into the air at a Washington state high school. Police say no one was injured after a 16-year-old shot toward the ceiling in the school commons before classes began Monday at North Thurston High School in Lacey, about 60 miles southwest of Seattle. The shooter is in custody. School officials and students say Brady Olson, who teaches Advanced Placement government and civics, stopped the shooter. A school spokeswoman says Olson is a popular teacher, and she could see him tackling the teen. Teia (TEY-ah) Patan, a senior in one of Olson's civics classes, says if anyone at the school were to do something like that, he

  • New Ellis Island center to complete US immigration story

    Updated: 29 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America's immigration history. The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The center's new exhibits focus on immigration after Ellis Island closed as a port of entry in 1954. The center also includes exhibits that explore the American immigrant journey before the island became a processing station in 1892. Those galleries opened in 2011. With the new gallery's opening, the museum will chronicle the American immigration experience through the centuries, from the 1550s to the present.

  • Ex-South Carolina sheriff sentenced: 1 year, 1 day in prison

    Updated: 31 min ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man who had been South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty in a corruption scheme. U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten also fined former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts $10,000. Metts had been the county's top lawman for more than four decades when he was indicted last year. Prosecutors said he took money from a restaurant owner in exchange for keeping employees from being arrested for being in the country illegally. He agreed late last year to plead guilty to harboring people who were in the country illegally. Metts originally was indicted on 10 charges. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they did n

  • US citizen wants pardon, compensation in Dubai video case

    Updated: 33 min ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American who spent nine months in a United Arab Emirates prison for his role in an online parody video is seeking a pardon and financial compensation. Shezanne Cassim, 30, of Woodbury, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has faced difficulty getting a job in the United States because he now has a criminal record. "I have to explain to them (prospective employers) I was in prison for violating the country's (UAE) national security," said Cassim, a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He said he had hoped for a consulting career in aviation in the UAE where he grew up. In a March 9 letter to Emirati President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cassim — a U.S.

  • Food industry tries to block Vermont's GMO labeling law

    Updated: 36 min ago

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. The legal skirmish comes a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at making it the first state in the country to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients. Other states passed similar laws earlier but said they would not take effect until neighboring states followed suit. Vermont is trying to go it alone. The Grocery Manufacturers Association, Snack Foods Association, International Dairy Foods Association and National Association of Manufacturers are suing to scrap

  • An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

    Updated: 39 min ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. Here are some questions and answers about how wild birds remain healthy even when carrying the virus and spread it to backyard and commercial flocks of chickens and turkeys. HOW DID THE VIRUS ARRIVE STATESIDE? Disease experts believe a portion of it came from European and Asian strains of bird flu that readily cause illness and death in birds and mixed with a North American strain that was less likely to cause severe illness as birds from different regions crossed migratory paths. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S.

  • The Latest on Nepal Quake: US soldiers stay in Nepal to help

    Updated: 41 min ago

    10:50 p.m. (1710 GMT, 13:05 EDT) The United Nations says it is releasing $15 million from its central emergency response fund to help earthquake victims in Nepal. U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Monday that the funds would allow international humanitarian groups to scale up operations and provide shelter, water and medical supplies, and logistical services. He said food trucks are on the way to affected districts outside the Katmandu valley, and distribution of the food is expected to start Tuesday. Citing government figures, Haq said an estimated 8 million people have been affected by the quake in 39 of Nepal's districts, and more than 1.4 million need food assistance, including 750,000 who live near the

  • ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

    Updated: 42 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package. The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaching its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FIOS TV. Verizon is allowing customers to subscribe to a bare-bones package of 35 channels for $55 per month, with the option of adding other two other tiers of programming such as a sports package that includes ESPN. ESPN argues that the pay-TV contracts require its channel to be included in the main programming packages sold by cable and satellite carriers.

  • Latest on police-custody death: Congressman at Gray funeral

    Updated: 49 min ago

    12:40 p.m. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings is speaking at the funeral for Freddie Gray. Cummings looked at the multitude of cameras along the rail of the balcony at New Shiloh Baptist Church and said: "I ain't seen this many cameras in a long time." Gray died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody. The congressman mentioned his own nephew, who was gunned down several years ago in Norfolk, Virginia. He said an assailant has never been tracked down and arrested. "We will not rest until we address this and see that justice is done," he said of the Gray case. "And so, this is our watch. We will not fail you." ___ 12:30 p.m. The Rev.

  • The Latest: People at Holmes' hearing disperse during recess

    Updated: 49 min ago

    11 a.m. (MDT) Many of the people who attended a morning hearing in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes have dispersed while court is in recess, including Holmes' parents. The hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse in suburban Denver was held to clear up last-minute requests from attorneys. Opening statements in the death penalty trial are expected to start around 1 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, work on other cases continued as usual Monday at the courthouse in Centennial. Court dockets show at least 100 other cases scheduled for the day. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the packed theater, but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. ___ 10

  • Search warrants: Accused Ohio terror suspect hid identity

    Updated: 50 min ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An accused Ohio terrorist misled authorities about his identity and tried to have his slain brother's Facebook martyrdom photo deleted to avoid police scrutiny, according to newly unsealed search warrants. Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud also trained two "associates" in Ohio on how to shoot guns after he allegedly trained with terrorists in Syria and communicated with his brother online about supporting terrorism, the warrants show. Mohamud, of Columbus, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism. Prosecutors said he lied to an Ohio FBI agent by saying he had been in Istanbul when he was really

  • US, Japan boost defense ties with eyes on China, NKorea

    Updated: 51 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The United States and Japan are boosting their defense relationship, allowing Japan to play a bigger role in global military operations with an eye on potential threats from China and North Korea. Before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington this week, the two countries' foreign and defense ministers met in New York on Monday and signed off on revisions to the U.S.-Japan defense guidelines. They are the first changes to the rules that govern U.S.-Japan defense cooperation since 1997 and will be subject to security legislation pending in Japan's parliament. U.S.

  • Police: Blood, phone link suspect to slain Indiana student

    Updated: 52 min ago

    NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man with a history of violence against women had claw marks on his arms, and police found blood and hair in his vehicle after discovering his cellphone next to the body of an Indiana University senior, according to court documents released Monday. Daniel E. Messel, 49, of Bloomington was arrested Friday in the death of Hannah Wilson, 22, of Fishers. He faced a court appearance on a preliminary charge of murder on Monday. Wilson's body was found around 8:30 a.m. Friday in rural Brown County, about 10 miles from the IU campus. An autopsy showed she had been struck in the head about four times and that the back of her skull had been crushed.

  • Witnesses: UFC champ ran from crash, returned to grab cash

    Updated: 54 min ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Witnesses tell police that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab "a large handful of cash" from the car. Albuquerque Officer Simon Drobik says authorities are searching for Jones, who's wanted for questioning. No charges have been filed, but the woman driving the other vehicle received minor injuries in the Sunday morning crash. Officers found marijuana in the car as well as MMA and rental car documents in Jones' name. Police say they have been unable to reach Jones. His agent, Malki Kawa, did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.