• Location chosen for Entergy's pilot solar project in DeSoto

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HUGHES, Miss. (AP) — A location has been selected for a pilot solar project in DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1DzlV2r) reports vacant land at the northwest corner of U.S. 61 and the North Harrah's casino entrance will serve as one of three testing sites for widespread solar power generation. The project was announced by Entergy Mississippi, a publicly owned utility that supplies power to most of DeSoto. Mara Hartmann, an Entergy spokeswoman, says the DeSoto project will be established at land Entergy already owns along the DeSoto-Tunica County line near casino row along U.S. 61. The land was originally intended for a power plant, says Don Arnold, an Entergy spokesman.

  • Coast Guard: Second body found in Alabama waters, 5 missing

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Coast Guard crews searched for five people missing Sunday after recovering two bodies following a powerful weekend storm that capsized several sailboats competing in a regatta near Mobile Bay. One body was discovered after Saturday's storm and another Sunday morning, said Major Steve Thompson, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety's Marine Patrol Division. Authorities said crews used boats and planes to search the Alabama waters, including areas near Dauphin Island where anxious family members have gathered at a Coast Guard station awaiting updates. Red Cross volunteers and an ambulance also were at the site. Names of the missing and deceased were not immediately released Sund

  • Man driving motorhome leads Alaska State Troopers on a chase

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man used a motorhome in a failed attempt to elude arrest by state troopers. Eligah Christian of Wasilla was arrested Friday morning, but not before he mashed the bulky vehicle into several patrol cars. Christian, 49, was being sought on a $100,000 warrant on charges of scheming to defraud, 15 counts of theft and 21 counts of issuing bad checks, troopers said in a release. An officer spotted him driving the 2014 motorhome and attempted to make a traffic stop. Christian ignored the trooper's siren and flashing lights and took off at a high speed, troopers said. Other officers joined the chase. As Christian headed toward the busy Parks Highway, troopers attempted to use spik

  • Senate passes Interior energy bill

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would authorize financing for a gas project to serve Interior Alaska. The bill, which Gov. Bill Walker has called a must-have, passed unanimously on Sunday. The House would have to decide whether to agree to the Senate's version. The Senate version did not include additional financing authority for other energy projects, as the House version had. The bill would allow the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide up to $275 million in financing for a gas project serving the Interior if the authority approves a project plan. The plan would have to include the source of gas and the estimated cost of the project and the gas supplied to

  • How to help Nepal earthquake victims

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    Aid groups are rushing to get crucial supplies to survivors of Nepal's devastating earthquake, which has killed more than 2,500 people. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how to donate online: UNICEF The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, says nearly 1 million children in Nepal need help. UNICEF says it is preparing two cargo flights with a combined 120 tons of humanitarian supplies including medical and hospital supplies, tents and blankets, for urgent airlift to Kathmandu. Online: http://www.supportunicef.org/site/c.dvKUI9OWInJ6H/b.9274583/k.FBFF/Help_Children_in_Nepal_Donate_for_earthquake_response.htm WORLD FOOD PROGRAM The U.N. World Food Program says logistics and emergency

  • Ex-Ranger's long march to honor WWII hero

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For years after Col. William O. Darby was killed in World War II, fellow soldiers would make a pilgrimage to his family's home just to talk to his mother about the fallen hero credited with forming the U.S. Army Rangers. Current and former American soldiers will carry on their respect and admiration for Darby this week with a 40-mile march that will end in the northern Italian village where he was killed by enemy fire on April 30, 1945. More than 60 veterans are expected to participate in Thursday's 70th anniversary event that also will honor 25 soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division who died nearby on the same day Darby was killed. "All Rangers know that Col.

  • 'Furious 7' holds on to box office; 'Age of Ultron' looms

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    NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," revved up overseas with a massive $201.2 million debut. In North American theaters, "Furious 7" had enough left in the tank to top all films with an estimated $18.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. While the film has been a huge domestic hit, it's been even bigger abroad — particularly in China, where it's set a record with $323 million.

  • Norwich 1st Vermont community to be 100 percent solar

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    NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings. The deal is expected to save the town of about 3,500 about $2,000 on its $20,000 annual electric bill for the Town Hall, police and fire station, public works facilities and even the speed limit signs that are spread through the community on the west bank of the Connecticut River just north of White River Junction.

  • Gas prices rise to 8 cents from a week ago

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AAA Mid-Atlantic says gas prices are up 8 cents over last week. Friday's national average price was at $2.53, compared to $2.45 the previous Friday. In Washington, D.C., gas was at $2.63 on Friday, up 4 cents from the previous week. AAA Mid-Atlantic says higher crude oil costs have been pushing up gas prices in recent weeks. But the agency says gas prices are still substantially lower than recent years. At this time last year, the national average price for gas was at $3.70. Gas prices this summer are expected to remain $1 a gallon lower than last summer.

  • Ohio in a minority as high court weighs same-sex marriage

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — While Ohio has traditionally been a national bellwether politically, the state now finds itself in the minority on same-sex marriage heading into Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments. When Ohio voters handily passed a state ban in 2004, only Massachusetts allowed such marriages. Today, three dozen states and the District of Columbia do. Al Gerhardstein, a Cincinnati civil rights attorney who filed challenges to Ohio's ban that are now before the Supreme Court, compared the state's position to those of the 16 states where interracial marriage was still illegal in 1967. That's when the high court outlawed race-based marriage bans in a Virginia case. "It's a comparable time in our nation's histor

  • 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3': 5 ways it's different

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" is enlisting a few new recruits. The third installment in Treyarch's popular military shooter saga is adding the option to play cooperatively with other gamers in the plot-driven campaign. The developer is also ditching traditional avatar customization in its multiplayer mode, instead opting for players to pick among nine distinct characters, each with their own unique weapon and ability. "We wanted it to have a little more soul to it," said game director Dan Bunting after a recent demonstration. "We were talking about voices and giving them personalities. It was kind of a leap of faith to say, 'You're going to pick this character who is this guy or girl, and that is t

  • Storied NYC college awaits results of attorney general probe

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — First came a hotly-debated decision by Cooper Union to start charging its students after being tuition-free for generations. Then came an investigation by the state attorney general into the school's management of its finances. Over the past year, Cooper Union's reputation as a world-class training ground for engineers, architects and artists has taken a back seat to headlines about the investigation, a lawsuit over the imposition of tuition and the future of its president. Some Cooper graduates and students hope all the turmoil results in more financial stability and maybe even a return to the tuition-free model that has been central to the school's unique, egalitarian character.

  • Late spring complicates already perilous amphibian migration

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools — temporary bodies of water created by melted snow — to mate and lay eggs, and the resulting offspring need several months to develop and grow legs before the pools dry up in summer. Wildlife officials say the migration is running a week or two behind this year, cutting into that critical development time. That could affect millions of animals across Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, said Eric Orff, a wildlife biologist with the Nat

  • Correction: Nepal-Earthquake Warning story

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    In a story April 26 about a gathering of earthquakes experts a week before the Nepal quake, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one expert. His name is Hari Kumar, not Hari Ghi. The story also misspelled the name of his company, which is GeoHazards International, not Geohazards International. A corrected version of the story is below: Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake Experts gathered in Nepal a week before quake to prepare for 'nightmare waiting to happen' By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming.

  • Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years. Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a "millennium camera" that he intends to mount in a churchless steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure of a western Massachusetts mountain range.

  • Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders' toll on family

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark's 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one who turned 15 that day, lined up her college-bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head. As national media held Newark up as a symbol of the gun violence plaguing American cities, Hightower became an unwavering presence at the dozens of court proceedings that followed. Her courtroom vigil stretched nearly six years, long after the initial crush of attention subsided. The overpowering sorrow that engulfed her has eased over time, but Hightower's determination to honor her daughter's memo

  • Expert: Lift accidents like one at Sugarloaf are rare

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — A national expert says Maine's Sugarloaf ski resort was the only ski area in the nation to have a serious lift malfunction involving injuries this season. Seven skiers were injured when the King Pine quad lift at Sugarloaf began moving backward on busy Saturday in late March. An investigation determined that the accident was caused by a broken drive shaft and a design flaw that failed to stop the lift from moving in reverse. David Byrd, direction of risk and regulatory affairs with the National Ski Areas Association, told the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/1QwHPM ) that Sugarloaf was the only area nationwide to have serious lift malfunction all season.

  • NYPD's Bratton: Less tension between city officials, union

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says there's "much less tension" between the police union and city officials now than there was in the aftermath of the chokehold death of a Staten Island man last year. Bratton spoke Sunday on the CBS program "Face the Nation." New Yorkers protested the death last July of Eric Garner after police placed him in a chokehold on a Staten Island street. The incident was a flashpoint triggering discord between New York City officials and the police union. Bratton says he thinks New York has mostly recovered from that. The police commissioner says there's "much less tension, fortunately, in that regard.

  • Technology and outdoor sports converge at drone conference

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP) — Surfers catching waves and mountain bikers pedaling through forests are used to the occasional low flying pelican or diving hawk, but these days outdoor recreationalists can find what's up in the air isn't a bird at all, it's a drone. This week top drone-makers, along with investors, regulators and inventors, are gathering in one of the most popular regions for outdoor activity in the U.S., California's Central Coast, to show off their devices, hear about new uses for airborne robots, and hit the waves and trails. Drones Data X Conference Santa Cruz, from May 1 to 3, will also feature experts explaining how unmanned-aerial vehicles can map remote areas or rescue hikers or swimmers.

  • FBI director, Sen. Leahy, give details of Louis Freeh crash

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials say former FBI director Louis Freeh was near death in the wake of a car crash near his vacation home in Vermont last August. Current FBI director James Comey and Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy offered insight for the first time into the crash near Freeh's vacation home in Barnard. They told the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1z2kaOq ) after a public appearance in Burlington, Vermont, last week that Freeh would have died from a severed leg artery had rescue crews not acted as quickly as they did freeing him from the wreck of his SUV on Aug. 25, 2014.