• Senate OK bills to promote nuclear energy in Washington

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has approved a measure to advance nuclear power as part of Washington's future energy mix. Senate Bill 5113, which passed on a 27-21 vote Friday, requires the Commerce Department to coordinate and advance the sitting and manufacturing of small-scale reactors. Small nuclear reactors are about one-third the size of traditional nuclear plants, producing less than 300 megawatts. The Senate also passed a measure, on a 44-5 vote, that would create a nuclear-education program to award grants for science teachers to attend workshops on nuclear energy and to bring in nuclear ambassadors" to introduce nuclear science and technology to students in grades 8-12. Both measures now head to the House

  • Coroner: Ohio State athlete who killed self had concussions

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State athlete who committed suicide had suffered concussions but didn't show evidence of trauma affecting the brain, a coroner said Friday. Wrestler and football scout team member Kosta Karageorge, who was 22, had been missing for several days when his body was found in a trash bin in Columbus not far from his campus-area apartment on Nov. 30. A handgun was found near his right hand. Dr. Anahi Ortiz had waited for neuropathology reports about Karageorge's brain before making Friday's announcement. Ortiz had previously said Karageorge killed himself with a gunshot to the head. She says her determination that it was a suicide won't change.

  • Tennessee bar owner found guilty in singer's shooting death

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville bar owner was convicted of second degree murder Friday for the fatal shooting of a country singer-songwriter. Chris Ferrell had told jurors that he shot Wayne Mills in November 2013 in self-defense. But Nashville jurors sided with prosecutors who argued that Ferrell intended to kill Mills when he shot him after a heated argument at his now-defunct bar. Ferrell will be sentenced on April 10. He testified that the two got into an argument at his Pit and Barrel bar in downtown Nashville and that Mills threatened to kill him. "I reached to the top of the cooler and retrieved my .22-caliber ..." Ferrell said, according to The Tennessean newspaper (http://tnne.ws/1BQ3nh2). "And I fired it

  • NTSB has plenty of questions to answer in NYC runway slide

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    NEW YORK (AP) — As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into a Delta jetliner that slid off a runway while landing during a snowstorm at LaGuardia Airport, there is no shortage of questions to pursue: How big a factor was the snow? Was the runway too slippery? Could it have been a mechanical problem? Did the pilot come in too fast? Thursday's accident of Flight 1086 from Atlanta caused only minor injuries to six passengers, but it was a scary case of what could have been at an airport notorious for its relatively short runways and proximity to water. The plane packed with 130 people smashed through a perimeter fence and came to rest just feet from the icy waters of Flushing Bay.

  • 'Heroic' Detroit judge was wounded trying to protect family

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    DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge who was shot in the leg acted heroically by trying to keep the assailants out of his home during an attempted robbery, a prosecutor said Friday. Terrence Berg, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Flint, was shot Thursday night outside his Detroit home while retrieving a trash can. "Two robbers demanded access to his home and he refused. That's when he was shot," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said. "He was very heroic. He's paid a price for it, but fortunately it's a wound to the leg. He's going to recover." Berg was doing well after surgery but will require more surgery, said his wife, Anita Sevier.

  • ExxonMobil subsidiary searches for oil, gas near Guyana

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    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A subsidiary of U.S.-based ExxonMobil Corp. has begun exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Guyana's coast in South America. The launch of the $300 million project comes amid heavy objection from Venezuela's government, which claims the area being explored belongs to it. ExxonMobil country manager Jeff Simmons said Friday that drilling will last about 60 days. Venezuela has long claimed two-thirds of Guyana's territory as its own and has taken action in the past. About two years ago, Venezuela detained a ship conducting a seismic study under a concession from Guyana. It was released after a week.

  • TurboTax maker says it received gov't inquiries about fraud

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    NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of TurboTax software said Friday that it had been contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies about a recent spike in fraudulent income tax filings. Intuit Inc. said that it received a formal request for information from the Justice Department and was also contacted by the Federal Trade Commission and Congress. Intuit said it will cooperate with all inquiries and wants to show that its products are secure. TurboTax is the most popular do-it-yourself tax preparation software in the U.S. On Feb. 6, Intuit said it stopped processing state tax returns for about 24 hours because of an increase in fraudulent filings.

  • Pipeline leak causes 10,000-gallon spill in McKenzie County

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says a ruptured pipeline led to a 10,000-gallon oil spill in McKenzie County. The leak occurred after the pipeline owned by Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. was struck by equipment Friday during excavation of the area about 18 miles south of Alexander. Health department officials say the leak was "mostly confined" to the excavated area and has not impacted any waterway. Officials say the spill is not a threat to public health at this time.

  • Obama: Ferguson report exposed racially biased system

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was "oppressive and abusive," President Barack Obama said Friday as he called for criminal justice reform as part of the modern struggle for civil rights. "It turns out they weren't just making it up. This was happening," Obama said during a town hall at South Carolina's Benedict College, the day before he prepared to commemorate a half-century since the historic civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama. In his most expansive comments yet about the Justice Department's report on bias against blacks in Ferguson, Obama said it was striking that investigators merely had to look at email sent by police officials to find evidence.

  • States say Obama administration misled judge on immigration

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    HOUSTON (AP) — A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration alleges the government misled a judge about not implementing part of the plan before the judge temporarily halted it. The allegation comes after the Justice Department said in court documents this week that federal officials had given 100,000 people three-year reprieves from deportation and granted them work permits under a program that protects young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Justice Department attorneys had previously said federal officials wouldn't accept requests under an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, u

  • Prosecutors: Phony cosmetic surgeon was no medical expert

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia madam-turned-faux cosmetic surgeon kept up the ruse of being a medical expert even as a 20-year-old dancer who received illegal buttocks injections began to die, prosecutors told jurors Friday as her murder trial went to a jury. The strippers, transgender women and "regular girls" who sought injections from defendant Padge-Victoria Windslowe at "pumping parties" and airport hotels were young and vulnerable, a prosecutor said. The dancer, Claudia Aderotimi of London, died after Windslowe struck a vein and sent silicone to her lungs, doctors said. "They're literally dying to be beautiful," Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn said in closing arguments.

  • Kentucky regulators approve plan to move coal ash

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — East Kentucky Power Cooperative won approval Friday from state utility regulators to move ahead with its plans to transfer 560,000 tons of coal ash to a new landfill in central Kentucky. Moving the mountains of ash — material left over when coal is burned at power plants to produce electricity — will be time consuming with a fleet of trucks hauling it on some roads in Clark County. The state Public Service Commission approved the $26.9 million project to move the ash from the cooperative's aging William C. Dale power plant along the Kentucky River in Clark County to a new landfill in the same county. The utility plans to shut down the last two units at the coal-fired Dale plant by April 2016.

  • Ed Modzelewski, former Browns fullback, dies at age 86

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    Ed "Big Mo" Modzelewski, a former star fullback who led the University of Maryland to an unbeaten season in 1951 and later won an NFL championship with the Cleveland Browns, has died. He was 86. Modzelewski died Saturday of congestive heart failure, his wife, Joanne, said. Services are pending at Greer's Funeral Home in Sedona, Arizona. Modzelewski (pronounced Mo-juh-LESS-key) was born on Jan. 13, 1929, in West Natrona, Pennsylvania, where his Polish-born father was a coal miner. He teamed up with his little brother, Dick, a defensive tackle nicknamed "Little Mo," with the Terrapins and later squared off against him in the NFL when Ed's Browns faced Dick's New York Giants.

  • Dow reshuffle: Apple joins blue-chip index, AT&T gets booted

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is in. AT&T is out. In another milestone for the popular and profitable iPhone giant, Apple will replace AT&T in the venerable Dow Jones industrial average on March 19, the manager of the index announced Friday. The move isn't likely to impact the 30-stock index much, and will have no effect on the fortunes of the two companies. But market experts say it does have symbolic importance, sort of like getting an Oscar at the Academy Awards — or at least a nomination. The change cements Apple as "the gold standard of technology," says Daniel Ives, a financial analyst at FBR Research. "They've really become the modern-day Wright Brothers.

  • CSX agrees to long-term restoration plan in W.Va. derailment

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    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal regulators say CSX Transportation has agreed to a long-term plan for cleaning up and restoring the area around a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia. Under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order released Friday, CSX must submit a comprehensive plan within three weeks. Investigators have not determined what caused 27 of the CSX train's 109 cars to go off the tracks during a Feb. 16 snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Response teams have removed contaminated soil and recovered 110,000 gallons of an oil-water mix from the site. The EPA says oil from the tank cars caused a sludge deposit in the Kanawha River and an adjoining creek, and caused a sheen along the shoreli

  • Kasich predicts drilling tax hike could hit ballot

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says he foresees a ballot measure emerging if his latest effort to raise taxes on oil-and-gas drillers fails to get through the Legislature. Kasich predicted at a news conference Friday that a citizen group or aspiring politician would spearhead the effort and seek rates even higher than he has proposed. Kasich's current budget proposal calls for a fixed rate on crude oil and natural gas of 6.5 percent at the wellhead, and a lower 4.5 percent for natural gas and natural gas liquids sold downstream. Kasich said a ballot campaign would probably push a 10-percent rate with earmark proceeds for something popular with voters. Proceeds of his tax would go to income-tax reduc

  • US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 75 to 1,192

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 75 this week to 1,192 amid depressed oil prices. Baker Hughes said Friday 922 rigs were seeking oil and 268 were exploring for natural gas, with two listed as miscellaneous. The count is down from a year ago, when 1,792 rigs were active. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 32 rigs; New Mexico, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania lost seven each; Colorado lost five; North Dakota lost three; Kansas, Louisiana and Utah lost two; and California, Ohio and Wyoming each lost one. Alaska and Arkansas were unchanged, while West Virginia gained one rig. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,

  • For virtual reality creators, a question of control

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At the Game Developers Conference, it's easy to imagine what virtual reality will look like when it eventually hits the marketplace. What it will feel like, however, is an entirely different matter. From wand-shaped controllers to motion-detecting sensors, VR creators are trying out all sorts of input methods on the road to bringing the immersive technology into consumers' homes. For decades, to interact with virtual worlds depicted on television and computer screens, gamers had to rely on either hand-held controllers with an assortment of buttons, directional pads and analog sticks, or a keyboard coupled with a mouse.

  • Cops: Baby apparently starves after mom's suspected overdose

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    MILLVALE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators outside Pittsburgh have identified a young woman whose apparent death from a drug overdose is believed to have led to the starvation death of her infant son. Authorities say the bodies of 22-year-old Sara Kessler and her 9-month-old son, Casey, were found Friday inside Kessler's Millvale apartment. Police say Kessler's brother found the two dead when he went to check on them after not hearing from his sister for days. No one else lived on the same floor where Kessler lived with her baby. Police say they believe the mother may have been dead for a week or more before Friday's discovery. They say there was no evidence of foul play. Autopsies are planned Saturday.

  • Man indicted on murder, other counts after Vegas mother shot

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 19-year-old man was indicted Friday on murder and other charges in the shooting death of a mother of four in a neighborhood gunbattle. The grand jury indictment accuses defendant Erich Milton Nowsch Jr. of murder, attempted murder and firing a weapon from a vehicle in the shooting that was initially characterized as road rage but was later found to be more complicated. The indictment doesn't name the getaway driver in the Feb. 12 shooting of 44-year-old Tammy Meyers. She died two days later on Valentine's Day. The getaway driver remains at large and the investigation is ongoing.




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