• Hawaii bill seeks to allow growing marijuana outdoors

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii lawmakers and advocates say medical marijuana dispensary applicants could be at a disadvantage because health department rules don't allow greenhouses. Lawmakers are considering a bill to allow medical marijuana business owners to grow plants in greenhouses, shade houses or outdoors in open air. Right now, rules posted on the Hawaii Department of Health's website say that isn't allowed, and medical marijuana must be grown in an enclosed structure. Janice Okubo of the Hawaii Department of Health said the department doesn't plan on changing the rules unless there's a change in state law. Hawaii lawmakers said it wasn't their intention to ban greenhouses or outdoor growing as long as facilitie

  • Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a murder-suicide. Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale. They said the girls each were shot once, were declared dead at the scene and a weapon was found near the bodies. "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appeared to also be in a relationship," Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement Friday afternoon. Breeden said it is believed nobody witnessed the shootin

  • The Latest: Faculty asks university's president to resign

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    The Latest on the turmoil at Mount St. Mary's University after an uproar over the president's plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer them tuition refunds: 7:20 p.m. Faculty members of Mount St. Mary's University have voted overwhelmingly to ask the school's president to resign by Monday morning. They announced the 87-to-3 vote Friday evening despite President Simon Newman's afternoon announcement that he was reinstating two faculty members he had fired amid an uproar over his plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer them tuition refunds.

  • Official's email says shift to Flint River made too quickly

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    As the city of Flint, Michigan, prepared to begin drawing its drinking water from the Flint River, an official with the municipal water plant said his superiors were prodding him to move too quickly, an email released by the governor's office Friday shows. "If water is distributed from this plant in the next couple weeks, it will be against my direction," Mike Glasgow wrote to officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality on April 17, 2014, when he was the plant's laboratory and water quality supervisor. He is now the city utilities administrator. "I need time to adequately train additional staff and to update our monitoring plans before I will feel we are ready," he wrote. "I will reiterate this to management

  • Bill would make men confirm marriage for ED medication

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state lawmaker has filed a bill that would require men have at least two office visits and swear on a Bible they are married before a doctor could prescribe them erectile dysfunction medication. The bill by Democratic state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville is in response to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signing a bill last week requiring women to consult with a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion. Other state lawmakers have filed similar bills to make political points. In 2012, a bill from an Ohio state senator required men to get a psychological evaluation before getting a prescription and last year a South Carolina state representative filed a bill that would require men to wait 2

  • The Latest: Arizona school shooting was murder-suicide

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a high school in a Phoenix suburb (all times local): 5 p.m. Police now say the deaths of two 15-year-old female students at a high school in a Phoenix suburb is a murder-suicide. Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden say a suicide note was located at the scene of Friday morning's shooting at Independence High School. She says both victims were shot once and a weapon was found near the bodies, which were located near the school's cafeteria area under a covered patio. Breeden says the teens have been positively identified, but their names aren't being released by police because they are juveniles. 12:35 p.m.

  • Conan's biggest regret at Harvard? Skipping economics

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    BOSTON (AP) — Conan O'Brien was a prankster during his Harvard years, but he also credits his success to hard work in the classroom. The late-night TV host spoke to an audience of Harvard University students on Friday about the value of a liberal-arts education and about his time at the Ivy League school. Harvard President Drew Faust hosted the discussion with O'Brien, who graduated from Harvard in 1985 with a concentration in history and literature. O'Brien sharpened his comedy chops while working for the Harvard Lampoon, the school's storied humor magazine. Among his college pranks, O'Brien says he stole the outfit worn by Robin in the '60s TV show "Batman" when it was displayed on campus. But he also fondly recalled clas

  • Baylor regents announce new responses to sexual assaults

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University regents have announced new measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and providing additional training for faculty and staff. The private Southern Baptist school has faced criticism over how it responded to recent sexual assault allegations. Baylor has hired a law firm to review how it previously handled such cases and recommend any changes. Friday's announcement didn't specify how many new counselors would be hired, what training would be required or how much the school will spend. The Board of Regents said the school is committed to eliminating sexual violence from campus and getting victims the help they need.

  • Alabama woman serving life for granddaughter's running death has died

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama woman serving life for granddaughter's running death has died.

  • FBI: No rigged explosives found at site of Oregon standoff

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — FBI officials said Friday they haven't found any rigged explosives or booby traps at the national wildlife refuge in Oregon that had been seized by an armed group. Authorities allowed a group of reporters to get closer to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where the last four occupiers surrendered Thursday. The tour stopped short of the refuge itself. The armed protesters had blockaded the road near the refuge using a government-owned heavy front-end loader and two pickup trucks. A group of tents and pickup trucks was clustered on a small rise far beyond the road barrier. Larry Karl, the assistant special agent in charge of the Portland FBI, said the tents made up the "shantytown" where the last four h

  • 2 more men charged in Southern jewelry robberies

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two more men accused of participating in a string of jewelry store robberies across the South are facing federal charges in Florida. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Panama City reports that 43-year-old Larry Gilmore and 46-year-old Michael Gilmore made their initial appearances Friday in Atlanta. The office said in a news release that the men had been charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence. Already facing charges were 24-year-old Abigail Kemp and 35-year-old Lewis Jones III. The FBI says Kemp and Jones stole an estimated $4.3 million in jewelry by robbing six stores in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

  • The Latest: Art teacher killed in manhole cover accident

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of a woman whose vehicle was struck by a manhole cover on a Boston highway (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A women killed by a manhole cover that apparently flew loose on a busy Boston highway has been identified as an art teacher at a Boston-area elementary school. Glover Elementary School Principal Sheila Kukstis says Caitlin Clavette had been on her way to work Friday to the school in Milton when she was killed. Kukstis says Clavette had been an art teacher at the school since 2011. She describes her Clavette as a "talented and valued member" of the faculty. The school will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon for parents who need guidance on how to talk to their chil

  • Fraternity says 5 chapters acknowledged hearing racist chant

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fraternity connected to a racist chant caught on video at the University of Oklahoma last spring said Friday that members at five other chapters acknowledged hearing the chant over the last five years. The Evanston, Illinois-based Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity would not release the names of the other chapters identified after an investigation launched last year, but each of those chapters was educated on diversity and inclusion, said SAE spokesman Brandon Weghorst. "The organization had to create some level of amnesty to ensure honest and open dialogue and to maintain the integrity of the investigation," Weghorst said.

  • Regulators vote to phase in solar rate hike more slowly

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Public Utilities Commission voted Friday to phase in higher rates for rooftop solar customers over a longer period of time than previously approved — a concession to rooftop solar customers who say higher rates make it harder to recoup their investments in panels. Regulators voted unanimously to implement the increase gradually over 12 years instead of four. The decision came after hours of public comment and after hundreds of people — many of them rooftop solar installers laid off by companies that pulled up stakes in Nevada after December's rate hike announcement — rallied outside the agency's building in Las Vegas.

  • Drew Lewis, Reagan transport secretary during strike, dies

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Drew Lewis, a businessman who served as U.S. transportation secretary under President Ronald Reagan during the 1981 air traffic controllers' strike, has died at age 84. Lewis, who lived on a farm in Lower Salford, in the Philadelphia suburbs, died Wednesday in Prescott, Arizona, of complications from pneumonia, said his son, Andy Lewis. As transportation secretary, Lewis was the Republican administration's chief representative in a bitter labor dispute with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization. Reagan fired 11,400 members of the union for mounting an illegal strike. Lewis later became CEO of Omaha, Nebraska-based transportation company Union Pacific Corp.

  • Manhole cover crashes into SUV's windshield, killing driver

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. Police didn't confirm the victim's name Friday, but Milton Public School district identified her as Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher at Glover Elementary School in the Boston suburb. "Ms. Clavette was a talented and special educator who has touched the lives of many students and families over the past four years in the Milton Public Schools," the district said in a statement. "The entire Milton community extends its thoughts and prayers to Caitlin's family and friends.

  • The Latest: Northern Californian wins Titans of Mavericks

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Northern California's big-wave surfing competition known as Titans of Mavericks (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Northern Californian Nic Lamb has won the big-waving surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks. Lamb of nearby Santa Cruz, California outlasted 23 other competitors to win the 10th organized contest at the legendary Mavericks surf break near Half Moon Bay, about 20 miles south of San Francisco. Lamb recovered from one of the day's worst wipeouts amid waves breaking at 15 to 18 feet Friday with occasionally bigger waves. ___ 9:10 a.m.

  • Court gunman's widow sentenced to life in prison

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The ailing widow of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse was sentenced Friday to life in prison on federal cyberstalking charges. Lenore Matusiewicz, 69, learned her fate while lying in a bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. A federal judge scheduled the emergency sentencing after attorneys agreed it needed to take place in the hospital to ensure that Matusiewicz receives essential medical care. Her son, David Matusiewicz, told The Associated Press in an email last week that he had been told his mother had only three to six months left to live. He didn't say why.

  • Latest suit over coastal damage adds to oil industry woes

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cameron Parish in southwestern Louisiana has joined the list of those suing the oil and gas industry over damage to the state's badly eroding coast. The parish filed a series of suits Monday with defendants — including major oil companies — numbering close to 200. Parish officials did not return a telephone call Friday from The Associated Press seeking comment on the case. Industry associations immediately condemned the suits as an unwarranted attack on businesses already suffering because of low oil prices. The suits seek remedies including payments to restore coastal areas allegedly damaged by the companies' dredging of canals and pollution of marshes, waterways and groundwater.

  • Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators. The deal reduced the $25 million fine at a Wilmington power plant that state regulators had promoted as the largest penalty for environmental damage in state history. The agreement cut the fine to $7 million but also sought to resolve groundwater pollution claims at all 14 of the company's power plants storing toxic coal ash, not just one.




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