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  • Metro-North: Railroad has implemented reforms

    2 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Metro-North says the nation's second-largest commuter railroad has made tremendous strides in improving its safety culture after two derailments last year. Marjorie Anders says Metro-North did a thorough inspection of its tracks ...

  • Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote

    2 hours, 48 minutes ago

    (AP) ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's ailing incumbent president wins 4th term with 81 percent of vote.

  • New Jersey woman sues over '8THEIST' license plate

    2 hours, 52 minutes ago

    (AP) NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit, claiming the state's Motor Vehicle Commission rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an atheist. Shannon Morgan filed the suit Thursday in federal court, saying the ...

  • USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

    2 hours, 53 minutes ago

    (AP) MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year. The porcine epidemic diarrhea ...

  • Ukraine crisis: turning points

    3 hours, 2 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties to a degree unseen since the Cold War. The deal Thursday in ...

  • Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved

    3 hours, 9 minutes ago

    (AP) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved ...

  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    3 hours, 11 minutes ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories — to help with its leader's election bid next year. Axelrod will join Labour's election campaign team as senior ...

  • 'Miracle on Ice' gold medal to be auctioned

    3 hours, 11 minutes ago

    (AP) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the Olympic gold medals earned after the famed "Miracle on Ice" hockey game in 1980 will be auctioned beginning next week. The Minnesota collegiate hockey player who helped Team USA beat the Soviets on the ...

  • Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off

    3 hours, 31 minutes ago

    (AP) BOSTON (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts ...

  • Alternative to NYC horse carriages: Old-timey car?

    3 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype ...

  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    3 hours, 39 minutes ago

    (AP) COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock. The half dozen kids — that ...

  • Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

    3 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City on Friday along ...

  • Restitution ordered over dead, dying animals

    3 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles at his business has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution. The Orange County Register ...

  • Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    3 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a ...

  • Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

    3 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some parents in Topeka, Kansas are upset because there will be a limited number of people allowed to attend a combined high school graduation ceremony at which first lady Miche Obama is scheduled to speak next ...

  • US Geological Survey says Mexico quake magnitude 7.5

    3 hours, 46 minutes ago

    (AP) MEXICO CITY (AP) — US Geological Survey says Mexico quake magnitude 7.5.

  • In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden

    3 hours, 52 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of government documents reveals widespread domestic surveillance of Americans. Leaked revelations hit the front pages of newspapers. A powerful governmental agency is brought under scrutiny. Sound familiar? It's the story of the documentary "1971," ...

  • AP PHOTOS: Stratocaster still a favorite at 60

    3 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimi Hendrix made it shriek. Buddy Holly made it swing. Stevie Ray Vaughn made it snarl. Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive double-cutaway ...

  • Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe

    3 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north. Tuareg rebels, who want an independent homeland in Mali's north, launched a rebellion in 2012 ...

  • AP Top Headlines At 10:30 a.m. EDT

    4 hours, 2 minutes ago

    (AP) Pro-Russian insurgents won't leave occupied buildings unless interim Ukrainian govt resigns Probe into South Korea ferry focuses on sharp turn, captain's actions and slow evacuation 10 Things to Know for Today Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing 12 Sherpa, leaving 4 ...

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