I-5 bridge collapses in NW Wash.; people in water
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon collapsed Thursday evening, dumping vehicles and people into the water, the Washington State Patrol said.
05/23/2013 - 11:02 PM
Part of Washington state freeway span collapses into river: dispatcher
(Reuters) - Part of a freeway bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state collapsed on Thursday, sending vehicles falling into the water below, an emergency dispatcher said. Washington State Patrol dispatcher A.J. Cooper could give no further details and said she did not know if people were in the water under the portion of Interstate 5 that collapsed over the river. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
05/23/2013 - 11:02 PM
NJ: Caramel-colored rubbing alcohol sold as scotch
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water — and apparently not even clean water at that.
05/23/2013 - 11:00 PM
Red Wings top Blackhawks 2-0, take 3-1 series lead
DETROIT (AP) — Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period, Daniel Cleary had an empty-net goal and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, putting the NHL's best team during the regular season on the brink of elimination.
05/23/2013 - 11:00 PM
Chinese media: North Korea envoy offers talks
BEIJING (AP) — A North Korean envoy, on the second day of his fence-mending visit to ally China, heeded Beijing's wishes by offering to renew nuclear disarmament talks, Chinese state media said.
05/23/2013 - 10:56 PM
Asia stock markets edge up after big sell-off
BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets staged a mild recovery Friday, a day after being routed by unexpectedly weak Chinese manufacturing and fears the Federal Reserve will start withdrawing its monetary stimulus.
05/23/2013 - 10:56 PM
Boy Scouts of America votes to end century-old ban on gay scouts
By Marice Richter GRAPEVINE, Texas (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America voted on Thursday to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts in a major victory for gay rights activists, but the decision means a sea of change for an organization that depends heavily on faith-based groups. More than 60 percent of the group's National Council, comprised of some 1,400 delegates, voted in favor of ending the ban, effective January 1, 2014, the group said in a statement. A prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place. ...
05/23/2013 - 10:55 PM
Venezuela prosecutor to open probe over leaked recording
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's prosecutor's office said on Thursday it would open an investigation into in a recording the opposition says features a top government ally accusing the deputy head of the ruling Socialist Party of corruption and conspiring against the new president. Opposition deputies on Monday broadcast the recording of a conversation they said was between powerful state television commentator Mario Silva and a Cuban intelligence agent and later requested an investigation of it. ...
05/23/2013 - 10:53 PM
NJ franchisee: We'll fix any fake-liquor problems
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey company that operates 13 TGI Fridays restaurants accused of secretly replacing premium liquor with low-quality booze says it's shocked at the allegations.
05/23/2013 - 10:43 PM
Stricken Japan nuke plant struggles to keep staff
TOKYO (AP) — Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it.
05/23/2013 - 10:42 PM
Rep. Jo Bonner resigning to take Ala. college post
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner announced Thursday that he is resigning from Congress effective in August to take a post with the University of Alabama system.
05/23/2013 - 10:39 PM
Swim coach sentenced to 7 years for sex abuse
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A once-prominent swimming coach who trained thousands of children was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.
05/23/2013 - 10:32 PM
Kreider keeps Rangers alive with OT goal
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
05/23/2013 - 10:29 PM
Brown hounded for calling Manila 'gates of hell'
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Dan Brown's description of Manila as "the gates of hell" in the American novelist's latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital.
05/23/2013 - 10:26 PM
Factbox: Key facts about Japan's constitution, proposed changes
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making amending the pacifist, U.S.-drafted constitution one focus of his ruling party's campaign for July's upper house election. He hopes pro-revision parties will obtain the two-thirds majority that would pave the way for the first-ever revision to the 1947 charter. Following are some key facts about the constitution - which has never been revised - and changes proposed by Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). ...
05/23/2013 - 10:25 PM
10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
05/23/2013 - 10:20 PM
Special Report: The deeper agenda behind 'Abenomics'
By Linda Sieg, Yuko Yoshikawa and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) - When ill health and political gridlock forced Shinzo Abe to quit after one dismal year as Japan's prime minister, his pride was dented and his self-confidence battered. One thing, however, was intact: his commitment to a controversial conservative agenda centered on rewriting Japan's constitution. Conservatives see the 1947 pacifist charter, never once altered, as embodying a liberal social order imposed by the U.S. Occupation after Japan's defeat in World War Two. ...
05/23/2013 - 10:19 PM
Extremists claim responsibility for Niger attacks
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing 26 people and injuring 30, according to officials in Niger and France. A surviving attacker took a group of soldiers hostage, and authorities were attempting to negotiate their release.
05/23/2013 - 10:17 PM
WikiLeaks leaks 'We Steal Secrets' doc transcript
LOS ANGELES (AP) — WikiLeaks characterizes the new documentary, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," as biased and accuses its director, Alex Gibney of "errors and sleight of hand."
05/23/2013 - 10:12 PM
Study: No higher cancer rate at Conn. Pratt plants
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 11-year study of the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in the state ended Thursday with university researchers saying they found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers.
05/23/2013 - 10:09 PM
GOP's Walker touts state ties during trip to Iowa
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker, is introducing himself to Iowa Republicans as would-be presidential candidates often do — as one of their own.
05/23/2013 - 10:08 PM
Weiner gets started stumping in NYC mayoral race
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Weiner set out to reintroduce himself to voters Thursday as he embarked on a mayoral bid after leaving Congress in a sexting scandal. He found a much more supportive reception in his first day of campaigning than he did from the state's top Democrat, who bluntly criticized his candidacy a day earlier.
05/23/2013 - 10:04 PM
NYPD: Merchant held for ransom, tortured for month
NEW YORK (AP) — A businessman was snatched from a New York City street in broad daylight, then held captive for more than a month in a warehouse where he was bound and burned with acid as he was held for a $3 million ransom his family back in Ecuador did not have, authorities said.
05/23/2013 - 10:02 PM
Milestones for Guantanamo Bay detention center
President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his 2008 campaign promise to close the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where terror suspects have been held since 2002, and begin the transfer of some prisoners to other countries. A look the facility's history:
05/23/2013 - 09:58 PM
Procter & Gamble brings back A.G. Lafley as CEO
NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble Co. is bringing back its former CEO, as the world's largest consumer-products maker tries to spur global growth.
05/23/2013 - 09:57 PM
Jurors deadlock on Jodi Arias penalty; retrial set
PHOENIX (AP) — Jurors who spent five months determining Jodi Arias' fate couldn't decide whether she should get life in prison or die for murdering her boyfriend, sending prosecutors back to the drawing board to rehash the shocking case of sex, lies and violence to another 12 people.
05/23/2013 - 09:52 PM
Shelton, Underwood coming to aid of Oklahomans
Blake Shelton has a date and location for his benefit and fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood is writing a large check to help benefit those affected by this week's storms in their home state.
05/23/2013 - 09:36 PM
Writer Chinua Achebe honored in Nigeria funeral
OGIDI, Nigeria (AP) — Writer Chinua Achebe shunned Nigeria's corrupt politicians and twice turned down national honors, never fearing to criticize those he felt ruined his country. On Thursday, however, the lawmakers and the country's elite came to praise him.
05/23/2013 - 09:26 PM
U.S. drone guidelines could reduce 'signature strikes'
By Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. guidelines for conducting armed drone operations overseas set a higher bar for attacking non-Americans and could reduce controversial "signature strikes" targeted at suspicious groups rather than individuals. But the drone guidelines announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday still include vague language and loopholes that officials could use to conduct more expansive operations. ...
05/23/2013 - 09:23 PM
87-year-old woman loses to Trump in civil case
CHICAGO (AP) — An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.
05/23/2013 - 09:14 PM
Sears reports bigger-than-expected 1Q loss
NEW YORK (AP) — It was another ugly quarter for Sears Holdings Corp.
05/23/2013 - 09:08 PM
Maine governor moves out of office over TV dispute
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor, who has gained attention in the past for telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" and comparing the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, has moved out of his office at the State House and says he'll work out of the governor's mansion because of a dispute over a television screen.
05/23/2013 - 09:07 PM
Belmoktar claims responsibility for Niger attack
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing 26 people and injuring 30, according to officials in Niger and France.
05/23/2013 - 08:57 PM
Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders — a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors.
05/23/2013 - 08:56 PM
Google faces new federal antitrust probe: source
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are in the early stages of an antitrust probe into whether Google Inc, the top player in Web display advertising, breaks antitrust law in how it handles some advertising sales, a source told Reuters on Thursday. The source said that it was unlikely that the Federal Trade Commission had sent out civil investigative demands in relation to the probe, which would be the sign of a formal and more serious investigation. ...
05/23/2013 - 08:54 PM
Obama to tour Jersey Shore with Gov. Christie
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to give the Jersey Shore a boost with a post-Memorial Day visit to showcase recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
05/23/2013 - 08:51 PM
Jobs, housing data show economy has some muscle
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to resilience in the labor market despite belt-tightening by Washington. The improving employment picture is helping to prop up housing, with rising home prices keeping domestic consumption supported, limiting the drag from tighter fiscal policy that is dampening factory activity. "All the eggs are in housing and the consumers' baskets this quarter. ...
05/23/2013 - 08:49 PM
NY senator: Assaults let military culture continue
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Charges that an Army sergeant secretly photographed and videotaped women at West Point are part of a military-wide pattern of sexual misconduct, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday.
05/23/2013 - 08:49 PM
CBS up, 'Idol' down as traditional TV season ends
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS strengthened its dominance over the television industry this year at the same time that the unprecedented reign of "American Idol" came to a close.
05/23/2013 - 08:47 PM
Francona manages at Fenway for 1st time since 2011
BOSTON (AP) — Terry Francona felt right at home in the visiting dugout.
05/23/2013 - 08:40 PM
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