National News

February 18, 2014

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. THAI PROTESTS TURN DEADLY

Hundreds of riot police attempt to clear out anti-government protest sites around Bangkok, triggering clashes that leave at least three people dead and 57 injured.

2. TWO SIDES PLANNING DUELING DEMONSTRATIONS IN VENEZUELA

Pro- and anti-government activists will march in Caracas. Opposition group changes its route, which may prevent violence.

3. JIMMY FALLON BRINGS “TONIGHT SHOW” BACK TO NEW YORK

AP TV columnist Frazier Moore calls the comedian funny, gracious, bubbly and, above all, comfortable presiding over his first show.

4. TINA MAZE SOLVES GIANT SLALOM

The Slovenian earns her second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, winning from the front on a rainy and snowy course.

5. SECOND ROUND OF NUCLEAR TALKS BETWEEN IRAN, SIX WORLD POWERS BEGINS

After reaching an interim deal in November, there’s pessimism on both sides as negotiators confront hurdles standing in the way of a permanent accord.

6. COMPUTER HACKING IS A CRIME, BUT HACKATHONS ARE A GOOD THING

Lots of pizza, little sleep when techies get together for programming marathons aimed at developing apps or solving problems.

7. WHAT CALIFORNIA OLIVE GROWERS WANT GOVERNMENT TO DO

They think European olive oil is often mislabeled and of low grade and say stricter standards would help them gain market share.

8. ARCTIC NOT AS BRIGHT AND WHITE BEC AUSE OF ICE MELTING INTO THE OCEAN

That concerns scientists who say in new study that more dark, open water means less heat is reflected into space.

9. WHY MAN SMASHED VASE VALUED AT $1 MILLION AT NEW ART MUSEUM

A South Florida artist tells police he was protesting Perez Art Museum Miami’s preference for international rather than local art.

10. HOW A SIMPLE TEST COULD HELP PREDICT MAJOR DEPRESSION

In a new study, researchers say saliva from teenage boys who are mildly depressed could identify those who will develop worse illness.

 

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  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.

    April 20, 2014

  • In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates

    The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other.

    April 20, 2014

  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

    April 20, 2014

  • Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

    After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

    April 20, 2014

  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

    April 20, 2014

  • ‘Capt. America’ tops box office for third week

    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie.

    April 20, 2014

  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    April 20, 2014

  • NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs

    Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.

    April 19, 2014

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.

    April 19, 2014

  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

    April 19, 2014