National News

February 13, 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. ARMY OF UTILITY WORKERS LABORING IN THE SOUTH

A half-million homes and businesses lost power to the storm now sweeping up I-95 corridor to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

2. COMCAST TO BUY TIME WARNER CABLE FOR $45 BILLION

AP sources confirm deal that would combine two largest U.S. cable companies. Announcement expected this morning.

3. AFGHANISTAN FREES DETAINEES U.S. CALLS ‘DANGEROUS’

The release of 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison further strains relations between Washington and Karzai.

4. AMERICAN STARS WIPING OUT IN SUNNY SOCHI

From Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso to Shaun White and Shani Davis, athletes expected to win gold have stumbled.

5. TEA PARTY TEEING OFF ON SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER

After Mitch McConnell helped advance the bill to raise the debt ceiling, conservative groups signal they’ll make his vote an issue in November.

6. ABOUT ONE MILLION SIGN UP FOR ‘OBAMACARE’ IN JANUARY

It’s the first time since the health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target has been met.

7. HOW U.S. WILL GET RID OF SYRIA’S CHEMICAL WEAPONS

An AP Q&A tells you about the ship, crew and process that will be used to destroy mustard gas and raw materials for sarin nerve gas.

8. FOREIGN ‘DRUG MULES’ FACE A PURGATORY IN PERU

Caught trying to smuggle cocaine, they serve their time but then find themselves stuck in the country until parole ends, fines are paid.

9. MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY CASTAWAY IN GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH, MENTALLY FRAGILE

El Salvador fisherman tells doctors he came close to giving up hope after large ships passed close to his small boat but didn’t stop to rescue him.

10. WHAT AP POLL SAYS ABOUT THE SEXES AND VALENTINE’S DAY

Men are just as excited about the holiday as women, and almost everyone wants to receive a gift.

 

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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