Q&A: Things to know about the deadly Seattle duck boat crash

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren SEATTLE (AP) — A deadly collision last week in Seattle between a duck boat and a charter bus carrying international college students has prompted a federal investigation. Here are questions and answers about the collision and the National...

Energy Transfer Equity buying Williams Cos. for $32.61B

DALLAS (AP) — Energy Transfer Equity is buying pipeline operator The Williams Cos. for approximately $32.61 billion. The companies said Monday that the combination creates one of the five biggest energy companies in the world. Energy Transfer Equity LP will pay $43.50 per...

NFL exec: Ref didn’t tell Newton ‘you’re not old enough’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL vice president of officiating says that referee Ed Hochuli insists he never told Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton that he “wasn’t old enough” to get a personal foul call during Sunday’s game against the New...

What it means: Shell abandons Arctic oil drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is giving up on its expensive and controversial push to produce oil in Alaska’s Arctic waters, a decision that darkens the long-term oil prospects of the U.S. and brings relief to environmental groups that had tried...

Tractor-trailer Driver Killed In Fiery Ohio Ambulance Crash

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer driver was killed after his rig crashed into an EMS vehicle that had stopped for an earlier crash in northern Ohio. The Ohio State Highway patrol says the Mifflin Township ambulance was parked on the left side of the...

Alcoa splitting into 2 companies

NEW YORK (AP) — Alcoa will split into two independent companies, separating its bauxite, aluminum and casting operations from its engineering, transportation and global rolled products businesses. The metals maker has been dealing with a downturn in its smelting business...

Obama: US willing to work with Russia, Iran on Syria crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Straining for a solution to Syria’s civil war, President Barack Obama on Monday said the United States is willing to work with Russia, as well as Iran to achieve a “managed transition” to remove Syrian leader Bashar Assad from power....

India, Pakistan say some 1,100 killed in Saudi hajj disaster

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Saudi Arabia has given foreign diplomats some 1,100 photographs of the dead from last week’s hajj crush and stampede, Indian and Pakistani authorities said, an indication of a significantly high death toll than previously offered by the kingdom. Saudi...

NFL exec: Ref didn’t tell Newton ‘you’re not old enough’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Newtork that referee Ed Hochuli insists he never told Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton that he “wasn’t old enough” to get a personal foul call during Sunday’s...

Vietnam leader: China island work violates international law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vietnam’s president has told The Associated Press that China’s island-building in the disputed South China Sea violates international law and endangers maritime security. President Truong Tan Sang (TOO-UHNG TAHN SAHNG) urged the...