UN envoy leaves Crimea under order from armed men

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — A special U.N. envoy cut short his mission in Crimea on Wednesday after being threatened by 10 to 15 armed men and ordered to leave the region, where Ukraine and Russia are locked in a tense standoff, U.N. officials said. After a confrontation...

Big coal producer in settlement over tainted water

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday. The agreement...
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Netanyahu and Gov. Brown to sign pro-business pact

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making a swing through the Silicon Valley where he met with high-tech leaders and signed a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown. Sitting next to Netanyahu, Brown said...

APNewsBreak: Delaware lacks lethal injection drugs

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware has 17 condemned prisoners facing the death penalty, but no means of executing any of them. Like other states, Delaware prison officials have found it difficult to get the drugs used in lethal injections because major manufacturers several...

New SAT: The essay portion is to become optional

WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as “prevaricator” and...

Samuelson: Does ‘tax reform’ have a future?

In a curious way, the sweeping “tax reform” plan unveiled recently by Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, demonstrates why half measures won’t do. The income tax has become, through its many deductions, credits and exclusions, a...

State Reports Record-low Ohio Inmate Return Rate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio says fewer inmates than ever are going back to prison after they’ve been released. State prisons director Gary Mohr attributes the drop to community programs that work with newly released inmates, and new prison units that prepare inmates for life...

Review: Apple’s iWork brings simplicity to docs

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Microsoft’s Office is the go-to software package for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Google’s Docs has emerged as a good, free alternative for lightweight tasks. But what’s often overlooked is...

Browns Release WR Davone Bess

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess. The expected move comes after a pattern of disturbing behavior during the offseason by Bess, who spent just one season with Cleveland after being acquired in a trade last April. Bess was arrested for...

AP NewsBreak: Big fine in coal-tainted water deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday. The...