Investigation into NC coal ash spill widens

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury. The subpoenas were made...

Obama defends US process on Keystone XL

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, watches as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama, before they speak during the seventh trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting in Toluca, Mexico Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014. This year’s...

Obama condemns violence in Ukraine and Venezuela

TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. strongly condemns violence taking place in Venezuela and Ukraine. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He says the...

Court to control MLK Bible and Nobel Peace Prize

Eric Barnum, left, attorney for Bernice King looks over paperwork held by William Hill, attorney for the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., as they appear in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in the first hearing in the case that has pitted...

Football coach charged in Missouri girl’s death

This photo provided by Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Michael Wood is shown. Wood has been jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the abduction and death of a 10-year-old girl, police said Wednesday. A body believed to be that of Hailey Owens was found...

Jazz study shows link between music and language

This undated handout photo provided by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shows a jazz pianist playing inside an MRI machine. Jazz musicians are famous for musical conversations _ one improvises a few bars and another makes up an answer. Researchers at Johns Hopkins...

Brief thaw lifts sprits and raises flooding risks

A runner runs along the lake shore Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Chicago. Weeks of subfreezing weather are giving way, at least briefly, to temperatures in the 50s, putting cities on guard for flooding, roof collapses and clogged storm drains. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) A runner...

Meteorologist gets personal about ‘old man winter’

CHICAGO (AP) — National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi has a message to those who think the bright sunshine over parts of the Midwest this week means the brutal winter is over: “Forgetaboutit.” In a report issued Wednesday, the meteorologist veered...

Los Angeles cardinal unlikely to face charges

FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2008 file photo, Cardinal Roger Mahony officiates during Ash Wednesday services at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $13 million to settle 17 clergy abuse lawsuits, including...

Nebraska law that allowed Keystone XL struck down

FILE – In this March 11, 2013 photo, a sign reading “Stop the Transcanada Pipeline” stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb., along the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. A Nebraska district court struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil...