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Pilot after Somalia emergency: Airplane security is "zero"

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 10:21am

The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a three-foot hole on its fuselage said Sunday he never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security surround the airplane at Mogadishu Airport as "zero."

'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 10:00am

"Kung Fu Panda 3" again led the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind.

Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

Dirk Lammers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 9:01am

Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. In the back room, beyond the dapper mannequins and vest swatches of pink, yellow and blue, a tote filled with review packets for 24 of her Hayward Elementary School students awaits her attention if she gets any down time.

Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid

George M. Walsh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 8:32am

An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

Crane that collapsed, killing 1, is removed from NYC street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 8:10am

A construction crane has been removed from the New York City street where it collapsed, killing a pedestrian.

Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 7:51am

Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance

Josh Boak and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:40am

Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away.

AP FACT CHECK: Skewed GOP claims on taxes, health insurance

Josh Boak and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 10:00pm

Viewers of the latest Republican presidential debate didn't get a straight story from the candidates on U.S. taxes vs. the world, the state of the health insurance marketplace under "Obamacare" or what might happen if that law is taken away.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says timeline will stay in real time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 8:56pm

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday the social media website's stream of tweets will stay live and in real time, disputing a media report that a change was in the works.

New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 8:32pm

New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy.

New York real estate developer John Tishman dies at age 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 4:20pm

A builder whose company worked on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Century City complex in Los Angeles and Walt Disney's EPCOT center in Florida among other high-profile developments has died. John Tishman was 90.

Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 3:29pm

Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade.

Cause of deadly NYC crane collapse is under investigation

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 2:31pm

Officials are working to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars. Three other people were hurt by debris, two of them seriously.

The Latest: Funeral held for victim of NYC crane collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 10:30am

The Latest on the collapse of a construction crane, which killed a pedestrian (all times local):

Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 10:21am

California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take six hours or more by car. Eight years after they approved funding for it, construction is years behind schedule and legal, financial and logistical delays plague the $68 billion project.

Jordan: Promised trade perks will help employ Syria refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 9:40am

Jordan's planning minister says his country has been promised easier trade terms by the international community, potentially generating large-scale investment and "hundreds of thousands of job opportunities."

USDA awards $200,000 in federal funding to NDSU for research

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 8:50am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded researchers at North Dakota State University $200,000 to research wheat diseases.

Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 5:20pm

An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk.

Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 4:40pm

New Mexico's Republican-led House of Representatives voted to approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.