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Company slows work on controversial Utah tar sands project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 5:53pm

Environmentalists are celebrating after the Canadian company behind a controversial tar sands development in eastern Utah announced it is scaling back work on its project.

NYC man killed by falling crane eulogized as generous, kind

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 5:00pm

A pedestrian killed by a collapsing crane was eulogized Sunday as a man of kindness and generosity as the final remnants of the crumpled steel were removed from the Manhattan street where they fell.

Somalia spokesman: Video shows laptop handed to bomb suspect

Abdi Guled and Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 4:32pm

Security video footage taken at Mogadishu airport shows two men handing what looks like a laptop computer to the suspected suicide bomber after he passed through the security checkpoint, Somalia's government spokesman said Sunday.

'Kung Fu Panda 3' tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 2:31pm

The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend.

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

Juliet Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:50am

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.

AP FACT CHECK: Fumbles from the Republican field

Calvin Woodward and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:21am

What happened in Iowa didn't stay in Iowa. And when it reached the stage in the latest Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz had some explaining to do.

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.

Researchers work to improve microgrid at Idaho Falls lab

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 9:01pm

Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory are planning to use the lab's microgrid testing facility in Idaho Falls to improve the energy reliability of the city's electric grid in the event of a blackout.

Former court clerk ordered to pay back $1M, at $600 a month

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 7:41pm

A former court clerk who pleaded guilty to embezzlement must pay back more than $1 million, at $600 a month, a Mississippi judge has ruled.

2 killed, 8 injured in fire on Mexico offshore oil platform

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 7:00pm

Mexico's state oil company says a fire that erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed two workers and injured eight.

Analysis: Edwards, lawmakers get spending cut suggestions

Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 5:31pm

While Gov. John Bel Edwards has focused primarily on tax increases for his budget rebalancing effort, an independent government watchdog group is offering a companion list of ideas for where to cut spending.

Report: Ford to build auto plant in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 4:30pm

Published reports are saying that Ford plans to build a new auto plant in Mexico, with plans to rev up production there.

Storied Lady takes Big A's Biggio Rose Stakes by a head

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 4:10pm

Storied Lady beat Saythreehailmary's by a head Sunday at Aqueduct in the $100,000 Biggio Rose Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Gas prices drop 8 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.82

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:41pm

The average price of gasoline has dropped 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.82 a gallon.

The Latest: NYC mayor issues construction crane safety plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:21pm

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

Missouri WWII veteran says he was exposed to mustard gas

Chuck Raasch. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:10pm

In the final days of World War II, an 18-year-old Army private from Missouri named Arla Wayne Harrell was sent to Camp Crowder in the southwest corner of the state, where he said he was twice exposed to mustard gas.

Court rules UW apartment complex tax-exempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 12:41pm

A district judge has sided with the University of Wyoming in the college's dispute over property taxes on a student apartment complex.

1 person killed in plant explosion in Georgia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:30am

A coroner says a man has died and six others were injured in an explosion at a plant in northwest Georgia.

S. Africa: Search continues for 3 missing in mine collapse

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

A mine manager says rescue teams have removed 3,500 tons of debris in their search for three people still trapped underground after a collapse at a South African mine.

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."