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The Latest: Kerry consults with Japan, SKorean counterparts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:30pm

The Latest on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket (all times local):

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 Interview: Pilot in Somalia emergency says security zero

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:40am

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

NYC man killed by falling crane eulogized as generous, kind

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:31am

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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."

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.