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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:26 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.

Vermont leading US in GMO labeling campaign

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:26 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:25 PM

In this map provided on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLYCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.


Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:23 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.

Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:13 PM

Home plate umpire Gerry Davis ejects New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda after a foreign substance was discovered on his neck in the second inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox after umpires found with a foreign substance on his neck.


Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian allies

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:12 PM

U.S. President Obama waves next to Japan's PM Abe after dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in TokyoBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that his real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. "We're continuing to work," a U.S. official said on Thursday before the leaders were to meet on the first state visit to Japan by a U.S. president in 18 years. "We've made some progress and worked around the clock." Even if Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cannot complete a bilateral trade deal before the U.S. president leaves Tokyo on Friday, they are likely to try to project a sense of progress on key issues.


Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:11 PM

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2013 file photo, a woman using a phone walks past Apple's logo near its retail outlet in Beijing. Apple reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone maker's slowing sales growth and pace of innovation.


Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:04 PM

A 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel well of a flightHONOLULU (AP) — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday.


Archaeologists, tribe clash over Native remains

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 07:02 PM

LARKSPUR, Calif. (AP) — Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area and then reburied at an undisclosed location, a newspaper reported.

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:58 PM

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, posted on April 18, 2014, an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, two women and a young girl are treated by a medic in Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Damascus. Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses tell The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months. They say the attacks left scores of men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath. The reports have been denied by the Syrian government and have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of the global effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.


Small Wyoming town evacuated after gas explosion

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:56 PM

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.

Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:50 PM

Michael Phelps laughs while talking with coaches during a training session Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz., as he prepares to compete for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Games. The 22-time Olympic medalist is entered in three events at the Arena Grand Prix starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt York)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life.


NTSB head: Action needed now on oil train safety

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:48 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents even if it means using emergency authority, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said Wednesday.

Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:48 PM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them — from nearly 200 yards away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:46 PM

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 1966, file photo, Robert Heard, Associated Press staffer in Austin, Texas, is attended by his nurse, Annie Worley, at Brackenridge Hospital, where he is recovering from gunshot wounds suffered while he was covering a shooting spree at the University of Texas tower, in Austin. Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84. Heard died April 15, 2014, from complications after surgery to repair a broken hip, said widow Betsy Heard. (AP Photo/DO, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84.


Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers' apology

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:44 PM

FILE - In this April 22, 2013 file photo, Television personalities Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in New York. Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday, April 22, 2014, on NBC's "Today" show when she complained about her living arrangements, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced.


Facebook profits triple as mobile soars

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:42 PM

Facebook profits jumped to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72 percent surge in revenues, helped by gains in mobile users and mobile advertising, the company reportedFacebook profits tripled to $642 million in the first quarter on a 72-percent surge in revenues helped by strong gains in mobile users and mobile advertising. Demonstrating that it is successfully following the shift from personal computers to mobile devices -- which a year ago appeared to pose a huge challenge for the company -- Facebook said Wednesday that advertising revenues were up 82 percent to $2.27 billion from a year ago. One year ago, mobile ads were less than one-third, and three months ago they were 53 percent. After announcing $21 billion in ambitious acquisitions during the quarter, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the results show the company nevertheless is "staying focused on execution" and carefully improving the company's core business.


Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:40 PM

FILE - This Dec. 30, 2013 file photo shows a fireball going up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D. An effort by government and industry to make the tank cars used to ship crude oil and ethanol safer, spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, is becoming mired in squabbling and finger-pointing. The Department of Transportation, concerned about the potential for catastrophic accidents involving oil and ethanol trains that are sometimes as many as 100 cars long, is drafting new tank car regulations aimed at making the cars less likely to spill their contents in the event of a crash. But final regulations aren’t expected until the end of the year at the earliest, and it is common for such government rulemakings to drag on for years. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.


Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:39 PM

This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:38 PM

Jake Schrum, 10, of Cedar Lake, Ind., holds a sign during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field in the most appropriate way: with a gut-wrenching loss.


Apple splitting stock as iPhone sales soar

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:36 PM

Pedestrians walk by a window display featuring the iPhone 4 at an Apple Store on May 9, 2011 in San Francisco, CaliforniaApple on Wednesday courted investors with stock split plans as hot iPhone sales pushed up profits while underscoring pressure for the company to unveil "the next big thing." Apple shares jumped more than seven percent to $565.25 in after-market trade following the release of January-March earnings figures showing profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in revenue. The earnings report came with Apple chief Tim Cook hinting that new products are on the way from the maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers. "We're very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services," Cook said in a press release.


Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:30 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season.

Trumbo to miss extended time with stress fracture

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:27 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo will be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

Oregon gay marriage ban gets day in court

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Man charged with murder in nursing home deaths

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:21 PM

This booking photo provided by the Houston Police Department on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, shows Guillermo Correa. Police say, Correa, 56, a resident of a Houston nursing home will face capital murder charges for using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death. (AP Photo/Houston Police Department)HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston nursing home resident accused of using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death is facing a capital murder charge, police said Wednesday.


Phelps eager to plunge back in

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:16 PM

Michael Phelps speaks at a press conference at the Skyline Aquatic Center on April 23, 2014 in Mesa, ArizonaMesa (United States) (AFP) - Michael Phelps returns to competition on Thursday for the first time since 2012, and the swimming superstar doesn't know just what to expect or where his comeback will take him. "I am looking forward to wherever this road takes me, and I guess the journey will start tomorrow," a relaxed Phelps said Wednesday as he looked ahead to racing in the 100m butterfly at the Mesa Grand Prix swim meet on Thursday. Phelps, originally entered the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle on Thursday, said he'll swim only the 100m fly -- one of three individual events in which he still holds the world record.


Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:15 PM

Real's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opening goal during a Champions League semifinal first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid hopes a narrow home win put it in position to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2002.


Australia transport bureau says beach debris not from MH370

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:13 PM

Handout of crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield moving the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment, in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370Debris picked up on a beach in Western Australia this week is unlikely to have come from the Malaysian Airlines jet that vanished nearly seven weeks ago, Australia's transport bureau said on Thursday. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has assessed the material that washed up on the coast 10 km (six miles) east of the town of Augusta, near the southwestern tip of Australia, the bureau's spokesman said. "It's considered highly unlikely to be from MH370," spokesman Tony Simes said. ATSB commissioner Martin Dolan earlier told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio that the bureau had examined detailed photographs of the debris and was satisfied it was not a lead in the hunt for the plane.


Theater producer denies sex abuse claim

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 06:12 PM

FILE - In this Monday, April 21, 2014 file photo, plaintiff Michael Egan III, center, 31, his mother Bonnie Mound, left, and attorney Jeff Herman take questions from the media during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. A theater producer sued on Monday by Egan accusing several Hollywood figures of sexual assault is denying the man's claims or that he was in Hawaii when the alleged abuse happened. Attorneys for Gary Goddard wrote in a statement Wednesday, April 23, 2014, denying that the theater producer molested or gave drugs or alcohol to Egan. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a theater producer on Wednesday denied sexual abuse claims made against their client in a lawsuit by a man who has leveled similar allegations against other entertainment industry figures.


US sentencing for fraudulent wine dealer postponed

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:58 PM

A bin of corks used as evidence in the trial of wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan is displayed in Federal Court on December 19, 2013 in New YorkNew York (AFP) - Sentencing for disgraced wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan, who was found guilty of fraud for manufacturing fake vintages, has been delayed to May 29, a US federal court said Wednesday.


Hagel seeking to deepen US-Mexico ties

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:57 PM

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel boards his plane en route for Mexico City, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Pope Army Airfield in Fort Bragg, N.C. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.


Gacy probe helps solve unrelated Chicago-area case

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:41 PM

This undated photo provided by the Edward Beaudion family shows 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce Wednesday, April 23, 2013, they have identified the remains found in a forest preserve in 2008 as those of Beaudion. He was identified after his relatives came forward to submit DNA samples as part of the effort to identify several of serial killer John Wayne Gacy 1970s victims. Authorities believe Missouri resident Jerry Jackson killed Beaudion in 1978. But without a body at the time, they never charged him. Jackson died last year at age 62. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Edward Beaudion family)MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Ruth Rodriguez didn't want to believe her brother was one of more than 30 young men and boys John Wayne Gacy lured into his Chicago-area house and strangled, but she was willing to provide her DNA to find out.


Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:40 PM

This Feburary 2012 photo, provided by the Utah Department of Corrections, shows Siale Angilau. A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded Angilau on Monday, April 21, 2014, in a new federal courthouse after Angilau rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said. Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment filed in 2008 accusing gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offenses. The FBI said Angilau died Monday at the hospital. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Corrections)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tongan Crip gang defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.


Camilla's brother dies in US after head injury

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:40 PM

Mark ShandNEW YORK (AP) — The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said.


Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:39 PM

President Obama watches South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe move to their seats at the opposite ends of the tableBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. Obama will be treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, remains solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. It was unclear, however, whether a last-ditch round of talks between U.S. and Japanese negotiators would yield a breakthrough on a two-way trade pact seen as crucial to a broader trans-Pacific agreement that Obama has championed. The challenge for Obama during his week-long, four-nation tour will be to convince Asian partners that Washington is serious about its promised strategic "pivot" towards the region, while at the same time not harming U.S. ties with China, the world's second-biggest economy.


Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:39 PM

In this May 2, 2012 photo, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus smiles in front of one of their popular games "Zynga CityVille" at Zynga headquarters in San Francisco. Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide. Zynga said Wednesday, April 23, 2014, that Pincus will remain chairman of the company he founded in 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)NEW YORK (AP) — Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.


Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:38 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes — regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them.

Kvitova beaten in 1st major upset at Stuttgart

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:38 PM

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Apple slice: Share split makes joining the Dow more likely

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:36 PM

Who says Apple does not want to be in the Dow Jones industrial average? The iPhone maker's market value has stood high above most U.S. corporations' for a few years, yet Apple still isn't a component of that blue-chip stock benchmark. That is because the Dow weighs its 30 components by price, so a $500 stock would overwhelm the index. A seven-for-one stock split that will chop the price to about $75 changes the picture.

Singer Chris Brown's DC trial delayed for months

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 05:36 PM

FILE - This Jan. 8, 2014 file photo shows singer Chris Brown, right, arriving at the District of Columbia Superior Court in Washington. After a brief postponement, singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge is scheduled to begin in Washington. Brown's trial had been set for Monday but was delayed while lawyers tried to work out whether his bodyguard will testify. It's unclear whether the trial will start Wednesday, as Brown's lawyers seem to want, or if further legal maneuvering will delay it. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.



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