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San Francisco probe leading to entrapment claims

April 19, 2014 05:52 PM EST | AP


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI used millions of dollars, liquor and cigarettes seized in other cases and more than a dozen undercover operatives in an elaborate, seven-year sting operation targeting a San Francisco Chinatown association thought to be a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.

The agents, posing as honest businessmen and a Mafia figure, spent freely and aggressively offered their targets criminal schemes, leading to the indictment of 29 people — including state Sen. Leland Yee — on charges that included money laundering, public corruption and gun trafficking.

Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter

April 19, 2014 05:44 PM EST | AP


DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of surfers and rowers have honored Hobie Alter's request by paddling out in the Pacific in his memory.

Alter, who died in March at age 80, revolutionized surfing by developing the foam surfboard that was lightweight and maneuverable. He was also credited with bringing masses to the water with his "Hobie Cat" sailboat.

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

April 19, 2014 05:00 PM EST | AP


JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

Workers and residents have watched helplessly in recent days as the slow-motion landslide spanning hundreds of yards split a house in two and inched ever closer to a cluster of businesses below.

Tenn. ammunition plant explosion ruled accidental

April 19, 2014 05:28 PM EST | AP


MCEWEN, Tenn. (AP) — A preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has determined that a deadly explosion at a Tennessee ammunition plant was accidental.

ATF spokesman Michael Knight said it will now be up to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine fault and whether there were any safety violations at the plant.

Post-rehab, injured snowy owl released into wild

April 19, 2014 05:15 PM EST | AP


SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital flew back into the wild on Saturday, after weeks of rehab in Minnesota and procedures to replace its flight feathers.

Officials with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl at about noon Saturday outside Superior, Wis., near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border. That location was chosen by a biologist because snowy owls have been spotted there in recent winters, indicating there is good habitat for hunting.

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

April 19, 2014 04:48 PM EST | AP


DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety watchdog, also didn't seek a recall of the compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem.

Body found by highway is missing Massachusetts boy

April 19, 2014 04:34 PM EST | AP


WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday.

The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah's death.

California man survives avalanche on Mount Everest

April 19, 2014 03:59 PM EST | AP


SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California man says he feels lucky that he survived an avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Mount Everest.

Kenwood, Calif., contractor Jon Reiter and his Australian climbing partner were climbing above 20,000 feet on the world's highest peak Friday when the avalanche swept down the climbing route.

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

April 19, 2014 11:49 AM EST | AP


NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) — A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

California man survives avalanche on Mount Everest

April 19, 2014 03:21 PM EST | AP


SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California man says he feels lucky that he survived an avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Mount Everest.

Kenwood, Calif., contractor Jon Reiter and his Australian climbing partner were climbing above 20,000 feet on the world's tallest mountain Friday when the avalanche swept down the climbing route.

Calif. customers hit with expensive Del Taco bill

April 19, 2014 03:07 PM EST | AP


SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) — What was supposed to be a cheap bite at Del Taco turned out to be small fortune for some Southern California customers.

About 150 people who ordered this week at the Mexican-style fast food chain in Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for burritos, tacos and soft drinks.

Looming, creeping landslide splits home in Wyoming

April 19, 2014 10:09 AM EST | AP


JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A slow-motion disaster is unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home in half inches toward more houses and businesses below.

The ground beneath the 100-foot hillside has been giving way an inch at a time since the movement was discovered on April 4.

Governor: Closing Boston amid bomber hunt 'tough'

April 19, 2014 02:16 PM EST | AP


BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.

Within hours, Patrick shut down the region's public transportation system and made an extraordinary request of more than 1 million greater Boston residents:

Governor: Closing Boston amid bomber hunt 'tough'

April 19, 2014 12:31 PM EST | AP


BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.

Within hours, Patrick shut down the region's public transportation system and made an extraordinary request of more than 1 million greater Boston residents:

Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

April 19, 2014 10:51 AM EST | AP


NASHPORT, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee (FEHL'-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died April 13.

Va. Beach mulls arena that could lure NBA, NHL

April 19, 2014 10:02 AM EST | AP


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach metropolitan area is one of the largest in the country without a major professional sports team, and numerous attempts to lure one here have repeatedly left sports fans in the area disappointed.

The area's most recent flirtation with the NBA was rebuffed just last year after a deal to get the Sacramento Kings to relocate fell apart after plans to build them an arena and pay for their moving expenses didn't come to fruition.

Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

April 19, 2014 09:57 AM EST | AP


WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

The tiny island state 2,500 miles from the nearest continent is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits like insect and drought resistance.

10 Things to Know: This Week's Takeaways

April 19, 2014 06:45 AM EST | AP


Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:

1. DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS FAIL TO DISLODGE PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS IN UKRAINE

Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

April 19, 2014 06:01 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. He says the common threat of humanity is a shared commitment to loving our neighbors as ourselves. He says there's no better time for people to rededicate themselves to that mission.

Scenes from the never-dull Clinton White House

April 19, 2014 04:53 AM EST | AP


Glimpses into behind-the-scenes workings of President Bill Clinton's White House, as revealed in newly released documents:

For Clinton's last State of the Union speech in January 2000, aides considered a long list of guests who might be cited in the address and sit near first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Among those discussed: The parents of slain gay victim Matthew Shepard because, an aide wrote, "It gets a hate crime hit." Nelson Mandela, "since he is retiring." Irish-American author Frank McCourt, because "with peace in Ireland pending, he might be a good message." And "possibly someone" from the Columbine High School massacre.