News archive from 5 March 2014

John Travolta apologizes to Idina Menzel for flub

John Travolta apologizes to Idina Menzel for flub

NEW YORK -- John Travolta is apologizing to Tony Award winner Idina Menzel (ih-DEE'-nah mehn-ZEHL') for mangling the pronunciation of her name on the Oscars telecast. Travolta says in a statement released Tuesday he's been beating himself up all day...

 

NC pension fund fees criticized by SEANC consultant

A consultant hired by the State Employees Association of North Carolina has accused the state Treasurer's office of paying “over-the-top fees,” including “massive hidden fees,” to money managers who invest...

 

Recap: Colorado vs. San Francisco

Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Madison Bumgarner pitched three shutout innings and the San Francisco Giants banged out 13 hits Tuesday in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in spring training. Tyler Colvin hit an RBI double and Tony Abreu...

 

Chicago acquires D Rundblad in trade with Phoenix

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes. Rundblad has one assist in 12 games with the Coyotes this season. The 21-year-old Brisebois was assigned to Rockford...

 

Rep. Grayson accused of pushing estranged wife

ORLANDO, Fla. -- U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's wife has accused him of pushing her during an argument over the weekend, but he claims the allegations are a lie. The Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday that it was investigating a reported...

 

Mail-in ballots key in special congressional race

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the 2012 general election, more people voted by mail in Pinellas County than in any other Florida county and that could have a major impact on next week's special election to replace the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young....

 

Give green light again to red-light cameras

Want to teach a child to count? Take her to a busy Charlotte intersection. Wait for the light to turn red, then have her count the number of cars that speed through. She'll have her 1-2-3s down in no time. As most Charlotte motorists will attest,...

 

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Doubtful about impact of Obama's warning to Russia” (March 4 Forum): Weak president? It was Obama who took down bin Laden Forum writer Dick Meyer laments the international perception of President Obama as a weak...

 

SCOTUS on YouTube: Now, maybe real cameras?

From an editorial Monday in the Los Angeles Times: Surreptitiously recorded videos of Supreme Court proceedings that surfaced on YouTube last week aren't much of a viewing experience. The most revealing video, which captures a few moments from two...

 

Indianapolis mortgage lender adding up to 400 jobs

INDIANAPOLIS -- State officials say an Indianapolis-based mortgage company plans to expand its headquarters and create up to 400 new jobs by 2017. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday that Stonegate Mortgage Corp. will invest $6.2...

 

Mike Bianchi: Dwight Howard is winning and happy once again

This just in: Dwight Howard has discovered winning is important. And in related news, Dwight determines that what goes up must come down, it ain't over till it's over and the knee bone's connected to the thigh bone. Can you believe that as his new...

 

LB Mack draws impressive crowd to Buffalo workout

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- For someone who was lightly recruited coming out of high school, linebacker Khalil Mack is attracting an impressive crowd leading up to the NFL draft. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams were on hand for the University of...

 

Goldschmidt, Prado send Diamondbacks over Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Paul Goldschmidt scored three runs, Martin Prado got three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 8-6 Tuesday. Prado doubled and is 10 for 15 this spring. Leadoff man doubled twice, singled and scored twice....

 

Latino group leader: Obama is 'deporter in chief'

WASHINGTON -- The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called President Barack Obama the "deporter in chief," denouncing the administration's deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council...

 

Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions

CHICAGO -- Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating, citing the city's unfunded pension liabilities. The agency announced Tuesday it's lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches...

 

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