News archive from 10 April 2015

More of California now in 'exceptional drought'

More of California now in 'exceptional drought'

The historic drought that has gripped California since 2011 shows no signs of easing. In fact, it has gotten a tad worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly summary of drought conditions. "Exceptional drought" conditions, the...

 
Clorox tweet can't be bleached away

Clorox tweet can't be bleached away

Clorox, best-known for turning things white, is red-faced over a misguided tweet that it's since yanked. The bleach kingpin has apologized for a since-deleted tweet that showed a Clorox bottle made up of the new set of Apple's very ethnically diverse...

 
Detroit police officers accused of robbing drug dealers

Detroit police officers accused of robbing drug dealers

DETROIT -- A Detroit police lieutenant and an officer — accused of robbing drug dealers and stealing money and drugs obtained during police searches — were arraigned on charges Thursday. The indictment, which came down Wednesday, comes months after...

 
Family funds field of dreams for Montana high school

Family funds field of dreams for Montana high school

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Out of the blue, a stunningly green, artificial football field appears in a bowl off of main street in this town. The turf alternates different shades of green every five yards, and the field is surprisingly soft. A huge scoreboard...

 
Guard shot outside Census Bureau HQ

Guard shot outside Census Bureau HQ

SUITLAND, Md. — A guard was shot and critically wounded at a gate to the U.S. Census Bureau complex near Washington, D.C., Maryland emergency officials said Thursday evening. The victim was shot in the chest and was in "extremely critical...

 
'Mamma Mia!' to close on Broadway in Sept.

'Mamma Mia!' to close on Broadway in Sept.

NEW YORK (AP) —Mamma Mia!, Broadway's dancing queen, will close in September after a 14-year run that included two theaters and made it the eighth-longest running show on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday that the frothy musical that uses...

 
GM beats recall over SUV brake-line rust

GM beats recall over SUV brake-line rust

General Motors finally beat having to issue another recall, with regulators deciding against requiring it to ask owners of about 2 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles to bring in their vehicles to be inspected for potentially rusted brake...

 
Hamm was accused in violent college hazing

Hamm was accused in violent college hazing

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) —Mad Men star Jon Hamm took part in a violent university hazing in 1990 at the University of Texas that led to criminal charges, according to court and school records obtained Thursday. The Emmy-nominated actor had not previously...

 
Swan song: N.Y. wants invasive waterfowl to take a bow

Swan song: N.Y. wants invasive waterfowl to take a bow

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The population of huge, regal mute swans living wild in the Rochester area and the rest of upstate New York could largely disappear — be resettled or killed outright — under a proposed state management plan. State officials say the...

 

A changing circus: Behind the scenes at Ringling Bros.

USA TODAY goes under the big top to see what's next for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey after its decision to retire elephant acts by 2018. Death-defying feats. Exotic animals. Zany clowns. For 145 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey...

 
Deutsche Bank nears $1.5B-plus Libor settlement

Deutsche Bank nears $1.5B-plus Libor settlement

Deutsche Bank is nearing a record settlement topping $1.5 billion to resolve the German banking giant's alleged role in manipulating a global financial benchmark. Bank officials are in talks with federal prosecutors, British and U.S. regulators and...

 
Alex Rodriguez hits 655th homer, 1st since suspension

Alex Rodriguez hits 655th homer, 1st since suspension

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez has hit his first home run since serving a yearlong drug suspension. The three-time MVP connected Thursday night off Toronto Blue Jays rookie Daniel Norris, leading off the sixth inning by launching a high fastball deep...

Usa Today, 22:18 in Sport
 
'Wolf Hall' lacks speed, bite on stage

'Wolf Hall' lacks speed, bite on stage

NEW YORK — Long before Downton Abbey, there was the real-life English soap opera provided by the House of Tudor, with Henry VIII, a ruler of legendary ambition and appetites, as its leading man. In recent years, a pair of best-selling historical...

 
Troy Polamalu decides to retire after 12-year career

Troy Polamalu decides to retire after 12-year career

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, announced he was retiring in an interview with the Herald-Standard. "Like I said, what it came down to was...

Usa Today, 22:44 in Sport
 
Big C Relays a big deal for Alaska track and field

Big C Relays a big deal for Alaska track and field

Alaska track meets don’t get any bigger than the Big C Relays, an indoor sports spectacular that’s grown into one of the premier events of the track and field season. “It’s going to be a crazy weekend,” said meet director Shane Metcalf on Thursday....

 
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