News archive from 13 February 2015

Medical records sought for Saudi facing Guantanamo trial

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba Lawyers for a Saudi prisoner charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. are seeking access to his medical records and to allow him to meet with officials from his government. The attorneys for Mustafa Hawsawi...

 

Denny Hamlin is focused on winning a Cup championshp

Denny Hamlin is looking to change his luck this season. Daytona International Speedway is probably as good a place to start as any. Although Hamlin was in the hunt for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship, he is coming off back-to-back seasons...

 
Pig is 'top dog' in canine agility class

Pig is 'top dog' in canine agility class

KENT, Wash. (AP) — One student in a suburban Seattle dog agility class is drawing a lot of attention, and not just for her athletic skills. Amy is a pig. Amid the barking of corgis, collies and Labradors, visitors will sometimes hear a snort. And...

 
Former Tar Heel players, other basketball coaches fill private Dean Smith funeral

Former Tar Heel players, other basketball coaches fill private Dean Smith funeral

CHAPEL HILL Inside the Chapel Hill church where Dean Smith had a regular seat on the back row, family, friends and former players gathered privately Thursday to celebrate the coach whose fight, accomplishments and values transcended the bounds of a...

 

Former wife of dead Argentine prosecutor criticizes probe

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina The ex-wife of the prosecutor whose mysterious death has rocked Argentina criticized the investigation Thursday, calling for an international commission to take up the case and accusing the lead investigator of releasing too...

 
Ohio health system CEO sues union for defamation

Ohio health system CEO sues union for defamation

CINCINNATI — The chief executive of Ohio's largest health system has filed a lawsuit against Service Employees International Union No. 1199 alleging invasion of privacy and defamation. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Michael Connelly, president and CEO...

 
Average 30-year mortgage rate jumps to 3.69%

Average 30-year mortgage rate jumps to 3.69%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week yet remained near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage jumped to 3.69 percent from 3.59 percent last...

 
Many Americans socking away their gas windfall

Many Americans socking away their gas windfall

Americans aren't exactly rushing to the mall with their savings from low gasoline prices, raising questions about forecasts for a surge in consumer spending this year. Retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.8% in January, mostly because of low pump prices...

 
'SNL': How a 'variety show' ignited a comedy revolution

'SNL': How a 'variety show' ignited a comedy revolution

On Oct. 11, 1975, TV history was made. Or at least the variety-show format was turned on its ear, thanks to producer Lorne Michaels, a group of relative unknown comedians — and Johnny Carson, who'd insisted NBC stop running Tonight Show repeats on the...

 

Jamaica extradites first lottery scam suspect to US

KINGSTON, Jamaica A Jamaican man has been extradited from the Caribbean island to Florida on charges that he was involved in a lottery scam ring that defrauded elderly Americans. The U.S. Justice Department identified the suspect as Damion Bryan...

 
Homeland Security may be put in charge of info sharing

Homeland Security may be put in charge of info sharing

SAN FRANCISCO - President Obama is expected to announce a new executive action on the sharing of cyber security threats and information at Friday's cybersecurity summit at Stanford University, according to published reports. Most importantly to...

 
Valentine's Day looking sweet for Charlotte retailers

Valentine's Day looking sweet for Charlotte retailers

Charlotte retailers are anticipating a sweet Valentine's Day – maybe their best ever – with the holiday falling on a Saturday, the economy rebounding, and lower gas prices making consumers feel richer and happier. And unlike last...

 
Kevin Harvick completes NASCAR racing resume. Now what?

Kevin Harvick completes NASCAR racing resume. Now what?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Kevin Harvick has won NASCAR's biggest races and last season added its biggest prize – the Sprint Cup Series championship – to his racing resume. What could possibly be next? Apparently, quite a lot....

 
For blacks in Hollywood, it's the same old script

For blacks in Hollywood, it's the same old script

It's hard not to be angry. Last year 12 Years a Slave won the Academy Award for best picture, the film industry's highest honor. The film was nominated for nine Oscars and won three, including one for Lupita Nyong'o for best supporting actress and one...

 
Casper's bed in a box resonates with millennials

Casper's bed in a box resonates with millennials

HOLLYWOOD - Philip Krim greets a visitor in the new Casper showroom here, designed for locals to come up and check out the Casper mattress, which is only sold online. What's it look like? How does it feel? Is it as comfy as online fans have said?...

 

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