News archive from 17 April 2015

Tepid local support puts Boston's Olympic bid in doubt

Tepid local support puts Boston's Olympic bid in doubt

BOSTON — Toward the end of a nearly four-hour public meeting last month, Heather Townsend rose to question the organizers of Boston's 2024 Olympic bid. Why didn't they support a referendum that would bind them to their promise not to use taxpayer...

Usa Today, 19:13 in Sport
 
'Star Wars' fans freak out over new trailer

'Star Wars' fans freak out over new trailer

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Director J.J. Abrams set off pandemonium Thursday morning when he unleashed a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer onstage at the Anaheim Convention Center. New cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaacs — as...

 
Art Beat: Second cruise to Attu battlefield proposed this summer

Art Beat: Second cruise to Attu battlefield proposed this summer

Attu Island, Alaska, the site of the only North American land battle in World War II, is hard to get to. But in June a hardy corps of history buffs will sail out on the MV Pukuk for a tour of the long-abandoned battleground, where an estimated 3,000...

 
Changing N. Carolina alcohol laws not as simple as ABC

Changing N. Carolina alcohol laws not as simple as ABC

RALEIGH, N.C. – Bills under consideration in the state General Assembly would make it easier for North Carolina makers of beer, cider and liquor to sell their products directly to the people who drink them. But the state's traditionally conservative...

 
Republican legislator proposes oil tax change to help close budget gap

Republican legislator proposes oil tax change to help close budget gap

With the state facing multibillion-dollar deficits, a Republican Alaska lawmaker who recently proposed a personal income tax on Alaskans now wants to raise corporate income taxes on the international oil companies operating in the state. Rep. Paul...

 
Jindal defends Louisiana's 'religious liberty' bill

Jindal defends Louisiana's 'religious liberty' bill

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal defended a proposed religious objections bill Thursday, saying that as people learn more about the proposal, the more they will accept it. At a news conference Thursday, Jindal said the bill only prevents the state from...

 
Man who tortured 'girl in the box' denied parole

Man who tortured 'girl in the box' denied parole

Colleen Stan speaks out against Cameron Hooker being released on parole. Hooker was convicted of kidnapping and torturing Stan for seven years. (Wednesday, April 15, 2015) CORCORAN, Calif. — A man that a judge once called "the most dangerous...

 
Lagarde predicts EU, U.S. growth as China slows

Lagarde predicts EU, U.S. growth as China slows

WASHINGTON — Economic growth will pick up this year in Europe, the United States and other advanced economies while slowing in China and some other developing countries, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Thursday....

 
Ford F-150 aces crash tests as GM pickups fall short

Ford F-150 aces crash tests as GM pickups fall short

Fullscreen Ford hopes the F-150, when full available, will disrupt the fiercely competitive pickup market via dramatic innovations that outweigh higher prices and keep F-150 high-volume, high-profit sales humming. (Photo: Ford) Fullscreen The...

 
Blind veteran power-lifts his way to world games

Blind veteran power-lifts his way to world games

PHILADELPHIA – As Charles King adds weight to the bench press bar, it's easy to forget the Philadelphia man is blind. He lifts the 250-pound bar over this head, then holds a perfect squat position. He moves through the Fairmount Park Carriage House's...

 
General: U.S. focusing airstrikes to protect Iraq refinery

General: U.S. focusing airstrikes to protect Iraq refinery

Eds: Updates with details. Changes headlines. For global distribution. With AP Photos.Photos: Pentagon Briefing WASHINGTON (AP) — Losing the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province to advancing Islamic State forces would be a tragic but not crippling...

 
Google adds 'find my phone' to Android app

Google adds 'find my phone' to Android app

Google has released a new feature to search for your lost phone or tablet. The update was recently announced on Google+. Users will first need to install the latest version of the Google app on their Android device. Once you've logged into your...

 
AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Kobe

AACCC Adoption of the Week: Meet Kobe

Here's Anchorage Animal Care and Control's Adoption of the Week, courtesy of AACCC Public Relations Coordinator Laura Atwood: Meet Kobe, a handsome young lad who, at only 1.5 years old, is a super-size puppy with all the energy that comes with being...

 
Wild West: Warriors must navigate loaded playoff field

Wild West: Warriors must navigate loaded playoff field

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick breaks down Golden State's key players and suggests why the Warriors could win the NBA title. Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors pals have the inside track in the Western Conference. Let's at least give them that...

Usa Today, 21:06 in Sport
 
Cavaliers in top form for playoffs after midseason leap

Cavaliers in top form for playoffs after midseason leap

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt analyzes four teams' whose windows are closing. Expectations soared the minute LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then expectations plummeted amid an uninspiring 19-20 start. And now?...

Usa Today, 21:06 in Sport
 
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