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Man admits to Michigan State lab firebombing 25 years later

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:45:06 -0800

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man who denied firebombing an animal researcher’s laboratory at Michigan State University in 1992 even as he pleaded guilty now admits he carried out the attack and participated in others across the country. Rodney Coronado told the Lansing State Journal ( ) he was a member of the Animal […]

Former NHL enforcer suspended as youth coach following brawl

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:38:03 -0800

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former NHL enforcer Andrew Peters has been suspended indefinitely as coach of a youth hockey team pending a Buffalo police investigation into his role in an on-ice brawl. Buffalo Junior Sabres president Kevyn Adams announced the suspension Sunday, a day after the melee occurred during a game between the Peters-coached 15-and-Under […]

Palestinians celebrate Bethlehem singer crowned Arab Idol

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:25:13 -0800

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians are celebrating a Christian crooner from the West Bank city of Bethlehem who won this year’s Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premier television song competition. Yacoub Shaheen, 22, beat finalists Ameer Dandan from an Arab town in northern Israel and Ammar Mohammed from Yemen. Shaheen is the second Palestinian […]

US gas price rises 2 cents over 2 weeks, to $2.33 a gallon

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:10:02 -0800

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.33. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the slight rise was due to small increases in crude oil and wholesale gas prices. Lundberg says she expects modest increases in the near-term. […]

Introductory fly-tying class offered in March in Federal Way

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:08:01 -0800

Start sprucing up your spring fly-fishing trips with fly-fishing expert Michael Martin who will be hosting “The Fundamentals of Fly Tying” classes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12, 19 and 26. The single-day classes will introduce fly-anglers with instruction, tying, demonstration, equipment and tying methods. Each person will be able to tie […]

BTK serial killer’s daughter works on book about experience

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:54:02 -0800

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The BTK serial killer’s daughter is writing a book about dealing with the emotional trauma of discovering that her father had killed 10 people. Kerri Rawson told The Wichita Eagle ( ) that she hopes the book helps people cope with anxiety, post-traumatic stress, betrayal and depression. Rawson says she experienced […]

Will ‘La La’ have another day of sun at Sunday’s Oscars?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:41:13 -0800

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will the 89th Academy Awards be a parade of political speeches or landslide for “La La Land”? Probably both. Sunday night’s Oscars are shaping up to be one of the most turbulent and politically charged ceremonies in recent memory. The three-hour-plus telecast, which begins at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, is expected […]

Officials: Trump isn’t cutting Medicare, Social Security

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:37:05 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — Administration officials say President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that “we are not touching those now.” He says people should not “expect to see that as part” of the administration’s first budget. Mnuchin says Trump’s […]

Wendy’s plans self-ordering kiosks at 1,000 locations

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:22:10 -0800

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Wendy’s says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year. A typical location would have three kiosks, The Columbus Dispatch reported ( ). Higher-volume restaurants will be given priority for the kiosks. Wendy’s chief information officer, David Trimm, said the kiosks are intended […]

Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:20:11 -0800

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pressure is building in Congress to take gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for a fast floor […]

Lake Chelan offers decent winter fishing action for kokanee

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:08:04 -0800

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: We knew it was going to be wet when Rick Graybill and I fished Lake Chelan on Monday, but we didn’t know that it was going to snow. We got lots of rain and snow, but also lots of […]

Inclusivity measure stirs debate in Alaska fishing town

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:04:19 -0800

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The small Alaska fishing community of Homer is no stranger to political activism. In the 1970s, a landmark legal case involving one of its residents found the constitutional right to privacy in Alaska extends to the at-home use of marijuana. In 1989, Homer became a “nuclear-free” zone. And just last month, […]

Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:02:02 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone — an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phone . The new tablets will carry the Galaxy […]

A sunny day in midwinter atop Misery Ridge is tough to beat.

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0800

TERREBONNE, Ore. (AP) — It was midweek in mid-February, so I figured the trail up Smith Rock State Park’s Misery Ridge would be pretty much free and clear of other hikers and sightseers. I was wrong. Dozens of others were making their way up the trail, which follows switchbacks to the top of the ridge. […]

Rings in stomach could be key to telling lobsters’ ages

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:56:04 -0800

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers are testing a technique they say could determine the age of lobsters. Lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old. Their ages are typically estimated based on size, as they shed their shells and grow larger as they get older. University of Maine research professor Rick Wahle and […]

Aquarium of Niagara expanding to protect threatened penguins

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:51:05 -0800

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says work has begun on a $3.3 million project to create a new penguin exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara. The exhibit and gallery will include a rock beach modeled after […]

Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:50:10 -0800

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — “We have wounded!” the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road. Iraqi special forces Maj. Saif Ali yelled to his driver to stop and leaped out. “Put one inside and the other on top!” he […]

Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:50:08 -0800

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, a Republican state lawmaker is pushing to remove the names of the state’s most famous Democrats — Bill and Hillary Clinton — from Little Rock’s airport. Sen. Jason Rapert says pilots have complained to him about […]

Reaction to the death of actor Bill Paxton

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:47:09 -0800

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of film and TV actor Bill Paxton, of “Titanic,” ”Aliens,” ”The Terminator,” ”Apollo 13″ and the HBO series “Big Love” fame: ____ “Crushing. #RIPBillPaxton A gr8 talent & spirit. His passion contributed so much 2 #Apollo13 & all his wrk. We’ll miss the hell out of U […]

Air Force officer’s sexual assault sentence called lenient

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:35:02 -0800

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labor, a punishment a victims’ rights advocate called “shockingly light.” Tech. Sgt. Anthony Lizana, 35, also was reduced in rank […]