This photo released by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission throw a custom-made "cutting grapple," hoping to sever the long strand of fishing rope exiting the whale's mouth. Seconds later the heavy rope parted and the whale swam away unencumbered. (AP Photo/ Georgia Department of Natural Resources, taken under NOAA permit #932-1905-MA-009526)

Fishing rope cut from endangered whale

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Wildlife experts cut away more than 280 feet of commercial fishing line being dragged by an endangered right whale off the Georgia coast, th……
Stacey Barfield, mother of Hailey Owens, foreground left, is consoled by Sara Wells, as family member Teri Nord, right, arranges flowers left by well wishers Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 near the site where the 10-year-old girl was abducted just blocks from her Springfield, Mo., home. Prosecutors have charged Craig Michael Wood with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in their girls death. Prosecutors says the fourth-grader's body was found stuffed in two trash bags inside plastic storage containers in the basement of Wood's Springfield home. She had been shot in the head. (AP Photo/Alan Scher Zagier)

Community mourns slain girl

Hailey Owens went missing on Tuesday, taken in daylight from a neighborhood street less than two blocks from her Springfield home as she walked back from her best friend's house.…
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama cleans his glasses before speaking at an event entitled: "Happiness, Free Enterprise, and Human Flourishing" Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama to host Dalai Lama

President Barack Obama will host Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for a meeting on Friday, the White House said, in a move that could rankle already tense relations between the U.S. and China.…
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25 arrested in alleged child porn ring

An Abita Springs man has been charged with operating a pair of child pornography websites that offered tutorials to 27,000 followers on coaxing young boys into producing sexually explicit videos.…
FILE - In this May 28, 2010 file photo, the rush hour commute starts in early afternoon and with greater intensity as traffic is jammed in both directions on Interstate 405 on the Westside of Los Angeles as commuters and Memorial Day vacationers hit the road. It’s going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation’s highways. During Thursday, May 23, 2013 and Monday, May 27, 2013, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to car lobbying group AAA. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Accident rates improving for older drivers

Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation's aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they've been proved wrong.…
This Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 photo shows the WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York. On Wednesday the world's biggest social networking company, Facebook, announced it is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Facebook buying messaging app

The world's biggest social networking company said Wednesday that it is paying $12 billion in Facebook stock and $4 billion in cash for WhatsApp. …
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CCA prison probe ordered in Idaho

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has ordered the state police to conduct a criminal investigation of understaffing and falsified documents at a private prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).…
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Border patrol agent kills man near San Diego

The agent was trying to stop a group of people suspected of crossing the border illegally from Mexico when the man who threw the rock at the bottom of a 75-foot ravine was shot. …
In this Dec. 11, 2012, file photo, part of the containment vessel for a new nuclear reactor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is under construction in Augusta, Ga. The Energy Department is poised to approve $6.5 billion in lending for two nuclear reactors under construction in Georgia. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is expected to announce the deal at a speech in Washington on Wednesday, a day before he visits the $14 billion Vogtle nuclear plant being built by Southern Co. and several partners about 30 miles southeast of Augusta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

DOE to OK $6.5 billion for Georgia nuke plant

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was expected to announce final approval of the deal at a speech on Wednesday, a day before he visits the $14 billion Vogtle nuclear plant now under construction in eastern Georgia.…